Incline/decline conveyors are just one of many types of conveyor systems that allow moving goods faster, safely and steadily while changing the vertical level. It is known that the standard speed for most unit-handling conveyors is 60 feet per minute (ft/min). This is equal to the average speed of a warehouse worker carrying a 50-pound box. However, the speed of workers is significantly reduced when moving cargo vertically. This is typical of many mezzanine order picking and assembly operations. No one worker can maintain a smooth working rhythm with no loss of efficiency during the shift, moving goods up and down from a lower level to a higher level and vice versa.
The incline conveyors come to the rescue. Their speed varies from 30 ft/min up to 120 ft/min or higher. The decline conveyors, in contrast to the inclines, are commonly used to move items from an elevated platform to ground level with gravity aids and no extra energy.
That is why incline (upward) and decline (downward) conveyors are suitable for operations in loading docks, mezzanines, or floor-to-floor transitions.
|Labor Cost Savings
|Facilitates smooth and efficient movement of materials between different levels, reducing manual labor needs, and resulting in significant cost savings.
|Streamlining transportation processes and reducing material handling time leads to increased productivity, throughput, revenue, and profitability.
|Reduced Risk of Injuries
|Minimizes workplace injuries and associated costs by eliminating manual handling of heavy loads.
|Improved Accuracy and Quality
|Ensures consistent and precise material transportation, minimizing errors, waste, rework, and customer returns for cost savings.
|Optimizes space utilization by allowing material transportation across different elevations without consuming extensive floor space.
|Can be customized in terms of angle, speed, and capacity to meet specific industry and application needs.
|Accommodates a wide range of materials, making them suitable for diverse industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and logistics.
Ready to implement?
Focus on the following aspects:
- The power of the incline conveyor depends on the angle. Mostly, the maximum angle for an incline conveyor is 30 degrees; commonly, it is 25 degrees. It depends on the specifics of your items – their dimensions, weight, packaging material, etc.
- The inclination angle is directly related to the height, width and length of the belt, as well as the size and shape of the goods. We will be happy to help you determine the critical dimensions of the conveyor that will match your specific application! It is important to know that when a 30-degree incline is exceeded, the boxes may slip back down. To avoid this, choose the correct type of conveyor (roller or slider) and the right type of surface (cleated belt conveyors, troughed, sidewall, curved belt conveyors).
- Notice that a typical incline conveyor has a single or double nose. The nose-over allows a smooth transition from the horizontal to the decline, or vice versa. The single nose-over is normally used when the angle exceeds 0 – 15 degrees. For the double nose-over – 30 degrees.
Is there a better way?
You can use a spiral vertical conveyor or a steep cleated incline conveyor instead of a traditional incline/decline belt conveyor. But there are special nuances.
A steep incline conveyor indeed lets you convey material at inclines up to 90°, takes up less space and is represented in “L” or “S” configurations. Thanks to the S-type configuration, the conveyor can replace two belts or a bucket elevator. However, a steep incline conveyor has a lower product capacity than a standard incline.
Spiral conveyors may be the best solution in limited space, but can be limited when it comes to larger products.
As you can see, different issues require different solutions.
Which industries are interested in using the incline/decline conveyors?
- Mass production and the automotive industry
- The mining industry
- The food processing industry
- The air travel industry
- Publishing newspapers and/or binding books
- The logistics industry
- The warehouses and storage facilities
- The agriculture industry
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