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There is often robust debate over the merits of stainless steel conveyors versus aluminum conveyors. Which is better for business? Is one more viable than the other, and if so, why? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and it is often up to the client to decide which they feel more comfortable dealing with. Fortunately, it is simple enough to break down the differences between the stainless steel and aluminum conveyors.
Stainless Steel Conveyors: Sturdy, Durable, Weighty
It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, but stainless steel is a hardier material than aluminum. It follows, then, that stainless steel conveyors are designed to be washed down frequently and in applications involving highly corrosive materials. Stainless steel conveyors can come in a variety of finishes, and can be designed to support any amount of freight. These conveyors are used in many different industries, from food to pharmaceutical.
Pros of Stainless Steel Conveyors
Cons of Stainless Steel Conveyors
Aluminum Conveyors: Fast, Economical, Customizable
The aluminum conveyor offers an easy, more inexpensive alternative to a stainless steel conveyor. Aluminum conveyors are just as easy to construct as their stainless steel cousins, and while not as immovable, aluminum conveyors are nearly as durable. Whether it’s in the automotive industry, packaging, metalworking, manufacturing, or others, an aluminum conveyor is an efficient system that is easy to customize, assemble, and rearrange in whatever fashion.
Pros of Aluminum Conveyors
Cons of Aluminum Conveyors
There are obvious benefits to both stainless steel conveyors and aluminum conveyors. Simply put, an aluminum conveyor system is the more economical, environmentally friendly solution, while a stainless steel conveyor system will last for a longer period of time (with proper maintenance). The applications that both aluminum and stainless steel conveyors can be used for are nearly equal. There are advantages and disadvantages to either, and a shrewd client will weigh both options carefully before deciding on one or the other.