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Conveyors in Continuous Production Belt, Screw or Chain: How to Choose the Right Conveyor Technology

Author / Editor: Joe Zerbel* / M.A. Manja Wühr

The 6 key considerations for selecting the right conveyor —  Selecting a conveyor for a batch or continuous processing application is not always as straightforward as you might think. In fact, it almost never is. Moving material consistently can be a challenging endeavor for process engineers and procurement personnel.

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Conveyors are often misapplied for a variety of reasons, including the desire to keep the number of unique pieces of equipment to a minimum while also adhering to spending limits. While these are indeed critical considerations when selecting a conveyor for a material handling application, they should not be the primary — or the only — evaluation metrics used.

The most effective way to evaluate all of the best options for a batch or continuous process is to consider each material movement requirement from a blank starting point. Looking at an application with the mindset of “what is the best way to satisfy our material conveying need” will put processors in a better position to make the right equipment selection prior to purchase.