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Mezzanine Floor Incline Conveyors are – in essence – an extreme example of a Swan Neck Conveyor, and is used for moving products between floors within a building. Traditionally these where used for ‘mezzanine’ areas: floors that do not extend the full length/width of the factory but instead form a ‘balcony’ area. In practice, however, these systems can convey goods between genuine floors, or even multiple floors.
These are a very effective, economic and (as a result) popular alternative to a goods lift, in that they are simpler to operate, usually MUCH cheaper, and can operate continously rather than in batches like a lift.
A Mezzanine Conveyor typically have a far higher throughput than an elevator, and require less human intervention. This allows for faster transport of goods or equipment between floors.
The conveyors are reversible, with dual-position operator controls (top and bottom), allowing goods to be moved freely between the upper mezzanine and the lower floor.
A Mezzanine floor is a very efficient and economical method of expanding your premises' floor space. In addition to providing conveyors, CCL can design and construct complete mezzanine floor systems
It IS possible to operate a mezzanine floor conveyor "bare bones", with just a short horizontal 'input' and 'output' belt. Most people find it more convenient to supplement these with a short section of gravity roller conveyor. At the input end, this means that an operator can put the package on the GR section before pushing it onto the driven belt. At the output end, the packages just coast to a halt ready to be removed, and can even 'accumulate' there if the gravity section is long enough.
As Gravity Roller conveyor is so cheap, many operators prefer to fit quite a long section at top and bottom to expedite loading
Conveyors can be quite flexible in the way that they interface with the mezzanine floor. Typically, they will run up the side or end of the mezzanine, supported by their own leg framework, sometimes into a slight cut-away. However, in some cases customers have asked that it be run up an existing set of stairs. In once case, the conveyor ran up to the centre of the mezzanine, and entered through a hatchway.