When you work with heavy products or need to move large loads, carrying items back and forth simply isn't an effective use of your time. Instead of wasting manpower on moving items with a forklift or having to have workers manually unload and move items into a store, a conveyor belt can provide a helpful solution.
Why Does a Conveyor Belt Help Work Speed?
Instead of workers having to move from one place to another, they can simply load at one end and unload at the other. For example, if you have a large semi-truck of materials that are smaller, your worker can unload onto the conveyor belt. That belt then carries the item inside the store where another worker is ready to take the items off and put them to the side to be put away. This process means there are no delays; items are constantly in motion. If items need to be loaded back onto the truck after it's unloaded, the belt can be placed in reverse, sending items back the way they came.
How Does a Conveyor Belt Improve Workplace Safety?
There are several ways conveyor belts improve safety in the workplace. First, they help by reducing the number of workers needed to complete a job. That reduces the company's risk overall. Second, workers don't have to get in and out of rooms, storage, or other areas, because the conveyor belt bypasses the need to travel. Workers can be placed around the belt where needed, so they can simply pick off the items for their jobs as they pass through the store or facility.
Conveyor belts also help because workers aren't picking up heavy items. For items that can be rolled or pushed onto the conveyor, the conveyor does the heavy lifting. It takes the heavy items inside the facility, where they can land in a final collection point. There, people with the proper equipment can take away the items without straining themselves.
Finally, unlike with forklifts and other heavy equipment, conveyor belts have very little in the way of dangerous parts. They usually have a single belt along with bearings and rollers to help it move. With the right guards in place, working next to a conveyor belt should not put a worker at risk of being caught in the machinery, making it much safer to work with a conveyor belt than to drive a forklift, use a wheeled cart, or move items manually.
To learn more, contact a business like HAF Equipment Inc.