Conveyor targets demanding materials handling applications
MiniTec's new UMS pallet circulation conveyor is a double-track chain conveyor with fixed, product customised pallets that are typically circulated above the conveying level when loaded and continue below the conveying level when empty.
The module's re-circulating chain design serves as both carrier and drive unit for the system, which according to MiniTec requires minimum floor space for interlinking various types of processing machines or for loading goods to robot cells.
The off-loaded pallets are turned vertically by an interlocking gripper with return transportation hanging beneath the conveyor. The system can also be used as an overhead suspension track, returning empty pallets at the top level. Pallet accumulation is possible on the conveying level as well as on the return.
The UMS pallet circulation system is targeted at difficult materials handling applications and is designed for pallets with a width of 400 to 600mm and a length of 100 to 300mm in the conveying direction. For standard range applications, the maximum installation length is 20m and the maximum load capacity is 100kg per pallet. The allowable load of the complete unit is 1.2t with a conveying speed of 6m/min or 0.8tonnes at 12m/min.
Control of the UMS is said to be very simple, with no extensive programming for incoming and outgoing parts necessary. Installation has also been made simple with only one electric motor running the system and no drive units required for lift or reverse.
For more information about MiniTec's extensive range of modular profiles and ancillary components for machine base and constructional framing solutions, visit the company on Stand C45 at the Engineering Design Show, an event aimed exclusively at design engineers which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry between 10th and 11th October.
Visit www.engineeringdesignshow.co.uk for more info.
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