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In many factories, conveyors are used to continually transfer parts in one direction, however that isn't always ideal when more intricate assembly processes are needed. A reciprocating linear system can be used to transfer parts between two distinct stations with pre-determined stopping points at either end, giving the operator more control.
One of the biggest concerns in assembly factories is the production line footprint, or the area that automation stations occupy. In order to make the most efficient use of a given building's layout, conveyors and workstations are placed in close proximity to each other. This can be beneficial in saving space, but lead to difficulties when transferring and orienting parts. In our example, we have two parallel offset conveyors, and need to re-position the part 180 degrees before continuing on to the next workstation. A common way to approach this situation is to use a rotating arm with a pneumatic gripper to swing the part to the next conveyor, however this only achieves a quarter turn, or half the desired 180 degree motion.
In this episode, we'll be discussing belt selection for power transmission systems, taking a look at timing belts, V belts, flat belts, and chains (for chain and sprocket systems).
Before comparing each system for pros and cons, several elements need to be considered in any application when deciding on a type of power transmission: overall system or package size, environment considerations, and application specific requirements, including food grade or food safe requirements, and anti-static or conductive systems for electronic applications.