Comparing material handling conveyors

Our conveyors are not limited to concrete manufacturers.

In fact, one of our customers needed a conveying solution for cheese transportation and handling. We designed a conveying system to fit without extreme changes to their current equipment setup.

Industries we serve include

  • steel/metal production
  • power/energy
  • mining/minerals
  • recycled materials
  • and, of course, cement

To meet the needs of our customers, we design and supply a large variety of conveyor options. However, some have more benefits over others. Below you’ll find a compare and contrast list to help you understand what is best for the material your plant is handling.

Conveyor Comparisons

Trough Conveyors


  • Commonly available
  • Familiar design
  • Lower cost per foot
  • Handles a wide range of material types and sizes


  • Limited incline angle of 18 degrees or less
  • Requires more linear space
  • Requires more structural steel supports
  • Requires more mechanical components
  • Requires more horsepower
  • Requires more maintenance

 Sidewall, Flexwall and Boxwall Conveyors


  • Flexible configurations
  • Can convey at any angle from 0 degrees to 90 degrees
  • Requires less space than a trough conveyor with the same lift
  • Less horsepower than other conveyors with the same material lift
  • Requires fewer mechanical components than other conveyors
  • Lower cost per conveyed ton of material
  • Lower capital cost for high-lift systems
  • Conveys material of varying sizes
  • Conveys wet, sticky materials without loss of capacity


  • Less capacity than similar sized trough belts
  • Material carryback must be considered
  • Susceptible to belt damage if not maintained
  • Larger pulley diameters typically required

High Angle Conveyors (HAC)/Sandwich Conveyors


  • Can be used at steep angles
  • Carryback material easily controlled


  • Cannot handle large lumps in the material
  • Cannot handle a large variance of material size
  • Requires more structural steel supports than trough conveyors
  • Uses complicated mechanical components
  • More moving components than trough conveyors

Whether you need to transport small, lightweight parts or bulk materials we can design a solution. Tell us your needs, and we’ll get started.

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