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Modular conveyor boosts flexibility

Modular conveyor boosts flexibility

With its modular conveyor platform, Interroll says it has added even greater flexibility and scalability. The High Performance Divert HPD is a perfect example of the modular concept. Installation in a conveyor, modifications and repositioning are extremely easy to perform, thanks to the plug and play system. Furthermore, subsequent extension can be made at any time in the event of a change in the material flow or the material to be transported.

Further, modern material flow systems can be planned quickly and efficiently with the help of this modular concept. With the new 'Interroll Layouter' Interroll offers its customers a free AutoCAD plug-in software tool. This allows for modules to be integrated into the customer layout more easily. Because the entries are validated to minimise the risk of bad planning, the conveyor system can be configured much faster and with more planning security.

Within the Interroll Group, the global Center of Excellence in Wermelskirchen manages the development of new products and solutions and the application engineering. The product line has been continuously extended from non-powered rollers to RollerDrive that feature controls with a connection to the PLC via fieldbuses and to RollerDrive for deep freeze applications. The production of conveyor rollers and RollerDrive is organised to suit the zero defect strategy and regularly internal and external quality audits and quality circles are conducted.

Interroll RollerDrive can be used to build an intelligently controlled conveyor system that can be divided up into zones. The respective conveyor line is said to consume considerably less energy than conventional 400V drives because the individual RollerDrive are only driven when material actually needs to be transported. With medium throughput rates of 600 to 1,000 containers per hour, Interroll says up to 50% savings can be achieved compared with the conventional approach in which a geared motor continues to run regardless of throughput.

Moreover, the noise level of the system is also considerably lower and less friction is caused too. Generally, maintenance and repair costs are lower because brushless 24V drives require less maintenance than conventional geared motors.

Operators of logistics centres and manufacturing operations must be able to cope with increasingly unforeseeable deviations in product output, changes in order structures and the product range. Warehouses are already considered old after seven to ten years and existing structures are often no longer able to keep up with the current demands. "Problems with quality, performance deficits due to wear-related breakdowns, increasing maintenance costs or new legal requirements force the respective companies to think about making investments. System modernisation or expansion, so-called retrofitting, offers a cost-effective alternative," explains Dr Ralf Garlichs, executive vice president for products and technology at Interroll Group.

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