Gravity Wheel

The gravity wheel conveyor design is very economical and has a very low coefficient of friction, requiring very little inertia to start the product rolling. Wheel conveyors are typically found in loading docks and pick lines, and often times as spurs and curves in divert lanes from sortation equipment. Wheel conveyors are light weight and easily assembled and disassembled. Cartons, totes, and wooden slip sheets with smooth and even conveying surfaces are easily conveyed by gravity on wheel conveyors. Wheel conveyors should not be used when conveying bags, soft-bottom cartons, or cans with chimes.

Standard wheel conveyors are available in widths from 12 to 24" and in straight, 30 degree, 45 degree, 60 degree and 90 degree curves and spurs.

Gravity Wheel Conveyor
Gravity Roller Gravity Roller Conveyor

The gravity roller conveyor design is by far the most popular conveyor design in use today. They are used extensively in distribution, packaging, and manufacturing applications. On level conveyors, items are placed on the conveyor and manually pushed along to the next station or operation. Gravity roller conveyors can also be used in declines, where the items are placed on the conveyor and gravity takes over to convey the product forward.

BIPCO, Inc. offers gravity roller conveyors for very light and narrow loads up to extremely heavy and oversized loads, even up to 10,000 lbs. The following considerations must be taken into account in the design of gravity roller systems:

Gravity Roller Conveyor

Standard widths are offered from 8" up to 76" and rollers from 1.38" diameter up to 6.5" in diameter with over 40 different bearing options to ensure the right solution for your application. Gravity conveyors are offered in straight and curved sections. Curved sections are also available with tapered rollers to help items being conveyed track correctly throughout the curve.

Flexible Gravity Conveyors

The flexible, extendible conveyor design is used primarily in truck loading and unloading operations, but also provides great flexibility for other applications. These conveyors typically collapse down into a small package when not in use, saving floor space, and are easily extended when needed. Since they are flexible, they can be set at angles and the product will convey following the pattern of the conveyor, which allows for moving product between lines or lanes to different truck docks, accumulation conveyor or other operations. These conveyors are offered in wheel or roller configurations as well as powered roller systems.

Flexible Roller Conveyor
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