Welcome to our blog series aimed at help you get to know more about your warehouse equipment. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team wants to make sure that you have the information you need about your warehouse equipment in order to ensure you are using the equipment and supplies that are right for your warehouse. Being knowledgeable about your options can help you increase the productivity and lower the costs of your warehouse!
In our previous blog, we started to look at different types of industrial conveyor systems. We discussed some of the more common conveyor types that you might find in a typical warehouse. Today, let’s look at some of the more unusual types of conveyor systems, what they might be used for, and whether or not they’d be a good fit for your warehouse.
Types of Industrial Conveyors
Bucket conveyors typically move the load in a bucket attached to a vertical conveyor. The bucket is then automatically emptied out when it reaches the end of the conveyor, then moves back down to get another load. This is a useful system if you need to move liquid from one level to the next. You’ll see it more in use in fabrication settings.
Vertical conveyors act like elevators for materials. They might be attached to a horizontal conveyance system, working in conjunction with it to move materials from one level to another. You can set these conveyors up to move up and down and you can have them work automatically or through manual operation only when a load is ready to be moved. Keep in mind that these conveyors are not meant to move people, so you shouldn’t rely on them as a replacement for a freight or standard passenger elevator.
Trolley conveyors can be a great system to put in place if you don’t have any space on your floor for a conveyor system. That’s because a trolley system runs overheads, moving materials on an overhead track. Items are loaded onto the trolleys which then move them to the next location. They are great for storage and assembly stations.
Tow conveyors can be integrated into the flooring of your warehouse so you don’t block travel paths. The tow conveyor has a hook that attaches to a cart or dolly and moves it along the track to the final destination. You can also put towlines overhead although they are more likely to block walking paths when installing that way. Tow lines are great for warehouses that need to move heavy equipment over long distances and don’t want to take up too much floor space.
Which Conveyor System is Right for You?
The conveyor system that you choose for your warehouse is going to depend on what materials you are moving, the size of your warehouse, what you need the conveyor to do, and how much you want to spend on the warehouse equipment. No matter what your answers are, though, there is a conveyor system that’s right for your warehouse.
The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is going to help you find it! Whatever you need to move and however you need to get it there, we have a conveyor system to help. Get in touch with our project managers today and speak to them about your warehouse equipment needs. We served 39 states last year and we’re ready to get to work wherever you are at to ensure you have the system needed to make your warehouse run more smoothly. Give us a call or contact us through our website to find a warehouse conveyor system that’s right for you.