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Accumulation conveyor systems come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the simple to the highly sophisticated. Stripped of the jargon, they share one core purpose: they prevent products falling off the end of the conveyor, whilst still allowing products near the beginning of the conveyor to carry on moving...
In it’s simplest form, a belt conveyor might have a small length of unpowered gravity rollers at its terminating point. Products move down the belt, and are ‘pushed’ onto the roller area where they coast to a halt. Subsequent products arrive onto the rollers and ‘push’ the first product further down the roller area.
Of course, the system described above cannot carry on forever. Eventually products will pile up in the accumulation area such until there is no room for the next product. In this scenario an additional sensor can be incorporated to stop the entire system once the accumulation area is at capacity.
A more sophisticated accumulation conveyor systems is a powered roller conveyor whereby each roller has a ‘slipping clutch’. As a product reaches the end of the conveyor, a barrier prevents it from moving forwards. Friction between the stationary product and the turning rollers beneath it causes the roller clutch to slip, and the roller stops turning. This is a very flexible system, as the entire conveyor is now an automatic accumulation zone.
This is a simple hybrid accumulation conveyor. The first set of rollers, which take the product away from a wrapping machine, are powered. The second half of the conveyor, where the accumulation occurs, are simple gravity rollers. When a package encounters these, it coasts to a halt. Shortly afterwards the NEXT package arrives, and pushes the first package forwards, and so on.
Bespoke Accumulation Conveyor SystemsFor more information on accumulation conveyor systems, or any other CCL conveyors or conveyor systems, call us on 01509 974215 today for an informal, no obligation chat. We’re here to listen to your conveyor enquiry and help provide you with complete conveying solutions.