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Reasons to Invest in a Flexible Conveyor

Authored by Derek Rotondi
January 30, 2023

Flexible Conveyors are a great investment for your shipping and receiving department. These conveyors come in two styles such as power flexible conveyor or flexible gravity conveyor. Flexible Conveyors increase the overall efficiency of your shipping and receiving department. There are many advantages to this category of conveyors. One advantage is the accordion design. This allows for adaptability and lets your workers handle various situations with the same conveyor. In addition to collapsing and expanding, the conveyor can be curved to navigate to different areas. When not in use, these conveyors can collapse for storage.

Flexible conveyors give maximum efficiency in shipping, transportation, and packaging departments where serviceability and flexibility are most necessary. With its modern construction, flex conveyors require a smaller amount of storage space when completely retracted and can service numerous docking doors for a maximum level of productivity. Flexible conveyors allow workers to shift flow points by rolling and curving conveyor units to fit conveying needs.

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Power Flex Conveyor

Power Flex Conveyors give the same function and flexibility as gravity, but with the advantage of power rollers. Typically, power flex conveyors are used in warehousing, manufacturing, package handling, and distribution facilities. Rollers allow the conveyor to move materials with rimmed or uneven bottoms easily throughout a facility. Flexible Powered Conveyors will significantly reduce the time it takes to load and unload trailers/trucks. These powered conveyors will help to eliminate the extra work it may take in moving packages and other workarounds. The ergonomic benefit of installing one of these conveyors in your warehouse or distribution facility is substantial. Flexible powered conveyors will decrease the injury of workers, while at the same time helping increase employee safety. All of this will help create an efficient package shipping and receiving workspace. Used flexible gravity conveyors can be set up at a decline and at various angles and bends to have products flow automatically from an area of high elevation to low elevation. They can also be set up horizontally for products to be pushed, which is ideal for areas where products need to be manipulated manually.

Flexible Gravity Conveyor

Flexible Gravity Conveyor offers a cost-effective solution for increasing efficiency and productivity. Flexible gravity conveyors come in skate wheel and roller styles. This product is a powerless, gravity driven conveyor that transports products throughout the warehouse. They are flexible in that they are designed like an accordion, and collapse and expand to lengths needed for your application. The most typical application for this conveyor is being used for shipping and receiving items. Unlike telescopic conveyor, the flexible conveyor is mobile, easy to move and is perfect for loading and unloading trucks. In addition to its physical benefits, this conveyor is a much more affordable alternative as well. The skate wheel style is offered in plastic or steel wheel. There are many different size options for you to choose from and the legs are adjustable to allow you to customize the pitch of the conveyor. Flexible gravity conveyors can be used for more than just loading and unloading trucks. Flexible gravity conveyors are ideal for increasing efficiency in warehouse transportation, order picking, pick modules, and order fulfillment.

Flexible conveyors are very adaptable and are typically used at loading docks or at the end of another conveyor system to link to trucks or vans. It is especially suitable for truck and trailer loading and unloading, packaging, shipping, and flexible assembly line applications. Suitable for small and medium batch transportation, packaging, and assembly.

The flex conveyor system is extremely compact when not being used. Therefore, it takes up very little storage space in a facility saving valuable floor space. In warehouse areas where there is no permanent conveyor system, the flexible conveyor can instantly form a temporary conveyor line, so that workers spend less time moving goods in and out, helping to increase productivity and enhance work efficiency. Whether you’re using power or gravity flexible conveyor these conveyors can easily maneuver around corners, connect to multiple loading docks, or where there are additional infrastructure or equipment for close routing, your warehouse will benefit from all a flexible conveyor has to offer.

With over 30 years in the material handling and warehouse equipment industry, American Surplus has helped a multitude of customers with their flexible conveyor needs. Contact a knowledgeable sales associate for more information today!

Used Flexible Conveyor Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the different styles of flexible conveyor?
A: Flexible conveyor comes in Gravity Roller, Gravity Skate Wheel Expandable, and Powered Roller Flexible Conveyor.

Q: How are flexible conveyors used?
A: Flexible conveyors allow you to change access points by rolling and curving conveyor sections to suit your needs. Ideally, they are used at shipping docks or the end of a conveyor system to attach to trucks and trailers. A single flexible conveyor can provide service to multiple dock doors.

Q: What sizes of flex conveyor are available?
A: Usually, the width of flexible conveyor ranges from 18” to 30” and the expanded lengths usually range from 12’ (144”) to 60’ (720”) varying on the use.

Q. How far into the bed of the truck should I take the flexible conveyor for loading or unloading?
ASI recommends that the length of conveyor reach to within 5’ of the edge of the truck trailer. This will provide the room necessary for the worker to work.