In handling systems using roller conveyors
for transferring goods, the direction of transport very frequently
has to be changed, often in conjunction with lifting operations.
Traditionally, these kinds of complex movements have had to be carried
out manually or using quite complex and expensive electromechanical
This project has developed a new handling
system showing several unique features. Lifting and turning operations
have been integrated within a single device and a specially designed
cam curve means continuous rotation is now possible, eliminating
the need to reverse directions. A third innovation is the high precision
of movement, with errors margins of no more than 0.5 millimetres
or 0.1 degrees. Finally, the expected market price is about 70-75%
lower than comparable products now available on the market.
The new system is currently being prepared
for marketing. Partners say its stainless steel construction makes
it ideal for food industry applications and its technical performance
features plus low price will make it attractive for materials handling
in a wide variety of other industrial sectors including pharmaceutical,
automotive and packaging industries.