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The Really BASIC Fundamentals Of The Incline Belt Conveyor

By Katie

December 28, 2022
Incline Belt Conveyor

Learn the basics of incline belt conveyors so you can make an informed decision on what will work best for your business.

Due to the increase in consumerism over the last several decades, the need for conveyor systems has increased and those conveyors are needed in a much more specialized capacity than they ever have been. Conveying systems exist to aid in the process of bulk material handling. Part of handling materials involves moving those materials from one level to another, hence why an incline belt conveyor is an integral tool for manufacturing and shipment. What is bulk material and why are incline belt conveyors necessary in the material handling process? We’ll answer these two questions below so that you can decide which conveyor system will be most beneficial for your material handling needs.

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What is Bulk Material?

Bulk materials are dry, solid materials most commonly found in particulate or granular form; some simple examples are salt or sand. The material handling of bulk material looks a little different from other types of material because bulk materials have to be stored in sealed containers to prevent them from spilling or even, in the case of edible bulk materials like sugar, being contaminated. Due to the specialized handling needs of the product, there are certain types of conveyors and conveyor parts that work best to move these products, such as rubber or metal belts, screw conveyors, tubular conveyors, and pneumatic conveyors. One of the most efficient systems for the vertical movement of bulk material is the incline belt conveyor.

What is an Incline Belt Conveyor?

An incline belt conveyor, also called a floor-to-floor conveyor, helps transition bulk material or cartons from lower elevations to upper elevations or from upper elevations to lower elevations. As the name suggests, this type of material handling system is situated at an angle to help transport materials from one floor to another.

However, the angle of the incline matters greatly in moving the materials; if the angle is too steep, the materials can tumble right off the conveyor. If the angle is too shallow, the conveyor takes up too much floor space, and the system won’t move large quantities of material efficiently. Other factors contribute to the planning of an incline belt conveyor installation, such as product weight, size of the product and/or a load of product, and floor size available for bulk material handling.

At Russell Conveyor & Equipment, we have a planning team with extensive knowledge of these systems and how best to integrate them with your material handling area.

Why do we recommend Incline Cleated Belt Conveyors?

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As mentioned above, incline belt conveyors are frequently used to move bulk material from floor to floor, and these types of conveyors use cleated and non-cleated or flat belts based on the type of product being handled. For the application of handling bulk material, which we’ve discussed has to be put in sealed containers, we highly recommend an incline cleated belt conveyor. In this belt system, the cleats or ridges act as anchors for the containers so they do not tip over or tumble off the conveyor as they are being moved.

Since incline belt conveyors can be configured at inclines ranging from 40-100 feet, it is important to ensure the material will be firmly in place as it completes its journey through the conveyor system. It may seem overwhelming or complicated to examine all the factors which go into determining which type of system will work best with your space and material, but our team at Russell Conveyor & Equipment has experience putting all the pieces together and designing efficient systems with industry-leading costs and lead times.

We look forward to assessing and meeting the needs of your facility!

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About Russell Conveyor & Equipment

Russell Conveyor and Equipment has been in business for over 20 years. We specialize in conveyor systems and material handling solutions. Russell is a family-owned business, and we take pride in our customer service and quality products.

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