Moving Right Along
By JENNIFER ZEGLER
The newest in conveyors advance more than just
products on the line
marketplace requires reliability, durability and flexibility from its
equipment. The newest in conveyors fit that bill. From durable base
materials to small-footprint machines, the most recent models exist to move
products right along.
Innovations in conveyors start at the base with
advances in materials. Intralox, Harahan, La., released the new Series 1900
Flush Edge Raised Rib belt for pasteurized returnable glass applications in
the brewery industry. The raised rib belt is made of Enduralox
polypropylene material to slow down changes caused by chemical processes in
Adding to its extensive lineup of conveyor chains,
Rexnord FlatTop, Grafton, Wis., launched the new Wear Resistant (WX) and
Platinum Series (PS) chain materials. Its WX chain material is formulated
to handle tough applications such as glass bottles. The company also
introduced the PS line, which was designed to accommodate the increasing
speeds used on filling lines.
In addition, the company offers a roller upgrade
system for case handling conveyors. With the system, a facility can upgrade
its case handling productivity by switching from rollers to Rexnord MatTop
or TableTop chains. The change can reduce product damage as well as
increase line efficiency and flexibility, the company says.
Intralox also has roller innovations with its new
Series 400 Angled Roller belt, which is licensed by Hartness International,
Greenville, S.C. The angled rollers accurately control the movement of
cases with greater precision, higher efficiency and in less space than
traditional case handling solutions.
Maximizing space is a
concern in some facilities and new conveyors are taking that into account.
Efficient use of floor space was one of the key design goals for the
patent-pending Nautilus Conveyor by Arrowhead Systems, Oshkosh, Wis. The
conveyor, which uses Rexnord chains, has first-in/first-out capability for
accessibility, constantly adjusting buffer and few motors for low energy
Hartness Conveyor Systems offers several innovations
and flexibility to bottle and case conveyance, says Scott Smith, vice
president of sales and marketing. The company offers its own low back
pressure case conveyor in addition to licensed products. The
company-manufactured model is a pop-up style conveyor using a
counterweighted actuator that engages a proximity switch instead of photo
For some, the only way to conserve space is to build
up with new elevating conveyors. AmbaFlex, Bedford, Texas, has several
models for beverages, including the SpiralVeyor SVM. This model is designed
for bottling and canning facilities, and can accommodate a single lane to a
mass flow of products.
From Ryson International Inc., Yorktown, Va., are the
new Mass Flow Spirals, designed to handle full and empty bottle or cans.
The spirals have a compact footprint to provide space savings in addition
to quiet drive motors and 24/7 operability.
Offering both up and down options, Hartness Elevator
and Lowerator systems can move a mass flow of bottles or cases in a compact
footprint with low belt tension, Smith explains. The systems incorporate
Intralox’s Series 2600 1:1 Side Flexing Belt for a compact turning
To help facilitate the design of new plants or lines,
Rexnord created the interactive, downloadable 3D Powered Design. At its Web
site, rexnord.com, customers can search, view and download
three-dimensional or two-dimensional product images of its lines. The
images can be downloaded directly into a CAD program to aid design.