When choosing a conveyor system there are a fair few things you should think about before going ahead and buying one. There are lots of different choices when it comes to conveyor belts such as size, weight, capacity, length, material so knowing how the system is going to be used is key to help you decide what the best option is for you. Here are some of the things we recommend you think about to help you make the best decision:
What belting options are available? What products are you going to be transporting using your conveyor system? What material, size and weight will they be? Different types of conveyor system are suitable for different tasks. For example, a general conveyor system is suitable (not surprisingly, given the name) for a wide range of applications. They are oil resistant, heat resistant and troughed for ease of moving large products. A plastic belting however would be more suitable for handling smaller products and a wire belt is most suited to handling food products. Inclined conveyors are for moving products from one floor to another.
How easy is it to repair and can I get spare parts in case of a breakdown? – You want to choose a system that has widely available spare parts or parts available from the supplier. At Challenger we take care of all after sales needs and endeavour to solve problems if they arise.
Buy old or buy new? It may be that you decide that a used conveyor will do the job for you. If this is the case make sure you thoroughly inspect it beforehand and be aware of it’s predicted life expectancy.
Safety – Of course safety is critical. Your new system must meet safety standards for example, having an immediate shutdown if anything gets caught in the system.
Energy consumption – Nowadays with rising costs, a lot of thought needs to be put into this. Are the costs of running it going to be worth it in the long run?
Can it be upgraded if necessary? A modular system can be upgraded and changed to add inclines, curves etcetera if a need arises for it.
Also, think not just of your current needs but also what your needs may be in the future!