Conveyor Systems, also known as parcel conveyors, are an economical and highly efficient way to move goods and facilitate material handling in a facility without the use of manual labor.   Conveyor systems are capable of moving thousands of parcels per hour on an individual (per conveyor) basis, and when utilized in parallel,  they can achieve virtually unlimited handling rates.
In automated fulfillment centers, distribution centers, and warehouse automation operations where numerous material handling subsystems are linked together into one cohesive warehouse automation system, conveyors often serve as the spine or backbone of the operation, serving many purposes, including:

Conveyor Systems - Saw Tooth Roller Merge

This conveyor system includes multiple accumulation conveyor lines leading into brake meter conveyor and then into a saw toothed roller merge.

Conveyor Systems (or Parcel Conveyor Systems, also called Package Conveyors) can carry nearly anything that can be placed on them by a person and are used to aid in a wide variety of warehouse functions. Some common applications in distribution and fulfillment centers include:

  • Receiving, unloading and segregation
  • Transport over long distances
  • Accumulation and buffering between functions
  • Horizontal and vertical change in direction
  • As part of an Order Fulfillment System
  • Routing for packing and shipping
  • Waste handling

Conveyor Systems - Spiral Belt Incline

This spiral belt conveyor system (or spiral belt incline) raises parcels from ground level to mezzanine level operations.

Conveyor Systems Types

Components for Conveyor Systems fall into three broad categories: Transportation, Accumulation, and Routing/Sortation.

Transportation Conveyor Systems provide hands-free movement throughout a facility. Available in different shapes and sizes, varieties of transportation types include:

Conveyor Systems - Belt Conveyor Incline

Belt conveyor incline transports parcels to elevated sortation system.

Accumulation Conveyor Systems provide a buffer between segments of an automated warehouse operation that run at different speeds or require a pause in segment progression. The various types include:

Conveyor Systems - Transportation Conveyor

Multiple lines of accumulation conveyor within an Invata-built fulfillment operation.

Routing/Sortation Conveyor Systems provide a means for dispatching and diverting items being transported on a conveyor on an individualized basis across multiple processing streams. Types include:

Conveyor Systems - Routing Conveyor

Routing conveyor system for ecommerce fulfillment center.

Conveyor Systems Integration Considerations

Conveyor Systems are capable of handling most any item and are chosen based upon the type of items to be conveyed and the requirements of the processes to be performed. Belt and flexible chain conveyors are useful for handling small or irregularly shaped items or when a change in elevation is required. Roller conveyors are useful when the items are larger and in monoplane applications. Other application decisions include the rate of speed at which an item needs to be handled and space considerations within the processing facility.

Conveyor Systems - Curved Conveyor

This elevated conveyor system consists of sorting conveyor leading to routing conveyor with curved conveyor and belt declines to shipping bays.

Conveyor Systems - Brake Meter Belt

Live roller conveyor leading to brake meter conveyor to gap optimizer to print/apply belt conveyor.

Availability, accuracy, longevity, and 24/7/365 support are of the utmost importance when it comes to choosing a package conveyor system for a warehouse automation operation.

Visibility into all conveyor systems as well as all related devices is equally as important as it enables a high degree of support, while providing the basis for the routing decisions that eliminate back ups in an automated material handling system.

Of equal importance is the warehouse management system and warehouse control system software used to integrate a conveyor system into an intralogistics system. Invata’s own FastTrak® WM+ warehouse execution software suite is a key asset to achieving optimal performance.

To learn more about what an Invata conveyor system can do for your operation, contact us, and we’ll be happy to share more about our rich history of employing parcel conveyor systems technology to enhance operational productivity.

Conveyor Systems - Shipping Conveyor

Shipping conveyor system.

Conveyor Systems - Extendable Conveyor

Extendable shipping conveyor.

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