How Merges and Combiners Work
Merges, in general, consolidate conveyor lines into one single lane. Products from multiple lanes are released into a single lane. Combiners, on the other hand, is when conveyor lines are fed into a single wide merge area that serves as a funnel prior to traveling to the narrower, merge takeaway conveyor.
Sawtooth Merge Conveyors - A sawtooth merge is used to combine a potentially limitless number of infeed conveyor lines into one conveyor line. Commonly this process occurs before the induction of a product into a sorter. Learn more about sawtooth merge conveyors >
Live Roller Merge Conveyor - A live roller merge is used to combine two to four conveyor lines into one conveyor line. A wide live roller conveyor is used in conjunction with a fixed or powered plow to combine the infeed lines.
Belt Merge Conveyor - A belt merge is used to combine two to four conveyor lines into one conveyor line, in high speed applications. Belt merges do require the use of a powered plow to combine the infeed lines.
Spur Merge Conveyor - A spur merge is used to combine together two conveyor lines. It is a very cost-effective merge in operations which do not demand high throughputs.