The 6th conveyance type in common use is the appropriately named “conveyor”. This is a picture of a remanufacturing facility that shows the use of roller conveyors for large and heavy items like these engine blocks. Conveyors can be used to move items of this type long distances, without lifting them and with relatively small effort.
Conveyors have some significant disadvantages, however, and are used less frequently than other methods presented in this lesson. Since they are physically permanent, they easily become “monuments” that are a pain to move. They are also barriers to free movement, and can block operators from getting to the other side when needed. Nevertheless, there are cases where conveyors can be the best conveyance choice, and they need to be included in your Material Management toolkit of methods.