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FlexMove Alpine Conveyors

From Dorner Conveyors

The Alpine Conveyor is a compact spiral configuration commonly used as an accumulation or elevating buffer zone between machines or as a process step for cooling or drying. It can also be used for line balancing or product changeover purposes.

Alpines can be configured as an elevating/ lowering system with a single or double serpentine configuration. Uses include an in-line accumulator with entry and exit at different levels, or an in-line or off-line accumulator with entry and exit at the same level.

Benefits of FlexMove Alpine Conveyor

  • Keeps a constant sequence while buffering or accumulating products
  • Uses a gentle slope while changing elevations and preventing product damage
  • Maximizes vertical space, ensures the efficient utilization of machines with different speeds, and provides storage for pucks in FlexMove pallet system applications
  • The accumulation zone is simple yet efficient and provides the possibility to continuously have bottleneck machines running
  • Reduces the effects of machinery failures. It will accumulate the products from one machine while the nest machine in the line is being repaired or adjusted
  • Option of adding more levels when additional capacity is needed

Specifications:

  • Products can be round, square, oval or rectangular
  • Chain Widths: 65, 85, 105, 150 mm
  • Chain Lengths:
    • Return Chain up to 23 m (75 ft)
    • Top Running Chain up to 76 m (250 ft)
  • Basic Configurations:
    • One Direction, Return Chain: entry and exit at different levels, up to 23 m (75 ft) total length
    • One Direction, Top Running Chain: entry and exit at different levels, up to 30 m (100 ft) total length
    • Dual Direction, Single Serpentine: entry and exit at same level, up to 76 m (250 ft) of chain
    • Dual Direction Double Serpentine: entry and exit at same level, up to 76 m (250 ft) of chain
  • Transfers:
    • Side Plow
    • X-Tranfer
    • Roller Transfer
    • Powered Transfer

Direction:

Direction is determined by the product, belt selection, and product rate.

  • Incline: Product being produced starts at a lower elevation and is moved to a higher elevation
  • Decline: Product being produced starts at a higher elevation and is moved to a lower elevation

Possible Applications:

  • Product buffering during machine maintenance
  • Use of vertical space when there is not enough floor space to accumulate more product
  • Product movement at different levels
  • Downstream product flow avoiding a bottleneck in your process
  • Drying, cooling & curing time
  • Product being produced needs more time for process or testing
  • Product cycling/batching or to store product while another is being dispatched
  • Reduce the forces working on a product when accumulating
  • Serves as a walk thru/line access for product to divert onto

In-Line vs. Off-Line:

If an Alpine is to be used as a buffer, it needs to be determined if in-line or off-line is desired. If in-line is used, all normal production flow goes through the Alpine and would be accumulated upon a storage signal.

Typically, a stop device is required. Off-line has traffic flow around the Alpine and diverts into accumulation as needed.

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