The introduction of Roach Model 796 PRAC, powered roller accumulator curve, conveyor has revolutionized the automated conveyor industry. What sets the accumulation conveyor apart from other powered conveyors is that they assist in the control of the rate of flow of products through a production process. Rather than a continuous flow of products like other powered roller conveyors, the accumulation conveyor starts and stops the movement of loads automatically, allowing for storage and metering or batch advancing of loads. This is often achieved using accumulation zones, sensors, air valves and brakes. Model 796 PRAC is an accumulating conveyor and is driven by the same 1.9” powered roller. The 2.5” tapered tread rollers are connected by the same 3/16” diameter polyurethane belts to the powered roller mounted underneath the tread rollers. Like the 796 PRA, the zones in the 796 PRAC are controlled with a photo eye and also need only be active while product is present.
Some common applications that incorporate accumulation conveyors are manual workstations, robotic palletizers, sorters, and merges. Roach conveyor’s powered roller uses motorized rollers to drive the conveyors eliminating the need for drive belts, chains or line shafts. Power roller conveyor is an ideal application for warehousing, distribution and package conveyor applications because it won’t smash your boxes.
Systems integrators are available at Thomas Conveyor to assist in designing your next MDR conveyor system using Roach Model 796 PRAC, powered roller accumulator curve. Contact our experts today!