How does a gravity roller conveyor work?
A gravity roller conveyor lets a product move on rollers using the force of gravity to move the load. Gravity conveyors are one of the simplest and affordable types of material handling systems. They work by allowing the product to roll along the upper surface. When mounted on a slight decline the parts begin moving across the rollers. They are great for warehouses, production facilities, or distribution centers.
Most rollers for these conveyor systems are 1.5 inches to 1.9 inches diameter. For extreme-duty applications, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch diameters are available. It’s easy to configure your system and buy online. Because they are light, you can use them for either temporary or permanent situations. Permanent floor supports or temporary tripod-style stands are also available. You can use roller curve units for corners.
What are the types of roller conveyor?
We’re a leading roller conveyor manufacturer. We can analyze your gravity roller conveyor needs and configure a system for you. Other names include gravity roller conveyors, roller conveyor tables or roller conveyor frames. We even hear people ask for a “roller conveyor belt”, even though there is no belt. All these descriptions refer to a simple system as shown in the image below. Here are some further details on the types of roller conveyor:
- Gravity Roller Conveyor. This is the most common type. It has no motors.
- Gravity Conveyor Belt. Many people use this term for roller conveyors. But they have no belt.
- Powered Roller Conveyor. These systems have rollers powered by a motor. There are two main styles, motor driven roller conveyors or chain driven live roller. Follow the links to the pages dedicated to those two conveyor types.
- Belt-driven roller conveyor is another alternative where the rollers are driven by a belt. These types of conveyor are more common for curves.
- Line-shaft roller conveyor. Another variation of a belt driven roller conveyor.
- Heavy Duty Roller Conveyors. These generally refer to roller conveyors that have roller diameters of 2.5″, 3.5″ or larger. They are not very common as generally conveyors for heavy loads have motors.