Questions to Ask Yourself Before Ordering a Conveyor System


Is your belt conveyor system outdated? Has your warehouse or plant changed over the years? If so it might be time to upgrade. An upgraded conveyor system can increase productivity and profits. When purchasing a conveyor system it is important to get professional advice. By answering the following questions you can give an engineer a better idea of what your business needs.

  • What is the horizontal distance that materials are going to be conveyed?
  • What is the vertical height of the material that is going to be lifted or lowered?
  • What kind of material is going to be conveyed?
  • What is its weight per cubic foot?
  • What is the average required capacity in tons per hour?
  • How is the flow of material going to be controlled?
  • What are the dimensions of the largest lumps? What percentage of the total volume to be handled will consist of this maximum size lump?
  • What properties does the material possess? Hot, wet, cold, oily, sticky, abrasive, corrosive?
  • How many loading and discharge points are there? Where are these points located?
  • How is the material discharged from the conveyor? Pulley, tripper?
  • Where would the most convenient location for the drive be?
  • Is the prime mover an electric motor or internal combustion engine?
  • What are the current specifications of the motor?
  • Is the material to be weighed in transit on the belt?
  • Is the material going to be sampled as it moves on the conveyor?

If you’re not comfortable with trying to install your own conveyor system there are many places that will do it for you, including Material Flow. They have years of conveyor system expertise and can configure a conveyor system for nearly any situation. Give them a call at 1-800-338-1382.