1st Edition

Application, Selection, and Integration

ISBN 9780367486310
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
210 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Put simply, this is probably the first book in 40 years to comprehensively discuss conveyors, a topic that seems mundane until the need arises to move material from point A to point B without manual intervention. Conveyors: Application, Selection, and Integration gives industrial designers, engineers, and operations managers key information they must consider to determine which type of conveyor to purchase and how to optimally integrate it into their system to meet their transport needs.

Tapping into his more than 20 years of experience in the materials handling industry, the author discusses requirements for specific products or materials and environmental factors, covering operation in extreme temperatures. Each chapter details a specific type of conveyor—including chain, belt, and gravity varieties—and highlights its primary features, such as load capacity and rate, and operation. The text also addresses costs and objectives of material handling, exploring rate calculations, controls systems, and other relevant aspects. It includes photographs of actual installations and a glossary of key terms.

Learn from the Experience of a Conveyor Expert

Unless you have conveyor experience, you’ll need help deciding on the best mode of transportation for your product. This volume stands apart as an aid in this decision process because it does not take a myopic view of one specific type of conveyor. Rather than solely covering bulk material handling or screw conveyors, it analyzes all of the major varieties of conveyors. This book is not meant to be an engineering manual for designing conveyors, but rather a broader guide to integrating conveyors in a transportation system.

Table of Contents


What Is Material Handling?

What Are the Major Objectives of Conveyor Application?

What Are the Real Costs of Material Handling?

The Driving Force

Supporting It All


Equipment Selection Guide

Conveyor Selection



Tabletop Chain Conveyor

Tabletop Chain

Modular Plastic Conveyor Belting

Application Details


Belt Conveyors

Flat Belt Conveyors

Belt Curves

Trailer Loader/Unloaders

Specialty Flat Belt Conveyors

Cleated Belt Conveyors

Troughed Belt Conveyors

Belt Types


Static (Gravity) Conveyors

Static Wheel

Static Roller

Application Details

Spurs and "Y" Curve Switches

Gate Sections

Flexible Conveyors

Extendable Gravity Conveyor

Flow Rack


Powered Conveyors

Live Roller Conveyors

Modular Conveyor



Heavy Unit Load Handling Conveyors

Gravity Roller Conveyors

Roller Transportation Conveyors

Roller Accumulation Conveyors

Multistrand Chain Conveyor

Right Angle Transfers


Ancillary Equipment

Application Details


Overhead Chain

Free Systems

Power Systems

Power and Free Systems


Inverted Power and Free





Vibratory Conveyors

Air Conveyors

Screw Conveyors

Bucket Elevators

Chip Conveyors

Automated Electrified Monorail

Assembly Platform Conveyors


Rate Calculations

Unit Handling

Bulk Handling


Integration and Control Systems

System Design

Controls Systems


Environmental Considerations

Above 177°C (+350°F)

Between +40°C (+104°F) and +177°C (350°F)

Between +2°C (+35°F) and +40°C (104°F)

Between –7°C (+20°F) and +2°C (+35°F)

Between –7°C (20°F) and –18°C (0°F)

Between –18°C (0°F) and –40°C (–40°F)

Below –40°C (–40°F)








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Patrick McGuire has been in the material handling industry for more than 20 years. He has a BS degree in computer integrated manufacturing systems and his professional engineering license for industrial engineering. He started with a very small conveyor manufacturer in upstate New York, J & S Conveyors, where he was the Engineering Manager. They designed and built a wide variety of conveyors. They manufactured tabletop chain conveyors, flat belt conveyors, heavy unit load conveyors, and troughed belt conveyors.

After J & S, he went to work for Rapistan, the world’s largest manufacturer of material handling systems. Rapistan has since been bought by Siemens AG. Rapistan specialized in unit handling, primarily distribution systems. McGuire was involved with the office that also specialized in-process manufacturing systems. They built one-of-a-kind conveyors and systems for giants such as Corning, Kodak, Xerox, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. He worked as a senior systems engineer and a project manager.

After 10 years of custom product and system design, he took a position with the products group, where he worked on such things as the high-speed divert for airport baggage and then became the product manager for the heavy unit load product line. In that position McGuire led a group of engineers in designing, documenting, and selling a full line of pallet handling conveyors. He has since worked as the Director of Product Engineering for American Ironhorse Motorcycles, and the Director of Manufacturing and Technology for Transnorm System, a specialty conveyor manufacturer.

Currently, McGuire is the Manager of Engineering Services for Glidepath, which is leading a movement of business and engineering systems integration and automation. As a member of CEMA, he co-authored or edited several chapters of the new CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors.