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Slat conveyors are a type of conveying technology that uses a chain-driven loop of slats to move product from one end to another.

Slat Conveyor

Slat conveyors are a type of conveying technology that uses a chain-driven loop of slats to move product from one end to another. A motor drives the chain, which causes it to cycle just as belt conveyors do. Instead of a rubber belt, this conveyor type uses slats connected to a chain, providing a rigid, flat surface for every item on the conveyor. This makes slat conveyors ideal for irregular shaped products that cannot / are unsuitable to be used on rollers or belts .

Slats are typically made from metal or engineering plastic, which allows slat conveyors to function in high weight, hazardous, and high-temperature environments. Another major advantage is that the slats can be built with unique shapes to hold / locate items, giving them more use-cases than most conveyors. Slat conveyors can be manufactured to your exact requirements to match your speed and size needs, and can  have optional side railings fitted to help guide materials through the conveyor system.

Heavy and Straight

Slat conveyors are most commonly used for heavy products that would normally damage most belt conveyors( though they are often used for transporting dangerous or hot products. With there ability to control the orientation of an object they are widely used in manufacturing plants on assembly lines.

Typically slat conveyors operate in straight runs, but smaller, more flexible slat chains are available. These allow for curved slat conveyors to be manufactured which are used in the food and bottle manufacturing industries (Note – sometimes these are referred to as chain conveyors as they are thin and chain like).

Slat conveyors are most commonly used in the horizontal orientation or with a slight incline, but at Wrightfield we have found that there are exceptions

Types of slat conveyors

  • Standard slat conveyors – are used throughout industry to transport small to medium-sized objects that require orientation control and no accumulation. Select if you need a straight conveyor capable of moving general items, or if workers must interact with smaller product for assembly.
  • Heavy-duty slat conveyors – often used in the automotive manufacturing market. They provide workspace, support, and transport of heavy, irregular materials at slower speeds with ease.
  • Apron conveyors – are specialized slat conveyors that implement interlinked slats with raised edges to create a sealed, moving trough. They can be made leak proof and are often used in an incline to feed/discharge material from differing elevations, as their design is inherently self-containing.

Slat Conveyors designed and manufactured in Britain, installed throughout the UK & Ireland

Slat Conveyors Wrightfield Ltd

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After Sales Conveyor Maintenance

Wrightfield offer a professional and responsive after sales service. Including both spares & various service options we can help keep your business up and running.

As partners of both Intralox (for the full range of belts) and SEW for motors, along with our ability to source from a range of manufacturers, as well as being able to manufacture or fabricate a variety of bespoke parts we are confident we can meet your needs, so why not give us a try when you next need replacement parts

We can provide planned maintenance on a scheduled basis, and well a providing skilled engineers for shift cover in the event of busy periods or holidays.

Our fully equipped vans are on call in the event of a breakdown.

Our After Sales service offerings can be bespoked to your particular requirements including:

  • As partners of Intralox Belts and SEW Motors we have access to the full range
  • Wide range of other purchased parts
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Control systems
  • Manufacturing, Welding & Fabrication available in-house
  • Breakdown Support
  • Service Contracts
  • Shift Cover
  • Planned Preventative Maintenance
  • Audits & Assessments
  • Remote Diagnostics
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Conveyor Spare Parts

Belt Conveyor Components

We supply Conveyor Belting of all types including Food Grade Conveyor Belting, Grip-top Belting, PVC Conveyor Belting, Smooth. Belt Conveyor Components are available for all types of Belt Conveyors and include Drive Drums, Idler Rollers, Crowned Rollers and Motors.

  • SEW Geared Motor Units – We stock key SEW geared motor drives for all of our conveyors, including line shaft conveyors, belt conveyors, pallet conveyors, belt under roller conveyors and our flexible conveyors.
  • Intralox – we stock a range of key Intralox components
  • Conveyor Belting – Smooth and Grip-face belts are available to suit a variety of applications. These are available in a variety of different colours.
  • Drive Drums – Drums are available to suit Wrightfield conveyors and other suppliers of belt conveyors
  • Bearings – We have a range of replacement belt conveyor bearings available from stock.
  • Sprockets and Drive chain – we have a range of replacement sprockets and drive chains available from stock. Non stock items can be obtained
  • Rollers – We have a variety of rollers available. Over the years we have manufactured rollers to suit conveyors that have been manufactured but the original manufacturer is no longer able to support / supply
  • Adjustable feet – We have a range of steel, plastic, steel, light and heavy duty adjustable feet available. We also manufacture bespoke feet that allow the height of a conveyor system to be raised ( which can provide a very cost effective way of adapting an existing conveyor system
  • Custom built components available

In the fast paced world of food processing, unplanned downtime owing to broken machinery can have serious consequences. We understand this and provide conveyor belt parts to help companies get back up and running as soon as possible. Because of the complete set of services we offer we are also able to provide custom built components.

Custom Made Conveyor Belt Parts

The fact that we own our own factory is an important factor in facilitating us to provide the efficient service we do. With no middle man to deal we are able to work directly with clients enabling us to save both time and effort. Moreover, we are in a position to fully understand the requirements of a client. Finally, with our own manufacturing facility, we are able to realise a client’s objectives and to provide them with custom made conveyor belt parts if required.

Conveyor Belt Parts – Aftercare Service

We provide a comprehensive aftercare service, as part of which we supply spare conveyor belt parts and components. Additionally, the service also includes planned maintenance so as to proactively avoid any potential issues that may occur to machines, as well as offering emergency breakdown repair.

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