Small parts handling reinvented with new internal drive system

Good things come in small packages. This is especially true today as Dorner Manufacturing introduces the new iDrive, which it describes as a groundbreaking development for a variety of packaging and industrial applications where space is tight or additional room is needed around the conveyor. iDrive is an advance in conveyor technology that merges the very latest drive and control systems with the compact design of the Dorner 2200 Series. 

By integrating the motor, gearbox and motor controller into a single, space-saving package, Dorner says it has redefined the application footprint for small product conveyors. The iDrive is capable of widths as narrow as 75mm and lengths as long as 3600mm. Maximum speed is rated at 30m/min and maximum weight capacity is 14kg on standard models, with special versions possible for custom applications. 

"Without question, the iDrive takes our 2200 Series - already the most widely applied conveyor platform of its kind - to a whole new level," says Rich Ryan, chief operating officer for Dorner Manufacturing. "We now offer a virtually limitless range of conveyor widths and lengths to meet our customers' specific small parts handling needs. Plus, like all Dorner conveyors, iDrive delivers high speed and efficient performance. It's capable of moving parts up to 100 feet per minute with a load capacity as high as 30 pounds. It's really pretty exciting to offer this integrated technology in such a compact package. We anticipate strong response to this innovative space and time saving design." 

There are other DC motor driven conveyors available from other manufacturers but Dorner reckons only the iDrive conveyors can offer this unique mix of space saving, versatility, speed, strength and competitive price.

The iDrive is a variable speed system and is also reversible for maximum application flexibility. Control switches are easy-to-use, conveniently located and protected by a high-impact case. Plus, iDrive is ready to go quickly. Because the controls are integrated directly into the compact system, setup is easier than ever, and time-consuming wiring and mounting are a thing of the past. Other features include a drive roller measuring just 1.25 inches in diameter for smooth product transfers, as well as a maintenance free, brushless DC motor and optional 115V or 240V AC single-phase input power supply. 

Of course, iDrive also complements many features found on the Dorner low profile 2200 Series conveyor platform, including: self tracking V-guided belts, rack and pinion belt tensioning for fast and accurate adjustments, built-in belt tension indicators for preventative maintenance and T-slots for fast and simple mounting of controls and accessories. Automation Supplies is the exclusive UK distributor for Dorner conveyors.

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