The Applications of Conveyors for the Small Manufacturer


No matter the industry, no matter the size, it’s a fact that all businesses run on efficiency – and this goes double for small manufacturers. When the optimal output is your end goal, any and all areas in which you can streamline should be considered. That’s why installing a conveyor is such a smart decision. The potential savings in both time and productivity a quality conveyor can bring is truly game-changing.

So, let’s look at how installing such a system could help your small manufacturing business.

The basics of a conveyor system

In a nutshell, a conveyor is a series of connected rollers, either powered or unpowered, which rotate in order to move objects on the conveyor from one place to another. These objects may be factory parts, luggage, parcels, or really anything else you can imagine accounting for size constraints. A conveyor is an ideal way to optimise a workspace, speed up production, and make the job easier for any workers on the production line.

How small manufacturers could use conveyors

If you run a small manufacturing operation, you’re sure to be familiar with every step of the production line. You’ll know who handles what, where, and when. With that in mind, let’s now take a look at how a conveyor could be applied in this context – and how it could benefit your business:

  • The workhorse of most small manufacturing factories is the powered belt conveyor to ensure that the production line keeps moving regardless of weight added. 
  • If your business manufactures very lightweight products or moves a lot of small components around the factory floor, a non-powered gravity conveyor may be exactly what you need. With just a little push from a member of your team, the smooth rollers – and a dose of gravity – take care of the grunt work, seamlessly (and quickly) moving items around your factory.
  • At the end of your production line, you may need to package up the items you produce – and keep those boxes moving at a rapid rate. For this application, a 24-volt roller conveyor may be the answer. These are lightly powered to give your workforce a helping hand and reduce the overall strain on the job.

Find our more on conveyor types and which might be the best suited for you. 

The benefits of a conveyors

Beyond the core benefit, which is speeding up your production line, there are many reasons why small manufacturers should consider installing a conveyor. If you think about an existing production line without a conveyor, there are likely to be numerous points at which goods are manually moved or transitioned from one place to another.

A conveyor eliminates the need for this manual labour, instead offering a streamlined system which carries the goods with no downtime or physical risk. This reduces strain on the workforce and ensures a constant flow of productivity. Maintenance isn’t a problem, either, as rollers within a conveyor can easily be slid out of the belt then replaced in minutes (or even seconds). Because conveyors optimise the production line, cost savings can often be made in other areas – such as manual labour – meaning that the systems will pay for themselves very quickly. 

If you’d like to learn more about how our off the shelf conveyors could transform your company, get in touch with CMECS today.