Gravity Roller Conveyors – The Basics
Conveyors are used in many industries to simplify tasks and ensure that product processing or packaging is done efficiently. The uses of conveyors are numerous and by investing in the right unit, you can streamline business processes and ensure that productivity is kept high. Just how efficient your supply chain or production line is depends on how effective your conveyors and other goods-handling areas are. And at Caslad we would love to advise you on the right conveyor for your particular set-up.
If you are in the market for a conveyor, you might feel a little overwhelmed with the choices and options. A particular option on the market that might be right for your operational needs might not be suitable for another’s. Let’s take a look at gravity roller conveyors, for example. Roller conveyors are suitable for light loads such as cartons, wire bins, wood boxes, barrels, cans drums, and similar, but is not suitable for heavy loads that must be conveyed consistently at high speed. This means that roller conveyors appeal to a specific market. If that is your market, let’s take a closer look at the basic features and benefits of these conveyors for your operation. You might have seen gravity roller conveyors in action at the airport, when handing over your checked baggage.
Gravity roller conveyors are ideal for those looking for an economical conveying option as they require no motor power source to operate. As the name suggests, gravity is used to move items down an incline. They can also operate by means of a person pushing the products along the rollers. Skate wheels or full rollers can be used in these particular conveyors. In the case of full rollers being used, rollers are incorporated into various frames that are kept together by means of bed spacers which are used to set the spacers apart at different widths. While this is possible, it is always advised to have at least three rollers under a conveyed item at a time. Each roller has its own spring-loaded axle that can move with relative ease to each side. This makes it easy and convenient to replace rollers if and when required. And you will not have to cringe at the thought of repairs and maintenance of these units as these spring-loaded axles eliminate the associated hassles.
Advantages of Gravity Roller Conveyors
While there are various types of conveyors on the market, you might be wondering why you should opt for gravity roller conveyor over the other types available. The advantages of opting for gravity roller conveyors for your operation are many and now is the perfect time to explore them. Below are just a few for you to consider:
- The modular design of gravity roller conveyors make them a versatile addition to any business.
- They are ideal for incorporating into the final stages of a powered system where products need to collect for packaging and distribution.
- As no actual power or backup power is supplied, roller conveyors remain the most cost-effective conveyor options available on the market.
- These conveyors are easy to install and once set up and operated correctly, they require very little maintenance. If they require repairs, the rollers can be easily and singularly replaced along with the ball transfer units.
Caslad has a range of gravity roller conveyors and conveyor components available for sale. We supply our roller conveyors in 3-metre lengths, but can supply any length and size on request. We offer 45-degree and 90-degree bends to suit your requirements. Our rollers are available in various grades: light, medium, and heavy-duty. We offer standard widths ranging from 300 to 600 mm, but can also provide specific sizes on request. To ensure that our rollers are easy to work with, each one is spring-loaded. Our ball transfer units offer various diameters for you to choose from. Various fittings are available including flange, countersunk, and threaded.
If you are setting up a gravity roller conveyor for the first time, you will need professional guidance. We can provide you with that. Our knowledgeable consultants will ensure that you are presented with a variety of options and that you can make an informed decision that benefits your operation now and in the years to come.