Different Types of Conveyor Rollers & Their Uses

Conveyor rollers are the ideal transport solution for a range of industries. From production lines to large warehouses where you need to move stock from one end to another. Whether your objects are heavy or small, there are conveyor rollers that will work for you. Conveyor rollers have many benefits, each type will have unique advantages.

One universal benefit they offer is they reduce the risk of injury to your staff. Taking away having to handle heavy-duty materials and awkward to handle objects, creates a safer work environment. With the right easy-to-use conveyor rollers for your business, you can create an efficient and safe workplace for all your staff. So, how do conveyor rollers work? Once you know this, you can find the right type for your business…

How do Conveyor Rollers Work?

Certain conveyor rollers will work in different ways. For example, gravity rollers work without being powered by an external motor. Whereas other conveyor rollers are made from different materials, such as plastic or steel. This makes them ideal for different industries, depending on the industry’s requirements.

A conveyor roller will be attached horizontally with a small space between each roller so they can spin. Rollers can be made from various metal materials and are sometimes coated with another material, like rubber, depending on their application. But they can also be made from plastic, making them more affordable while still being easy to clean.

The rollers can be created and installed in various diameters and lengths. This will be a big factor in their maximum load capacity. When deciding on the measurements for your rollers, consider the main application you’ll be using them for. Choosing the rollers with the right strength will ensure they will be functional and durable enough for your business.

There are many more factors to consider before making your decision. To help you ensure you make the right choice for your business, we’ve put together a list of the main types of conveyor rollers. Let’s start with one of the most popular options we provide, gravity rollers…

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Gravity Rollers

Gravity rollers are one of the most simple to use options in the industry. But they may be the most efficient and practical choice as well. Gravity rollers are not powered by an external source, they use gravity to power the rollers and transport your products. This means they need to be on a downward path at a specific angle to ensure the flow of the rollers.

Gravity rollers are used to transport objects that have enough weight to move unassisted. As the rollers need gravity to move, if an object is too lightweight, it won’t move on the conveyor belt. Some examples of products that gravity rollers are ideal to transport are medium-weight food and packaged goods.

Plastic Rollers

An affordable alternative to metal rollers is plastic rollers. Plastic rollers are a cost-effective choice that doesn’t sacrifice on quality. They’re ideal for a range of industries as they make cleaning efficient and simple. A more expensive option to plastic rollers are stainless-steel rollers, but that doesn’t mean plastic rollers aren’t the right choice for your workplace.

Plastic rollers are easy to clean & together with stainless steel rollers are the best choice for transporting packages in the food industry. If your business needs hygienic rollers ideal for moving lightweight products, plastic rollers are the right option.

Rubber-Coated Rollers

Rubber coated gravity rollers may be used for a couple of reasons. Firstly where the product is delicate & prone to damage the rubber coating gives a more gentle handling. Also where the product may me easily marked we can use a non marking rubber coating to prevent this from happening.

Rubber coated drive rollers allow the ability to create more friction between the roller & the belt it is driving. This is particularly useful where belt slippage occurs. CAS Rollers can provide all of our rollers with a huge variety of rubber types to suit any application including various food grade rubber options.

Steel & Stainless-Steel Rollers

Steel and stainless-steel rollers are one of the most popular options available. They’re easy to clean, strong and durable, and can transport heavy-duty materials. Making them a reliable investment for a wide range of industries. At CAS Rollers, our steel and stainless-steel rollers are manufactured from the highest-quality raw materials in the industry.

Another strength of steel and stainless-steel rollers is their adaptability. It doesn’t matter if you have a simple or complex system, stainless-steel rollers can fit into your conveyor belt. They can also be adapted to fit precision bearings, smaller diameters, or fixed shafts. This means you can adjust the stainless-steel rollers to meet your workplace’s needs.

As well as steel and stainless-steel rollers, we provide other metal rollers such as aluminium. All our metal rollers are the perfect fit for drive, tail, snub, idle, tension, and return roller uses. We also supply the majority of our rollers with stainless-steel shafts to ensure their high quality and durability.

At CAS Rollers, we manufacture bespoke conveyor rollers that are designed and built for your business. Our team wants to supply a conveyor roller system that is excellent quality but forms an essential part of your workplace and business. To avoid missing out on the right conveyor rollers for your business, get in touch today:

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