Conveyor Rollers

Woodsage is a world-class supplier of high-quality, precision manufactured rollers for conveyor and sortation systems.

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Woodsage Conveyor System Rollers

Conveyor Roller Q&A

What are the most popular types of Conveyor Rollers?

There are a variety of conveyor rollers available for applications ranging from high-speed, highly automated systems and low-tech manual or gravity-based conveyor applications.

  • Tapered Rollers
  • Grooved Tapered Rollers
  • Straight Grooved Rollers
  • High-Speed Rollers
  • Heavy-Duty Industrial Application Rollers
  • Gravity Rollers
  • Pulley Rollers
  • Specialty Rollers
    • Sprocket Rollers
    • Poly-V Rollers
    • Right-Angle Transfer Rollers
    • Coated Rollers (Tapered and Straight)
    • Highly Engineered Roller Products
  • Straight Rollers
What are Tapered Rollers?

Tapered conveyor rollers are specially designed for use in curved roller conveyor sections. Each roller has a full diameter at the outside edge of the conveyor frame and tapers toward the inside of the frame. As items progress through the curved section, the tapered design helps them maintain their position on the conveyor as they go around the curved section.

Tapered rollers are available in two constructions – Grooved and Non-Grooved.

Grooved Tapered Rollers are manufactured to be used with a design-specific size of drive belts for the system.  Each roller is motor-driven through the use of drive bands. Using these on a curve prevents items from stopping in that area.

Non-Grooved Tapered Rollers are for curved roller conveyor sections that don’t require a motor-driven solution to keep items moving forward.

What are Straight Grooved Rollers?

Straight grooved conveyor rollers are precision manufactured to be used with a design-specific size of drive belts for the system.  As the name implies, a groove of specified width, depth and distance from the roller’s edge is machined to accommodate a drive belt. The straight-line motor-driven roller section of the system is motor driven to keep items moving as dictated by the overall system’s purpose and programming.

What are High-Speed Rollers?

These rollers are designed for high-performance systems that move materials along at higher-than-normal speed.

What are Heavy-Duty Industrial-Grade Rollers?

These rollers are used for systems that convey heavy objects. The roller is made of thicker steel to accommodate the specified load and are fitted with heavier-duty bearings to assure smooth travel. These are available in grooved or non-grooved constructions to match the system's design.

What are Gravity Rollers?

These rollers are used for systems that convey heavy objects. The roller is made of thicker steel to accommodate the specified load and is fitted with heavier-duty bearings to assure smooth travel. These are available in grooved or non-grooved constructions to match the system's design.

What are Pulley Rollers?

A Pulley Roller is used as the axle of a pulley system. Designed for extreme temperature tolerance and high wear resistance. pulley rollers feature a low friction coefficient. Typical applications are conveyor systems and treadmills.

What are Straight Rollers?

Straight rollers are used for straight sections to conveyor systems. They can be grooved or non-grooved, depending on the system’s requirements. Straight rollers are commonly used for flat conveyance systems where an object is manually moved forward. A typical example would be the section after metal detector systems at airport TSA checkpoints.

How do I choose the right conveyor roller?

The primary factor for roller selection is the estimated load and assessment of load conditions.

  1. If your application features heavy loads, choose larger diameter rollers that meet/exceed the load per roller.
  2. If your application features impact loading conditions, choose larger tubing with a heavier gauge.
  3. A high-speed system would require precision-balanced rollers with high-performance bearings.