A fundamental element in logistics and material management are conveyors, their main purpose is to move or store products, and are employed whenever product flows are too large for the operation to be handled manually or through other means. There are many types of conveyors in many different sizes and setups, according to the application. There are literally thousands of combinations. Conveyors are basically very simply devices comprising of a driving element, a conveying element, the proper support for both systems, and controls to act when required. They are usually manufactured in carbon steel, although some are made of stainless steel.
In general, we can mention belt conveyors, chain conveyors, mesh conveyors, roller conveyors, magnetic conveyors, wheel conveyors, and bulk conveyors, among others; conveyors may be fixed to the roof, on a work level, floor or overhead; made for movement or stowage, which allow the products not only to be moved, but also be stowed without pressure, when necessary.
Some specialized devices include extensible devices, whether motorized or gravity conveyors, which may follow curved or random paths, according to the user’s needs; and may be shortened or extended within certain ranges.
There are 4 diferent types of conveyors: