How to manage backpressure from accumulation

The right motor will ensure product is transported through a warehouse or facility without the damage often caused through accumulation. Danielle Collins, Contributing Editor Accumulation conveyors provide buffer zones in material handling systems to manage product flow, which is especially important when there is an imbalance between upstream and downstream capacity. But accumulation often results

SmartFlex helix conveyors from Dorner

Elevate the performance of your conveyor system with the new SmartFlex® Helix Conveyors from Dorner. The tight turns and small footprint of the SmartFlex Helix Conveyors provide facilities with greater flexibility in layout for applications such as accumulation, buffering, cooling product and more. The SmartFlex Helix Conveyors’ infeed and outfeed can be positioned at any

New Spiral Chutes from Dorner Provide a Gentle, Economical Way to Move Product Down to a Lower Level

Gravity has never been more useful! The new Spiral Chutes from Dorner are an economical way to gently move product down to a lower level…with gravity doing all the work. As product enters the Spiral Chute, gravity takes over to safely slide packages down to the lower level. Spiral Chutes’ patent-pending stair step design ensures

FlexMove Expands its Offering in Southeast Asia by Manufacturing Dorner’s 2200 Series Conveyors

Dorner’s 2200 Series flat belt conveyors are more easily accessible to customers in Southeast Asia, thanks to FlexMove now manufacturing the conveyor line from its Malaysia facility. FlexMove, a Dorner Holding Company, is a manufacturer of flexible chain conveyor systems for the food, beverage, automotive, electronic and automation industries. The 2200 Series is designed to

Narrow belt for low to mid rate applications

The Narrow Belt Sorter is a modular and scalable belt that optimizes material flow and sorting accuracy in production operations and distribution center environments. The sorter is available in 2, 4, 6, or 10 carrier belt configurations and accommodates cartons, tote boxes, and trays of various sizes. The modular design is energy efficient; one drive

Next Generation 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyors

When applications call for precise movement of product, then Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyor is the answer. Dorner’s new 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyor is engineered for accurate movement of product at specific times, distances and intervals that are critical for components in the manufacturing and packaging processes of small- to medium-sized

Ryan Knudtson is Recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

Ryan Knudtson, a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, is the recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp. This $2,000 scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools, was established in honor of Richard Ryan,

Conveyor system helps cheese packer improve ergonomics

Edited by Mike Santora For employees packaging cheese on a tray line at Alpine Slicing & Cheese Conversion, the repetitive motion of reaching out and grabbing packaged cheese trays has a tremendous impact on their bodies. As for how to fix that, it’s a matter of inches. When it came time to expand its contract

Stainless Steel Threaded Line Vac Turns Pipe Into a Conveyor

EXAIR’s new 303 stainless steel 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac™ Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their small size makes them perfect for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many production lines. The Threaded Line Vac

Dorner Introduces Next Generation 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyors

HARTLAND, Wis., — Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyor features additional belt options, a sleek open frame design, a universal T-slot and is ideal for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling and general manufacturing industries. The product redesign includes a number of improvements. For starters, its ladder-style, open frame design replaces traditional perforated

Conveyor design with IoT in mind

Big data, the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous robots, system integration, clouds, virtual systems and more are here, with reinforcements inbound, ready to be integrated into the existing manufacturing infrastructure to maximize its efficiency and create an environment that can handle anything the internet and a demanding world of consumers can throw at it.

Keep it cool

Some materials in medical applications, such as high temperature polymers, cannot be cooled due to their moisture absorption properties. For these situations, one solution is the Stainless Steel Conveyor (SSC), which cools highly hydroscopic materials during strand pelletizing. The cooling conveyor is for materials such as bio-based plastics, highly filled metal compounds, and certain polymers

Conveyor increases sanitation and pocket capacity

It’s a staggered sidewall belt that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. The staggered sidewall belt for the AquaPruf VBT Conveyor features Vertical Belt Technology, which makes it easier to clean and sanitize, provides greater pocket capacity, and requires less maintenance than a traditional bucket elevator. This sanitary conveyor is a redesign of the industry standard

Modular conveyor system for quick assembly

Noise reduction is an increasingly attractive way to improve factory work environments. VarioFlow plus is one of Bosch Rexroth’s major contributions to noise reduction, with particularly low-noise operation thanks to sliding bars with lateral fixation, low-friction materials and patented hinge bolts. At the same time, modular chain conveyor system provides optimum sliding properties for reduced

Motor and drive updates help French wines sparkle

Some things, like a prestige cuvée Champagne, only get better with age. Conveyor drive systems are not one of those things. The Centre Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) knows this all too well. This Champagne producers’ union consists of 80 cooperatives and represents more than 5,000 wine-growers. Its facility in the Marne region of France is

Motors improve belted conveyor efficiency

Whether a conveyor moves small or large parts, efficient and quiet operation are frequent requirements. For small part material handling applications, the 1100 Series conveyor platform now comes with upgraded fixed speed motors that are 50% quieter than the previous version, and still rated for 10,000 hours of operation. The motor is dimensionally identical to

J.W. Winco, Inc. shock absorption mounts have conical shape

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 453.1 / GN 453.2 Vibration/Shock Absorption Mounts with Stainless Steel Components, Conical Type, in inch sizes. These RoHS-compliant mounts, also known as shock absorbing mounts, vibration mounts, anti-vibration mounts, vibration bobbins, or rubber bumpers, are frequently used as end-stop bumpers,

Easy-to-clean sanitary conveyors

A sanitary conveyor is not doing its job if it is not easy to clean and care for. Ideally, “easy to clean” means you don’t need tools to prepare the conveyor for washdown. The HydroClean sanitary conveyors are modular belt conveyors that can be disassembled completely without tools to make cleaning quick and easy. This

Energy efficient and sustainable conveying

When it comes to conveying beverages, there’s room for improvement in efficient handling. Beverage processors typically use two to three times more lubricating and cleaning water than goes into the finished product. Wet conveying creates slip hazards and maintenance problems with pumps, leaks and premature failure of bearings, sensors and other conveyor components. It also

Turn live-roller conveyors into energy efficient units

“Live-roller conveyor is old technology with many weaknesses compared to recent advances in plastic chain and belt,” said Mike Suter, VP for Regal Power Transmission Solutions. “Live-roller is noisy with pinch points from day one, and gradually turns into a downtime and maintenance problem with dead zones, belt wear, tracking and replacement, and complex snub

Preconfigured conveyors for faster design

A conveyor system is only as good as the motor and controls that power it—which is why Dorner has revamped its Motors and Controls offering to support a variety of technologies to cover all applications. Many industrial and sanitary conveyors require fixed speed, variable speed or indexing motor and controls product. Some systems combine all

Optimization for today’s conveyors

Production demands are driving the conveying industry to manufacture more creative and smart conveyor systems. Modern day conveyors are built with versatility, allowing them to enhance existing infrastructures or support entirely new work spaces. These conveyor systems have evolved to fit the needs of fast-paced specialized industries. Your bottom line is directly affected by the

Conveyor offers flexibility in heavy part handling

One way to flexibly move heavy parts or manage bulk handling is with Flat Belt and Precision Move conveyors. These conveyors are part of the 3200 Series, which includes Flat Belt, Modular Belt and Precision Move conveyors. The 3200 Series Flat Belt suits heavy-duty part handling. It comes in several designs and configurations to accommodate

Conveyor helps streamline small part handling manufacturing

Butt splices aren’t the easiest things in the world to handle. The small, circular component designed to join two ends, or butts, of two objects together without overlapping, have been known to slip through fingers when inserting a wire connector while trying to crimp it. The process of manufacturing butt splices can be challenging as

Low-noise conveyor system is easy to configure

VarioFlow plus is a flexible chain conveyor system easily configurable as individual, space-saving systems for versatile, complex transportation tasks, even for particularly difficult environments. The conveyor system offers a number of standard modules covering differing application requirements with maximum interchangeability and modularity. The MTpro planning software with Layout Designer helps simplify selection and combination of