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May 20 15

Using Roller Ball Conveyors

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When you’re using gravity conveyors, one of the things you’re likely anticipating is a decent amount of manual labor to go into ensuring all materials run smoothly along a conveyor. Of the many gravity conveyors available, roller ball transfer conveyors, or ball transfer tables are a smooth surface for materials to ride along.

Roller Ball Conveyor

Easy Transfer

Ball transfer conveyors are primarily used when materials need to be manually rotated or positioned correctly. This is usually done in places that require quick and easy handling of a product to move along the conveyor smoothly.

Roller Ball Transfer Conveyor

Roller ball conveyors are also used when two or more conveyors combine and packages must be transferred from one end to another.  The roller balls provide an excellent way to transfer packages with little hassle for nearly any application. Because of it’s utility, packages with smooth bottomed surfaces work the best for roller ball transfer tables.

Roller Ball Conveyors

Ball transfer conveyors come in many different sizes and styles. If you’re looking for something useful and affordable, check out our online catalog of available conveyors. If there is something else you’re looking for and cannot find it online, don’t hesitate to contact us – we carry many more items not yet listed on the site!

May 13 15

Belt on Roller Conveyors

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Choosing the best conveyor system for your materials might be somewhat of a tricky decision. Once you’ve chosen whether gravity conveyors or powered conveyors would work best, it’s on to another list of types of conveyors to choose from. In the case of powered conveyors, one of the biggest questions you might ask is if you should opt for belted conveyors, or roller conveyors… Why not both?


Rolling, rolling, rolling…

It’s easy to pick out the advantages of both belted and roller conveyors. With belted conveyors, you have the advantages of either a smooth surface for easy sliding, or a ribbed surface for material stability. Roller conveyors are a dependable source of material transportation and are easily replaced. With belt on roller conveyors, you get the best of both worlds!

Belt on Roller

Fast, reliable, and dependable, if you’re looking for a conveyor system that takes the security of belted conveyors while making use of the power roller conveyors have to offer, belt on roller conveyors are an excellent choice.

used belt on roller conveyor

Excess Equip offers a wide selection of belt on roller conveyors at affordable prices. To see what kind of a selection we have, be sure to check out our online catalog of available conveyors. If there is something else you’re looking for and cannot find it online, don’t hesitate to contact us – we carry many more items not yet listed on the site!

May 7 15

Shoe Sorter Conveyors

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While conveying materials, there are numerous ways to utilize the multiple features conveyors provide. One of the most useful conveyors available are sorters. These type of conveyors do exactly what you would think: sort materials in such a way to make the process of transportation more organized, streamlined or overall easier. Of the different sortation conveyors available, one of the most popular is the shoe sorter conveyor.

Transportation Method

The way a shoe sorter operates is by making use of a bed of uniform slats. At a specified moment along the conveyor, these slats glide from one end of the conveyor to the other. This movement create a pathway for a brief period of time so that a package might be gently guided off of the conveyor into a designated location.

Smooth Operation

Shoe sorters are ideal for transporting a wide assortment of items, but are especially convenient for lighter and more fragile items. This is because shoe sorters do not divert items too forcibly and maintain the integrity of any material. Because of this, shoe sorters have been an ideal component in material sortation.

Excess Equip offers not only shoe sorters at affordable prices, but many other used sortation conveyors. Click here to see our full selection of sorter conveyors. If there is something you’re looking for but cannot find on the website, give us a call – we carry many more items that are not listed on the site. Do not hesitate to ask us what we have available!

Apr 28 15

When To Use Gravity and Powered Conveyors

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Since there are many different types of conveyors to choose from, making the best choice requires that you understand what each type is best used for. This post will give a rundown of what each conveyor is commonly used for, and can hopefully provide better insight as to what the best decision for you will be.

Gravity Conveyors

Gravity conveyors come best in handy when you expect for there to be employees on site. As mentioned in the earlier post, gravity conveyors such as extendables can be moved as a link between a truck in a warehouse. Gravity conveyors are also commonly used as a takeaway conveyor for materials just coming out of a sorter, and can also be used in stations where employees check the materials and manually push them along to the next station. Gravity conveyors can come level or as a decline.

Powered Conveyors

Powered conveyors are more reliable when you don’t have as many employees to watch how the products are moving. Belt conveyors are one of the most commonly used conveyors and can either have a smooth surface for faster movement, or a ribbed surface to help keep materials steady as they go up an incline or down a decline. Another popular powered conveyor is the powered roller conveyor. These conveyors are especially used for accumulation, allowing for materials to accumulate over a certain period of time before being shipped off or transported to a sorter and/or scanner.

Whatever your choice, Excess Equip offers one of the largest selections of quality used conveyor equipment to suit any need. Click here to see our online catalog of what we offer. If there is nothing you can find within the online catalog, that is okay – we carry many more items that are not listed on the site. Do not hesitate to ask us what we have available!

Apr 24 15

Used Extendable Conveyors

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Gravity conveyors have been a staple when it comes to saving on electric and power costs, and there are many different kinds of gravity conveyors to get. Extendable conveyors are a form of gravity conveyor which can be used to conveyor in different lengths depending on your needs.

An extendable conveyor can work both collapsed and extended. These conveyors are also known as ‘telescopic’ conveyors. One primary advantage to these types of conveyors is that they can be moved around easily throughout the warehouse to suit any need. Being relatively light, it would probably be a good idea to make sure the items suit the conveyor before beginning an operation.

Skatewheel Gravity Conveyor

Because they are so mobile, and given the fact that they can be extended easily, the most common use for this type of conveyor has been as a link between trucks and a warehouse. You can seamlessly move whatever items you may carry from a truck into the warehouse, saving time on labor as well as reducing overall costs.

Click here to see our online catalog of both extendable and other types of gravity conveyors to find what might suit your needs. If there is nothing you can find within the online catalog, that is okay – we carry many more items that are not listed on the site. Do not hesitate to ask us what we have available!

Apr 14 15

Choosing the Right Conveyor System (Part 3)

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In our last post, we looked at additional options to consider when looking for your perfect conveyor system. This included what throughput you need (which determines what speed your system needs) as well as repair considerations. In this post we will finish out what needs to be considered when determining what conveyor system is right for you.

Equipment and energy efficiency is something to think about when choosing a conveyor. Will this conveyor require additional equipment? Will the equipment cause too much noise and distraction for employees? Could this job be done without the need for electricity, or will the use of power be a necessity? And if so, how much power is really needed to have a reliable transport for the materials required? These are just a few questions among many to be considered in regards to equipment and energy.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is taking into consideration what your overall budget is. You obviously do not want to spend more than you can reliably afford, but you also do not want to opt for equipment that is liable to breakdown on you at any moment. Motor driven roller conveyors can be cheaper than belt on roller conveyors depending on the length of a conveyor. You can obviously save money in the long run by not using any power at all.

Luckily, our selection provides a wide range of reliable conveyors at affordable prices. Click here to see our online catalog and contact us today! Hopefully these posts have been informative, but we are always happy to help you make the best selection possible. Do not hesitate to ask us what we have available.

Apr 8 15

Choosing the Right Conveyor System (Part 2)

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Picking up from our last post, we were able to establish the benefits of looking into a conveyor system for a warehouse operation and some things to take into consideration when looking for one. One of the more important things was understanding what materials are going to be transported and how to account for that. The other thing that needed to be established was the kind of warehouse the conveyor systems would be operating in. Here we will discuss a little more of what else to consider when deciding on the right conveyor system for you.

Another factor to include on your checklist is what system throughput you need. Throughput essentially determines what speed your system needs to achieve, which in turn affects the cost-per-foot of conveyor. Low-throughput system can run between 50 and 150 cases per minute (CPM), while high-end conveyors can run at steady throughput levels of 300 plus CPM. The kinds of conveyor systems you are looking at will change significantly at around the throughput level of 200 CPM, so understanding your throughput requirements is very important.

It’s also important to note how easy it may be to repair a conveyor, and if you have any replacement parts readily available. Repairing any conveyor is inevitable, and it helps to know how quickly such a task can be done, and how often it might need  to be done. Something to consider in this regard is purchasing conveyors that already come with essential spare parts.

In the next post, we will dive even deeper into equipment expectations as well as budget considerations. If you feel somewhat confident in what you’re looking for, feel free to check out our extensive selection and contact us today! Even if you are still unsure, we would be happy to help.

Apr 2 15

Choosing the Right Conveyor System

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Conveyor systems provides a number of advantages when working in any warehouse operation. One of the obvious and main advantages to using conveyor systems is that they are a safe and reliable way for transporting materials where other manual options are more susceptible to costly accidents. Knowing exactly what kind of conveyor to get can be tricky, but if you know some things beforehand the decision process can become easier.

Motor Driven Roller Conveyors

For one, it’s important to note what kind of materials are going to need to be handled/transported. Understanding the general weight, size and shape of your materials is essential in picking the right conveyor. Are the packages light? Skatewheel conveyors are a plausible option. Do the packages need to be separated at precise distances for scanning? Gapping belt conveyors are perfect for this endeavor. Knowing your materials is one of the first steps in knowing your perfect conveyor.


Another thing to consider is the facility the conveyors will be operating in. How large is your facility? Are there any specific spots that could cause complications or would need to be worked around? There are conveyors that can incline above objects, or even curve around objects to save space. Taking your facility into consideration when making your choice is imperative.


As with any machine, maintenance and productivity are factors to consider as well. All in all, it’s important to take these factors into consideration to make the best possible choice. Even if you’re still unsure about what you need for your material handling needs, do not fret. We would be happy to help you decide what is best for your facility. Be sure to check out our extensive selection and contact us today!

Mar 27 15

Slider Bed Belt Conveyors

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The slider bed belt conveyor can carry a wide range of objects on a level surface, an incline or a decline. The smooth and wide surface allows the capacity for many different weights of materials. Slider bed conveyors are excellent for a number of operations such as assembly line, sorting, packing and inspection.

Slider Belt Conveyor

These conveyors are well supported, stable, and the volume as well as variety of materials that can be transported along them makes slider bed belt conveyors an economical choice.

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For a smooth ride, and the benefit of operating on inclines or declines, slider bed belt conveyors are an excellent choice for any material handling operation. To see our selection of slider bed belt conveyors, visit our catalog by clicking here. If you find something that you’re interested in, or have any questions regarding a product, don’t hesitate to call us and we will be sure to find the right solution for your operation!

Mar 13 15

Gapping Belt Conveyors

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The gapping belt conveyor is used for making gaps between products. Gaps are used for many reasons but most often to allow for excellent sortation downstream in the material handling process. These conveyors incorporate motors which change speed, allowing for a controlled product release that generates gaps between closely spaced products and materials.

By generating this gap in speed and increasing the space between products, it makes it a lot easier for materials to be scanned individually, if needed. This means that there won’t be a misreading because the gapping belt prevents the risk of materials bumping into each other along the conveyor belt.

Gapping belts also afford the possibility of slowing down the speed to create less space between materials to make sorting a lot more efficient. The possibilities create great benefits for any warehouse operation! To see our selection of gapping belt conveyors, visit our catalog by clicking here. If you find something that you’re interested in, or have any questions regarding a product, don’t hesitate to call us and we will be sure to find the right solution for your operation!