How to choose the right Vertical Conveying System?


How to choose the right Vertical Conveying System?

Vertical conveying systems are integral to various industries, ranging from manufacturing to warehousing and distribution. They are designed to move goods vertically, saving space and enhancing operational efficiency. However, choosing the right vertical conveying system for your specific needs can be a complex process. This blog will guide you through the essential factors to consider to make an informed decision.

1. Understand Your Needs

A. Type of Material

Identify the types of materials you will be transporting. Are they bulk solids, liquids or packed items? Different systems handle different materials:

  • Bucket Elevators are ideal for bulk materials like confections, powders, pet food, coffee, hardware, seeds/nuts, grains & recycles/wastes.

  • Spiral Conveyors work well with packed products such as bags, bundles, totes, containers, shrink wrapped products, crates, tires, carton wrapped products, trays and cartons. Also mass products like bottles, cans, jars, cups and pouches are suitable for transportation on Spiral Conveyors.

B. Load Capacity

Determine the maximum load capacity required. This includes the weight of individual items and the total weight the system needs to handle per cycle. Ensure the system can handle peak loads to avoid downtime and inefficiency.

2. Consider Operational Factors

A. Throughput Requirements

Assess the speed and frequency at which you need to move materials. High-throughput operations may require continuous systems like spiral conveyors, while lower throughput needs might be met with VRCs.

B. Maintenance and Reliability

Consider the maintenance needs and reliability of the system. Look for systems with proven track records and consider the availability of spare parts and technical support.

3. Evaluate System Types

A. Bucket Elevators

The Bucket Elevators are very well suited for a broad range of bulk products in the food, agriculture and different types of industries. The machine has many benefits:

  • Combining both horizontal and vertical transport.

  • Overlapping buckets = no spillage

  • Several inlet and outlet stations possible

  • Long-life, low maintenance

B. Spiral Conveyors

Spiral Conveyors transports products up or down in a continuous flow and has proven to be a very reliable concept in Vertical Conveying. Royal Apollo Spiral Conveyors are designed according our proven reliable technology, offering many features and benefits:

  • Saving floor space

  • Increasing productivity

  • Reducing down-time

  • Low maintenance

  • Please see below table for the different models for different purposes

Type of goods

Type of Spiral Conveyor

For unitized loads like totes, bags, cartons and many more

Single Lane Spiral Conveyor

For higher capacity needs

Dual Lane Spiral Conveyor

For heavier items and greater elevation

Heavy Duty Spiral Conveyor

For transporting products in mass (bottles, cans, bags and more)

Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor

For smaller loads like jars and small containers

Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor

For larger items and varied product sizes

Wide Trak Spiral Conveyor

For reaching greater heights

Stacked Spiral

4. Cost Analysis

A. Initial Investment

Calculate the upfront cost, including installation. More advanced systems may have higher initial costs but offer better long-term savings.

B. Operating Costs

Factor in energy consumption, maintenance and potential downtime. Systems that require less frequent maintenance and use less energy can save money over time.

C. Return on Investment (ROI)

Evaluate the expected ROI by comparing the cost savings from improved efficiency, reduced labor, and lower operational costs against the initial and ongoing expenses.


Choosing the right vertical conveying system is critical to optimizing your operations and achieving long-term efficiency and cost savings. By understanding your material handling needs, considering operational factors, evaluating different system types and analyzing costs you can make an informed decision that aligns with your business goals. Investing time and effort in this selection process will pay off in improved productivity and streamlined operations.

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