The modification included a 51' mass flow transport conveyor section and a 54' long by 10’ wide accumulation table to hold backed-up or accumulated product to nearly 14,000 cans at a required rate of 900 cans per minute (CPM).
Accumulation tables increase line uptime by allowing conveyor systems to store product so that the upstream equipment, in this case a filler, can remain operational at full speed if downstream equipment is stopped. When clear, the table automatically reintroduces the accumulated product to match down-line equipment surge rate until the table is emptied.
This project incorporated raised rib chain to provide a smooth transfer onto and off of the table and a heavy solid stainless steel floating sweep arm to assist in table filling and emptying.
Mass flow to bulk accumulation systems like this one are easily adaptable to almost any round product, minimizing change over requirements. The amount of increased filler run time is several hours per day and is expected to provide a full return on investment (ROI) in less than a year's time for this particular project.
Accumulation volume and buffer times are application specific and should be discussed up front with your account manager or Multi-Conveyor regional sales partner.
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YouTube link to the equipment in this PR: https://youtu.be/OdU6Iyl0aaE