Exploring the Design and Benefits of Modular Conve
28th December 2022Most extrusion systems feature fasteners and other hardware that loosen over time, opening these structures up to vibration. To avoid these harmful effects, machine designers tend to reach for steel when designing and assembling modular conveyor systems. Although steel does have its advantages, it can easily drive up costs — especially where handling is concerned. It also doesn’t offer the flexibility of other material systems.
While aluminum extrusions can overcome these issues, it’s important to select systems with the right geometry and modular features. For example, Robotunits aluminum extrusions integrate fasteners, standard screws and centering insertion pieces that keep the screw from loosening when tightened. This interaction between the extrusions and fasteners achieves high tensile strength — up to 4 tons per fastener — and prevents the hardware from loosening. The ability to mix-and-match extrusions also minimizes material costs and assembly time.
The benefits of this kind of modular automation system easily extend to modular conveyor systems, which require durability, as well as design flexibility in drive options, motor positions and other variables. Seamlessly integrating various modular conveyor styles and options into a modular automation system can also save you cost and valuable design and assembly time.