Flexible Material Handling Equipment Uses as Little Energy as a Lightbulb

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Composed of tough plastic sections, this energy-efficient “truly modular” conveyor system can save a small fortune on electric power -- and keep on saving.

Throughout industry, there is a certain amount of overkill when it comes to conveyor systems

Manufacturing, process and other industries are getting turned on to flexible, long-term material handling equipment that requires less power than a mere 100-watt lightbulb. Now it is entirely possible to significantly reduce energy consumption on the line with an advanced DynaCon ® modular conveyor system that is so efficient it will save on electric power consumption all day long, year after year. The same system also pays an extraordinary ROI through sophisticated material handling equipment capabilities and through savings on purchases of future conveyors.

“Throughout industry, there is a certain amount of overkill when it comes to conveyor systems,” says Jill Batka, President of Dynamic Conveyor, Muskegon, MI, manufacturer of the unique DynaCon line. “Many engineers and other specifiers of material handling systems tend to feel that bigger and heavier is better. They associate the weight and horsepower of conventional fixed-length metal conveyors as assuring durability and reliability. But, in reality, those vintage designs are becoming outdated due to their unnecessary energy consumption and their lack of flexibility.”

Known as the only “truly modular” system, the DynaCon line is composed of sectional units and accessories made of advanced, high-impact and corrosion-proof plastics of the sort that are in wide usage among automotive, electronics, aerospace and food manufacturers. The modular units, mostly of lightweight but tough polycarbonate plastic, can be configured to virtually any length and shape according to material handling requirements. Modules are available with a wide array of high-efficiency belts and accessories that enable users to quickly and easily reconfigure their material handling equipment systems rather than constantly buying more fixed metal units.

“For many applications our 1/8 horsepower motors consume only about 80 watts of power. Over time, that can represent a sizable savings,” Batka says. “That, plus the combination of lightweight material, flexibility on lengths and the very low coefficient of friction between the belt and the belt supports used in the DynaCon system allows us to use a much more energy-efficient motor than other system manufacturers.”

To provide the energy savings, DynaCon offers a selection of AC and DC motors that may be mounted internally or externally on the system. An available variable-frequency, variable speed drive enables users to achieve savings while also optimizing system speed for various material handling equipment operations. A brushless DC drive gives smokeless and lubricant free operation that is up to clean room standards.

The energy saving DynaCon system is designed for transporting light- to medium-weight products. An array of accessories and optional equipment, including radius turns, flights, metal detectors, box filling and cooling devices enhance total material handling performance and boost energy savings.

Batka emphasizes that energy is only part of the savings, and is often secondary to equipment savings, as evidenced by boneyards full of expensive metal conveyors that no longer fit a company’s other material handling equipment. Even if damaged, these modular units can be replaced within minutes, rather than the usual productivity-draining wait of days or weeks.

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