An inclined or vertical conveyor is a machine which can be used to move products automatically from one level to another.
In internal logistics, there are various ways for getting product flows up or down. A solution which is often used is the deployment of incline or lowering belts. When placed at an angle in order to bridge a height difference, such belt conveyors also have the advantage of covering a certain distance. A disadvantage is the loss of much useful floor space as a result of the presence of the necessary supports for the belt conveyor. A bigger distance over a smaller floor area can be bridged using a product lift or a vertical conveyor. A continuous conveyor or a discontinuous conveyor can be chosen as a vertical conveyor. Continuous conveyors can take the form of a spiral conveyor, an L-shaped conveyor or platform lift or a product lift fitted with a fork. Inclined conveyors can be used for a variety of purposes, such as raising the product to a higher level for further processing, to a different floor or mezzanine. The example shown is a swan-neck inclined conveyor, where the beginning and the end of the conveyor are level.
The belt of the conveyor can be plain of flighted to assist the product and prevent slippage.