Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Accumulation conveyor

June 15, 2009
By MA News

TKF has released its PosiGrip Accumulation Conveyor, which has no separate sprocket or gears and no welded drive components. The rollers are powered by smooth-operating and quiet synchronous belting in a positive drive, and the company says that since there is no metal-to-metal contact.
All electrical components can be self-contained within the side frame, which eliminates the need for wiring back to PLCs and reduces the cost of field wiring. It is suited for both clean environments such as electronic component manufacturing and food and beverage processing, as well as tough, rugged applications where non-contact between conveyed product is crucial. PosiGrip features non-contact, zero pressure accumulation. Accumulation zones are driven by the motorized rollers; the drive roller stops as product reaches the photo-eye at the discharge point of the zone. Zones can be individually controlled for specific assembly areas and are available up to 75″ long and 48″ wide. With its heavy duty, compact design and a lower profile, the conveyor easily handles a wide array of products with unit loads up to 400lbs. in each zone.

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