Perfomance Line Passive Right Angle Transfer (PLRAT) changes the game!
Systec Conveyors Passive Right Angle Transfer Changes The Game
Written By Brandon Hunter January 2017
The biggest problem with Material Handling is flexibility; this is especially true on the outfeed side of machinery. How can you treat all loads coming out of a machine that has a wide variance in widths, shapes and load stability in the same way? Well, after spending 2 years in R&D, and a year in the field, we have developed the PRAT. The Performance Line Passive Right Angle Transfer; it allows wide loads, skinny loads, unstable loads, and, yes, high speed loads to be transferred at 90 degrees, quickly and consistently. This increases throughput, and reduced bottleneck at these transfer points. Gone are the days of having to wait for pushers, or belts to engage a 90 degree transfer. Transfers now have the fastest cycle time possible, and that speed is completely flexible, due to the on-the-fly adjustable Variable Frequency Drives. It has a passive roller belt, which allows for 90 degree movement while accepting the bundle onto the belt. Here is how it works, A load is pushed onto the belt by the upstream grip belt section, while its being pushed, the passive roller belt is already moving. Once the load is fully pushed onto the passive belt the coefficient of friction stops the rollers on the belt from spinning, and allows the load to be pushed in the new direction of travel. It's design simplicity has fewer moving parts than traditional 90 degree transfers, and it takes up less space to handle wider loads then a traditional transfer. It can handle specialty machines like flatbed diecut machines which have a large variance between the maximum and minimum sheet size and cut a variety of shapes and sizes. Load building is also a possibility by just adding additional control features to the device. Check out the video below to see the PRAT in action.