Custom Conveying Systems from Liquid Packaging Solutions
Custom Conveying Systems From Liquid Packaging Solutions
If there exists any such thing as a standard conveyor system, it would probably be described as a system of moving products or components in a straight line from Point A to Point B. However, even in these situations different types of conveyors, different heights, different widths or even different materials, can be used to create the conveyor system. For this reason, almost all conveyor systems require some custom engineering and design.
Almost as often as not, the path of a conveying system will be something other than a simple, straight line. This can be true for any number of reasons, such as obstacles on the production floor. At other times, straight line systems simply are not convenient. If the packing and shipping area is not directly across from the packaging system loading area, the straight line design simply will not be efficient. In these cases, curved conveyor sections or transfer turntables can be used to change the direction of the products or components being transferred.
Some conveyor systems may even move items up or down for various purposes. To save space on a packaging line, a cooling conveyor may use a tier system to allow certain products to cool, harden or set and extend the time spent between the filling machine and capping machine. For systems that use labor to pack products into boxes or other containers, the height of the system may be raised or lowered at some point to accommodate the packing process.
Special use conveyors may also extend the conveying process in some situations. Product may be introduced to a transfer conveyor via an indexing or loading conveyor. The transfer part of a packaging system will move bottles or containers from machine to machine. The loading or indexing conveyor will assist in getting bottles or containers onto the transfer conveyor in a quick, efficient and reliable manner. Likewise, serpentine or other accumulation type style conveyors may be used to gather product at the end of a packaging system for packing, shipping or storage. In some cases, bundles or boxes of product may accumulate on non-powered conveyors, such as close roller or skate designs, allowing the boxes or bundles to be easily removed and palletized.
Of course, the material used for the conveyors will depend in large part on the items being transferred and the environment in which the system will sit. Stainless steel conveying systems are probably more popular than any other construction material, but they will not work for all applications. For instance, certain chemicals, acids or bleach, may have a negative affect on stainless steel, causing corrosion and shortening the useful life of the system. In these cases an HDPE system can be designed and manufactured to extend the life of the system without sacrificing speed, efficiency or consistency.
Though fairly simple conveying systems will often get the job done, each project usually brings with it some unique variation from a straightforward, straight line conveyor. Luckily, the options and designs for conveyors are seemingly unlimited and with a little effort the ideal design can be reached for any venture.