Zone control for zero-pressure accumulation conveyors
Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 1/24/2013 8:42:37 AM
ZoneFlex modules enable easy selection of multiple preinstalled accumulation and release modes to improve material handling efficiency and allow for superior carton control, gentle product handling and increased conveyable cartons. Clip-in mounting, simple switch configuration and LED diagnostics allow operators to quickly replace, modify and monitor zone controllers, simplifying maintenance and increasing system flexibility.
"An increasing number of distribution operations are facing the need to handle a variety of product types," says Jerry Koch, director of corporate marketing and product management, Intelligrated. "ZoneFlex helps operators manage the engineering challenges of multichannel order fulfillment and changing packaging designs."
ZoneFlex creates high-density accumulation, while its multiple release modes enable high-capacity throughput. With built-in logic and selectable release modes, ZoneFlex is designed to move previously accumulated product downstream quickly by monitoring and automatically responding to accumulation conditions. This capability simplifies control logic and increases available product for downstream applications.