A New Player In Heavy-Duty Roller Conveyor Systems

The old way of doing things is not always the best way. The same can be said of many new innovations that fail to build upon the firm foundation of the past. At Universal Roll, we have taken the solid experience of the past and added in a host of new materials and processes to produce what is simply the most superior heavy-duty roller conveyor system in the world.

Like the best conveyor systems of the past, ours starts with an oversize helping of high quality steel for our frame. Rather than trim a millimeter here or a few thousandths of an inch over there to save a few pennies on production costs, we stick with what has always worked. Our mounting brackets are made of full sized stock that is able to stand up to the constant pounding to which conveyors are always subjected.

Where Universal Roll systems truly excel, however, is in the revolutionary new roller design we attach to these beefy frames. Universal uses a specialized HDPE tube as the foundation and then secures these with four modern ultra-precise roller bearing assemblies. It would be easy to get by with the usual two bearings per roller, but our research has shown that this is simply not good enough for a company that wants to produce a better product rather than an equivalent product.

Universal Roll knows that it is easy for most companies to simply replace worn out parts of their existing conveyor systems with news ones ordered from their current supplier. There needs to be a reason for purchasing managers to give someone else a shot at their business. At Universal Roll, we offer superior new heavy-duty roller conveyor assemblies that come at a very competitive price.

A Universal roller will never let you down, no matter how hard you stress it. Regardless of whether you need the heaviest duty units for bulk goods such as concrete aggregate or asphalt, or speedy compact rollers to fit inside a crowded package handling facility, we have what you require. In addition to its line of standard sized roller systems, Universal is also able to manufacture custom fit units to your specifications on a very rapid schedule. Contact Universal Roll for quotes, specifications, demonstrations, or product availability at www.universalroll.com. Respect the past, embrace the future, and always be open to new ideas. At Universal Roll, that is who we are.

Ride On With New Conveyor Idlers

We live in a very mobile civilization. No matter where you look, there are huge quantities of materials that need to be moved from one place to another in order for us to continue to enjoy the quality of life we presently possess. One of the most labor and cost efficient ways of moving items is with conveyor belts. Everything from overnight delivery packages to bulk grains and industrial materials moves along these tracks swiftly and with no damage to the product.

A conveyor belt assembly is driven by a motorized drive unit on one end of the system that most often rotates the endless loop of the conveyor belt forward along the upper surface of the belt and makes the return journey back to the starting point underneath. The most familiar example of a conveyor belt to most people would be those found in grocery store checkout counters. Along the way, a series of conveyor idlers are placed to carry the weight of the materials as it progresses forward along the belt. Conveyor idlers are basically composed of free spinning cylinders attached to a secure mounting bracket.

Given the nature of conveyor belt systems and the vast amount of goods they must handle, the individual components of conveyor belts need to operate at peak efficiency all the time. That means that delays for routine maintenance and necessary parts replacement must be kept to an absolute minimum. Universal Roll has created a new set of conveyor idlers that are manufactured out of technologically superior materials using advanced assembly techniques that will add service life and reduce maintenance for even the most shopworn system currently in operation.

The new Universal Roll conveyor idler features an advanced HDPE (high density polyethylene) idler roller that is mounted upon not two but four of the highest quality roller bearings. This not only allows their new line of conveyor idlers to withstand higher temperatures and greater material weights, but it also vastly extends resistance to the usual spate of unavoidable culprits that can lead to roller failure. Their superior new sealing technique means that less dust and humidity can invade the bearing housings. Doubling the number of bearings in each idler unit means that each bearing carries only half as much of the load as on older units, and has better than twice the MTBF (mean time between failure) rating as well.

Check out the full line of advanced Universal Roll products at www.universalroll.com and keep the wheels of commerce spinning.

How conveyor belt works

Conveyor belts have been in use since the 19th century and were used primarily in ore mining. The conveyor belts at that time were used to load rail cars more efficiently. The ore was transported out of the mine on ore carts and then loaded on to the conveyor belts for loading rail cars. Around the turn of the century, new technology was introduced that allowed miners to load conveyor belts inside the mines. Currently the longest conveyor belt in the world is approximately 100 kilometers or 62 miles long and is being used in a phosphate mine, in Western Sahara.

Conveyor belts today are in use, in many industries other than mining. Airports use a conveyor system to load and unload baggage, and to make the baggage available to their passengers. Conveyor belts can be straight, curved or even circular. Conveyor belts were revolutionary in mass production. Employees could stand in one place, and the product would come to them for packaging or inspection. Along the conveyor system, each worker would perform a task and the product would move to the next station. Chain type conveyor systems are widely used in the automotive industry because of their carrying ability. The chain conveyors are ideal for transporting bulky car parts. Chain conveyors are useful in manufacturing because they can carry items stacked on pallets. Chain conveyors have reduced the need for forklifts in many warehouses and manufacturing plants.

The conveyor system itself is relatively straightforward. The term belt is used to describe the surface on which the product is transported installed on conveyor rollers. Belts can be made of rubber, nylon, steel or a combination of materials. The belt can be solid surface to prevent items from falling through or a screen type to vibrate and sort different sized ore or gravel. Conveyor belts can also weigh product as it is transported. This is useful in particular when loading trucks or rail cars that can only carry a specific weight.

Conveyor belts can be portioned off to help contain loose material when the belt must be inclined to load or unload trucks. The belt can incline as needed and the loose material will not slide or fall back on the conveyor belt. Individuals looking at this type of system may be reminded of a water wheel that scoops the water. The compartmented system is called an elevator belt because of its incline capabilities. The elevator belts can be used for any loose material such as gravel or mineral ores and even coal. Because, of the incline capabilities sand, and gravel can be mounded higher to save space. The conveyor can incline to dump product at the top much higher than the standard bucket loader.

Conveyor belt system can be used in farming for transporting product from the fields. There is a loading point where the produce is loaded on the conveyor and transported to the sorting and processing sheds. Conveyor systems can be portable and easily moved from job to job. Conveyor belts are used in grocery stores, so the clerk can check customers out more efficiently. Walk machines in many cases use a conveyor belt system, as do escalators. Conveyor belts have done more than just transport products they have transported industry forward.