How to use conveyors to transfer bulk materials?

Are you looking for a way to transport bulk items quickly, safely and efficiently? Well, maybe you should consider using conveyor belts; as this article will show they are a great method of getting either big or multiple items from A to B.

Before we begin, how does a conveyor belt work?

We have been using conveyor belts to transport bulk items for a long time. In fact, Primitive conveyor belts have been in use since the 19th century when in 1892, Thomas Robins began a series of inventions saw belts being used for carrying bulky items such as coal. Developments in the world of conveyor belts saw the world’s longest straight belt conveyor system built in 1972 in New Caledonia at a length of 13.8 km. However, despite these advances, today, the conveyor belt system may be sturdier but still comprises of the same basic premise.

This premise sees two or more pulleys carrying the conveyor belt along as the pulleys (sometimes known as the drums) rotate. As the pulleys power forward, the belt and whatever material may be on top of the belt is carried forward.

What are conveyor belt’s made of?

Today’s conveyor belts general consist of two layers of material. The under layer of material, commonly made from woven polyester, cotton or nylon is often then covered by a layer of plastic, PVC or rubber to form the cover of the belt.

Where are conveyor belts found?

Conveyor belts are found in a whole host of different industries. Many industrial warehouses or manufacturing centres use the conveyor belt as the centrepiece of their production line. Belts can also be found transporting people’s luggage in airports, helping get skiers back up the hills in ski resorts, in garbage separation or even in food manufacturing. The great versatility of a conveyor belt system means that any bulk goods from iron ore and coal to pens and pencils can be transported using this method.

So, as this article has shown, the conveyor belt has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is now a central tenant in how many businesses and industries manages to transport bulky or multiple goods. All this is done using the simple but effective two-pulley system that has seen conveyor belts become an accepted part of everyday life in a vast array of workplaces.

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