The Importance Of Conveyors In The Car Industry

Conveyors and Henry Ford are synonymous with automobile production.  Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, was the brainchild of assembly lines and mass production.  He founded his first production line in 1913 aiming to make car production cheaper and quicker. His first assembly line at the Ford plant in Michigan became the benchmark for production lines all over the world.

Ford’s aim was to, ‘put the world on wheels’, (Source: Ford UK) he achieved his goal by mass-producing affordable simply designed cars.  Conveyors made mass production possible because cars moved to the engineers allowing many cars to be constructed at once.  Before production lines, cars were made one at a time which was extremely expensive and slow.

Modern car production lines are very similar to Ford’s original blueprint.  Robots positioned in various points along the line increase the accuracy and speed cars are built.  All car companies use production lines inspired by Henry Ford’s original design. In 2016 over 70 million cars were produced globally.  The car industry is a huge business which will continue to thrive as we move towards electric cars.

Conveyors And Car Production Lines

Conveyors revolutionised car production because it increased efficiency and the the ability to work on many cars at a time.  Cars were painstakingnly built one at a time before production lines making it time consuming and expensive. Building cars this way was a waste of manpower because engineers had to take it in turns to work on each car.  Production lines make it possible to work on diffiferent parts of many cars at the same time so noone is standing around doing nothing.


The principle behind production lines is very simple and is applicable to many industries. Conveyors have a number of work stations along them where the cars stop to have work done to them.  It is no surprise car companies all over the world have adopted Henry Ford’s assembly lines to manufacture cars. Ford is still one of the leading manufacturers of passenger cars with the Ford Focus being the most popular car in 2016.

The Car Industry And The Economy

Car manufacturers are not the only people who profit from the billion pound car industry. Suppliers, car dealers and marketing companies rely on revenue from car production. The size of the automoblie supply market world wide is 650 bn Euros.  Bosch is the largset supplier with 44 thousand employees. Millions of people rely on income generated by the car industry. (Source:

The general public and many businesses rely on cars to go to work and fulfil their job roles.  Delivery drivers, carers, taxi drivers, medical staff and muic teachers are just a few of the people of the people who rely on cars to do their jobs.  According to 1 in 6 UK jobs require a valid driving licence due to shift work, remote locations and poor public transport.  This applies to jobs that do not involve travelling about.

We all rely on transport to get us to work and to look after the people we care about.  If you would like to increase your company’s production by investing in conveyors contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.

Belt Conveyors In Manufacturing – A Brief History

Belt conveyors have not always been used in manufacturing

This can be difficult to comprehend because they have become indispensable in production lines.  belt conveyors are used in a wide variety of settings including; food production, recycling, car manufacture, super markets and retro television shows (The Generation Game) to name a few.  As with most practical inventions there is no one individual that can be named as the sole inventor of the conveyor belts.  It would seem that as manufacturing processes got more intense and quicker, belt conveyors evolved to make the whole process easier.  

The first belt conveyors

In the 18th Century belt conveyors were isochronic, which is a little bit like clock work.  By the early 19th Century, and the start of the industrial revolution, belt conveyors were steam powered.  It is thought that the very first belt conveyors was used to make biscuits for sailors.  belt conveyors designed by Richard Sutcliffe were used in coal mining to move the heavy coal from the mine so it could be loaded into transportation vehicles.  Many companies have been recorded using belt conveyors in their production line but the most notable one is Henry Ford, who used belt conveyors in his car production line from 1945.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology has increased our ability to design and build a large variety of belt conveyors with many different purposes.  Sophisticated belt conveyors systems are controlled by a series of electric motors called variable speed drives. Variable speed drives enable belt conveyors to be programmed at different speeds, depending on the type of job being carried out in that section. Most companies tend to purchase bespoke belt conveyors because their production lines are unique to the product or system they are using it for. 

Second Hand Belt Conveyors

However if you are lucky and you require belt conveyors that have already been produced you will find that you can save up to 50% of the original sale price.  This is definitely the case if you are able to purchase equipment that is part of a cancelled order.  Often this type of order is listed as second hand machinery but is actually brand new and has never been used.

At Challenger we have five brand new belt conveyors available for you to look at.  They are all for sale in our second hand section because the customer cancelled the order.  If you would be interested in discussing the belt conveyors or other second hand or new equipment we have available please contact us here.