What Are Roller Conveyors For In Material Handling?

Roller conveyors for your everyday use.

A roller conveyor serves as very important equipment /tools in material handling. It is for the purpose of sliding the load, pushing, accumulating materials. There are different kinds of roller conveyors. There are those that are driven by a chain, belt, shaft, accumulation and those that are non-powered. It is made of steel, stainless steel, galvanized and plastic.

Using a roller conveyor has an advantage compared to slider bed conveyors. Most large industries are using roller conveyors for daily use. It may either be power operated or by gravity. It helps in moving materials easily and comfortably. Without roller conveyors material handling companies find it difficult as well as time consuming.

Bahrns Material Handling Company offers different kinds of roller conveyors that will help your business save time and effort in moving your products every day. This helps improve efficiency and productivity. Go to this webpage and know more about roller conveyors.

Expansion of Caster Concepts with Cutting-edge Conveyor Concepts

Conveyor products
Expandable / Portable Roller Conveyor

A celebrated manufacturer of colossal industrial caster and wheel named “Caster Concepts Incorporated” shared to the public just recently, the inclusion of the cutting-edge “Conveyor Concepts” to its long time family business. The production of specialized parts for conveyor industries is the niche of Conveyor Concepts; which includes drive assemblies, conveyor rollers, polyurethane wheels as well as many other products related to the industry.

Conveyor Concepts can also give assurance the OEM designers and conveyor manufacturers’ quality subassemblies with shorter production time, considering that it is engineered with the expert people of Caster Concepts’.

According to the CEO and President of Caster and Conveyor Concepts Dr. William Dobbins, He is very excited about this new product group. He also stated that, if one knows the basic competencies of this one-of-a-kind business industry, then their move will be definitely understood. They already have approximately 25 years of experience and counting – in precision machining, polyurethane, engineering and fabrication. They also have a team who always work together to solve different dilemmas and produce particular products which are impeccable.

Caster Concepts is definitely not a newbie when it comes to the industry for conveyors, since it has previously supplied products for highly specialized “custom conveyors”, automotive manufacturers and bulk conveyors for a good number of years. The company has also been tasked to re-engineer components which are already failing in the heavy industry to help counteract failure and prolong its life cycle.

Bookings for Conveyor increased to nearly 25%

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A good increase for Conveyor bookings.

The “Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association” or CEMA basing on their accumulated data, relayed that their scheduled orders for February 2012 amazingly increased by 24.8% in comparison to their bookings last February 2011.

CEMA also sized up their February 2012 bookings with their orders on January 2012, and it also definitely went up by 13.2%.

Though it might be looking good for the conveyor bookings, orders for the Bulk Handling Equipment are not doing quite as well. The Unit Handling Equipment orders on the other hand, increased to 31% in February compared to the month of January.

The over-all Invoiced Sales for the shipments of Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) magnified by 4.5% this year compared to their February 2011 sales.

The sales though, were down by 1.0% on February 2012 in comparison to January 2012.

The Invoiced Sales on February for Bulk Handling Equipment increased for about 1.0%, and for the Unit Handling Equipment it decreased to 2.0% in comparison to the month of January.

Other Essential Parts of a Conveyor System

Roller & Belt Conveyors and Ball Transfer Tables
Conveyor parts, such as conveyors stands provide additional support for the entire conveyor system.

A conveyor system is a well known material handling equipment used to continuously move object, materials and heavy equipment. This equipment is widely used in different industrial and commercial applications such as in retail stores, food industries, airport, manufacturing, shipping, processing and others.

However, as its name implies, a conveyor system is composed of different parts or elements besides the conveyor itself. Conveyor system also has different parts like stands, tracks, hangers, bearings, covers, shrouds, flange, clamps, couplings, spout and replacement parts. These conveyor parts provide additional support and safeness. These parts also helps improves efficiency, quality and performance.

Popular manufacturers of conveyor parts are Roll-A-Way, Vestil and HYTROL. Roll-A-Way offers replacement parts such as roller, balls, skate wheels, H stands, tripods and guard rails. Vestil and HYTROL on the other hand offers durable H stands for conveyors.

Ball Transfer Tables

Roller & Belt Conveyors and Ball Transfer Tables
Ball transfer tables used ball bearings that are made from high quality steel, which can handle 65lbs of weight and more.

Ball transfer table is another type of conveyors, which uses omni-directional or multi-directional bearings to move around object and heavy materials. This type of conveyor used the same principle that is used in trackballs, in which a bigger ball is supported by smaller ball bearings.

Ball transfer tables are used to conveniently transfer, rotate and position objects in a conveying line. Ball transfer tables have hundreds of individual ball sockets that are mounted in a restrictive fixture. These ball sockets are made with high quality steel which can handle 65lbs or more of weight. These moving tables are available in different sizes and shapes. Expandable ball transfer tables are also available in the market, which are used for temporary set up in warehouses, loading docks, shipping departments and assembly lines.

Most favored brands of ball transfer tables are Roll-A-Way and NestaFlex. Roll-A-Way offers curved and custom size ball transfer tables. NestaFlex on the other hand offers expandable ball transfer tables.

Keeping Production Rolling with Ball Transfer Tables – Part 2

Ball transfer tables have load bearing spherical balls that are omni directional which are mounted inside of a restraining device.  Each of the large balls that make up the ball transfer table is usually supported by smaller ball bearings in hemispherical cup.  The balls are mostly used in an inverted position while items or products are quickly moved over the transfer table which is the least problematic.  This allows the manual transfer of items or products from different sections of other conveyor systems.
ROLL-A-WAY Ball Transfer Table
Ball Transfer Tables are also being used as moving dollies in dining halls and department stores.
Ball transfer tables can be made of nylon, steel, stainless steel, or carbon with the ball transfers made of stainless steel, steel, or carbon steel.  They are made with a variety of different products in mind and have different load capacities, heights, and widths. Stainless steel units are usually reserved for the food processing industry while for sanitary purposes.  The nylon ball types are usually applied in instances where softer products are being produced or shipped to prevent damage.
Although ball transfer tables are key to conveyor systems they have been found to by highly effective in other areas of the industry.  It may be surprising to some to find that ball transfer tables are now being used as an alternative for moving dollies. Moving displays or other items in a department store, dining hall, concert hall, or show rooms.  They place the ball transfer unit ball side down and place the item on top for relocation. Of course this is not very effective for moving items over semi rough terrain like sidewalks or what not, but it is very effective inside on smooth floors and carpet.
Ball transfer tables have been referred to as ball transfer systems, ball transfer conveyors, or just plain old ball transfers.  Regardless of which term you use to describe the unit the fact remains that they are a very important part of any conveyor system.

Keeping Production Rolling with Ball Transfer Tables – Part 1

Conveyor roller systems have been a mainstay with keeping the warehouse supplies and materials handling industry moving forward.  The roller conveyor system is an intrical part of any distribution center.  Employees don’t have to waste time transferring product from one area to the next.  The extra added wear and tear on the body from lifting, packing, and transferring product from one station to the next is eliminated.  Time is money and the quicker and more efficient way always pays off.
ROLL-A-WAY Ball Transfer Table
ROLL-A-WAY Ball Transfer Table can be used anywhere in a conveyor layout for multi-directional and/or turnaround of material.
A key element of the conveyor system are ball transfer tables.  When the conveyor sends a product into an intersection and the product requires manual sortment, rotation, or correctly positioned a ball transfer table is the piece that keeps things going in the right direction.
Prior to the ball transfer table thankfully coming into play most conveyor systems used an inverted caster system.  The issue, however, with the inverted caster system is that the casters recognized paths because prior to a directional change the wheels had to align which made for some terrible problems for correct sorting.
The many uses for ball transfer tables include, but are not limited to;
  • When two or more conveyor lines converge and items must be sorted.
  • Product needs repositioned or adjusted for the next area.
  • Items being sorted from one workstation and sent on to specific areas.