What’s the pallet like?
This is a vital first point of information. What’s the condition of the conveying surface (typically the bottom of the pallet)? Although you may think you’re conveying a standard pallet, chances are you aren’t. Don’t believe it until you know for sure.
Many pallets appear to be similar, but they aren’t. Careful attention must be paid to the pallet bottom deck. Will the pallet “runners” be parallel or perpendicular to the conveyor rollers?
Perpendicular is always best for conveying, and parallel should be avoided if possible. If your pallets are bi-directional (runners in both directions), it can be placed on the conveyor in either direction.
Actually, most pallets are one of several variations of one-way-only stringers. Some standardization does occur in the pallet industry, and further standardization continues. But many pallet types are available and you must be aware of the type or types of pallets used on your conveyor.
When purchasing pallets, cost is often a major concern. In this respect, we can’t always expect to convey perfect pallets. But as your operation continues into the future, you should keep in mind that pallets purchased should be bought in mind with your conveyor system.
(2) What is the load weight?
Load weight is a fairly easy measure. It begins by selecting a conveyor with enough structural and drive capacity to handle your heaviest load. Typically, Cisco-Eagle or other conveyor vendors can help you configure the right conveyor for your load weight rather quickly.