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Industrial Conveyor Systems -Benefits of Accumulators

Industrial Conveyor Systems -Benefits of Accumulators
If you use conveyors in your warehouse facility, you can save a lot of time and money if you automate the process. For example, standard industrial conveyor systems use belts or rollers to deliver items to storage media or shipping facilities. However, they need monitoring, so materials don’t simply fall off the end of the line. An accumulation conveyor system or accumulator can solve many of these problems and help you automate your methods. Here is how they work along with their benefits. What is an Accumulator? Suppose your products are snack foods in cans and you need 12 cans per carton. Your cans, flow along a conveyor in a single line and when they get to the packaging area, part of the conveyor stops, it funnels the cans into a space and allows 12 of them to move at a time. Perhaps you utilize palletizers and stretch wrappers. You need 24 cartons per load. Each full carton moves down a conveyor to an automatic pallet stacker. It stops so 4 cartons can enter the stacker at one time. This is possible because of accumulation conveyors. Accumulation industrial conveyor systems can work in a simple manner. For example, cartons may move on the belt conveyor to manual rollers where they accumulate until a worker removes them. The roller conveyor may run all the way to the floor in some cases. Accumulators keep materials from getting damaged and can also assist with organizing and counting. Pressure Some accumulation industrial conveyor systems work on minimal pressure while others use zero pressure. Minimal pressure systems are perfect to keep items from damage. Zero pressure systems are good for delicate or fragile items or cartons of different sizes. To find out which system best fits your needs, talk to material handling solution specialists. They can help you with design, planning, buying, and installing your equipment. Be the first to like. Like...
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Choosing the Right Auger Conveyor for Heated Applications

Choosing the Right Auger Conveyor for Heated Applications
When you need to move a lot of raw materials from one area to another, you need a good conveyor system. However, some systems are more efficient than others, depending on your business. For example, a standard belt conveyor may work fine, but in many cases, these systems are not effective, especially when you have large ovens and heated processes. A screw or auger conveyor is the best choice, but you have several things to consider when choosing the right equipment. Metal Choices It’s important to choose the right metal construction for your new screw conveyor system. For example, your options include stainless steel, carbon steel, and Hastelloy. Let’s look closer at each option: Carbon Steel Depending on the carbon steel grade you select, an auger conveyor can withstand between 700 and 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (370-537 Celsius). Stainless Steel Stainless steel withstands more heat than standard carbon steel. For example, types 304 and 316 can handle up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (815 Celsius). However, type 310 can withstand temperatures as high as 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1093 Celsius). Hastelloy Hastelloy is a super alloy developed by Haynes International. Hastelloy uses a steel-nickel alloy with many other metals. This super alloy offers exceptional heat and corrosion resistance. It also resists cracking and excessive wear. Some Hastelloy products contain titanium, tungsten, aluminum, copper and cobalt, which makes them perfect for high heat applications like nuclear energy plants. Additional Considerations Power systems – high-temperature seals and lubricants are essential. Thermal expansion – your auger conveyor must allow for expansion and contraction. Insulation – OSHA may ask for specific insulation to protect workers. Safety – with high heat applications, you need guards in place. Check with CEMA for all the requirements. CEMA is the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association. Be the first to like. Like...
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Tips For Choosing Screw Conveyors For Different Applications

Tips For Choosing Screw Conveyors For Different Applications
For the handling of bulk materials, one of the most effective options for moving material up inclines or a long distances efficiently and easily is an auger system. Also known as screw conveyors, these components are the workhorses of the production line. These systems can be used to bring in raw materials to batching and blending equipment, to move material between equipment and to move packaged materials to the crating and boxing areas. To find the right screw or auger conveyor for any given application there are some important decisions that need to be made. Once there is a clear understanding of the capacity, speed, materials and specialized needs of the system, it is possible to custom design screw conveyors that are a perfect match for any material moving needs. Enclosure Design There are several different options in enclosures for this type of equipment. When moving material that does not need to be kept free from contaminants, open trough types of enclosures offer easy visibility into the system. For safety or when moving materials up inclines, a perforated or punched metal sheet can be placed over the top of the trough. This prevents the material in the auger from being thrown out of the auger and also stops material from falling into the auger. The size and shape of the mesh can be customized to reflect the size and type of material that needs to be contained in the system or prevented from entering the system. Finally, for food items, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceutical or other types of production where contaminants have to be prevented from entering the material in the screw conveyor, fully enclosed models are the best option. Liquids and Non-Free Flowing Materials Liquids or semi-liquid materials, which are known as fluidizable materials, can also be moved using screw conveyors. These augers are designed with larger diameters and shorter distance between the flights. The flights are the “blades” of the auger. Slower speeds, larger flights and shorter pitches, the distance between flights, will be critical to prevent fluidizable materials from flowing back up the screw conveyor. Sticky materials can also be handled through these systems. This uses a different style of flight that allows space between the flight and the shaft. It is also possible to have a shaftless screw which creates movement with less contact for effective transport of sticky or interlocking materials. For non-liquid materials the type of material, its abrasive properties and the risk of packing or interlocking will all be carefully considered in choosing the size of the system, the pitch and the flight. Experienced engineers will be able to accommodate for these factors in their design and manufacturing of an auger system that is ideal for the specific material. Be the first to like. Like...
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