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Roller conveyors are a sequence of rollers held in a frame where items can be moved manually, by power, or by gravity. There are a number of ways roller conveyors can be utilized and adjusted for different applications, including moving cardboard boxes, boxes, pallets, crates, plastic totes, polybags, trays, and slave boards. Read More…

Roller Conveyors A roller conveyor is a type of material handling equipment that moves products, packages, foods and equipment from one place inside a facility to another, or through various stages of automated manufacturing or finishing.
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Belleville, NJ  |  800-822-8629

VAC-U-MAX is a premier manufacturer of quality conveyors among other similar products and services. VAC-U-MAX produces its equipment to handle small parts and heavy metal powders.

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VAC-U-MAX $$$

Bloomfield, CT  |  860-769-5500

mk North America, Inc. offers the widest variety of conveyors in the industry. Our vast product line features a variety of aluminum frame and stainless-steel conveyors that are built to last. At mk we believe in offering not only a better product, but also a better solution – which is why we will work with you to ensure your unique application is matched with the best possible conveyor solution. Belt, roller, chain, timing belt and many other conveyor types are available.

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mk North America, Inc. $$$

Roseville, MI  |  586-771-1881

Ultimation is the largest integrator for Jervis Webb overhead conveyors and has an extensive range of "quick ship" roller conveyors and belt conveyors. Ultimation's conveyor systems are installed in the facilities of many of the world's leading brands. With our years of experience, Ultimation is one of the major conveyor manufacturers.

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Ultimation $$$

Carrollton, TX  |  972-704-2120

Precision Warehouse Design has over 20 years of experience manufacturing conveyor systems. With our 225+ years combined experience we are one of the best in the industry. We have a very wide selection of different conveyors which include flexible conveyors, belt driven live roller conveyors, accumulation conveyors, and much more. Our conveyors systems are customizable to fit the needs of our customers.

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Precision Warehouse Design $$$

Franklin, TN  |  615-377-9774

Designed Conveyor exists to bring you dependable and quality service. Our world-class conveyor systems and material handling solutions bring millions of products to people world-wide. We are creative and cost-effective in our designs - working with you to meet your needs. Since our systems keep your business moving, you can be sure our ongoing support is guaranteed.

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Designed Conveyor Systems, Inc. $$$

Monroe, NC  |  704-246-0900

Spiroflow offers a complete range of mechanical conveying solutions in the industry. The staff at Spiroflow can recommend the best method to meet your conveying needs.

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Spiroflow Systems, Inc. $$$

Archdale, NC  |  336-895-1963

If you are in need of conveyors that are built to last, you can count on us to be your number one provider. We manufacture conveyors that guarantee efficiency and stability. Our teams offer fast turnaround on all orders and if an issue ever arises then we will work with you to quickly repair your systems. Give us a call today or visit our website to learn more information!

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Vecoplan, LLC $$$
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What is a Roller Conveyor?

Roller conveyors are a sequence of rollers held in a frame where items can be moved manually, by power, or by gravity.

There are a number of ways roller conveyors can be utilized and adjusted for different applications, including moving cardboard boxes, boxes, pallets, crates, plastic totes, polybags, trays, and slave boards.

A roller conveyor system may be constructed to work with a number of ancillary devices like bends, turntables, and gates.

Roller Conveyor System

How a Roller Conveyor is Made

There are a number of parts that are generic on all types of roller conveyors. These are discussed below.

Rollers for Roller Conveyors

These are cylinders made of metal fixed into the assembly combined with a metal axis and two bearings. This part is different depending on the type of conveyors. It may be substituted with chains or belts.

Nylon Conveyor Roller

Motor for Roller Conveyors

AC induction motors are used for roller conveyors because they operate continuously in one direction. In cases where the motor must operate perpetually in one direction at synchronous speeds, synchronous motors are used.

Built-In Smart Motor

Where controlling speed is important or it changes frequently there are motors which offer wide speed control range and constant torque. For conveyors that need higher accuracy positioning, stepper motors and servo motors are suitable.

Structure and Legs for Roller Conveyors

They support rollers. They are constructed of steel because it is strong and durable in handling heavy loads.

Roller Conveyor Legs

Non Precision Bearings for Roller Conveyors

There are two main types of ball bearings used in roller conveyors.

  • Angular Contact Ball Bearings

    Angular contact ball bearings are constructed to be placed in proximity to each other in the direction of the bearing axis. Thus combined loads are handled at the same time handling axial and radial loads.

  • Pillow Block Bearing

    These are pedestals which support spinning shafts using various accessories and compatible bearings. Pillow block bearings are commonly applied in the most arduous food and beverage industries. Cast iron or cast steel is used to construct a majority of their housing.

Angular Ball Bearing

Sprockets for Roller Conveyors

They are applied with chains or rollers, they feature toothed gears or profiled wheels to provide rotational motion.

Chain Sprockets

Types of Roller Conveyors

The different types of roller conveyors include:

Gravity Roller Conveyor

They let items move on rollers applying the force of gravity in moving the load. Gravity conveyors are a very simple and cost effective type of product handling systems. They function by permitting the material to roll on the upper surface.

Belt Driven Roller Conveyor

They are a sequence of rollers supported by a structure appropriate for unit handling items which are moved by a belt. They are best for moving a huge number of light and heavy items of irregular or regular shape. The system is mainly silent running, even at high speeds.

Chain Driven Roller Conveyor

They are used to move pallets and other unit items. The rollers are moved by a chain and offer the power required to move pallets. This heavy duty roller conveyor may be combined with transfers for angular transfer in roller conveyor systems.

Line Shaft Roller Conveyor

They are powered by a shaft under the rollers. These conveyors are perfect for light usage, reaching 50 kg like tote boxes and cardboard boxes. On the shaft are a number of spools, for each roller there is one spool.

Powered Roller Conveyors

They are 24V conveyors for efficient and precise movement of containers, boxes, or totes. Perfect for zero pressure accumulation. Each zone may be controlled separately. The controlling units are pre-installed in the extrusion, enclosed, and ready to use.

Motor Driven Live Roller (MDLR)

Motor driven live rollers are a quite new conveyor type. They utilize small DC motors to drive transportation rollers. Frequently, the motor is built inside a roller. These small DC motors are spread throughout the conveyor. Each motor is an accumulation zone.

Applications of Roller Conveyors

They are applied in a variety of industries listed below:

  • Manufacturing and design
  • Food handling
  • Mail delivery services
  • Baggage handling
  • Steelmaking
  • Packaging
  • Logistics

Choosing the Right Roller Conveyor

When choosing a roller conveyor it is important to consider the following:

Material Characteristics

It is important to pay attention to the height, width, length, and weight since the technical specifications of the system are ultimately dependent on these characteristics.

Production Rate and Accumulation Choice

By determining the rate of production, the required conveyor speed is determined so it meets throughput requirements and reduces downtime.

Conveying Requirements

Details like conveying volume, elevation, and distance are one of the primary factors which influence the choice.

Environmental Conditions

Temperature, sunlight, moisture, and dust at an industrial site demand exceptional belt qualities and steel specifications.

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