A table top chain conveyor system, also called a “flat top” conveyor, provides a smooth belt that can hold a variety of products—including smaller items and containers that must be kept upright. If you’re looking for a conveyor solution, here’s what you should know about this popular conveyor type.
What is a table top chain conveyor?
A table top chain conveyor is easy to picture. This conveyor system provides a flat, table-like surface on which boxes, products, and other goods can be placed for easy transport across a warehouse.
All table top chain conveyors are automated, using a motor to drive the belt along so that the products can be swiftly moved. Compare this to the roller conveyors used in some operations, which do not provide a flat or smooth surface and can be either manual or automated.
How do table top chain conveyors work?
The table top chain conveyor design may sound simple, but it’s actually a bit more complex than most roller and skate conveyors because these systems always require a power source and driver.
Table top chain conveyors consist of a few key components: The motor, which drives the belt along, and the belt itself, which generally provides a flat, solid surface with no gaps or holes. The material of the belt varies depending on the model you purchase, and IFS stocks a variety of belt types.
What products are suitable for table top chain conveyors?
The design of a table top conveyor allows a number of products to be securely transported from one place in the warehouse to another. Unlike a roller or skate conveyor, table top conveyors can hold an item upright and securely transport smaller items since there aren’t any large holes or gaps on the surface.
For this reason, table top conveyors are the most versatile of all conveyor systems and can transport a wide variety of products, including:
- Large items, such as boxes and luggage.
- Small items, including items that would get stuck between rollers.
- Odd-shape items, like those that might get jammed between rollers or fall off a non-flat conveyor system.
- Containers, especially those that need to be held upright as they move from one phase to the next.
Generally, any item that may be lost, damaged, tipped over, or potentially get stuck in a roller or skate wheel conveyor system would be best served by a flat top conveyor.
Why should I choose a table top chain conveyor system from IFS?
In order to process such a wide variety of products, Inline Filling Systems (IFS) offers table top conveyors made using a variety of belt materials. While a plastic table top chain conveyor is cost-effective and fits a variety of needs, we also manufacture chemical-resistant belts, sanitary belts, and heat-resistant belts to service our clients across industries.
Aside from the sheer number of options, IFS is also the preferred provider of table top conveyor systems because of our experience in the industry. We boast over 700 packaging machines in our catalog, which are designed using a modular system to create your ideal production line solution.
IFS is backed by engineers with decades of experience and we have satisfied clients in more than 50 countries, with projects totalling over $100M in installations. Furthermore, all of our machinery is designed and fabricated by our team in Florida.
Lastly, if you’re concerned about not being able to find table top chain conveyor parts after the installation, there’s no need to worry: Our US-based team services all of our machinery, which is why we’re one of the leading table top chain conveyor manufacturers in the world.
Can IFS offer a custom table top chain conveyor?
If you are seeking a custom table top chain conveyor for your production line, we can help you find the ideal solution for your needs. The process starts with a discussion with our team of specialists, who will discuss your requirements and then walk you through any existing items in the catalog that could offer a suitable, cost-effective solution.
In the event that you need something truly custom, our engineers are standing by to help develop innovative new solutions for companies in need of specific features or accommodations. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help, reach out to our team today.