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Conveyor System offers Modular Architecture

For businesses to accommodate changes in market conditions, volumes, or other unforeseen conditions, the logistics operation often needs to adjust. To address these needs, Dematic has completed the introduction of a conveyor system technology that is “modular” by architecture, function, and component.

Modular conveyor architecture enables a user to modify conveyor functionality without changing out entire conveyor sections. For example, a section of roller conveyor can be converted to belt surface conveyor. A new transfer point can be created. Transportation conveyor can be changed to be accumulation conveyor. These types of modifications can be made without removing and replacing sections of conveyor. Instead, by utilizing many of the existing components and using the same side channel foundation, a new system configuration is created faster and at a lower cost.

Dematic calls this new technology, Rapistan Modular Conveyor System. It is engineered using modular conveyor sections that make up a complete integrated family of conveyor. Conveyor modules available to build a system include: straight sections, curves, inclines/declines, right angle transfers, steerable wheel diverters, etc. All conveyor modules are built on a universal side channel; many parts are common to each conveyor module thereby reducing the total number to unique parts.

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  1. 1. Modular Conveyor System
  2. 2. Current Issues For conveyor systems users <ul><li>Accommodate more load types </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to make changes </li></ul><ul><li>Less parts, more commonality </li></ul><ul><li>Improved carton control </li></ul><ul><li>Need for more conveyor control functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet operation </li></ul><ul><li>Less energy consumption (green) </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Modular by architecture, function, & component Universal side frame accommodates all conveyor modules <ul><li>Totally integrated system: complete family of conveyor modules (30) </li></ul><ul><li>Commonality of components </li></ul><ul><li>Good, better, best versions (match performance) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drop-in” modules as required </li></ul><ul><li>Retro-fits into existing conveyor systems </li></ul><ul><li>AC drives, or low voltage motorized rollers </li></ul><ul><li>Segmented belt sections, straight & curves </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded controls, communications & power </li></ul>Right Angle Transfer Motorized Rollers Onboard Controls Belted zones
  4. 4. The Foundation Accumulation conveyor with universal drive <ul><li>Backbone: standard accumulation conveyor </li></ul><ul><li>One side channel for all models </li></ul><ul><li>55% reduction in unique conveyor models </li></ul><ul><li>Less drive motors (less energy) </li></ul><ul><li>Universal drive & end pulley </li></ul><ul><li>Variable frequency drive (or smart motor control) </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic load sensing </li></ul><ul><li>Rollers: quiet operation </li></ul>Common side channel
  5. 5. AC Drive Symmetric design <ul><li>Universal Drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not width dependant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no left or right hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mounts directly to cross member </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Belt Take Up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mounts to side channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>independent of drive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>End Pulley </li></ul><ul><ul><li>symmetric design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>only cross member width dependant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>less material - cost reduction </li></ul></ul>Drive belt with Kevlar fibers
  6. 6. Motorized Roller Conveyor High uptime, cost effective <ul><li>Brushless, gearless, direct drive </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful 48 volt DC, variable speed, energy efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Roller or belted zones </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with AC drive modules (long runs/inclines) </li></ul><ul><li>Parameter-based configuration from central location </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-mode: sleep, dynamic, zero pressure accum. </li></ul><ul><li>Motor Status Monitoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor speed, current & voltage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detect changes, repair or replace motor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modular design; EZ replacement </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Segmented Belt Conveyor Improved carton control; convey wider variety of Items <ul><li>Non contact accumulation on belts </li></ul><ul><li>Poly bags, light wt. items, large & small </li></ul><ul><li>More throughput, flexibility, productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize jams, side by sides </li></ul><ul><li>Belted zones for curves </li></ul><ul><li>Zone accumulation on curves </li></ul><ul><li>One piece vulcanized belts </li></ul><ul><li>Auto tracking; self tensioning </li></ul><ul><li>Motorized rollers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Components Rollers & Drives <ul><li>Clear Covers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily inspections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor condition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rollers: </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet operating </li></ul><ul><li>Double spring loaded </li></ul><ul><li>Urethane axle adapters </li></ul><ul><li>Precision bearings </li></ul><ul><li>Galvanized shell </li></ul>
  9. 9. Electronic Sensing <ul><li>Same sensor/reflector for all configurations </li></ul><ul><li>Side channel low housing </li></ul><ul><li>Side channel high housing </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sorters – 9000 Series <ul><li>Belt Sorter – Mid rate </li></ul><ul><li>right angle, bi-directional </li></ul><ul><li>0-30 cartons/minute </li></ul><ul><li>standard: 9” x 9” carton min. </li></ul><ul><li>hi-performance: 4” x 6” carton min. </li></ul><ul><li>model 2467 </li></ul><ul><li>Belt sorter – High rate </li></ul><ul><li>right angle, bi directional </li></ul><ul><li>0-80 cartons/minute </li></ul><ul><li>standard: 9” x 9” </li></ul><ul><li>hi-performance 6” x 4” </li></ul><ul><li>powered tap off drive belt </li></ul><ul><li>model 2466 </li></ul><ul><li>Steerable Wheel Sorter </li></ul><ul><li>30 degree divert </li></ul><ul><li>0-80 cartons/minute </li></ul><ul><li>model 2465 </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>standardized modules </li></ul><ul><li>re-locates in side frame </li></ul><ul><li>strip belt one zone length </li></ul><ul><li>single drive belt powers multiple modules (transport, accumulation, transfer belts) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Induction <ul><li>4, 6, 8 belt versions </li></ul><ul><li>Self tracking belts </li></ul><ul><li>Variable frequency drives </li></ul><ul><li>Modular belt units </li></ul><ul><li>Horizontal array sensor </li></ul><ul><li>Fast belt change </li></ul>
  12. 12. Communications Connectivity Allows network control & monitoring from central location <ul><li>CAN Bus (network cabling) for communications </li></ul><ul><li>Flat Media cable </li></ul><ul><li>DeviceNet tap </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conveyor Controls Changing system parameters <ul><li>Local Control: </li></ul><ul><li>Interface via portable module </li></ul><ul><li>Direct or extension cable </li></ul><ul><li>Change speed, carton gap, mode </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostics </li></ul><ul><li>Central Control: </li></ul><ul><li>Interface via terminal </li></ul><ul><li>Change speed, carton gap, mode </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostics </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul>
  14. 14. Application Options <ul><li>Dynamic carton gapping : </li></ul><ul><li>Segmented belt conveyor (with MDR) </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustable gap </li></ul><ul><li>Set remotely </li></ul><ul><li>Induct to sorter : </li></ul><ul><li>Segmented belt conveyor (with MDR) </li></ul><ul><li>Induct to steerable wheel, right angle divert, mid rate sliding shoe </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodates up to 120 cpm </li></ul>
  15. 15. Modular Conveyor System