Norpak Handling has ample expertise to guide its customers to find the most suitable material-handling solutions, including ones for manufacturing applications. Manufacturing conveyors make production lines faster and processes more streamlined; they also make sure products are secure, while easing the burdens of employees. A recent blog entry on the Norpak website discuses the conveyors that best suit manufacturing and the criteria to keep in mind when selecting an appropriate one.
Speed, mode, and product type
There are four main factors to consider when selecting conveyors – the type of products to be conveyed, the necessary conveying speed, the preferred mode of operation (powered or not powered), and whether the conveyor will handle light-, medium-, or heavy-duty operations. Norpak cites two types of conveyors that are common in manufacturing plants: transport and accumulation conveyors.
The most basic model for manufacturing conveyors, transport conveyors are integrated into full production lines. Although their primary purpose is to move items, these systems can serve multiple functions, from inventory to packaging. They come with either conveyor belts, supported by steel slider pans, or rollers. Rollers usually consume minimal energy, but belts are more suitable for items that need extra support – like those with unusual shapes or slippery surfaces. Rollers can handle more rigid items.
Accumulation conveyors are highly automated systems, designed for seamless and efficient conveyance, which can start and stop according to pre-configured logic that users input into a centralized control system; this function is required in manufacturing applications that need staging or buffering of products, such as stopping items at a zone for assembly, labelling, or palletizing. Norpak supplies many Hytrol systems with EZLogic accumulation software, which eliminates the need for a centralized control systems for many tasks.
Customer can always add accessories to their base manufacturing conveyors in order to improve their functionality. Among the examples: transfer devices, to move items on and off conveyors; turntables or lift-and-rotate devices, to change the direction of items during the conveying flow; in-motion scales, to weigh items are they are moved; and guide railings, to secure items.
To learn more, contact Norpak Handling.