These days, there is hardly an industrial area that does not heavily rely on various accessories. One such industry is, undoubtedly, the conveyor industry. Even though the “plain and simple” route is usually the most preferred one, sometimes there is a great need for a variety of accessories, to improve and enhance the efficiency of a production line. Those working with industry conveyors and assembly lines have a plethora of accessories at their disposal.
By familiarizing with some of the basic, as well as more complex types of accessories, business owners and conveyor engineers can determine which of them can address common assembly line problems and enhance the productivity, while at the same time decreasing the costs. For that matter, let’s go over some of the most popular and widely used conveyor accessories.
The most common accessories
Let’s start with the simplest of accessories. These mainly include floor stands and supports. While these are nothing glamorous or high-tech, they can make a difference when it comes to maximizing the output. Also, we also have guards and rails, as well.
Accessories such as side skirts, channel guards, chain guards, fixed angled guards, butt couplings, and under trussing all belong to a category of guard and rail accessories that mainly serve the safety purpose. Among the standard safety accessories are also safety netting and conveyor gates. To round out the safety category, we should also mention spring functioning releases, manual gates, wall liners, curved catches, L-shaped meshes and box-shaped nets.
The previously mentioned accessories are considered standard when it comes to ensuring the safety of those working on assembly lines. Now, let’s focus on some of the more advanced and unique accessories, which are mainly used to enhance production and simplify the management process.
Ball transfer tables, plows, and turntables
Purchasing and installing a conveyor line is a large and complex undertaking at first. Despite all the planning, new methods of production and inventions often require various custom and unique accessories down the line. One such unique piece of accessory is the ball transfer table. This piece of equipment is mainly used for manual transfer and sorting. It is mainly used when multiple conveyors are installed, or when brand new ones are being added to the line-up. When this happens, there is usually the need for material convergence. Aside from the ball transfer tables, we should also mention plows, as well as turntables. These accessories are commonly used in order to redirect or divert the products within tight spaces. Plows and turntables are excellent conveyor additions when extra systems are added or when there is a change in the available space on the assembly floor.
To round up the advanced category of conveyor accessories, we should also mention turning wheels and package stops. From foot and hand operated blade rollers, air operated stops to angle ended backings, and there is a wide range of conveyor extensions that can simplify and enhance the production process.
When it comes to the conveyor technology, we must keep in mind that it is constantly evolving. These systems are not isolated, and they are designed so as to keep up with the latest innovations and advancements. However, to update them to the latest standards, we must rely on all kinds of accessories.