Hanging Conveyor Systems
The square footage in your warehouse is one of your most valuable assets. Hanging conveyor systems allow you to use your facility’s floor space more efficiently and effectively.
About Hanging Conveyor Systems
Also known as overhead conveyor systems, hanging conveyors make use of the vertical space in your facility, leaving your precious floor space open for other purposes. Overhead conveyors can be used as a standalone solution for picking and transporting items, or they can be used in tandem with ground-level belt and roller conveyors.
How Do Overhead Conveyors Work?
Hanging conveyor systems make use of a track—either enclosed or in an I-beam configuration—that’s suspended from the ceiling. Pendants or trolleys are hung from the track to allow for quick conveyance of items from one place to another. Overhead conveyors are often deployed in automated warehousing systems when used in conjunction with robotic picking systems, but they can also be manually driven if needed.
Types of Hanging Conveyor Systems
Hanging conveyor systems typically come in the following configurations:
- I-beam overhead conveyors, in which drive chains are set in an I-beam type rail
- Enclosed hanging conveyor systems, in which the drive chain is fully enclosed to prevent dirt and debris from getting in
- Free and powered systems, which combine both manual and powered drive systems in the same layout
The type of overhead conveyor system you’ll use in your warehouse depends on what you’re moving, how far it needs to go, whether manual operation is necessary/appropriate, and so forth.
Advantages of Hanging Conveyor Systems
An overhead conveyor offers warehousing facilities several advantages:
Maximized Use of Space
Hanging conveyors can help you get more use out of the space you already have. Vertical space is often underutilized in warehousing applications, so implementing a conveyor system that can make use of that space can help you expand your operations without having to invest in a larger facility.
Hanging conveyor systems can be used in a wide range of applications and configurations. Transport either lightweight items or heavy materials anywhere in your facility without impeding traffic. Use these systems to supplement an existing conveyor layout, so you can move items both above and below in tandem.
Reduced Lifting and Bending
Overhead conveyors allow items to be transported at a height that streamlines throughput, reducing the need for manual lifting in your facility. Items are taken directly where they’re needed at the correct height.
Efficient Product Movement
Ultimately, hanging conveyors facilitate the rapid movement of product around your facility with a minimal footprint on your total square footage. When used as part of a full warehouse automation solution, they can cut down on the time spent retrieving, picking, and packing items, ultimately improving overall efficiency.
Who Could Benefit from Hanging Conveyor Systems?
The great thing about an overhead conveyor system, especially one with an enclosed track designed for maximum load, is that they work efficiently in various warehouse and manufacturing environments.
At Precision Warehouse Design, we have designed and installed overhead conveyor systems for general warehouses, mail-sorting facilities, government facilities, food distribution centers, and so much more.
If you operate a business that thrives on efficient storage space, quick pull and pack times, and on-time deliveries, powered overhead conveyors can help free up floor space in your warehouse and keep your timelines on track.
For more information about overhead conveyor systems with integrated assembly lines and other functional storage solutions, contact Precision Warehouse Design for more information or for ordering opportunities!
Let Us Handle Your Overhead Conveyor System Design
To receive the full benefits of a hanging conveyor system in your facility, you’ll need to make sure it’s optimally designed to meet your picking, sortation, and conveyance requirements. That’s where we come in.
Our capabilities include full-service design and implementation that allows for a system built to your precise specifications. When designing your system, items you’ll need to take into account include:
- The type of product being moved, including its size, weight, and dimensions
- Throughput and volume requirements
- Environmental factors
- Existing facility layout and overhead space availability
- Automation requirements
With your requirements in mind, we apply our experience and best-practice techniques to create the perfect system as quickly as possible. The end results are reliable, efficient, and promptly delivered.
At Precision Warehouse Design, we’ve served numerous high-profile clients, including FedEx, Amazon, AT&T, and more. To get started, schedule a consultation today.