US – Shuttleworth has introduced a new high-speed chain-driven conveyor capable of reaching speeds up to 500 feet-per-minute while maintaining product stability. This speed capability allows manufacturers added versatility on their packaging lines.
“Previously, our conveyor systems could only reach up to 300 feet-per-minute,” says Klaus Daenzer, Senior Plastics R&D Engineer at Shuttleworth, a subsidiary of Pro Mach Inc. “We can now achieve the higher speeds because of improvements we have made in wear and friction engineering, particularly with its effect on plastics - a critical component to longevity in conveyor operation.
“Faster speeds produce higher force vectors, which can increase wear on conveyor Components. We have worked out how to greatly minimize these factors.”
Although most conveying systems used for end-of-line packaging operations run at less than 300 feet-per-minute, faster conveyor speeds can be utilized on straight conveyor sections for high-volume throughput of lightweight, low-profile products.
Utilizing the latest controls technology of PLCs, motion control devices, servo-motors and variable-speed zoning, Shuttleworth conveyors provide gentle product handling and precise product placement, particularly for use in the food, pharmaceutical, electronics, printing and solar industries where these criteria are critical.
The high-speed conveyors can also be integrated with the company’s patented Slip-Torque low-line backpressure technology for handling delicate products, and its and Servo-Infeed technology for ultra-precise product infeed, such as into wrapping and cartoning equipment.
Shuttleworth, a subsidiary of Pro Mach Inc, is a provider of packaging material handling technology headquartered in Huntington, IN, USA, where it has its North American manufacturing site. The company also operates a manufacturing facility near Gent, Belgium and maintains a sales and engineering office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pro Mach is a Cincinnati, Ohio based provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies.