Three methods of transferring products between conveyors

By BRAAS on Wednesday Feb 17, 2021 at 02:46PM in Conveyance

Inline Transfer

At some point in an engineer’s design work it is likely that they will encounter the need to transfer products from one conveyor to another. Outlined below are the three most common methods for making the transfer: 90-degree transfer, side transfer and inline transfer. Always be cautious when designing conveyor transfer solutions to minimize pinch points between the conveyors.

90-degree Transfer

This style transfer is commonly used with larger-sized products. Often the products will be transferred taking advantage of modular chain or low friction belting on the receiving conveyor. Typically, the conveyors will be running at similar speeds. It is important to mind the gap to guard against pinch points. These applications utilize transfer plates to reduce the risk of product or people being pinched or drawn into the conveyor.

Side Transfer

Depending on the product, it may be practical to guide it from the first conveyor to an adjacent conveyor. This can be a very reliable method of transfer. Dorner Conveyors typically have a very small area that protrudes on the side of the conveyor beyond the belt, allowing some models to sit close to the other. This inherent design feature allows for smooth transfer of smaller parts.

Side Transfer Method

Inline Transfer

Often products can be transferred directly from one conveyor to another in an end-to-end fashion. Using nose bars, or power transfer modules, small parts can be transferred successfully. When transferring rigid parts, it is a good rule of thumb to have a gap no larger than 1/3 the length of the product being transferred to avoid product from tipping into the gap. 

Also, keep in mind that if you are transferring from different sized spindle diameters, it is ideal to transfer from smaller to larger diameter when possible.  An example of this would be with a power transfer or nose bar. It would be better to transfer from these devices than onto them. This will help ensure a smooth transfer without risk of the product jamming on the receiving conveyor.

Inline Transfer

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