Accumulation conveyors are ubiquitous to belt and roller conveyors. These systems allow for the buffering of products either directly on the line or using workpiece pallets while moving items between process stages. Traditional power-and-free accumulation strategies are common in the packaging industry, but these approaches don’t translate well when working with assembly products that require a gentler method of movement or transfer.
Power-and-free accumulation increases wear and tear on the conveyor components as backpressure increases with every stopped product. Harsh stops can lead to product damage while the increased friction required to compensate for the backpressure creates particulate discharge. When regulating the flow of products in assembly operations, these conditions can lead to a host of problems. Due to the increased wear, power and free conveyors require more maintenance, suffer more breakdowns, and consume more electricity.
Because of these limitations, Glide-Line developed our Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor for elegant accumulation at various sections on the line. The design includes gentle stops and smooth starts for product assembly operations with or without workpiece pallets.
In this eBook, you will learn everything you need to know about Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor’s accumulation capabilities, and we will discuss the benefits available for assembly products from this design.