A roller conveyor is a type of conveyor in which objects can be moved manually, by gravity or power, supported by a series of rollers in a frame. Common roller conveyors include flexible roller conveyors and gravity roller conveyors. Due to their adaptability and usability, roller conveyors are widely used in many industries, mainly logistics and manufacturing. Roller conveyor to our production and life has brought great convenience, but we must know very little about its development history. Let's take a look at it together.
In 1908, Hymie Goddard of the Logan, Indiana Company, patented the first roller conveyor. This made it possible to transport goods smoothly via internal ball bearings, although such conveyors did not become mainstream until five years later.
In 1913, Henry Ford made a historic milestone by introducing the famous assembly line.
In the 1920s, conveyor roller machine solutions began to be designed for longer distances as conveyor belts made it easier to transport heavier, larger goods over long distances.
With the onset of World War II, there was an extreme scarcity of raw materials in various industries, which allowed technology to improve. That's why today's conveyor belt rollers can use materials including synthetic fibers and polymers. In addition, this also reduces maintenance costs for the roller conveyor system.
From the 1970s to the present, conveyor systems, including roller conveyors, have witnessed techniques ranging from the introduction and refinement of power conveyors to the use of computers to control complex applications.The conveying system is constantly updated and iterative, and the improvement of technology to reduce the conveying time of the conveyor and improve the performance of the conveyor is also the future development goal of the conveyor manufacturing industry.