Conveyors and Ergonomics
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The ergonomics of using conveyors
- Design your conveyor so that it delivers the load directly into an ergonomically ideal work position for loading, processing, or other activities. When the item arrives, workers should not have to re-position it for loading to a pallet, into a container, etc. Utilize ball transfers or turntable lifts to allow easy positioning for work.
- If the items need to transport down, utilize chutes or decline belt conveyors to deliver them from a mezzanine level to floor level. Chutes or spirals are preferred because they are ideal for limited space.
- Utilize gravity conveyors to handle items that could be moved by hand. Be sure the loads are lightweight enough that people don’t strain to move them on the conveyor. This is ideal for downhill runs.
- Portable conveyors like skatewheel sections on casters or flexible conveyor are good for ergonomics, since they can be positioned at the point of work to reduce the amount of manual handling. The flexibility of these solutions is often utilized at shipping or receiving docks, where they can be adapted to needs as they arise.
- Floor mounted conveyors are an excellent way to pass larger or palletized loads between workstations. The conveyor allows workers to easily work around it without the typical stresses or strains of dealing with these types of items.
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