Technology Modules: Belt Conveyors
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In the design and manufacture of special purpose assembly and test automation equipment a large number of technology modules are commonly used to provide the complete turnkey solution. Find out more about these modules:
- Introduction and Overview
- Lasers Robots Vision Systems Leak Test Instruments
- Special Connectors Parts Feeding Conveyor Systems Control Systems
Belt conveyors are used to transfer components between processes. A belt conveyor incorporates two rollers, one positioned at each end and a joining belt, components move along the top of the belt. In combination with belt conveyors, flat bottomed pallets can be used to locate the components on during transit.
Belt coveyors can use either fabric, rubber, metal sheet or mesh as the belt material depending on the application. Consideration has to be given to safety, cleanliness and the conveyors functional requirements when deciding what belt material should be used
Belt conveyors can be configured together into many different layouts that include bends, cross transfers, elevators and lowerators. At stations along a conveyor system, sensors and stops mechanisms are integrated to align the components where they are needed for any assembly or test process. To tracks pallet around the system simple pallet flags or more complex read/write tags can be integrated.
Examples of where TQC have used belt conveyors include –
- Product infeed and outfeed conveyors
- Basis of pallet transfer systems
- Product elevators
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