Roller Conveyor Systems
Roller conveyors are fundamentally a series of rollers supported within a frame where objects can be moved either by power, manually, or by gravity.
Wrightfield have manufactured roller conveyors in a wide range of formats for many different uses including transporting trays, crates, pallets, plastic boxes, cardboard boxes, plastic totes and poly-bags.
Unlike the majority of slat conveyors, a roller conveyor system can be configured to work with a range of ancillary equipment including bends, gates, and turntables.
These conveyors are commonly used in warehouses or manufacturing facilities where they are ideal for transporting the goods found in these environments they are typically available in mild steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel or plastic.
Roller conveyors designed and manufactured in Britain, installed throughout Europe
Gravity roller conveyors
These are useful as they use gravity’s force to move items so setting your gravity roller conveyor on a slight decline angle means you can easily move a product without any power source. There are a number of benefits of gravity roller conveyors
- No power required to move the goods from A to B
- Reduced operating cost and more environmentally friendly compared to a powered roller conveyor.
- Reduced maintenance costs
However, a gravity roller conveyor has some disadvantages compared to a powered roller conveyor
- It is easier to control the conveyor speed on a powered roller conveyor
- If items are heavy a powered roller conveyor reduces the risks associated with manual handling
Powered Roller Conveyors
A powered conveyor is likely the most suitable product when you need to transport goods over a longer distance as they can move goods horizontally over a long distance within an efficient time.
The powered conveyor speed can be fully controlled so there is total control over the process, thus minimising risk. Powered roller conveyor systems are often split up into zones. Where each zone can be individually controlled, allowing a zone to only run when an item is present. This helps in reducing operational cost, improve efficiency and reduces risk as if a zone stops due to a problem, only that zone will stop and the remaining system will continue operating
These systems are more expensive but are worth the investment if you need to move goods over a longer distance. You can see in the image below a roller conveyor system L.A.C. installed where one part of the conveyor system takes the product up and down, reducing the need for people on the system and automating a process.
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