Conveyor Types


The invention of the conveyor belt is credited to Richard Sutcliffe, who in 1905 utilized his design to revolutionize the entire mining industry. By 1913, Henry Ford found an entirely new application which would revolutionize yet another industry, this time the automotive world reaped the benefits of the conveyor belt. Henry Ford's implementation of the assembly line was largely dependent on conveying equipment designed to transport the automobile from different parts of the factory, preventing workers from having to move around the factory with their tools, saving enormous amounts of labor. Today, conveyors and conveying equipment have an important role in nearly every industry, from shipping and logistics operations to Sushi bars.

Ashland Conveyor Products often develops custom material handling solutions for our customers, but primarily focuses on three main types of conveying equipment:

Skatewheel Conveyors:

Skatewheel conveyors are more formally referred to as gravity skatewheel conveyors because they are not powered by electricity. Instead, they rely on the natural force of gravity to help convey materials from one point or another. These types of setups often utilize a downward slope to transport materials, such as moving product from a truck to a warehouse. The skatewheel conveyor is great for light to medium packages that have flat bottoms, such as boxes, totes, etc. The skatewheel themselves are known to roll with less resistance than a conventional roller conveyor, and do not often need much slope to provide a practical material handling solution. This makes the skatewheel one of the most practical conveyor parts ever developed.

Roller Conveyors

Like the skatewheel conveyor, roller conveyors are not powered and rely on gravity to help convey materials as well. Roller conveyors are sometimes just referred to as Gravity conveyors, although other types of conveyors utilize gravity as well, like skatewheel conveyors mentioned above. Roller conveyors are great for light to heavy loads with a flat bottom, like boxes, crates, drums, etc. At Ashland Conveyor, we provide replacement conveyor rollers as well as conveyor sections to replace or re-route your existing conveying setup. We can also develop a completely custom conveyor system for your business needs. We offer a variety of roller conveyor sections and sizes, and offer models designed for permanent or temporary setup.

Power Belt Conveyors

The most traditional type of conveyor belt system the average person might envision when they hear the term conveyor belt is our power belt conveyors. These conveyor belt systems utilize electricity to move a belt, which can then convey materials from one location to another. We offer both Slider Bed and Roller Bed powered conveyors. We also offer these models at an incline depending on your business' exact needs. Incline conveyors can also serve a dual purpose as decline conveyors depending on your material flow and day-to-day operations.

For more information on how Ashland Conveyor Products can improve your material handling operations, you may contact us at 1-419-496-2974. One of our expert representatives will gladly review your exact needs to determine the perfect solution for your business' needs and budget.