In virtually any industrial setting, custom conveyors are needed to help transport materials safely and efficiently, guiding them through the manufacturing process. Conveyor systems and conveyor companies aren’t all created equal, however, and it’s important to be judicious about the conveyors you choose for your factory or plant.
When choosing a custom conveyor, there are a number of important factors to consider. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the various styles of conveyors and provide some general advice for selecting the right custom conveyor for your industrial environment.
How to Choose the Right Custom Conveyors
Let’s start by considering a few categories of customizable conveyors, all of which are proudly manufactured at Gough Econ, a conveyor company in Charlotte, NC.
The standard belt conveyor is designed to provide clients with a seamless and reliable material handling solution. These efficient conveyors are available in a variety of configurations to suit the client’s material handling needs—including flat and slider belt conveyors, incline conveyors, flighted belt conveyors, and troughed belt conveyors.
Our storage conveyors are made to ensure the safe handling of materials throughout the manufacturing process and can be paired with other types of conveyor as needed. Essentially, storage conveyors act as a buffer between the different points of product flow resulting from varying rates of production, typically between the process area and packaging area.
Belt and Bucket Elevators
We are also pleased to provide clients with various types of belt and bucket elevators, which provide a more economical means of elevating or lowering product without concern for product degradation. Again, these conveyors can be paired with other types to provide a fully integrated system.
Continuous Vertical Conveyors
Finally, our continuous vertical conveyors can either elevate or lower products on a continuous cycle, providing a smooth and steady flow of product. These conveyors are available in a variety of styles and construction materials.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Belt Conveyor
It’s important to have some basic knowledge about the different categories of conveyors. If it appears a belt conveyor will satisfy your needs, it’s also helpful to know that belt conveyors can be fully customized. Many conveyor companies, like Gough Econ, will recommend that for some applications, it can be more advantageous to select a couple different styles, working in tandem, to solve a production issue or improve efficiency rather than choosing one style of conveyor.
To that end, here are a few additional factors to consider when determining which type of belt conveyor best suits your manufacturing needs.
The type of material that’s being handled dictates the ideal conveyor type—and for materials that are more durable, a simple belt conveyor featuring plastic sidewalls may be the best option.
In situations where you are dealing with more delicate materials, Gough Econ recommends a belt conveyor with corrugated sidewalls. This ensures that, as the material rubs against the wall, it’s not being dragged against a solid, fixed material. The corrugated side-walls move with the material, which safeguards against product damage.
Another option for plants working with delicate materials is a trough conveyor. With these conveyors, the materials lay in the trough, which is another way to prevent them from rubbing against the side guide and potentially becoming damaged. With that said, the drawback to trough conveyors is limited capacity. If you need a conveyor with higher capacity, trough conveyors will need to be very wide compared with other styles of conveyor.
Another factor to consider when choosing your custom conveyors is incline. At Gough Econ, we can manufacture any of our conveyors to be as steep as the client needs them to be, which is usually dictated by the layout of their industrial space. Steeper inclines will require either a J-shaped or an L-shaped flight to contain the product.
Scrapers and Add-On Features
Still another issue for manufacturers to consider is that certain materials can stick to the belt—and over time, this could result in a significant amount of buildup. A simple way to remedy this is to incorporate scrapers onto the conveyor belt to help keep the materials from adhering to the belt surface. Gough Econ is proud to provide a full range of scrapers. These are usually placed at the head of the belt where they are most effective at eliminating residual material.
Additionally, all of Gough Econ’s conveyors are available with customizable, add-on features—features that include inlet chutes, discharge chutes, inlet hoppers, product covers and contamination shields, and more.
Gough Econ’s custom conveyors can be constructed from different types of materials. For conveyors that require wash-down in sanitary environments—such as those used to process milk, cheese, or vegetables—Gough Econ offers all stainless-steel components and designs that allow the water to flow out of the conveyor as it is being washed. We can also provide guidance regarding compatibility with cleaning products that are commonly used to help prevent corrosion.
Gough Econ: A Conveyor Company with Options
Many times, you will find there is no single correct answer for how manufacturers should approach their bulk material handling requirements. As you consider your conveyor needs, we encourage looking into each of the different product types we’ve listed here, and also taking into account some of the additional features mentioned.
Gough Econ’s engineers know that the best way to approach material handling is through our systematic approach. Unlike some other conveyor companies, we are not in the business of providing cookie-cutter solutions. We take pride in getting to know our clients’ requirements before we help guide them toward individualized solutions. Gough Econ’s engineers are happy not only to provide world-class products, but also to help design integrated solutions that help our clients overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.
We hope that this post has provided you some basic information on some of our conveying systems. If you have additional questions or would like to start a discussion on your material handling requirements, reach out to the engineering team at Gough Econ today.