Transport Conveyor

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Product Handling Concepts has a variety of transportation conveyor options available to get product to the right place at the right time. From simple table top lines to intricate modular belts or motor driven roller systems, we make sure that you get the right type of conveyor for your product.

Table Top Conveyor

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When it comes to moving product from one location to another, it does not get simpler than a table top conveyor.

A table top conveyor chain is created by joining together a series of slats or links, similar to a bike chain. These linked slats are then guided along a path made by a series or wear strips, usually made of oil, impregnated wood, or ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMW). The strips are held in place by a metal frame which is supported by either the floor on legs or suspended from the ceiling on drop down hangers.

The simplicity of table tops makes it a very versatile chain for several other types of applications as well. You can use multiple lines on a large frame to create a single filer or extra space for product accumulation. More specialized variations of table top chain are used in manipulation devices such as grippers and helical twists.

Modular Belt Conveyor

Product Handling Concepts Modular Belt

The Modular Belt is a highly customizable conveyor chain. It is made by linking together plastic modules with rods. This kind of construction allows for a large variety of standard widths and even the ability to make custom widths if necessary. 

There are two main categorizes of modular belts; straight running and side flexing. Straight running belts are not able to go around curves, but need less complicated frames to hold the belt due to their increased rigidity, and tend to be less expensive. Side flexing belts cost more and require more complicated supports and frames, but have discovered the wonderful ability to turn. Other options include inserts such as high friction top, cleats, or hold downs. 

Fabric Belt Conveyor

From the grocery store to the factory floor.

Most people are familiar with fabric belt conveyors, as they are most often seen out in the wild of fitness centers and convenience stores. The fabric belt is supported completely by a steel frame and driven by a solid pulley. Tension is maintained by either an independent tension pulley or using an adjustable pulley on an idle end. Because each belt is uniquely manufactured, a fabric belt conveyor has the maximum amount of flexibility in length or width for any transport conveyor. A fabric belt is often called for when feeding product into particular machines due to specific friction requirements for those machines.

Chain Driven Live Roller Conveyor

Chain Driven Roller Conveyor

Moving the big stuff

Chain Driven Live Roller (CDLR) conveyor is made up of a series of rollers aligned inside two side frames. The rollers are then connected via sprockets and chain to a drive motor mounted to the side of the conveyor. These pulleys, being made of steel, are able to convey far heavier products compared to plastic based conveyors like table tops and modular belts. The down side of such a conveyor, however, is the relatively large gaps between the rollers limiting the size of the products that can be effectively conveyed.

Chain driven roller is most commonly used for moving already packaged cases or boxes of product towards the end of a production line leading into or out of palletizing equipment.

Motor Driven Roller Conveyor

Motor Driven Roller Conveyor

Accumulation. Accumulation everywhere!

Motor Driven Roller (MDR) conveyor, like its simpler cousin chain driven roller conveyor, is assembled using a series of pulleys. These pulleys are then joined together using elastic bands. One roller in each of these series is internally driven and controlled independently of the other series. This way zones are created, which can start or stop independently of other zones. This is very useful when wanting to create accumulation for cases or other large product feeding equipment such as palletizers. With the zones being able to turn on and off independently zero pressure accumulation is possible, as well as merging of product lines without the need of clamps, stops, or metering belts.


Going up?

Sometimes there is not enough space to use a standard incline or decline conveyor, even with cleats or high friction inserts. In these cases a gripper could be the best option to get your product where it needs to go. 

Grippers operate by grabbing a product on its side using a table top conveyor chain with rubber bulb inserts. Once in its firm grasp, a gripper then moves the product at any angle required, even straight up or down. By making the spacing between the chains adjustable, a range of products sizes can be accommodated.

The unique operation of a gripper means that it can also function as a variety of devices. Using the spacing of the chains, a gripper can function as a vertical gate or bypass, allowing product to either be moved vertically or pass through. A "C style" gripper can be used as an upender, flipping the product 180 degrees before releasing it. For access requirements a humpback gripper will allow for personnel or equipment access while never letting go of the packaging.

Spiral Conveyors

A Gentler Touch

Where grippers can't be used due to fragile product or where more accumulation is desired, spiral conveyors really fit the bill. Made of either modular belt for smaller products or motor driven rollers when accumulation is desired, a spiral wraps a large amount of conveyor in a small footprint.