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Faster Conveyor Speeds Possible without Compromising Precise Product Placement
Faster Conveyor Speeds Possible without Compromising Precise Product Placement, 9/21/2017 - Although most conveying systems used for end-of-line packaging operations run at less than 300 feet-per-minute, faster conveyor speeds could sometimes be utilized on straight conveyor sections for high-volume throughput of lightweight, low-profile products. Alfacon Solutions provides specialty conveyor systems for packaging lines, capable of reaching faster speeds while maintaining product stability. This allows manufacturers added versatility to packaging lines, should they require the added conveyor speed.

John Murdoch, CEO of Alfacon Solutions shared, “We can now achieve the higher speeds, in part, because of improvements we have made in wear and friction engineering, particularly with its effect on plastics which is a critical component to longevity in conveyor operation. Faster speeds produce higher force vectors, which can increase wear on conveyor components. We have worked out how to greatly minimize these factors.”

Utilizing the latest controls technology of PLCs, motion control devices, servo-motors and variable-speed zoning, Alfacon Solutions’ conveyors are known for providing gentle product handling and precise product placement, particularly for use in industries where these criteria are critical. “This high-speed end-of-line capability is product and application driven,” added Murdoch. “Manipulating product on the conveyors would not particularly lend itself to high-speed usage, nor would the handling of high-profile products. For high-throughput movement on straight-away sections, it can be very applicable.”

Alfacon Solutions, the leaders in Engineered-to-Order Conveyor solutions, will be exhibiting at MODEX 2016 April 9-14, 2018 in Atlanta, GA at booth #B655.

Alfacon Solutions

Founded in 1983, Alfacon Solutions ( is a leading case and pallet conveyor handling systems company operating from an 80,000-square foot facility in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Based in lean manufacturing principles, including best-practice value stream mapping and continuous improvement, the Alfacon team designs, engineers, manufactures, and installs complete material handling solutions.

Alfacon provides services to its customer base in the courier, retail, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. The company is a proud member of MHI.

The core values of Alfacon Solutions ensure a customer-centric approach to every project and drives the entire team to consistently deliver exceptional results. From experience, passion, and integrity to commitment, innovation, and on-time delivery dependability, Alfacon Solutions anticipates double digit growth year over year for the next decade. Follow on Twitter @AlfaconSolution.

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