The Technology Behind Modular Belt Conveyors

Lean management requires a lot of automation and this has led to a very high demand for the right conveyor systems. The rising demand for these conveyors has led to manufacturers of this equipment gearing up adequately to the task of providing them. The most common types that make the bulk of most manufacturing production schedules are modular belt conveyors, which are considered flexible. It is not necessary that all these systems fit into the category of being called modular.

Modular Conveyor. What is it?

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The Webster dictionary indicates that anything that is modular is something that has standardized dimensions, which allow it to be flexible enough to be used for a number of purposes. A more apt description is given in Encarta, which says that anything that is modular has a number of modules, all of which can be easily interchanged, combined, rearranged or replaced. This is the actual definition of modular, and is the concept that manufacturers need to stress on when they make such modular systems. Belt conveyors that are modular need to be flexible, by the reason of having modules that can be replaced or interchanged at will.

The main purpose of conveyors is to transfer materials and goods from one location to another, and this is a requirement in shipping facilities, processing plants, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Most of these systems have a plastic modular belt, which is more the norm than those using rubber or wire mesh. Each part of this belt is made up of interlocking modules that are mounted on rods that are connected to each other. This design allows the belt to be very flexible.

The Main Features of a Modular Belt Conveyor

Interchangeability of Modules: All the separate modules, each of which is interchangeable with the others, all link together in modular conveyors. This enables any module to be removed and replaced, thus ensuring interchangeability. The end user has full control over the modules that are required and can subtract or add them at will. This is a very important feature of modular conveyors, and ensures that operations can be streamlined and productivity enhanced by making the required changes. This adaptability reduces installation costs for new equipment, helps control those of maintenance, as there is no necessity to reconfigure systems to suit any revised function.

Drive Systems and External Motors: Earlier models of conveyors had internal drives and motors that were unique to a particular conveyor. Modular conveyors address this problem of uniqueness by having drives and motors that are fixed externally. So any failure in these elements is more simply solved by purchasing them separately. In case such replacement models are not immediately available, any other idle system can be cannibalized to provide the required equipment, thus obviating any need to replace the entire conveyor system.

The Advantage of Modular Belt Conveyors

It is a fact that modular belt conveyors steal a march over their traditional counterparts, because they are more durable. One of the main reasons for this is that their belts rarely require total replacement. When a portion of the belt suffers damage, that particular link can be easily replaced. This durability of the belt leads to effective control on costs. It is also very easy to repair and maintain modular conveyor systems and this obviates any need for fresh investment in a new system. For industries that are constantly changing their processes, the same conveyors can continue to be used with the right configuration. The plastic that is used in these systems make them much lighter, while it is easier to modify as compared to wire mesh or rubber.

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