Posts made in March 2018

Electrical Vs. Hydraulic Vertical Conveyors

electric vertical conveyorWhen designing your pallet elevator lift system, it is important to consider the characteristics of the kinds of loads your facility must handle. To that end, how your conveyors and lifts receive power can affect the size, power requirements, and efficiency of your facility. There are two popular options for vertical lift conveyors: hydraulic and electric power. Learn the key difference between these two below and find the right configuration for your facility.

Hydraulic Conveyors

Vertical lifts using hydraulic power use pressurized liquid to convert energy into locomotion and torque. Hydraulic conveyor systems are powerful and can perform many heavy duty applications. However, there is a key drawback: cleanup and maintenance.

Hydraulic motors require a liquid and the concept of fluid dynamics to operate the lift’s motor. These systems require separate assemblies to store and distribute the liquid. As a consequence, motors using liquid are prone to leaks and spillage. This can make work floors appear messy, and the presence of liquid on the floor can pose a safety hazard.

Electric Conveyors

Electric-powered conveyor lifts incorporate an electric motor, which uses the power to generate mechanical energy. Since the motor relies on a power source, these systems are almost entirely self-contained and do not require the storage of potentially hazardous liquids.

Also, electric-powered conveyors can be programmed to change output as needed, allowing the motor to adapt to a variety of different load types and weights. Electric pallet lifts have a smaller footprint than hydraulic options since their conveyance mechanism is simply composed of an electric hoist. The result is a space-efficient lift area that is easier to clean and maintain.

Design your new pallet lift configuration with confidence and consider an electric conveyor. Reach out to a vertical conveyor contractor and request an estimate for design and assembly services.

How Do Continuous Vertical Conveyors Work?

continuous vertical conveyor diagramWhen designing a facility, it is essential to consider how much space you need, including how you might use it. By investing in continuous vertical conveyors, you can get the most out of your facility’s available space, while also making it more efficient. Learn more about this system below and arrange a consultation with a manufacturer to optimize your current conveyor system.

A “continuous vertical conveyor” transports items from one level onto another one. The basic operation involves products entering the unit horizontally, getting lifted vertically, and discharged to the new level horizontally.

A belt feed system in the unit allows products to enter and exit the conveyor uniformly. Best of all, these operations are continuous. Through automation technology, there is minimal supervision required from an operator.

Save Space and Make Your Facility Safer

Vertical conveyor systems are available in different configurations, allowing products to move from one part of the facility to another in an efficient manner. The primary advantage of vertical systems is that they leave a small “footprint” within the facility. In other words, it is possible to position several vertical conveyor units on top of or beside each other, depending on your needs. Popular assemblies include the “Z” and “C” patterns, allowing conveyor systems to change direction and level to optimize space.

The vertical conveyor system is an excellent choice for packing and shipping facilities, as it frees up space on the operations floor to install equipment for other processes. Verticon also provides a variety of accessories and parts to make the system safer and more efficient, including photo-eyes, guarding, and workstations.

By working with a dedicated vertical conveyor contractor, you can design and install a system that best meets the needs of your facility. Get in touch with Verticon and request a consultation for a continuous, or other types of vertical conveyors.