Conveyor functions are as varied as the applications they complete.
Conveyors for discrete product transport benefit from customization to satisfy requirements. Consider warehouse automation where the objective is ultra-fast sorting and tracking. Such applications need conveyors with servomotor functionality integrated with inspection stations fitted with machine vision.
This classroom has references that detail types of material handling with conveyors.
Conventional belting & plastic modular belting
What are pallet conveyors?
Recent advances in materials, controls, and modular subcomponents have spurred new large conveyors for bulk material transport.
Pallet conveyors transfer discrete products on carriers referred to as pallets typically transported by belt, roller chain, or flat-top chain.
Plastic modular belting has transformed manufacturing. Understanding differences can help engineers plan & determine the most suitable conveyor for a given application.