Conveyor System Selection Considerations

If your project calls for the transportation of materials or an assembly line, it’s likely you will incorporate a conveyor belt system to help you get the job done. These machines are versatile and durable, allowing you to make a productive and cost-friendly addition to your workplace. Selecting the right conveyor belt is crucial to how effective the belt system will be in your working environment. It’s important to review the facets of belts to ensure you are purchasing the right fit. Redline Systems lists conveyor system selection considerations so you can choose a new system with confidence.


One of the most important conveyor system selection considerations is the material that you will be working with. The product that will be placed on the belt highly influences which belt system will be necessary. Here are a few questions to consider regarding the material to help inform what type of conveyor you’ll need:

  • What form is the material handled in? Consider whether the product you’ll frequently be handling is in a predominantly liquid or solid state.
  • How abrasive is the material? This will indicate how durable your belt system needs to be. Be aware of the material’s weight and whether it has blunt or sharp edges.
  • Does the material contain moisture? What’s its temperature? Knowing the answer to these two questions will give you an idea of how well the product will flow on the belt and whether your belt needs to be tolerable of a certain temperature.

Project Demands

The demands of your project are going to be one of the most informative considerations for which belt system will be best. Break down operation needs, such as:

  • Production rate: Knowing the dimensions of your product will allow you to decide an appropriate production rate that tells you the speed your belt conveyor will need to be to reach productivity goals.
  • Product transfer requirements: You must consider the areas of the system where the material transfers to and from the conveyor to advise you which product transfer will be necessary.
  • Incline/Decline requirements: If you need to transport materials between different floors, adding an inclined belt conveyor will help you save space and time and will improve workplace safety by preventing overcrowding.


Lastly, you want to refer to your budget when selecting a conveyor belt system. Discussing the cost of the system with your supplier is important to determine which application type will be feasible. Investing time into researching the type of belt system you need is one way to save you from having to invest in multiple belt systems down the road. In addition to considering the initial price of the conveyor belt system, think about the belt’s energy consumption, longevity, and maintenance to give you a greater idea of the overall cost of your investment.

With some of the most advanced inclined belt conveyor systems around, you are sure to find a high-grade system that fits your fabrication needs with Redline Systems. Contact us today for more information on our exceptional application product catalog.