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 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:
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:
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:
- Pick line transfers
- Routing conveyors
- Sortation systems
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.
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.