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Guide : The different overhead conveyors

The challenge of overhead conveyors

The continuous improvement and efficiency of operations is at the heart of every business, in every sector.

Overhead conveyors offer a flexible solution to the many needs of the supply chain. Guaranteeing the performance of your intralogistics flows and optimising your warehouse.

Overhead conveyors are available in a wide range of versions to suit certain sectors or situations.

Transitic Systems offers a comprehensive guide to the different types of overhead conveyors available, to help you choose the solution best suited to your specific needs.

Why choose overhead conveyors?

Respect for goods

Processing garments on individual hangers prevents them from piling up. In the automotive sector, overhead conveyors can be used to work piece by piece on the production line.

Compact and scalable

Overhead conveyors free up floor space and make it easier for trolleys and operators to move around. Their configuration means that additional modules can easily be added if activity increases.

Rapid response to change

Fully automated, the overhead conveyors adjust their speed and sorting sequences according to the priorities defined by the WCS.

Monitoring and control

Connected to Open WCS software, they can be fully controlled and parameterised to adapt their performance to the activity.

Intuitive solution

Thanks to their deliberately simplified design, overhead conveyors are easy for operators to handle.

Durability and maintenance

Their proven technology minimises the need for maintenance, thereby extending the life of the system.

The different types of overhead conveyor

Clip conveyor

It is frequently used in the fashion sector. Its main advantage lies in its system of transport on hangers, which treats items individually and allows them to be accumulated without pressure. Different types of clip are available, depending on the thickness of the items to be processed and the need for accumulation.

Ladder conveyor

It allows items to be moved quickly and reliably both horizontally and vertically. If required, it can also be used to group items into packs.

Pin conveyor

The pin conveyor is used for unloading and creating a link between two conveying modes. It is used to cross different levels on horizontal and vertical sections.

Trolley conveyor

The trolley conveyor is a transport system made up of individual or linked mobile transport devices that travel along the suspended rail.

Trolleys can vary in size, shape and capacity depending on their specific use, and are usually fitted with bars (to hold hangers, for example), hooks, trays or other devices to support loads. These conveyors can be fed manually, but can also be motorised.

Trolley conveyors are often used in industries such as automotive, food processing, manufacturing and others where efficient transport of materials or products is required.

Gravity conveyor

Particularly popular in multi-level warehouses, it relies on the effect of gravity: items are moved by their own weight without the need for motorisation. This reduces operating and maintenance costs.

Pocket conveyor

Also known as a pocket sorter, this is an automated system that collects, transports, sorts and sequences bulk items, placed in pockets suspended on hangers. The items then arrive at the workstations in a precise order to be packaged. It is popular in the e-commerce sector.

Rope conveyor

Most often operating on a monorail circuit, it can be made up of stainless steel swings, hooks or cables. It is used to transport light loads, such as empty cartons, or in the food industry.

The performance of an overhead conveyor can vary radically depending on its function and the type of item being handled. A conveyor used in the fashion industry may be able to handle several thousand garments per hour continuously, whereas in the automotive industry it will be configured in a step-by-step manner to adapt to the speed of the production line.

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