Two machining stations in a plastic canister production process need to be interlinked. The solution has to cope with inconvenient spatial constraints: Empty canisters need to be conveyed along a curve and past another machine so that they can be brought back to the original feed height at the discharge point, where they are allowed to accumulate. The canisters are transported standing and transverse to the conveying direction, and they must have the same alignment at the end of the interlink that they had when they entered. Each canister weighs about two kilogrammes. The interlink needs to run reliably in two-shift operation. Additional spatial constraints regarding the length and height of the interlink must also be observed.
Transport system built from the mk modular construction kit. A KMF-P 2040 curved modular belt conveyor is used to feed the products in. This allows the canisters to be transported in the correct position without complicated stopping and turning. Two ZRF-P 2040 timing belt conveyors with a timing belt equipped with longitudinal grooves serve as the incline. They are positioned at an upward incline of about 30°. The canisters travel between the two lines. The high friction of the timing belt and gentle clamping between the lines ensure that the canisters are transported upwards. A closed-loop controller is used to precisely synchronise the two timing belt conveyor lines so that there is no offset. A GUF-P 2000 belt conveyor serves as the bridge, while two additional timing belt conveyors transport the canisters downwards again. An additional belt conveyor with an end stop is used as the discharge and removal station. The entire frame is built using the mk profile construction kit.
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