The word convey means to move. In the manufacturing industry, conveyor belts are designed to move products from one point to another or through a chain of assembly. Conveyor belts are designed for light and heavy duty applications.
Conveyor belts can transport products either in a straight direction or through directional changes and elevation. The purpose of the belt is to provide controlled movement of the product. Belts are designed in different sizes; systems used to run the belts operate in different speed ranges.
Conveyor belts are also used to transport material into processing equipment and back out again. These belts optimize productivity. In the food industry conveyors are used to deliver the product to cooking or sealing equipment, then off to packaging.
Treadmills are operated by the use of conveyor belts. Check out counters at the grocery store use conveyor belts to move items to be purchased along toward the check out point. Light duty conveyor belts are used in production of smaller products. Heavy duty conveyor belts are used to transport coal out of coal mines.