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By Emily

April 12, 2022
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Gapping Conveyors can increase efficiency by creating gaps between products for easy separation

A gapping conveyor is a type of conveyor system that is used to create gaps in products or materials. Also known as a gapper conveyor, they have a series of rollers that rotate at different speeds. As the product or material moves along the conveyor, the rollers create gaps of varying sizes.

This conveyor is often used in packaging and assembly lines to create gaps between products or materials so that they can be easily separated. The gapping conveyor can also be used to create gaps in materials so they can be more easily processed or recycled.

According to, “With uptime as the goal, conveyors with some intelligence are vital not just to the movement of goods, but to the methodology for designing, maintaining and optimizing a system.”

Gapper Conveyors allow for easier packaging handling in your facility
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Before Investing in a Gapping Conveyor

Prior to purchasing, there are several important factors to consider:

  • First, determine the required width and length of the conveyor
  • Then, decide on the desired speed and capacity
  • Additionally, consider the power requirements and any special features that may be needed

Once these factors have been determined, it will be easier to find a gapping conveyor that meets all the specific needs.

By taking the time to ask these questions upfront, it will be possible to purchase the right gapping conveyor for the application.

Industries that use Gapping Conveyors

  • Food
  • Packaging
  • Automotive

Gapping conveyors are often used in the food industry to help ensure that products are evenly spaced. This type of conveyor can also be used in other industries, such as packaging and automotive.

How They Work

Gapping conveyors typically feature a series of rollers or wheels that are set at specific intervals. As products move along the conveyor, they are stopped by the rollers, creating a gap between each product. This gap helps to ensure that products do not get jammed together or damaged during transport.

In addition, gapping conveyors can be used to separate different types of products, preventing them from becoming mixed together. As a result, gapping conveyors offer a versatile solution for many industries.

How they are best used

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Gapping conveyors are designed for feeding high-speed equipment such as thermoforming machines, printers, and case sealers. In operation, the conveyor belt creates a small gap between each product as it moves down the line. This gap allows the product to be quickly grabbed by the next piece of equipment in the line.

Gapping conveyors are typically used in applications where product stability is not critical, and they offer several advantages over other types of conveyors. For example, they are less likely to cause product jams, and they provide a more consistent flow of product.

When a determined, fixed about of space in needed between products on the conveyor, “blow through gapping” occurs. The conveyor creates the perfect and predetermined amount of space between items to maximize throughput and not waste energy.


Contact Us

Russell Conveyor offers a wide range of quality products to maximize efficiency and productivity in facility operations. We specialize in system integrations, so contact us today with any type or size application you have on hand – we can help get the job done right by providing value-engineered solutions that will suit every need imaginable without sacrificing style points along the way either!

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