Modules for accumulation conveyors
ZoneFlex improves material handling efficiency and features clip-in mounting, switch configuration, and LED diagnostics
ZoneFlex modules enable easy selection of multiple pre-installed accumulation and release modes to improve material handling efficiency and allow for superior carton control, gentle product handling and increased conveyable cartons. Clip-in mounting, simple switch configuration and LED diagnostics allow operators to quickly replace, modify and monitor zone controllers, simplifying maintenance and increasing system flexibility. ZoneFlex creates high-density accumulation, while its multiple release modes enable high-capacity throughput. ZoneFlex is also designed to move previously accumulated product downstream quickly by monitoring and automatically responding to accumulation conditions. This simplifies control logic and increases available product for downstream applications.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
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