With the rise of industrialization, which began in the second half of the 18th century in England, conveyor belts became increasingly commonplace in industrial factories.Largely motivated by the military, a wide range of industries were equipped with these time- and money-saving transport systems, including abattoirs and bakers.Of course, it goes without saying that there was more to it than simply installing a few conveyor belts from one day to the next.
For every new advance in production, new belt solutions arise, and with so many evolutions over time, conveyors constantly evade any static definition.
Instead, they carry every industry forward toward a future always more innovative than its past.
Today, however, his most important invention is still the fully-automated flour mill he patented in 1790.
This new technical solution for the transportation of mill material incorporated bucket conveyors, screw conveyors and, of course, conveyor belts.
Unlike the invention of the light bulb, the creation of the conveyor belt cannot be pinpointed to an exact date or even attributed to a specific inventor.
The term “conveyor belt” stubbornly refuses to be narrowly defined.
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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is simply: “One of various devices that provide mechanized movement of material, as in a factory.” Or, to rephrase: “The technology of continuous transportation”.