July 23, 2018
In large distribution centers, miles of conveyors are essential to moving goods out the door quickly. Speed and parcel orientation are of paramount importance, and the precise routing of individual packages is critical. Much attention and careful design go into the layout of a distribution center: at various stages in the conveyor system, belts with unique properties are engineered to meet the specific function requirements of a particular station.
Maintain conveyor speed and accuracy with belt properties that meet the requirements
How important is the orientation of each container on the belt? In the “Gapper” section, belts will be regularly cycled in a range from 0 to 200 to 600 feet per minute. Under these extreme conditions, Nitta engineers calculate the effect of “G” force on products conveyed. A single basic belt type cannot meet all requirements.
Within the same distribution center, different conveyor areas require different belt properties. For example, incline and feeding areas require a high coefficient of friction. All the while, strength and flexibility are of paramount importance. Nitta’s Carryflex (CFTG) series combines the load carrying capacity of Aramid fabric (Kevlar) and Nitta engineering, resulting in the best performing belt for the Sortation conveyors found in every distribution center.
Increase conveyor efficiency with a belt construction engineered for a specific function.
The “Gapper” sections of today’s DC conveyor systems consist of a series of short, individually powered segments that function to create physical space between individual parcels, enabling photoelectric scanners to read and identify each container and route it to a designated collection point for shipment to a particular destination.
Due to the high cycle rate and speed requirements (0 to 600 feet per minute), Nitta has developed a series of belts with elastic properties (PolySprint), the selection criteria for which include the calculation of load, friction coefficient, and G-Force – all to precisely position the parcels being moved downline.
Reduce total cost of conveyor belt ownership by solving and preventing problems
Nitta’s belt specialists know how to match core material, cover material, and belt design to meet the specific needs of each part of a conveyor or machine. Nitta experts have extensive experience in all types of industrial belting and conveyor systems.
Whether a distribution center requires help troubleshooting specific issues such as product positioning, tracking problems, intermittent slipping, cracking, scaling, etc., or needs a recommendation for a new installation or retrofit, Nitta technical specialists can provide the needed expertise. A Nitta belt specialist can consult with a distribution center manager to troubleshoot problem areas and identify opportunities to improve conveyor performance with specialized belting. Nitta offers a wide selection of conveyor belting with a variety of cover materials to provide the strength, durability, and special properties required for each application.
Contact us to learn more about how Nitta can help you find a solution customized according to your needs.
Source: Nitta Corporation of America