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05th January 2021

What is a roller conveyor?

Roller conveyors are a series of rollers supported within a frame where objects can be moved either manually, by gravity, or by power.

There is a wide range of ways roller conveyors can be used and modified for different uses including transporting boxes, cardboard boxes, crates, pallets, plastic totes, polybags, slave boards, and trays.

A roller conveyor system can be configured to work with a range of ancillary equipment including bends, gates, and turntables.

Roller conveyors are normally used in environments such as warehouses or manufacturing facilities due to the nature of transporting goods.

Using a roller conveyor can add versatility to the type of transfers, diverters, and stops that can be used as part of a conveyor system or automation system. You can get roller conveyors in mild steel, galvanized, plastic, or stainless steel.

What are the benefits of using gravity roller conveyors?

Gravity roller conveyors are useful as they use gravity’s force to move items. Putting your gravity roller conveyor on a decline angle means you can move a product without any power source. This is a cost-benefit as it means it doesn’t require any power to move the goods from A to B, giving a reduced cost and being more environmentally friendly compared to a powered roller conveyor.

Due to not requiring any power, this reduces the need for maintenance costs, so again, reduces the cost of operation and time in maintaining the conveyor.

However, a gravity roller conveyor may not be as best suited in some scenarios as a powered roller conveyor would be.

This is due to it being harder to control the conveyor speed which could result in goods being damaged, for example, if the conveyor decline is steep and a heavy item gets put on the system.

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