Polyurethane conveyor systems are taking on an increased role in many industries, as they offer an economical solution to nearly any transport problem. Oil & gas, utility, manufacturing, machining and even food preparation industries make frequent use of polyurethane systems, and there are many such systems to choose from. Polyurethane is an extremely versatile material that can be molded for nearly any setting, and can even be custom molded for the unique challenges that some companies face.
What are some of the most popular polyurethane conveyor systems available for commercial use?
Polyurethane systems can be scaled up or down or configured in nearly any way imaginable, but there are common applications of the technology, including:
- Idler rollers, which are perhaps the simplest form of the technology. Idler rollers are grouped together to facilitate movement of various materials, and are particularly popular in manufacturing and shipping facilities. They are quick and inexpensive to produce and require little maintenance, making them an ideal frontline solution for large scale operations. And because they offer excellent impact and abrasive resistance, they can manage large amounts of weight without issue.
- V rollers, which are designed for more precise movements. V rollers consist of a polyurethane wheel that features an angled concave surface. This surface contacts a raised rail that fits into the wheel perfectly. This allows for movement along one axis, and is ideal for objects that need to slide back and forth, like large doors or gates. Industrial ovens or fridges, security gates and hangar doors are obvious applications, but V roller conveyor systems are also a good fit for metal or plastic working industries, as they can be fitted in machining tools. The roller gives the machining arm freedom of movement in an efficient, low maintenance package.
- Hourglass rollers, which are perfect for pipeline operations. Hourglass rollers consist of a pair of cone shaped rollers arranged in parallel, forming an hourglass shape. The roller is typically mounted to a heavy duty anchor that is secured to another surface, giving it unmatched stability. This setup is ideal for handling long stretches of pipeline, as it protects the pipe from side to side movement and from contacting the ground or other surface. Hourglass rollers are capable of handling any pipe, no matter its weight or diameter.
- Roller cradle slings, which are usually mounted to a crane or other lifter. Cradle conveyor systems consist of a pair of thick cable attached to a reinforced mount. The cables are strung with several small rollers, and these rollers hold the pipe or beam while a lifter operator positions the object in place. Roller cradles allow for much faster transport, as the operator does not have to detach from the pipe or beam before repositioning.
Again, these polyurethane components can be molded to fit any operation, and molded quickly, allowing for brief lead times and reduced operational costs, as a result.