Video: Accumulation Conveyor Systems
A queue for conveyed products to allow systematic picking, packing or assembly
Accumulation conveyors keep conveyed products queued and buffered in a distribution center or packaging operation. They ensure that everything stays in line and undamaged until that load can be moved to the next step. This short video breaks it down.
A “cop” for organized work conveyor system processes
These conveyors transport and create a “line” for conveyed items like cartons, individual items, pallets and other types of loads. This is ideal for conveyors that move products into a buffered process, such as from a picking line to a packing area. They hold the load in place automatically when combined EZLogic accumulation controls, so that the line doesn’t move until you’re ready.
For instance, a carton that enters a packing area will hold until those in front of it have been packed and moved to the next slot in the queue. A pallet would hold in place while those in front of it are being built.
- Work in process queues
- To provide a consistent supply of products for a machine or automated equipment
- As a buffer for packing areas
- To buffer loads prior to sortation
- Progressive assembly operations
- When products are sensitive to damage or contact with other products
- When you need to create organized slots for a process on your conveyor
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.