How To Avoid Common Mistakes When Using Fluid Loading and Unloading Conveyors


Fluid loading and unloading conveyors are useful tools to help speed up and simplify the process of moving products in and out of trucks, containers, or warehouses. They can reduce the manual labor, time, and risk of injury involved. However, to get the most out of your loading and unloading conveyors, you need to avoid some common mistakes that can affect their performance, safety, and efficiency.  

Here are some tips on how to avoid these mistakes and optimize your loading and unloading operations: 

Mistake #1: Not choosing the right type of conveyor for your needs 

There are different types of loading and unloading conveyors available, such as telescopic belt conveyors, wheel conveyors, roller conveyors, etc. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the size, weight, shape, and amount of products you are handling. For example, telescopic belt conveyors are ideal for loading and unloading loose items or packages because they can extend and retract to the desired point within the truck or container. Roller conveyors are good for moving items that are flat or have a smooth bottom surface, such as pallets or boxes. 

To avoid choosing the wrong type of conveyor, you should consider the following factors: 

  • The dimensions and weight of the products you need to load or unload 
  • The frequency and volume of your loading or unloading operations 
  • The space available in your facility and at the loading or unloading point 
  • The budget and maintenance for your conveyor system 

It’s also best to consult with a reputable conveyor manufacturer or supplier who can advise you on the best type of conveyor for your specific application. 

Mistake #2: Not using the conveyor properly 

Even if you have chosen the right type of conveyor for your needs, you still need to use it properly to ensure its top performance and safety. Some common mistakes that users make when using loading and unloading conveyors are: 

  • Not following the manufacturer’s instructions on how to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot the conveyor 
  • Not training the operators on how to use the conveyor safely and efficiently 
  • Not inspecting the conveyor regularly for any signs of wear, damage, or malfunction 
  • Not cleaning the conveyor after each use to prevent dust, dirt, or debris from accumulating 
  • Not adjusting the conveyor speed, height, angle, or length according to the products being handled 
  • Not using accessories or options that can enhance the conveyor’s functionality, such as raised belt transfers, robotic loaders, etc. 

To avoid these mistakes, you should follow these tips: 

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s manual carefully before using the conveyor 
  • Provide training and supervision for the operators who will use the conveyor 
  • Perform regular inspections and maintenance on the conveyor according to the manufacturer’s recommendations 
  • Clean the conveyor after each use with a damp cloth 
  • Adjust the conveyor settings according to the product being handled and the loading or unloading conditions 
  • Use accessories or options that can improve the conveyor’s performance, such as raised belt transfers that can transition packages automatically from an unloader to a takeaway solution, or robotic loaders that can fill an enclosed trailer without a trailer operator.

Mistake #3: Not taking safety precautions 

Loading and unloading conveyors can come with some safety hazards if not used correctly. Some of these hazards include: 

  • Points where fingers, hands, hair, clothing, or jewelry can get caught in the moving parts of the conveyor 
  • Falling objects or packages that can injure operators or damage goods 
  • Slips, trips, or falls caused by uneven surfaces, loose wires, cords, or hoses around the conveyor area 
  • Electrical shocks or fires caused by faulty wiring, connections, or switches on the conveyor 
  • Noise pollution or hearing loss caused by loud noises from the conveyor motor or belt 

To avoid these hazards and prevent accidents or injuries, you should follow these safety precautions: 

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, safety shoes, glasses, ear plugs, etc., when using the conveyor 
  • Keep fingers, hands, hair, clothing, jewelry away from the moving parts of the conveyor 
  • Do not overload or underload the conveyor 
  • Do not place objects or packages on the edge of the conveyor belt where they can fall off 
  • Keep the area around the conveyor clear of any obstacles or clutter that can cause slips, trips, or falls 
  • Check the wiring, connections, and switches on the conveyor for any defects or damage before using it 
  • Turn off and unplug the conveyor when not in use or when performing maintenance or repairs 
  • Report any problems or malfunctions with the conveyor to the supervisor or the manufacturer immediately 

By following these tips, we hope to help you avoid these mistakes and optimize your loading and unloading operations. Contact us to learn more about fluid loading and unloading conveyors.