Conveyor belts are very useful and widely used pieces of equipment. They are one of the most widely used methods of transporting goods along production lines. You or your company may be thinking of purchasing a new one yourselves. The choice of conveyors is more complex than you think. In this article we will be discussing how when it comes to conveyor belts, one size does not fit all.
One size does not fit all
All conveyors transport materials from one place to another, however the details surrounding this principle can be extremely varied. Conveyors are used in a whole variety of industries, from transporting ores in mining to transporting shopping at supermarkets. As a result, there is a whole catalogue of different models and types of conveyors to choose from, each with their own niche or speciality. Due to this high level of specialisation, you cannot readily interchange conveyor belt systems.
Factors Effecting Conveyor Choice
When choosing or designing a belt for your system, there are several things that need to be considered.
1. Chassis Format
Depending on things such as how a company wants to integrate the conveyor into an existing system, or how a company what’s to stockpile to transported goods, can make an impact on the particular chassis format used.
2. Loading Method
How the conveyor belt will be loaded with goods is a big factor in deciding type, and therefore applicability of each conveyor belt.
3. Power Source
Depending on the nature and weight of material being transferred, different fuel sources will be applicable. Whether the conveyor uses a diesel, hydraulic or electric fuel source, the nature of the operations is crucial in deciding, which gives the best energy efficiency.
Naturally there may be quite a few options of conveyors to pick depending on your needs. The budget you are limited to will narrow down the options to those matching quality and cost.
Will the conveyor be part of an entirely new system? Will it be part of a large expansion? is it to be retrofitted to an existing system?
Finally the most important factor is exactly what the belt will be doing, how much it will be transporting and what quantity.
Talk to the right people
Because of the sheer amount of options available it can seem overwhelming at times. It is therefore easy to get confused and make a poor investment. That’s why you must ensure you have the right support and advice all the way through the process. It is always best to have an expert check your premises and make sure all dimensions are correct.