Industrialization heralded the mechanization of jobs and tasks. The mechanization of work was done through electrical and mechanical parts. This improved the productivity of the individual, and greatly reduced the manual burden of shop floor operators. Mechanization also improved working conditions in heavy industries such as steel, textile and mining operations.
After mechanization, the automation of work was implemented through early-stage computer systems such as punch cards that were extensively used in textile operations like weaving using Jacquard machines. The miniaturization of chip designs and advances in electronic components likes diodes improved the automation of operations and a continuous flow of work in industries like the chemical industry, where the processes run continuously for days without interruptions.
Conveyor belts are simple mechanical devices driven by motors and guided by rollers at various stages. Conveyor belts can be several kilometers long, which poses problems when breakdowns happen – like the belt tearing. There may be times when the materials get stuck on the belt. Interruptions of this nature may cause tremendous damage to the materials and to the business. One can imagine the losses when tons of materials cannot be transported to a particular destination.
Automation of the transmission line of the conveyor belts can help attend to the problems of mechanical breakdowns. Automation software, devices such as Programmable Logic Control (PLC) devices, and diodes for monitoring help automate the transmission. PLCs control the stop and run of the belts, and photosensitive devices monitor the proper running of belts. Software programs manage the entire operations of conveyor belts, and also most of the operations associated with conveyor belts, such as packaging.
Automation helps the bulk material handling industry in its smooth operation efforts and productivity issues. Automated conveyor belts provide these solutions to the bulk material handling industry.