When to Avoid Air Conveyor Machines
Air conveyors are wonderful pieces of technology that allow lighter objects, such as grain, pellets, sand, plastic bottles, plastic parts, and other lightweight materials, to travel from one place to another quickly. The machines also have flexible tubing that can fit inside nearly any factory design, which makes the air conveyors suitable for use nearly everywhere. The tubes also require little power compared with many traditional belt conveyor systems, and can also protect the material inside from exposure to outside contaminants. Loose materials also produce much less dust when moved via an air conveyor.
With so many amazing features, it is a wonder why every company does not employ the use of air conveyor systems. However, there are a few times when air conveyors will not perform the necessary job with ease. Here are three instances when the use of an air conveyor is not advised:
Extremely long conveyor lines: Few conveyor systems can travel further than about 300 feet. While this is a long distance, some conveyor lines are even longer than that. In case of extremely long conveyor lines, an air conveyor will not perform as well as a more traditional conveyor type.
Heavy materials: Air conveyor systems are incapable of producing enough pressure to lift heavy objects into the air. Objects heavier than a few ounces will require too much pressure to work well with air conveyor systems. Metal objects, large bulky objects, and anything with a large circumference will not move quickly enough through an air conveyor for it to be a viable transportation method.
Bended pathways: Some conveyor systems must travel through several rooms, bending and turning several times along the way. Air conveyor systems do not work as well when bends and turns are necessary. The fewer turns in an air conveyor the better.