A conveyor system is a vital part of any manufacturing or processing business, especially in the mining sector. The right conveyor system will help handle your products throughout various stages of production such as transportation, sorting, cleaning, packaging, and even cooling. If you are planning to install a conveyor system, read below to see some of the important factors that you'll need to consider first.
Belt or vibrating system?
Today there exist two major types of conveyor systems: belt-driven systems and vibrating systems. The former are more common and are mostly used to handle 'soft' goods through indoor environments. They feature rubber belts and rollers. Vibrating systems, on the other hand, are built for more rugged applications like handling rocks or metal. They consist of metallic buckets and vibrators.
How much space do you have?
Space is another major factor that will determine how your conveyor system will be installed in terms of length, width, and even the system's design. If you have unlimited space, a horizontal system will suffice as it is simpler to install and manage. However, if you have limited space, you can take advantage of vertical space to install a tier design system.
Open or covered system?
A conveyor system can be open or covered. Covering a conveyor system helps to control the interaction of the products with the environment. This helps limit pollution and product contamination where some goods are concerned. Most indoor systems are open as the environment is clean and well controlled. However, many outdoor systems are closed to protect against rain, dust, noise, and other factors.
Speed is vital with any conveyor system. The speed of the system determines its overall turnover and efficiency. At the same time, speed can allow you to incorporate various processing stages into the system. The right balance is therefore needed when determining the right speed for your conveyor installation. A system engineer can help you arrive at the right decision after factoring in the length of the system and the different processes that need to be carried out on it.
Last but not least, you will also need to consider the weight of your goods. Raw materials in mining industries, for example, tend to weigh a lot heavier than manufactured retail goods. They therefore need stronger frames, more rollers, and more powerful motors. This helps to avert premature wear and/or breakdown of the system.
After considering all the above, you can then task your conveyor systems installer to source the needed materials and begin the installation of your system.Share
25 January 2016
Welcome to my blog. My name is Mia. A few years ago, my partner and I bought an old home. It needed to have all new wiring installed, and through that process of working closely with a fabulous electrician, I learned a lot. I learned everything, from which questions to ask, to how to do a bit of wiring on my own. If you are hiring an electrician, you need to explore my posts. I hope they help guide you in the right direction. Now, that our home is finally, for the first time, not in the midst of a repair or project, I decided to start this blog. In addition, I also like to fish and read.