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Learning About Conveyor Belt Suppliers

Jack Gordon - June 11, 2022 - 0 comments


History of Conveyor Belts

Have you ever gone to a sushi spot that had a really cool conveyor belt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conveyor_belt) full of delectable sushi and sashimi? Wasn’t it an amazing experience watching the line go around the restaurant, showing off the delicious sushi dishes? If you have not had this experience, I strongly suggest giving it a try. It is thrilling and exhilarating to watch your freshly prepared food arrive to you in such a technologically savvy method. It also makes your mouth water, waiting for the food that was prepared just for you be delivered to you along a system of pulleys and levers that transports the food to you in such a fun way.

When we think about production lines, we often do not imagine food being brought to us that way. But close your eyes and remember the most iconic episode of “I Love Lucy” starring Lucille Ball. You will undoubtedly recall Lucy and Ethel working at the candy factory! Lucy thinks she can get the hang of the candy coming down the conveyor system, and ultimately her deception results in her eating and hiding candy because the entire system is moving too fast. The belt is only moving too fast because she was deceptive to begin with, pretending she had wrapped more candy than she actually had!

There are other wonderful moments in pop culture history involving conveyor belts. If you are a fan of horror movies like I am, you have definitely seen the protagonist strapped to a conveyor belt that was headed towards certain doom, like a fiery pit or alternating axes and swords. A conveyor belt in the middle of a scary movie automatically conveys dread in those who regularly watch such films. They know right away that a conveyor system means something scary is at the other end of the contraption!

There are certainly many children who think a conveyor belt is a toy because it seems like something you can ride along on. However, the production line is actually a bastion of modern innovation that is rooted in history we may not fully understand. Conveyor belts are colloquially said to have been invented in the nineteenth century. But given that we know that a conveyor line is simply a system of pulleys, levers and (often) ropes, is that really fair?


Many historians disagree about this particular subject, arguing that primitive conveyor belts must have been in use long before the nineteenth century. There are massive Ancient Mayan structures that were created without us knowing exactly how they were made. Before we assume the Ancient Mayans did not understand mathematics, we have to ask ourselves, how did they achieve those perfect 90-degree angles, and how did they transport such massive stone structures all over the Americas?

It seems highly likely that the innovations in the 1890s to the 1920s in Europe and the United States were presaged by innovations that went unrecorded by those who chronicled post-modern history. That is to say, that there were probably conveyor pulleys in ancient cultures that we are simply unaware of because we assume they did not exist. But that is one of the great reasons why historians and archeologists still have a lot of work to do. Learning more about these ancient pulleys will probably take more excavation over time.

Conveyor Belts of Today

Imagine you are the set designer for “I Love Lucy”. You would have had to find a large-sized production line that could be used on a television set. That is not the same as an industrial system that is made of steel that is used to transport construction materials like coal, ore, alloys, and metals that are used to make buildings and other structures. Industrial lines are something that many should consider when starting a business that involves consumer products, food, and other items.

If you were designing a warehouse or an industrial plant that created items for sale (whether direct to consumers or to other industrial spaces), you should invest in a conveyor production line. Timing lines, transmission pulleys, and power systems are completely different from food grade industrial systems that are appropriate (and sanitized) enough to safely transport food from one location of the factory to another. So imagine Lucille Ball’s production line but just on a massive scale. That is how many foods are made that require a multi-step process to achieve their exact specifications.


Therefore, when you are putting together a new business that requires in-house transport, you should get yourself more info about the line systems that exist before you ask everyone in your company to simply carry items all over the place themselves. You could wear your workers out and they could hurt themselves. Instead, a proper belting operation will increase efficiency and will alleviate the workload of the human beings in your plant. Lifting heavy items would become tiresome but lifting light items will as well. As a result, learning more about belting systems would be a great way to invest time and energy when you are constructing a factory.

You might consider belts made of different materials. Modular belting is an operation that is put together like building blocks made of materials like plastic and PVC. Food grade belting, as we discussed, is made according to specifications that will allow it to be sanitary enough to hold food like frozen meats and potato chips. Also, the connections can move fast or slow enough for people to inspect the items on the belt carefully so that your quality control is at a very high level. When we are engineering these structures, we have to consider the system that will be the best fit for your workers.

Importantly, you should order materials to create these systems from companies that can service the belts as needed. It is imperative that you get yourself a great system that can be updated, repaired, and maintained through the life of the factory. That way, you can get the most use out of the system you choose and it can be a reliable source of help for your workers to create, inspect and monitor the items going across the factory. So just like the presence of a conveyor belt in a scary movie or a comedy show should indicate efficiency, that same feeling should be given to the workers in an industrial plant from the presence of a well-constructed belt!

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