Types of Straight Roller Conveyor
12th December 2022Straight roller conveyors may be metal or composite chutes, rollers, or skatewheel conveyors.
Chute Straight Roller Conveyor
A chute straight roller conveyor is one of the most basic methods of straight conveyance and is used to link two handling devices, provide accumulation in shipping areas, and transport items between conveyors on different levels.
These systems are designed to have a low coefficient of friction, allowing the product or material to slide easily, and can be straight or curved depending on the needs of the application. The design allows for efficient transport without spillage or blockage.
Relatively inexpensive to use and maintain, chute straight roller conveyors are used in bulk handling operations, such as when moving powders and liquids, and are ideal for lightweight products with a variety of package types, including cardboard, corrugated boxes, flexible packaging, and pouches.
Straight Roller Conveyor
Straight roller conveyors are just that—they transport materials on either rollers or wheels. Depending on the application and available floor space, the conveyors can be designed in four different style types—straight, curved, spur, or merged.
Primarily used in industries that handle distribution, packaging, and manufacturing applications, roller conveyors are assembled from a series of metal tubes with bearings or rollers mounted on axles and fastened to the conveyor frame. Because the rollers and axles have very low friction, it takes little gravitational force to rotate the rollers.
Additionally, straight roller conveyors are simple to install, require little maintenance, and work well in combination with powered conveyor systems.
Skatewheel Straight Roller Conveyor
Skatewheel straight roller conveyors are often used in applications handling lightweight packages or containers with smooth, flat bottoms.
Used in shipping, receiving, and assembly areas, these systems are comprised of wheels placed on axles and separated by spacers to keep them from moving from side to side on the axle. While the number of wheels on each axle can vary based on the size and weight of the item being conveyed, there should always be a minimum of 10 wheels underneath each item.
Industries that can benefit from skatewheel conveyor systems include those that specialize in handling parcel, food and beverages, and consumable goods.