How Are Pharmaceutical Conveyors Used

During pharmaceutical production, conveyors are integral in safely transporting pharmaceuticals for manufacturing, packaging, and distribution.

A pharma conveyor belt must meet stringent sanitary requirements, typically set by governing bodies like the FDA, to ensure the safety of products within the facility. An ideal pharmaceutical belt conveyor will be easy to clean and help minimize cross-contamination of materials during transit from one area to another.

Dorner can provide conveyor solutions for pharmaceutical applications such as:

  • Compressing pills
  • High speed bottle filling
  • Blister packaging
  • Pill capping
  • Off line inspections
  • Sorting and grouping
  • Product accumulation
  • Rejecting and transfering

Contract packagers often fill different products on the same line. Preventing cross contamination between products and even batches is a requirement. Dorner offers the patented line of AquaPruf line of stainless steel conveyors when sanitary requirements are necessary.

Benefits of Dorner’s Pharmaceutical Industry Conveyors

In a facility that manufactures or packages pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals, you need conveyors that are durable, reliable, and sterile. Dorner’s solutions are designed to meet the highest industry standards to ensure your production line runs smoothly and safely.

Our pharmaceutical line conveyors also offer the following benefits:

Accurate Placement

Make your operation more efficient and streamlined with conveyor accessories that allow for precise placement on the belt as products move down the line. Position your products accurately on the belt for optimal sortation, inspection, and packaging.

Standardized Production

In the pharmaceutical industry, every product must meet the same high standards. Ensure the same level of quality and safety with every product that passes through your line with a custom pharmaceutical belt conveyor from Dorner.

Highly Sanitary Conditions

We offer numerous sanitary conveyor system options for varying pharmaceutical applications. From FDA-approved conveyor belts for our 1100 series to the AquaPruf series conveyors, designed for efficient and thorough sanitation processes, Dorner can provide a custom pharmaceutical conveyor that meets your unique sanitary needs.

Custom Conveyor Systems for Pharmaceutical Applications:

Whether you need to transport vials, bottles, or pills throughout the plant, Dorner has a conveyor solution that will fit your specific needs. Our custom design team can find the perfect configuration for your application.

We’ve designed conveyor systems for operations large and small, so no matter what type of manufacturing or packaging you need to do, our team can create the ideal solution.

We were tasked with developing a safe transportation system for fragile medical devices that couldn’t be placed directly on a conventional belt. To accomplish this, we integrated pallet conveyors with our highly-adaptable FlexMove system, resulting in an optimized, secure method for transporting these delicate products with the utmost efficiency and stability.


We’ve also created custom solutions for prescription mailing services, which require precision and operator interaction. To accomplish this, we combined the FlexMove with our 2200 series conveyors to create a pharmaceutical tote conveyor system that facilitated the proper sortation and packaging of medications for distribution.

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Dorner Pharmaceutical Conveyor Systems

When choosing a conveyor belt system for pharmaceutical applications, you need a reliable and efficient system to meet your exact needs. Our conveyor systems are designed to meet the highest industry standards while providing superior performance and accuracy.

The following systems are suited for various applications within the pharmaceutical production and distribution process.

Pharmaceutical Tote Conveyor Systems

Dorner’s tote systems can automate processes and increase efficiencies for pharmacies. Easily transport medication safely and securely in convenient totes, allowing for accurate processing and manual handling at designated work stations.

FlexMove Series Conveyors

Dorner’s FlexMove conveyors feature a low profile frame and innovative flexible chain belt capable of multiple curves and inclines on the same line. This system is our most customizable conveyor and is available in a wide range of configurations to meet the unique needs of your facility and product.

FlexMove conveyors are ideal for a wide variety of pharmaceutical applications including:

  • Integration with robotics
  • Accumulation and buffering
  • Product indexing, sorting, and inspection

Make the most of your available space without detracting from productivity and efficiency levels with the FlexMove series.

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Pallet Conveyors

Keep your products safe and secure as they move down the line with our pallet conveyor systems. Durable, stable pallets carry your products efficiently from station to station without jostling or damaging products during transportation.

Precision Move Conveyors

When your application requires the highest standard of accuracy and precision, our Precision Move conveyors are well-suited to address your needs.

Perfect for small parts handling, precision positioning, assembly, and more, the Precision Move conveyor system provides reliable and stable movement of products through your production line, ensuring that your pharmaceuticals are handled with care.

AquaPruf Sanitary Conveyors

In a sterile environment, preventing cross-contamination and ensuring each product meets high quality standards is critical. For sanitary applications, we’ve designed our AquaPruf conveyor systems with your sanitary needs in mind.

With multiple configurations and belt options available, the AquaPruf is great for almost any situation where sanitation is a must. The AquaPruf conveyors are designed to:

  • Open completely for effective sanitation
  • Be cleaned in under 5 minutes with one person, tool-less operation
  • Withstand high-pressure (100-1,500 psi) spray downs

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1100 Series Conveyors

With its miniature frame design, Dorner’s 1100 series line of aluminum frame conveyors are perfect for the small parts handling needs of the pharmaceutical industry. A frame height of ¾” on our 1100 series conveyor makes it one of the smallest frame heights on the market. Other features that make it perfect for industry needs include:

  • 3 FDA approved belting options
  • Clean Room Class 100 rated*
  • Backlighting available for inspection and quality control

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*To verify clean room requirements, an unloaded base conveyor was tested and did not generate particulate that would be beyond the specified standards. However, the verification does not provide assurance that any or all applications will meet this requirement. Application testing is recommended to ensure clean room standards are being met. Dorner takes no responsibility in the clean room performance of the final conveyor or application.

2200 Series Conveyors

Versatile and customizable, our low-profile 2200 series conveyors are suited for a variety of applications in the pharmaceutical industry, including:

  • Small parts handling
  • Precision positioning
  • Accumulation
  • Transfers
  • Assembly
  • Packaging

With options for a high speed nose bar, fabric and modular belts, guides, and more, the 2200 series is a great fit for handling pharmaceutical products, from blister packs to bottles.

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3200 Series Conveyors

Designed for heavy-duty applications and suitable for long runs at high speeds, Dorner’s 3200 series offer a variety of features that make it perfect for the pharmaceutical industry. These include:

  • High speeds up to 600 feet per minute
  • Load capacity up to 1,000 lbs
  • Options for Flat Belt End Drive, Cleated Belt End Drive, Center Drive, and iDrive® models

For maximum efficiency and minimal maintenance, 3200 series conveyors will provide consistent and reliable performance for your pharmaceutical production.

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Garvey Pharmaceutical Conveyors

Designed to maximize throughput and efficiency, Garvey conveyors are designed to operate at high-speeds and increase cleanliness. From vial dryers and tray loaders to accumulation conveyors, Garvey’s solutions for the pharmaceutical industry can help you optimize your production process.

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Enhance Your Manufacturing and Packaging Processes With a Pharmaceutical Conveyor Belt From Dorner

When you’re looking to simplify your pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging processes, Dorner has the right conveyors to fit your needs.

We understand that transporting products in the pharmaceutical industry requires precision and control. That’s why we build our conveyors to work quickly and efficiently while still making sure your products reach the next part of the process unharmed.

So whether you need a sanitary conveyor to prevent cross-contamination between your products or a miniature frame conveyor to transport small products, Dorner has the right conveyor for you.

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