Most people take gravity for granted. But, manufacturers know better, especially when it comes to moving large items through a plant for assembly, finishing, storage and order-fulfillment purposes. The proof is in their use of gravity conveyors to perform these tasks.
Many companies rely on these conveyors to move loads up to 4 feet wide weighing hundreds of pounds along an assembly line or to a warehousing area. Sometimes these items are shrink-wrapped wooden or plastic pallets that are loaded with parts assemblers need at one or more workstations. Other times the item may be a large open tote that workers fill with stamped metal parts and send along to another station for further processing, assembly or shipping.