Conveyor Considerations

7 Weeks Until MODEX 2018

During MODEX 2018 in Atlanta, April 9 – 12, there are many conveyor manufacturers exhibiting. Many have been exhibiting at ProMat and MODEX for years and have few innovations to announce this year.

No two conveying applications are the same and each has its own unique challenges. During MODEX Alfacon Solutions will share how conveyor designs need to be adapted and tailored to precisely fit each customer’s requirements. Often high-care processing, where addressing product integrity and difficult-to-handle materials is a major consideration. Buyers need to know the conditions which require high-care bulk material conveyors.

High-care conveying is especially important when the product being conveyed must be protected from damage and degradation. Products that are fragile or susceptible to breakage require a high-care bulk material conveyor solution when gentle handling is required. A conveying solution must never compromise product integrity as it travels through the conveyor.

Other products are simply difficult to handle, such as items that are sticky, moist, tend to cake, smear, or accumulate static charges. High-care bulk material conveyors are equipped with features especially designed to overcome these product characteristic challenges.

Batch Processing in the Conveyor Realm

Batch processing often requires blended consistency and integrity to be preserved as product is conveyed from one process to another. Some products and materials create dust when moved and can accelerate the risk of dust dispersion. High-care conveyors are often enclosed designed to offer dust control, which could help you and your employees to be safe on the job – see silica dust control to learn more.

Product spills from a conveyor require cleanup and unnecessary downtime and costs. Conveyor designs that prevent or reduce product spillage when material is moved must be considered.

No aspect of conveying is more important than safety. When safety risks such as hazardous materials are present, or if contamination is likely, the conveyor solution must have mechanisms to address these concerns.

Best-of-breed conveyors for the conveyor challenge also drives a rapid ROI (Return on Investment) by improving throughput, consistent product quality, less downtime, and longer equipment life.


Alfacon Solutions ( will be exhibiting at MODEX 2018 April 9-12, 2018 in Atlanta, GA at booth #B637 and presenting an educational seminar called Adaptive Conveying on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM in Theater I. The presentation will provide attendees an overview of a configurable conveying solution and how to integrate conveying solutions into automated vehicles.

To view and vote for the one-minute video about Alfacon Solutions, go to

John Murdoch
John Murdoch is CEO of Alfacon Solutions Ltd., based in Canada. Murdoch is a thought-leader in both the manufacturing and materials handling sectors. Leveraging more than a quarter century of experience, Murdoch brings a unique perspective to engineered material handling solutions and the role of automation. Murdoch can be reached at