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Expandable skate wheel conveyor

01st June 2021

Skate wheel conveyors consist of small skate wheels mounted on a series of axles attached to rigid or flexible frames. The wheels let boxes, totes, and other loads with firm, flat bottoms roll along the conveyor from one place to another, reducing the effort it takes to move the loads. 

These unpowered (gravity-flow) conveyors use a downward slope or a manual push to move loads down the line. Compared to roller conveyors, skate wheel conveyors need less force or slope to move loads and are better at maintaining the orientation of loads as they move around curves. 

The conveyors' wheel density impacts the size of the loads that can be conveyed on them. The smallest item on the conveyors should be supported by at least five wheels on three axles at all times. Gate kits and transition sections can be used to customize the conveyors. Skate wheel conveyors can be reconfigured for temporary applications and are often used in warehousing, manufacturing, package handing, and distribution tasks.

These light-duty rigid-frame skate wheel conveyors are made from aluminum and are lighter than rigid-frame skate wheel conveyors made from steel. They are well suited for job sites where conveyors will be disassembled and reconfigured often. Rigid-frame skate wheel conveyors allow loads with firm, flat bottoms to roll along the conveyor from one place to another, reducing the effort it takes to move the loads in assembly lines, shipping departments, and stocking areas. 

They come in straight and curved sections, often called conveyor sticks, that can be connected to build a conveyor system that moves items along the most optimal path. Each section must be supported by compatible conveyor stands. The number and spacing of the stands used to support the conveyor section will affect its capacity.

This article comes from grainger edit released


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