Tapered Containers Accumulate Effectively on Flex Flow Accumulator
July 02, 2013
Tapered containers offer shelf-appeal economies to food and beverage manufacturers and easier handling for consumers, but they offer unique handling challenges on a conveyor line. Tapered containers are wider at the top than they are at the bottom or the other way, with the wider measurement at the bottom and a narrower top. These types of containers have a tendency to buckle and misalign under back-pressure, so buffering and accumulation can be difficult.
In the video, the Flex Flow Accumulator operates on the concept of an expandable travel path which automatically changes length to match fluctuations in production. With positive product flow, this accumulation system handles tapered containers very effectively.
Side transfer is required at two points, at the in-feed and at the discharge. At all other corners the product is driven around the radius, preventing locking or wedging. Product is carried on one continuous crescent style chain, ensuring the production line backpressure is non-existent, which prevents product damage.
Reducing downtime of the generating unit, the Flex Flow increases overall production efficiency and operating profits. The in-line accumulation delivers a more consistent product flow to downstream equipment which in turn increases the operational reliability of these production line machines.
For more information, visit Nercon’s web page on the Flex Flow Accumulation Table.