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What are the types of conveyors?

Conveyors are mechanical devices used to transport materials from one point to another within a facility or between different locations. There are several types of conveyors, each designed for specific applications and industries. 

Conveyors types


Belt Conveyors

Consist of a continuous belt that moves over a series of rollers or drums.

Used for transporting bulk materials, such as grains, coal, ore, and packaged goods.

Roller Conveyors

Utilize a series of rollers to move items along a path.

Often used for handling heavy loads or in applications where items need to accumulate.

Chain Conveyors

Feature a chain that runs along a set of sprockets to move materials.

Suitable for heavy-duty applications and the transportation of pallets.

Screw/Auger Conveyors

Consist of a rotating helical screw blade within a tube, used to move bulk materials horizontally or at a slight incline.

Commonly used in agriculture, construction, and industrial settings.


Bucket Elevators

Employ buckets attached to a rotating chain or belt to elevate materials vertically.

Commonly used for lifting bulk materials, such as grains or aggregates.

Vibrating Conveyors

Use vibratory motion to move materials along a trough.

Suitable for applications where gentle conveying or handling of fragile materials is required.

Pneumatic Conveyors

Transport materials using air pressure through a pipeline.

Suitable for moving powders, granules, or bulk solids in industries like food processing and chemical manufacturing.

Overhead Conveyors

Hang from above and move materials along a fixed path.

Commonly used in assembly lines for handling products during manufacturing.

Flexible Conveyors

Consist of powered rollers or belts mounted on a series of axles, allowing for flexibility in the conveying path.

Ideal for applications with changing layouts or where space is limited.


Plate Conveyors

Use slats or plates made of steel or other materials to move items along a path.

Suitable for heavy-duty applications and handling irregularly shaped items.

Trolley Conveyors

Use a series of overhead trolleys to move materials along a fixed path.

Commonly used for painting lines, assembly lines, and storage systems.

Magnetic Conveyors

Use magnets to move ferrous materials along a conveyor path.

Ideal for transporting steel parts in metalworking and recycling applications.

These are just a few examples of the many types of conveyors available. The choice of conveyor depends on factors such as the type of material being transported, the distance of transportation, the speed required, and the specific requirements of the industry or application.

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