Automation Spotlight: Conveyor Systems

We’re moving right along in our 10-part series on useful automation. If you missed our previous posts, you can check them out here:

For Part 6, we’re featuring… 

Conveyor Systems


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Conveyor systems are designed to efficiently move products through various stages of production, packaging, warehousing, and distribution. They streamline operations by reducing manual handling and speeding up processes.


    1. Packaging Lines: Transporting products through stages of packaging, labeling, and sealing.
    2. Order Fulfillment: Moving items in a warehouse to assemble orders for shipping.
    3. Sorting: Automatically sorting products based on size, weight, or destination.
    4. Inventory Management: Moving products to and from storage areas.
    5. Retail Distribution: Transporting goods from storage to retail floors.
    6. Returns Processing: Handling returned items for inspection and restocking.
    7. E-commerce: Facilitating the rapid movement of items from storage to shipping areas in fulfillment centers.
    8. Inspection: Conveying products through quality control and inspection stations.
    9. Cooling and Freezing: Moving products through cooling or freezing tunnels.
    10. Baking and Cooking: Transporting products through ovens or fryers.
    11. Distribution: Moving packaged goods to storage areas or shipping docks.


    1. Belt Conveyors: Commonly used for transporting goods in a straight line or through changes in elevation.
    2. Roller Conveyors: Ideal for moving products that require accumulation and can handle varied item sizes.
    3. Slat Conveyors: Suitable for heavy-duty products and assembly line operations.
    4. Spiral Conveyors: Used for vertical transportation of products in limited spaces.
    5. Pallet Conveyors: Designed to move heavy pallets of goods in warehouses and distribution centers.
    6. Sortation Systems: Use different methods (tilt-tray, cross-belt, shoe sorters) to direct products to specific destinations.
    7. Overhead Conveyors: Used for hanging items like garments, maximizing floor space utilization.
    8. Modular Plastic Belt Conveyors: Easily cleaned and ideal for food processing applications.
    9. Wire Mesh Belt Conveyors: Used in high-temperature applications like baking and frying.
    10. Incline/Decline Conveyors: Used to move products between different elevations.
    11. Bucket Elevators: Transport bulk materials vertically.
    12. Vibratory Conveyors: Move products using vibration, ideal for sorting and distributing bulk materials.
    13. Spiral Conveyors: Used for cooling, freezing, or proofing processes.

conveyor systems cross power roller


    1. Efficiency: Increases the speed and accuracy of product movement, reducing processing time.
    2. Reduced Labor Costs: Minimizes the need for manual handling, cutting down on labor expenses.
    3. Consistency: Ensures uniform handling and processing of products.
    4. Flexibility: Can be adapted to various product types and sizes.
    5. Space Utilization: Optimizes the use of available space in warehouses and retail environments.
    6. Error Reduction: Decreases human error in order picking and product handling.
    7. Scalability: Easily scalable to accommodate growing operations or seasonal demand spikes.
    8. Hygiene: Can be designed easy-to-clean components to meet stringent sanitary standards.
    9. Customization: Can be tailored to specific requirements and layouts.


    1. Modular Components: Can be reconfigured to meet changing needs or new product lines.
    2. Integration with Technology: Compatible with warehouse management systems (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for real-time tracking and automation.
    3. Customization: Can be tailored to specific retail and consumer goods requirements, including size, weight, and packaging type.
    4. Environmental Adaptability: Designed to function in various environments, including temperature-controlled areas for perishables.
    5. Handling Diverse Products: Capable of handling a wide range of products, from small electronics to bulk items like furniture.
    6. Sanitary Design: Features such as easy disassembly, smooth surfaces, and stainless-steel construction to ensure easy cleaning and maintenance.
    7. Temperature Control: Can be designed to operate in different temperature environments, including refrigerated and heated areas.
    8. Compliance: Can meet industry standards and regulations for food safety, including HACCP, FDA, and USDA guidelines.

The engineers at Maryland-based Arnold Automation are happy to give you and your team a FREE consultation to assess your needs, then identify and integrate the best automation solutions for your business. 

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Laura Cadden
Arnold Packaging & Arnold Automation
Protecting Your Product and Your Profit