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Gravity roller conveyors use the power of gravity, instead of motorized drive components, to move products over a series of connected rollers. These gravity conveyor systems are one of the simplest, most cost-effective and versatile methods of moving goods across a warehouse or distribution center.
A gravity roller conveyor system consists of a series of parallel rollers mounted on side frames and set at a slight decline. This decline is essential as it provides the momentum needed to move products under their own weight. Users can adjust the level of incline or decline to better control the speed of movement.
The gravity conveyor rollers themselves spin freely, as opposed to being attached to a motor drive like a powered conveyor. This allows boxes, totes and other types of products to glide smoothly down the gravity conveyor with little to no friction. The size and weight capacity of the rollers will depend on the exact needs of your operation — ranging from light-duty rollers for smaller boxes to heavy-duty rollers for moving bigger palletized inventory.
One of the benefits of gravity conveyors is they are more cost-effective. Since gravity roller conveyors use only the natural force of gravity instead of electricity, you can expect some significant energy savings.
With no motor or additional moving parts, these gravity-powered conveyors need less maintenance — resulting in reduced downtime and lower maintenance costs.
Most gravity conveyor systems are easy to install. One unique factor you should keep in mind is the proper decline angle.
As your business grows, your conveyor needs will often grow too. With gravity conveyor rollers, you can easily add extra sections to meet your evolving needs.
Workers won’t need to manage the operation of a gravity roller conveyor as much as with a powered conveyor system — freeing up their focus for more critical warehouse tasks.
Since gravity roller conveyors are one of the most cost-effective conveyor solutions available, many different industrial and distribution center operations use them for many various applications. This includes:
You’ll find several different types of conveyor systems available here at East Coast Storage Equipment. While a gravity roller conveyor might seem like the perfect piece of equipment, be sure to explore your other conveyor options.
To understand more about the different types of conveyor systems, check out our blog on powered vs. gravity conveyors.
We carry a wide selection of used gravity conveyors from all the top manufacturers. If you don’t find the exact brand of gravity roller conveyors for sale that you're looking for, be sure to contact the ECSE team for additional assistance.
Here are a few brands you might see in our inventory:
While gravity roller conveyors are a versatile equipment choice, they’re not the only conveyor option available for your business. Here are a few other conveyor systems to consider.
Looking for a little extra power with your conveyor system? Be sure to explore our selection of used power conveyors.
Roller-type gravity conveyors are just one type of gravity-based system. You’ll also find skate wheel-type gravity conveyors that use a system of metal skate wheels to move products from A to B.
While a permanent conveyor system can be perfect for operations that need easy access daily, not every warehouse or distribution center will need this type of equipment. Luckily, you can choose to use a flexible conveyor system that can stow away small when not in use.
Questions about gravity conveyors? Wondering which conveyor system is right for your business? Get in touch with the storage equipment experts at ECSE today to learn more about your options. If we don’t have it, we can help you find it! Give us a call at 888.294.5022 or reach out online.
While gravity roller conveyors are fairly simple in both construction and operation, there are still a few things you should keep in mind that will help you find the right piece of equipment for your warehouse or distribution center.
Standard diameters of gravity rollers are usually 1.5”, 1.9”, 2.5” or 3.5”. Just note that while larger rollers can handle more weight, they tend to be more expensive.
Frames are generally made from powder-coated steel, but you’ll find a few other options available. For instance, aluminum frames and rollers are available from some brands.
If you’re building out a larger conveyor run, you’ll need to understand the length of each conveyor section. Most manufacturers offer 5’, 8’, or 10’ sections for roller conveyors. Longer sections, 10’+, often require a center support or leg stand.
When it comes to conveyor width, this measurement represents the distance between the two conveyor frames. Just keep in mind some rollers don’t sit flush with the frames, making managing extended loads difficult. Consider side guides to hold the load if needed.
Connect with the East Coast Storage team today to learn all about your options. We’ll handle the hard part and get you a great price for your conveyor equipment.
Buying used is a great way to save money and get your hands on the equipment you need to make the most out of your daily warehouse operations. We carry a huge selection of used gravity conveyors to make finding the right equipment painless.
Should you require assistance with the installation of warehouse equipment, our comprehensive services are at your disposal, designed to ensure a smooth and efficient setup of your used gravity roller conveyor system. Boasting a team of seasoned experts, we excel in the complexities of conveyor installation, strictly adhering to industry-leading practices and safety norms. We take charge of the entire installation process, starting with a thorough site evaluation, followed by system design and finally the assembly and configuration. Leveraging our expertise and meticulous attention to detail, you can rest assured that your gravity roller conveyor system will be impeccably and efficiently set up.
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