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Six Most Common Conveyor Applications

Jennifer Sewell Marketing Director / Jan 21st, 2020
Vention six most common conveyor applications

Conveyors are one of the most popular material handling applications. Manufacturers typically include conveyors in their production facilities for pick-and-place, dispensing, assembling, and palletizing applications. They come in many different designs, but two of the most widely used conveyor types are roller conveyors and belt conveyors.

Roller conveyors are best for heavy loads where less precision is required, like moving boxes. Belt conveyors, on the other hand, are best for pick-and-place movements that require precisely locating smaller or irregularly shaped objects. Visit Vention’s partner page for a list of roller and belt conveyors compatible with the MachineMotion ecosystem.

Keep reading to find out the six most common applications for roller and belt conveyors.

Packaging stations

Use product-handling conveyors to create packaging and processing lines. Pick-and-place robots can grab items from moving or standstill conveyor belts and place them into packaging containers.

Vention conveyor packaging station

Assembly lines

Pick-and-place robots equipped with end-effectors can grab incoming parts from a feeding conveyor. Parts are then attached to another piece of equipment, and the joined parts are conveyed to the next assembly area. Visit the Public Designs page for assembly lines created with Vention.

Vention conveyor assembly application

Inspection systems

Whether it’s testing a product to make sure it works or evaluating its weight, size, and shape, conveyors can be used to automate a variety of in-line inspection processes. Inspection stations equipped with vision systems can detect anomalies, and remove defective parts. A retract conveyor can then move the product where it needs to be, whether that’s into a box or onto another conveyor.

Vention inspection system with vision

Sorting inspected parts

Inspected products can be placed on fixtures and transferred using a conveyor. Products rejected by inspection can be moved to a flat belt conveyor by a robotic arm and transferred to a bin labelled as ‘rejected’.

Vention conveyor inspection and sortig application


Conveyors and robotic palletizers can be used to automate the palletizing process in a warehouse, distribution, or manufacturing facility. A gripper and multi-axis robot can get products off the line, onto a pallet, and out the door, reducing the amount employees have to lift when moving crates and cases.

Vention conveyor palletizer


Non-powered conveyors can serve as takeaway conveyors for items coming out of automated sorters. They are often used in workstations where employees complete a task and push their work along to the next zone. Visit the Public Designs page for workstations created with Vention.

Vention conveyor workstation

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