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					?Conveyor systems are a type of material handling equipment that is used to transfer
products from one location to another. The types of materials could be raw materials,
food, chemicals in fact any material that needs to be moved to the next process of
production, inspection, packing or dispatching.

There are many different types of conveyors such as overhead conveyors, belt
conveyors, bucket elevators, food conveyors, pivoting bucket elevators, pendulum
bucket elevators and vibratory conveyers to name a few. These are powered by an
electric motor, air pressure or vacuum.

The overhead conveyor can be used for many items such as assembly, distribution and
food. The certainly don't come cheap but the amount of manpower they reduce well
makes up for the cost. You are also gaining some much appreciated floor space and
reducing and preventing accidents. This type of conveyor is used extensively in the
tyre, white goods and car exhaust industries.

A bucket elevator which can also be called a grain leg is a mechanism for moving
flowable bulk materials vertically. This can be bulk materials which are either light
weight or heavy, from fine to larger lumps. Basically this type of conveyor consists of
the buckets which are used to contain the material, a belt to carry the buckets and
transmit the pull, the power that drives the belt and any accessories for loading the
buckets or picking up the material Bucket elevators can be designed to ensure that all
handling of the product is undertaken using methods that are inherently gentle and
cause minimum distress to the products being moved.

Belt Conveyors are used for moving multiples of bulk or unit load products to
different points within the processing system. These are low cost, product specific
conveyor systems which use standard conveying components in order to move within
a process or to an end of line packing facility. They can be controlled by a simple
push button operation at each stopping position or coupled to intelligent controls to
allow a set period at each position before moving on. This form of conveyor includes
Troughed, Dished Boom, Flat Bed or Plastic Modular.

Another type of conveyor is a roller conveyor which is also cost affective and very
versatile. These have evolved and now you can get advanced powered roller
conveyors which are designed for heavy duty applications such as pallet handling,
automotive applications or storage where heavy product is loaded onto the conveyor
via a machine or fork lift. Most are manufactured out of mild steel but have heavy
duty rollers which are powered by a shaft mounted geared motor.
You can get conveyors designed and tailored to your exact needs. What conveyor suits
one type of process might not be suitable for another. So getting the right type of
conveyor for your processing needs is a must.
For more information on Bucket Elevators and Conveyor Systems please visit Gough
& Co (Engineering) Ltd.

				
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