A conveyor belt is the carrying medium of a belt conveyor system, one of the many types of conveyor systems available today. Each conveyor system requires different modules in order to function properly and do the tasks required by the belts.
The different tasks can range depending on the weight required, the speed required, and the throughput of products on the conveyor system.
A conveyor belt system consists of two or more pulleys (referred to as drums), with an endless loop of carrying medium – the conveyor belt – that rotates around them creating a pull effect for the goods it’s carrying. One or more of the pulleys will be powered moving the belt and the material on the belt forward and along the system.
Conveyor systems can be used for a variety of reasons but are mainly used for labour cost-saving while increasing throughput on a section of the production or transportation process which of course means they can get more products manufactured or sorted and sent out to customers in a quicker and more efficient manner.
Due to reduced labour being needed to carry out the task, the conveyor systems usually reduce the space required to move items, allowing the process to run in a smaller section of the facility and freeing up working space.
Belt conveyors are the most commonly used power conveyors because they are the most versatile and the least expensive while being able to carry a variety of shaped objects, large or small, light and heavy, jigged edges or square boxes.