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Drag conveyors, pneumatic conveyors, portable conveyors: Learn about the pros and cons of each and how to pick what you need for your packaging operation.


In short, conveyors move something from one place to another. That something can be a product, a package or a packaged product.

Conveyors are essential in transporting products and material from one packaging machine or operation to another. Yet they are more than a connection between machines; they can be functionally useful to optimize not only inter-machine performance, but collectively that of the entire line. When components like photoelectric sensors and variable speed drives are used, conveyors can be transformed into efficient and intelligent systems.

Conveyors come in all sizes, shapes and styles; depending on the task, conveyors can be defined as: accumulation, air, bucket, chain, gravity flow, incline, infeed, mass flow, modular, outfeed, roller, sanitary, screw, singulating, spiral, transfer, vibratory, washdown…the list captures much of the alphabet.

Conveyor selection is an undertaking that requires careful thought and planning because the right conveyor can make things flow smoothly while the wrong one can mess things up by contributing to product damage and other avoidable problems.

Conveyors are a market on the move: a 2014 report pegs the value of the Conveyor Systems Market at more than $6bn by 2018. While the report covers all markets, it identifies the food and beverage segment as the second largest market behind retail. The report notes that, while traditional conveyor systems account for a high market share, going forward overhead and pallet conveyor systems will see growth due to increasingly limited floor space.

For further information, you can read these recent examples of conveyor applications:


New positioning technology eases changeovers on high-speed conveyor lines

This beverage distributor selected a low-profile conveyor. With pallets traveling just 4 inches above the floor, this meant pallet jacks did not have to negotiate space-hogging ramps to place or remove pallets on or from the conveyor.

This sophisticated conveying system merges more than 100 products per minute from two lines into a single line to effectively double the product/minute production rate to feed an automated case packer.

A pneumatic conveyor saved this premium powdered egg manufacturer $150,000 yearly after it installed one conveying system and then added five more.

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From design to installation, HiMEC Conveyors, Inc.


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Industrial Machinery and Equipment


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Provides a comprehensive reference for chains used in power transmission and conveyance operations. This book includes everything from the basics of chain, to the specific industrial applications of its use.

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Over time, following three expansions, the acquisition of automated machinery and the creation of an engineering department, Storcan has been able to develop its expertise in all areas of the manufacturing industry.

To meet the evolving...

We are committed to understanding your needs and partnering closely with you to provide solutions that improve performance and minimize operating cost. Whether it’s enhanced optimization of existing systems or newly customized plants, our dedicated...

West-Link is the leading manufacturer’s representative / distributor for inspection, packaging and processing equipment. In business for over 42 years providing Engineering Solutions, Equipment, Installation and after Sales Support.


Founded in 1955, by Dr. Thomas, at the request of the United States Air Force, Department of Scientific Research. Designed and built the first telemetering and beacon antennas for re-entry vehicles withstanding the high temperatures of re-entry....

Exceeding $20,000,000 in sales for AMT's 20 years in business demonstrates how quickly a company that really strives for customer satisfaction can move to the top tier of market share.

That which we learn from our people in the field is...

Advantage Conveyor, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom and modular conveying equipment for the packaging industry. We specialize in stainless steel construction conveyors using plastic belting. We also manufacture custom modular chain conveyors for...

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We have 7 production plants provide product R&D and manufacturing functions. We...

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Belt Corporation of America was founded in 1985 in Cumming, Georgia within the confines of a 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse. Over the course of the ensuing twenty-plus years, we have grown into one of the most respected and innovative manufacturers of...

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Industrial Machinery and Equipment

Formed in early 2010 by Steve and Chuck Agnoff, Conroll produces ShaftDrive, a new conveyor drive system and a concept that promises to be the next 24 VDC 'revolution'. 

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CTC is a leading manufacturer of narrow and mid web unwind and rewind machinery and related products. Our Automatic Roll Changing Unwinders and Rewinders provide efficient non-stop operation, keeping your converting process rolling. CTC products...