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2021-2028 Conveyor Industry Projection report

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​​The global conveyor systems market size was USD 5.36 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with conveyor systems witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a declining growth of 2.6% in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 5.60 billion in 2021 to USD 7.62 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 4.5% during the 2021-2028 period. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over. The growth of this market is driven by the handling of large volumes of goods in manufacturing and warehousing operations, as conveyor systems constitute a significant part of material handling systems. These systems are essential for the continuous transport of items from one area to another in many commercial and industrial facilities.

They help reduce overall production time and total labor costs significantly. Therefore, manufacturers in the market are focusing on the demand for automated material handling and movement in industries to make manufacturing processes more efficient.

Driving Factors

Increasing E-commerce and Industry 4.0 are Driving Today’s Material Handling Boom E-commerce and industry 4.0 are transforming traditional supply chains, compelling companies to change the way they move, track, and store material using advanced technologies and automation. Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and logistics companies establish fulfillment centers and utilize all available warehouse space. For instance, Industrial Kinetics supplies a pair of dual-strand in-floor vehicle slat conveyors for a large vehicle manufacturer, which will convey around 385 tons of vehicles, 250 tons of conveyor chains, and about 635 tons of materials. The demand for intelligent mechanical handling equipment is fueled by the need for automating the complete manufacturing process.

Moreover, the growth of the e-commerce industry has also factored in the growth of the material handling process at distribution centers and warehouses. Hence, aiding in the continuous flow of materials from manufacturing units to distribution centers and warehouses.

For instance, in December 2020, Amazon.com, Inc., an e-commerce giant, announced plans for two fulfillment centers in San Antonio. Thereby resulting in the material handling process, hence, increasing the installation of conveyor systems.

Flat Belt Conveyors to Hold Largest Market Share

The global market is segmented based on type, further sub-segmented into roller conveyors, flat belt conveyors, wheel conveyors, vertical conveyors, & others.

Flat belt conveyors are the largest as these are endless, continuous belts used to convey products or materials in a constant motion. They are made from various materials such as rubbers, plastics, fabric, metal, & leather and are used to convey different types of products via different belt types, such as heavier loads requiring thicker & stronger belts.

Other than flat belt conveyors, roller conveyors are also expected to have a substantial market share. Roller conveyors are of two kinds: gravity-controlled rollers & powered rollers. Gravity-controlled rollers are used to transport products manually when placed horizontally, whereas belts and rollers are used to move materials in the case of powered roller conveyors. Both types of roller conveyors carry products and luggage in a straight or curved structure, depending on the industry they are being deployed in. Besides, wheel conveyors, vertical conveyors, and other segments are likely to exhibit a moderate growth rate during the forecast period owing to their limited applicability.

Bulk Load to Have a Major Share of the Market

The market is classified based on load into unit load & bulk load. These loads are carried depending on the material and its physical state, whether in solid-state, liquid, or gas, along with its packaging type. Unit loads are carried as a single item or multiple items, which are organized to be conveyed without disturbing their integrity. On the other hand, for bulk loads, the majority of the manufacturing industries, such as food & beverage and mining, among others, install this material handling solution. Thus, the bulk load segment is expected to hold a major share of the market.

Supply Chain & Logistics Application to Drive Market Growth

Based on application, the market is segmented into food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, supply chain & logistics, manufacturing, mining, & others. Conveyor systems constitute a vital part of the material handling process in industries involved in every step of industrial processes. Additionally, increasing automation with a reduction in overall costs is the primary reason behind the continuous increase in the adoption of conveyors in all industries. The supply chain & logistics industry is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate for the forecast period among the end-use industries. Moreover, the variety in the application favors their adoption in automotive, retail, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other applications such as public infrastructure such as airports, which are among the major driving factors for the market.

Asia Pacific generated a revenue of USD 1.79 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to emerge as the prevalent region in the market during the forecast period. Besides, this region is also expected to exhibit the highest CAGR for the forecast period. The growth in this region is anticipated to increase with the development in the end-use industries such as FMCG, automobile, airport, & mining. India & China are the major contributors to the market growth in this region.

Additionally, the region is expected to significantly impact growth, as there is a high concentration of manufacturing industries aiming to automate their manufacturing facilities owing to a continuous increase in human resource cost, among other factors. Furthermore, conveyor systems are expected to have consistent growth even in developed countries with increasing automation and industry 4.0. In addition, the rising demand for products from consumers has turned out to be a pressing concern for the manufacturer.

This resulted in implementing automation and an integrated manufacturing process to increase production, which is expected to augment the market growth.

China is home to manufacturing facilities of numerous global companies, accompanied by provincial automotive manufacturers, including BYD Automotive, Geely, Dongfeng, Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co., and others. Furthermore, bulk material handling & storage systems facilitate the management of large volumes of data, thereby reducing unnecessary time consumption and fueling the growth of the market in the region.

The Europe & North America region is witnessing growth with the adoption of automation in the manufacturing units along with increasing penetration of advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Radio-frequency identification (RFIDs), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Rising labor costs and infrastructure limitations are expected to aid these regions in tightening their grip on the market share.

The Middle East & Africa, and Latin American markets are also expected to have a moderate growth rate during the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of these systems in the warehouse & manufacturing facilities. This, coupled with the rising labor cost, is driving the market in this region. These factors are compelling manufacturers to use sophisticated machinery and ensure high throughput quality in a shorter time. 

Key Industry Players

Prominent Players Are Aiming to Implement Automation, Digitalization, and Industry 4.0 The prominent players in this market aim for the digital transformation of processes by concentrating a significant part of the research and development budget on digital production solutions. For instance, Durr, a company that provides automation & digitization/Industry 4.0, has built up a complete infrastructure for digital business at an early stage. Its backbone is formed by the ADAMOS platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It is comparable to the operating system of a computer and collects large volumes of production data. On the basis of ADAMOS, the company offers machinery operating on digital services and apps that allow them to optimize their production.

Key Players in the Market are Intensifying Their Regional Presence with Acquisition and Partnerships Moreover, the market appears to be extremely competitive and fragmented. International players are seen gradually intensifying their presence in the developing economies, making it tough for regional sellers to compete with them, especially in terms of quality and price point. These manufacturers are focusing on acquiring regional players, along with entering partnerships, for enhanced market share. The market observes increased competition, which is anticipated to surge further during the forecast period.

Source: Fortune Business Insights 

Belt Conveyors

Technical information bulletin the effects of ozone on rubber conveyor belts

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The effects of exposure to ozone

Ozone occurs naturally in the upper atmosphere. At high altitude, it acts as a protective shield by absorbing harmful ultraviolet rays. However, at low altitude, the ozone itself becomes a pollutant. Exposure to ozone increases the acidity of carbon black surfaces and causes reactions to take place within the molecular structure of the rubber. This has several consequences such as a surface cracking and a decrease in the tensile strength of the rubber. The actual level of ozone concentrations at ground level, and therefore the level of

exposure, can differ greatly from one location to another depending on geographical and climatic conditions. The general concentration of ozone is from 0 to 6 parts per hundred million parts of air. Coastal areas have particularly high levels of ozone pollution. Ozone also occurs in cities and industrialised areas, when it is formed by the photolysis of nitrogen dioxide from automobile exhaust and industrial discharges, where ozone levels can range from 5 to 25 parts per hundred million parts of air.

Environmental and safety concerns 

Belts that do not operate under shelter are especially prone to surface cracking, which can be extremely detrimental in terms of the performance of the belt and its working life.

Even more significant are the environmental and health and safety consequences of the damage caused by ozone exposure because dust particles from the materials being conveyed penetrate the surface cracks and are then discharged (shaken out) on the return (underside) run of the belt.

At first glance, fine cracks in the surface rubber may not seem to be a major problem but over a period the rubber becomes increasingly brittle. Transversal cracks deepen under the repeated stress of passing over the pulleys and drums and, if the conveyor has a relatively short transition distance, longitudinal cracks can also begin to appear.

Again, surface cracking may not initially seem to be a cause of concern but there are often hidden long-term effects.

One of those hidden effects is that moisture and other fluids seep into the cracks and penetrate through the belt covers

down to the carcass of the belt. If the belt is carrying product such as household waste, grain, wood/waste or biomass then the oils and resins that penetrate through to the carcass will cause the belt to swell and distort very badly.

The effects of ultra violet radiation

Ultraviolet radiation causes chemical reactions to take place within rubber and the rapid decline in the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere over the past several decades is allowing an increasing level of UV radiation to reach the earth’s surface. Ultraviolet light from sunlight and fluorescent lighting accelerates deterioration because it produces photochemical reactions that promote the oxidation of the surface of the rubber resulting in a loss in mechanical strength.

EN/ISO 1431 International standards

To scientifically measure resistance to ozone, samples are placed under tension (20% elongation) inside the ozone testing cabinet and exposed to highly concentrated levels of ozone for a period up to 96 hours. At Dunlop the pass criteria is that the rubber sample does not show any signs of cracking after 96 hours (@ 20°C, 50 pphm and 20% strain) inside the ozone cabinet. Every sample is closely examined for evidence of cracking at two-hourly intervals and the results carefully measured and recorded. As a general rule, based on experience, failure to exceed more than 8 hours under test without surface cracking will most certainly mean that the belt will start to deteriorate in less than 2 years. In many cases, particularly in coastal locations, deterioration will begin within a matter of months.

At Dunlop Conveyor Belting we were amongst the very first to introduce mandatory testing to EN/ISO 1431 international standards. As a direct result, special anti-oxidant additives that act as highly efficient anti-ozonants were introduced into all of our rubber compound recipes to provide protection against the damaging effects of ozone and ultra violet.

Always insist that your belt supplier provides written verification that their belts undergo stringent conditional

Seek advice

As often as not, the quality of a belt (including its ability to resist wear) is reflected in its price. It is always worth the effort to check the original manufacturers specifications very carefully and ask for documented evidence of tested performance compared to the relevant international standard before placing your order.

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Flexible and efficient: automated line changeovers for the InnoPET TriBlock from KHS

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Up to 70% time saved compared to manual changeovers / Molds changed by robots on the stretch blow molding module / Automated adaptation to the label gluing height and bottle diameter

The example of KHS’ InnoPET TriBlock stretch blow molder/labeler/filler block illustrates how automated format changeovers can be successfully implemented. And it shows that beverage producers can combine maximum flexibility with a high level of efficiency.

PET lines today are very rarely configured exclusively from individual machines. Instead, beverage producers want a turnkey system with a small footprint, shorter conveying segments and a reduced maintenance effort and – first and foremost – short changeover times. As part of the holistic, automated line changeovers on its PET lines the InnoPET stretch blow molder, labeler and filler TriBlock satisfies these high demands. Thanks to the new KHS InnoPET iflex automation concept beverage bottlers can now save up to 70% of the time needed for manual changeovers. To this end, various functions were developed for the different segments on the InnoPET TriBlock that considerably increase the level of automation and make manual intervention largely superfluous with a few clicks on the HMI.

Format changeovers by robot

PET bottles are produced in the stretch blow molding module. When formats are scheduled for a changeover, the iflex first triggers the automatic loading of recipes for the heating profile, blow pressure, preform conveying and inspection technology.

The most important new feature on this machine is the mold changeover when the new batch requires a different bottle size or shape. Here, the switch is made with the help of a robot that changes the two side mold shells and base mold fully automatically and very quickly during ongoing production. It removes the previous molds from the stations, places them in the mold set magazine, takes out the new molds and slots them back into the stations without any need for action from the operator. The robot needs just 41 seconds per station for this short, fully reproducible procedure. The time for manual intervention is thus reduced from a previous 95 to just eight minutes. This is further facilitated by automatic bottle base detection adjustment at the blow wheel transfer star with the help of several sensors. All the operator has to do by hand is to start the format changeover and later start the new production run.

Less manual intervention

The time and effort needed for manual work by the operator is also reduced in the labeling module. This is chiefly thanks to automatic adaptation of the label gluing height and bottle diameter. The operator still carries out the toolless changeover of the vacuum drum, brushes and bottle guide parts, however. Nevertheless, two labeling stations can now be converted within 20 minutes.

At the press of a button

In the filler module conversion is fully automatic. Firstly, this avoids handling errors by the operator, and secondly, it prevents the risk of bacterial or microbiological contamination by people entering the hygiene area that would then need foam cleaning. This would delay the changeover by around 30 minutes.

The key components relevant to automatic changeovers are the guides from the filler infeed to the capper discharge that need to be set to the bottle diameter and height. Conical base guides or bottle pockets are used here, for example, where the containers are fixed by simple height adjustment as in a funnel. The discharge conveyor is vertically adjusted by a servomotor instead of being manually cranked; the same goes for the horizontal adjustment of the railings. What’s more, the bottle caps are also changed over automatically, such as when a new beverage features a different cap color from the previous one.

Up to 70% quicker

We can see just how important the new iflex options are on the KHS InnoPET TriBlock in particular when it comes to highly flexible beverage filling if we take a look at the total time saving: depending on the specific changeover routine on site, this amounts to approximately 95 minutes. The remaining manual tasks only take eight minutes on the stretch blow molding module and 20 minutes on the labeling module. On the filling module format changeovers have been fully automated and are completed without intervention in a matter of seconds. All told, changeovers are now implemented in less than a third of the time previously required, allowing beverage producers to look forward to a high degree of flexibility and efficiency.

Innoline Flex Control: everything under control

The Innoline Flex Control line management system is essential if the iflex is to function properly and its potential be fully exploited. It takes over the tasks of line and order management from the beverage producer’s ERP system and orchestrates the automatic changeover of the machines. The basic idea is to help the operator to always do exactly the right thing.

By integrating the Innoline Flex Control web GUI into the HMI, data is displayed on the machine operator panel. The operator sees which processing program must be selected when and which materials are needed where to produce the respective current version of the order sequence that has been tactically planned by the system. With the automated iflex variant, this is triggered by the simple press of a button. On the guided iflex version the system clearly prompts the operator through the various steps and provides straightforward instructions for all action that needs to be taken manually.

 

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Belt Conveyors

A guide to the types of belt edge

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Used in rubber conveyor belts

Because of advances in technology and the types of materials used to manufacture rubber multi-ply conveyor belting there is often confusion concerning belt edge types.

This information bulletin is designed to provide up-to-date guidance and clarification. There are basically three types of edges available: moulded edge, (cut and) sealed edge and (plain) cut edge.

Moulded Edge

Many years ago, moulded edges were the norm because cotton was used as the reinforcing fabric in multi-ply belts.

A moulded edge was necessary in order to prevent moisture penetrating the cotton fabric and causing it to rot.

However, since the inception of synthetic ply belt carcasses using polyester and polyamide, this problem effectively no longer exists. As a consequence, belts without moulded edges are now the most commonly used.

Moulded edges can only be created when a belt is manufactured (assembled and vulcanised) to an exact width, usually a specific width required by the end-user. A small strip of non-reinforced rubber is attached to the side of the carcass during the calendaring of the belt. The strip is formed as an integral part of the belt during the vulcanizing process. This typically provides 5 to 15 mm of rubber on the belt edge without fabric reinforcement.

Moulded edges do not provide any structural advantage and can be susceptible to damage if the belt wanders off-track.

Non-reinforced rubber can easily be cut off so when a belt with moulded edges gets damaged, large pieces of rubber are often torn off.

Most ‘non-stock’ belting in special grades (fire resistant for example) and/or non-standard sizes are made to order at the specific width requested by the customer. These will therefore naturally have moulded edges unless the widths and length combinations requested by the customer allow belts to be slit (cut) from a wider, more cost-efficient production width.

Sealed Edges

To maximise efficiency of production, standard productionbelts are usually made as wide as the production machinerywill allow and are then subsequently cut to narrower widths.At Dunlop we automatically create belts with sealed edgesusing a special cutting process involving cutting knives thatrotate at very high speed. The heat created by the friction ofthe rotating knives melts the carcass fibres and the rubberon the edge of the belt, effectively creating a seal. This isreferred to as a ‘cut & sealed edge’ or simply ‘sealed edge’.Apart from a better visual aspect, the sealed edge means thatthe belt is not sensitive to moisture penetration and cantherefore be used in wet conditions and is better suited tolonger-term storage outdoors.

Cut Edge

Belts with cut edges are produced in the same way asdescribed previously but are cut (slit) using conventionalrotating knives. A ‘cut edge’ is therefore not sealed.At Dunlop we do not recommend the use of unsealed (raw)cut belt edges as wet conditions and outdoor storageconditions can cause water to enter the carcass from theedge due to capillary forces. Although the carcass fibres arehardly affected, moisture can cause vulcanising problemswhen making splice joints.

Steelcord Construction Belts

All steelcord belts are manufactured to a specific set ofspecifications which fully embed the steel cords and aretherefore only available with moulded edges. In the caseof steelcord and steel reinforced fabric ply beltingit is necessary to use moulded edges in order to preventmoisture from causing the steel to corrode over time.

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