Alpine Accumulation Defers Product Up to 4 Minutes of Off-Line Production

WINNECONNE, WI | Multi-Conveyor   recently built this single lane, off-line accumulation, space-saving, Alpine-style conveyor to detect and accept various sizes of bottled salad dressings. (Please note, product shown in the video is for demonstration purposes only.)

Accumulated product will be staged and redirected towards downstream equipment when upstream product flow is halted, allowing the accumulator to empty. The system will stop and restart accumulation as designed. The customer does have ability to override and force all product to go into the accumulator, using these special controls.

The alpine is controlled by photo-eyes, proximity switches, solenoids and filter regulators. When triggered, pneumatic clamps will extend and divert product traffic directly into the vertical accumulator. Additional manual shut-offs were also installed.

Watch how this single bottle maintains stability when it is not supported by bottles on either side or in a row. The system smoothly moves product on the accumulator, both incline and decline, through lane transfers or jogs as required for proper side-to-side conveyor transfer with ease and confidence.

The line employs non-powered corner disk assemblies for reduced chain loading, minimizing motor sizing which results in less power requirements – which saves money. Corner disks will improve carry chain wear and provide more desirable conveying performance in radius curves. Upon exit, the product enters a multi-strand chain transfer for 2:1 product merge.

Alpine/accumulation designs maximize production in a facility by using the most comprehensive combinations of automation and space minimization.

Multi-Conveyor manufactures standard and custom conveyor solutions for end-users, integrators, engineering firms, OEMs and contract packagers across multiple markets and industries. The company specializes in conveyors that assist in packaging food, beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, chemical, industrial, automotive and material handling industries. Its customers report they select Multi-Conveyor for concept/design, engineering skills, quality product, value and prompt delivery schedules. Multi-Conveyor is advanced in stainless steel and mild steel construction conveyors for table top chains, modular plastic belts and fabric belting.