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Material Flow & Conveyors Systems
Material Flow and Conveyor Systems, Inc. is proud to debut a new look to its website. While the look of the website has changed, Material Flow still offers top-of-the-line conveyors, pallet jacks, shelving and more from some of the best manufacturers in the material handling industry (including Genie® Industries, Stromberg, Vestil Manufacturing and more) at great prices!

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Material Flow Archives: Past Conveyor Projects

We’ve ventured into the Material Flow archives and discovered photos of past custom conveyor projects we have completed over the years.

Arco Gas & Oil – Anchorage, Alaska

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Gravity Conveyor Application

Gravity conveyor can be installed on a horizontal or decline position. When installed horizontally the most likely application will be for an assembly operation or for order picking. When used on a decline, its more likely application is a gravity flow system. A gravity system is less expensive than a powered system, however a gravity conveyor doesn’t provide a positive flow of packages.

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Conveyor Application

    • A. Drive Capacity on Live Load
      B. Static Capacity or Structural Capacity
  • A Conveyor has two capacities: 

    Both of these capacities should be checked to avoid overloading.

    Structural capacity is given in lbs. per linear foot.
    If cases are to be dropped on the conveyor, extra heavy rollers or a shock plate should be used at that point.

    Orientation on curve sections.
    Certain precautions should be taken, when boxes are traveling around curves, otherwise the boxes will not stay oriented. The reason for this is because the outside of the box must, in order to stay oriented, travel a greater distance.

    Conventional roller curves.
    A box will not exit the curve in the same position as it entered. Boxes going around tapered roller curves will maintain better orientation through the curve.

    Tapered rollers allow the outside of the box to travel the greater distance required to keep the box oriented. Skatewheel and split roller curves also allow boxes or cartons to stay oriented.


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

Application Information For Conveyors


Package Size Matters

Roller Conveyors – Box Width
The box width on roller conveyors should not exceed the width of the rollers.

Roller Centers
Rollers can be placed in a frame on various centers. As a rule of thumb there should be at least three rollers under a box. The most common roller center center is 3″. In that case the minimum box length would be 9″. Make sure to measure the smallest box which is to be placed on the conveyor.

Skatewheel Conveyors
Various skatewheel patterns are available. Make sure there is at least ten wheels minimum under the box.

Belt Conveyors
Cartons or boxes on belt conveyors shouldn’t exceed the overall width of the conveyor. Boxes that are in poor condition shouldn’t exceed the width of the belt. If they do exceed the belt width they will probably drag on the sides of the conveyor.

Curve Sections: Powered and gravity. A 2″ clearance must be maintained between the package corners and the outside radius. In order to maintain the 2″ rule it may necessitate the curves are wider than the straight sections.

Flexible Conveyors

Flexible conveyors are often the best conveyor choice for flexible warehouses, factories and distribution centers. Flexible conveyors offer a true return on investment because fewer workers accomplish more in less time. In a typical distribution center , the labor savings alone more than pays for the system. Flexible conveyors are also built to deliver lasting performance even in the punishing conditions often associated with shipping and receiving applications.

Many flexible conveyors will conveniently slide under your permanent conveyors when not in use. They then expand into the trailer for fast loading and unloading.

Applications: Innovative managers are realizing the benfits of fluid loading and unloading. Wherever possible these managers abandon their forklifts and pallets fro a fluid loading/unloading system. With fluid loading you utilize every square inch of your trailers, eliminating costly dead space wasted by pallets. It’s a great way to improve the efficiency of your business.

Cross Docking: Flexible Conveyors are also used in cross docking applications to move cartons from one truck to another or take-away conveyor for immediate routing to shipping.

Receiving at the Store Level: Flexible conveyors are ideal for loading and unloading at the dock door. But even if you do not have a loading dock a flexible conveyor can be used. A perpendicular leg option reach from ground level to the truck bed for easy loading and unloading.

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