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Conveyors Heights and supports

04th June 2019

When conveyors are mounted on the floor, you’ll need to set the height based on the way the conveyor is being used. If people are working on product, picking or packing on the conveyor, the primary driver should be ergonomic working height. Usually this means setting the height for a “golden zone” that lets people work easiest. This article breaks that situation down in detail, but it’s mostly about setting conveyors for “knuckle height”, with is 30″ from the floor to the center of the operator’s hands for the average person.

Conveyor heights are defined as top-of-roller or top-of belt. The The height of the load should also be considered if people are working on the loads. You can set the conveyor lower if there is a 12″ tall load to make it easier for operators to work with the load. Take guards into consideration when setting the heights.

For ceiling-mounted or overhead conveyors, there are different considerations. Usually people aren’t working on those, but you will need to set them to safe clearances for people or forklifts passing beneath, and be sure they interface correctly with processes on the floor, mezzanines, machinery, etc.

Low profile conveyors, which typically have a conveyor bed height of less than 2″, can be used in tight vertical spaces.