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Modular solutions for automated pallet conveyance

20 March 2019

Based on its Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), Interroll's new Modular Pallet Conveyor Platform (MPP) makes use of a number of components, including technical products, that have been extensively tried and tested by users.

Reliable and efficient pallet handling is becoming increasingly important in modern goods flows. In many cases, this hinges primarily on keeping the transport times between goods receipt and goods dispatch, or between storage, production and commissioning facilities in a business to a minimum and ensuring that these transport processes are highly efficient by means of automation—and keeping planning processes streamlined, assembly requirements low and expansion options flexible.

Suitable for automated pallet transport

Interroll's new solution for system integrators and plant constructors offers all this and more. The MPP is a versatile pallet conveyor system with a flexible modular design. In conjunction with Interroll's tried-and-tested Pallet & Carton Flow flow storage system, the new pallet conveying platform is a foundation on which to build comprehensive pallet storage and conveying solutions of any type and for any application. Unlike the flow storage system, in which pallets are buffered in intermediate storage areas on inclined belts due to the force of gravity, the MPP is a driven conveying system for pallets. Depending on the application scenario, the drive is powered by gear or drum motors, which even enables the creation of zero-pressure-accumulation conveyors.

Simple planning, flexible design

The fully modular system can be planned and arranged extremely simply and conveniently using Interroll's Layouter tool. The MPP consists of chain or roller conveyors, as well as additional modules such as transfers and turntables. Modules for special functions are available on request. The modules are optimally coordinated and fully preassembled on delivery in order to make installation as easy as possible. Additionally, the system can be modified or expanded easily and cost-effectively.

Depending on the conveyor design and the chosen modules, pallets weighing up to 1200kg can be transported at a top speed of 0.5m/s. The elements in the system are guaranteed to function perfectly within a temperature range of -28 to 40° C, so the MPP can also be used in low-temperature applications. Depending on the control system used, the system can be designed differently – for different weights, with a variable speed or with an integrated positioning function, for instance.

Pallet inspection stations can also be installed along the conveyor upon request. These enable the dimensions, weight, intactness or suitability of the pallets on the conveyor to be checked. Optionally, further inspections can be carried out: for example, in order to guarantee that only complete pallets with intact goods are transported on the conveyor.

In all of this, however, Interroll has placed great importance on optimum workplace safety and a healthy work environment. The new MPP was extensively tested and subjected to extreme endurance tests and load tests before being introduced to the market. It complies with all applicable safety regulations and generates a noise level of just 68 dB(A) during operation.

 
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