Conveyor systems come in many different designs, and among the most popular and versatile are belt conveyors and live roller conveyors. Norpak Handling Ltd. supplies both kinds, in many variations. But the appropriate model depends on the customer’s specific scenario and product type. It is important to understand the differences between belt and roller conveyors, and what tasks they best suit, to choose the right solution.
The advantages and disadvantages
Belt conveyors and live roller conveyors have their own respective advantages and disadvantages in different applications. Belt models use at least two pulleys, around which a belt is looped. The conveyor belt moves when the pulleys rotate, and rollers or slider beds under the belt support the items. Different belt products create varying stability levels, and temperature affects the material selected. In live roller conveyors, the rollers contact the moved items directly, which can offer lower stability. While roller conveyors are considered more economical, they should be used when the products have flat bottoms.
On roller conveyors, packages may move around or contact the guardrails. Belted conveyors work for irregular-sized or small products, elevation changes, or boxes without flat bottoms. Customers can use two kinds of accessories with belted conveyors – scanners, and gappers or trackers. With these units, scanners supported on slider beds get better readings, and belted conveyors also offer more item control and less slippage for gappers and trackers.
Live roller conveyors are recommended for regular-sized items, packages with flat bottoms, and no ascending or descending. Due to the spaces between rollers, users can use various accessories with these units, such as the following:
Customers can trust the Norpak team for assistance in choosing the best options.
To learn more, contact Norpak.