Motion Control & Drives


Low noise conveyor system with fast assembly

August 2014 Motion Control & Drives

Future-proof assembly and packaging lines must be able to deal with even smaller batches, more frequent product changes and a large number of product variants. Chain conveyor systems used in production, therefore, have to be easy to configure and assemble with fast response times, shortened time to market being the major competitive edge for machine manufacturers and users. Additionally, low-noise operation is also crucial for this type of system. Bosch Rexroth’s new VarioFlow Plus chain conveyor system fulfils all of these requirements, supporting both manufacturers and end users.

VarioFlow Plus is ideal for achieving a fast time to market, as with this chain conveyor system, users can easily configure individual space-saving solutions for versatile complex transportation tasks, even for particularly difficult environments.

Versatile and modular

A number of standardised modules covering different application requirements are available for maximum changeability and modularity. To simplify selection and correct combination of the modules, Bosch Rexroth offers MTpro planning software with Layout Designer.

Conveyors and even complex multi-conveyor and workstation systems can be designed, components selected, and the results output to CAD using this system. Even more valuable time can be saved during commissioning as the innovative drive solution provides a great degree of planning freedom and the motor mounting position can be chosen on-site. This reduces the selection of drive variants to a minimum.

With its low-noise operation, the new chain conveyor system greatly improves working conditions. Bosch Rexroth achieves this level of smooth operation through optimised sliding characteristics and the use of slide rails with lateral mounting. At the same time, this ensures low wear and fast, reliable assembly.

Universal applicability

The chain conveyor system consists of components that can be used universally for all system widths, including the new track width of 120 mm. This reduces the need for spare parts for users. The stable chain permits tensile forces of up to 1250 N and the chain surface is nearly closed, allowing even the smallest of parts to be transported safely and reliably.

The system offers individual conveyor layouts and comes in six sizes and two material options: a basic aluminium version and a stainless steel version for higher hygiene demands, for example in the food industry where Bosch Rexroth uses components made of FDA-compliant materials.

For more information contact Greg Calder, Tectra Automation, +27 (0)11 974 9400, greg.calder@tectra.co.za, www.hytecgroup.co.za





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