Everything You Need to Know about Horizontal Belt Conveyors

Horizontal Conveyors are usually designed for stationary use. They are also used as portable units when equipped with portable supports, ( in lengths up to 30 ft.).

The Horizontal Belt Conveyors design is such that they can be quickly installed, economically operated and easily maintained.  They lend themselves to many types of operations such as:

  • Assembly Lines
  • Inspection
  • Packaging
  • Testing
  • Order packing
  • Sorting
  • Checking
  • Transferring parts from one operation to the next
  • Shipping
  • Receiving

Because conveyor is horizontal, a more economically affordable belt is used. In most situations, black PVC belt is ideal. Other types of belts are available for special requirements such as food handling, higher temperatures, etc.

Material can be WIDER than the belt when packaged items with a flat solid bottom are moved.  However, because loose parts, odd shaped sub-assemblies, etc. are also handled on HORIZONTAL conveyors,  caution should be excercised that these items are not wider than belt, unless they are in trays, tote pans etc.

The Horizontal Belt Conveyors are availble in STEEL although the portable ALUMINUM units can be used horizontally if lengths suffice.  In such instances,  a smooth type belt should be used, usually ordered at a lower cost.

Permanent and adjustable supports are most frequently used for Horizontal units.  In some cases, hanger brackets are supplied to provide overhead support mounting.

Material Flow & Conveyor Systems, Inc. carries and sells an excellent selection of conveyors!