This section provides an overview for vertical conveyors as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 45 vertical conveyor manufacturers and their company rankings.
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Vertical conveyors are conveying equipment used to move large objects or luggage vertically to the desired level.
Vertical transfer machines are designed to transport only luggage in a vertical direction, so they are not designed to carry people, nor can they transport lifts.
Vertical conveyors generally have a higher transport capacity than cargo elevators, and since they do not fall under the category of so-called "elevators" under the Building Standards Law, they do not require an application for building certification or a permit from the Labor Standards Bureau, which are necessary when installing an elevator, making them easier to install.
Vertical conveyors are used in factories, distribution centers, and warehouses where large loads must be transported.
Vertical transporters are ideal for improving site efficiency because they can transport carts and pallets at the same time, and they can also transport large quantities of goods and cargo at the same time.
While it is possible to install elevators and other elevators for vertical conveyors transport of goods at such sites, vertical conveyors have the advantage of costing about half the cost of installing an elevator when installation and procedures are taken into account.
The structure of vertical conveyors is similar to that of an elevator, but the vertical conveyors are treated as a "shelf," so its structure is relatively simple.
The carriage (vertical conveyors cage or platform) and weights are installed in the frame of the main body, and the carriage is raised and lowered by a suspension chain or metal wire using a drive unit.
There are also conveyor-type vertical conveyors in which the entrance to the vertical conveyor bed is connected to a conveyor.
Conveyor-type vertical transporters are very efficient and safe because they can continuously raise and lower vertical loads (e.g., on a manufacturing plant line) by means of a conveyor.
As mentioned above, the advantage of vertical conveyors is that they are less expensive to install than elevators, etc. However, it should be noted that the size and weight of the objects to be conveyed are strictly regulated by the type of conveyor and each manufacturer, so items that fall outside of these regulations cannot be conveyed.
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Vecoplan, LLC was founded in 2000 in Archdale, North Carolina as a subsidiary of Vecoplan, originally founded in1969 in Bad Marienberg, Westerwald, Germany. The company is a manufacturer of industrial shredding equipment for the plastics, paper, wood, and waste industries, helping companies to reduce waste and increase the conversion, repurposing, and recycling of used materials. Individual products include industrial shredders, conveyors, separators, and shred trucks. The company sells both new and used equipment and provides demo products available for customers.
CMI Equipment & Engineering Co. is an industrial food processing equipment manufacturer founded in 1978 and based in Glencoe, Minnesota. Their products include food processing tools such as shaker grader tables and speed peelers, as well as metal fabrication products like stainless steel tanks, conveyors, and conveyor platforms. Aside from manufacturing equipment, the company also provides design, engineering, installation, and maintenance services for custom projects. CMI Equipment & Engineering serves clients in food processing including Del Monte Foods, Taylor Farms, and Seneca Foods Corporation, as well as companies in construction like Bobcat and Shantui Bulldozer.
Bunting was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Newton, Kansas. The company is a family-owned manufacturer of standard and custom magnetic components for domestic and international customers from industries such as food processing, plastics, recycling, and mining. The company’s main product lines include magnetic separation, metal detection material handling equipment, printing products, and custom magnets & magnetic assemblies. Custom designs include materials such as ceramic ferrite, alnico, and samarium cobalt and are made for Halbach arrays, pump couplings, actuators, and other components.
Austin Mac, Inc. is a Seattle, Washington-based manufacturer of bulk handling systems and conveyor screws founded in 1972. The company serves various client industries including pulp and paper, food processing, mining, and agriculture. The company's product portfolio includes food-grade, winery, refiner, and repulper screws for homogenizing or separating product flows, as well as abrasion-resistant models such as boiler feeders and grit washer screws for industrial applications. Austin Mac, Inc. also provides bucket elevators, bins, hoppers, and custom fabrication services for niche bulk handling solutions.
Dartronics, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Dartronics is a manufacturing system integrator specializing in packaging solutions and automation machinery. Dartronics products are used in various applications such as automation, inspection systems, labeling systems, packaging equipment, and marking & coding. Dartronics also offers software solutions for integrating systems as well as accessories including parts, tape, inks, labels, and wrap. Dartronics also offers services such as onsite evaluations and equipment leasing.
Cardinal Carryor was founded in Lexington, Kentucky and is now based in Louisville. Cardinal Carryor is a distributor specializing in mobile material handling equipment sales, rental, and service. Cardinal Carryor’s equipment offerings include forklifts, forklift attachments, forklift batteries and battery chargers, industrial sweepers and scrubbers, automated guide vehicles, and equipment parts and accessories. Cardinal Carryor’s service options include mobile battery cleaning, rebuild, and repair, rental equipment services, training, and battery planned maintenance options.
American Surplus Inc (ASI) was founded in Rumford, Rhode Island in the early 1990s. ASI is a distributor of both new and used material handling equipment and warehouse equipment and also purchases used equipment. ASI specializes in distributing both new and used pallet racks, conveyor systems, mezzanines, industrial, and other warehouse equipment. Other offers include cantilever racks, dock equipment, floor scrubbers, flow racks, forklifts, inplant offices, industrial cabinets, industrial containers, lift equipment, lockers, packing equipment, pallet racking, scales, and pick modules.
Sierra Conveyor Corporation was established in 1980 and is headquartered in the city of Rocklin, California. The company is a full-line conveyor servicer and manufacturer. Of turn-key engineered solutions and single replacement parts for customers in the material handling industry. The company’s product line includes multiple designs of product conveying systems, pallet conveyors, sanitary belts, and other equipment and machines. The company’s services include conveyor system design, installation, project management, and machine maintenance.
Precision Automation Company is a New Jersey-based provider of automation systems, fabrication, conveyor solutions, machinery, and related integration services that improve manufacturing and product handling processes in various industries. Established in 1946, initially as a small parts manufacturer only, Precision Automation is today a comprehensive automation solutions provider committed to quality assurance, integrity, ethical standards, and the development of people. Precision Automation has been serving a long list of industries with quality automation & machinery systems, including consumer products & industrial warehouse manufacturing, food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals markets.
Multi-conveyor was established in 1989 and is headquartered in Winneconne, Wisconsin. The company is a designer and manufacturer of custom conveyors, devices, and systems covering all facets of packaging, food grade systems, industrial applications, and material handling applications. The company works with many materials including mild steel painted and stainless steel used in industrial conveyors, multiflex chain conveyors, and pre-engineered quick ship conveyors. The company utilizes application engineering and assists customers with project management and engineering to create systems that save on initial and total costs of ownership.
Innotech Process Equipment is a food processing equipment manufacturer that opened its doors in 2012. Innotech has a large manufacturing facility in Bellingham and designs conveyor equipment like volta & forba blets, lug & flat dumpers to locking casters for food processing companies. From infeed equipment like tote dumpers and conveyors to complete process lines, Innotech designs manufactures and distributes equipment for the processing industry. The Bellingham based manufacturer also offers automation and control services and custom project management for customers who wish to integrate different elements into their food processing plants.
Coastal Manufacturing, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, is a manufacturer of equipment for the food processing industry, beverage, pharmaceutical, and high-tech sectors. The company offers various products including specialty conveyors, produce chilling and washing units, high precision fabrication units, and heat exchangers. They also produce hydro chillers, inspection conveyors, paddle mixers, carrot sizers, and carton conveyors. All of their equipment is CAD-designed and CNC-cut. Coastal Manufacturing Inc. offers engineering solutions, covering the entire process from design to installation.
Advance Lifts, Inc. is a Saint Charles, Illinois-based manufacturer of load lifting and transfer solutions for industrial applications. The company was founded in 1974, with a network of distributing partners across North America supplying retail chains, government agencies, and mass manufacturers — as well as client companies in the automotive, recycling, and waste management sectors. The company produces various loading and transfer mechanisms including container dumpers, industrial turntables and tilters, dock lifts, reciprocal conveyors, and multistage lifts. Advance Lifts, Inc is ISO 9001:2015 certified, and equipped to handle design as well as engineering operations for custom equipment.
R. P. Crawfard Co., Inc. began in 1962 in Pittsburgh, PA. RPC primarily develops and sells industrial products but also sells and promotional and consumer products. Industrial product lines include pallet racks and other material handling equipment, warehouse equipment including platforms and production tables, and storage shelving. Promotional and consumer products include apparel with and without logos, technology-related products, backpacks, bags, and coolers, pens and markers, drinkware, flags, and umbrellas.
Heinrich Brothers, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jim and Ben Heinrich and is headquartered in MacMurray, Pennsylvania. The company is a manufacturer of material handling systems used in the manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing industries. The company’s product lineup includes small components, large machines, and turnkey solutions. Components include boxes, casters, doors, and carts. Machines include conveyor systems pulleys, rollers, and systems along with mezzanines and other structures. The company offers services including layout design, assembly, installation, and repair.
The Conveyor Guys was established in 1988 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The company is a designer and manufacturer of industrial conveyor systems for 3PL, warehousing, and retail customers across most of the United States including Amazon, Staples, and Verizon. The company’s 3 product lines are Conveyors, Material Handling, and Parts. The company offers services encompassing all facets of use including design, installation, service, repair, expansion, and reconfiguration of conveyors and machine handling equipment.
Important Papers, Inc. was founded by Ruth Barnett in South Jersey in the early 1990s. Important Papers is a distributor of promotional items and custom apparel for company promotion. Examples of Important Papers, Inc. promotional items include: apparel such as t-shirts, office wear, outerwear, bottoms, sunglasses, and activewear; headwear such as caps, hats, beanies, visors, safety items, and bandanas; bags such as tote, backpacks, office & school, outdoor & fitness, and travel; drinkware, fun, health, office, tech, writing, and other miscellaneous items.
Ranking as of June 2023 GloballyDerivation Method
|1||ArSai Conve Systems||2.2%|
|2||Ryson International, Inc.||2.2%|
|3||Sierra Conveyor Co., Inc.||2.2%|
|4||Advance Lifts, Inc.||2.2%|
|5||Conveyor Guys, The, Div. of Innovative Handling Systems, Inc.||2.2%|
|6||Hanel Storage Systems||2.2%|
|8||National Bulk Equipment, Inc.||2.2%|
|9||Coastal Manufacturing, Inc.||2.2%|
|11||CMI Equipment & Engineering Co.||2.2%|
|15||Precision Automation Company, Inc.||2.2%|
|18||Heinrich Brothers, Inc.||2.2%|
|20||James Eagen Sons Co.||2.2%|
|21||R.P. Crawford Co., Inc.||2.2%|
|23||American Surplus, Inc.||2.2%|
|24||CHL Systems Inc.||2.2%|
|25||UMD Automated Systems||2.2%|
|26||Alig Conveyor Automation Private Limited||2.2%|
|27||Ningbo YiFan Conveyor Equipment Co.，Ltd||2.2%|
|30||Vega Conveyors and Automation Pvt. Ltd.||2.2%|
|34||Gough Econ, Inc.||2.2%|
|35||Austin Mac, Inc.||2.2%|
|36||KWS Manufacturing Company Ltd||2.2%|
|37||JK Industrial Fabrication, LLC||2.2%|
|38||PFlow Industries, Inc.||2.2%|
|39||Haggard & Stocking Associates, Inc.||2.2%|
|41||SJF Material Handling Inc.||2.2%|
|42||Innotech Process Equipment||2.2%|
|44||Thomas & Muller Systems, Ltd.||2.2%|
|46||Material Handling Solutions, LLC||2.2%|
Derivation MethodThe ranking is calculated based on the click share within the vertical conveyor page as of June 2023. Click share is defined as the total number of clicks for all companies during the period divided by the number of clicks for each company.
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