Vertical conveyors are commonly used in many production plants. They are especially useful when it is necessary to move packages or individual products between levels, change their direction. An important feature of vertical conveyors is automation, thanks to which most activities are performed without physical human intervention. This results in benefits ranging from the acceleration and improvement of many processes to the reduction of costs generated by the mechanical performance of simple activities by an employee.
The transporting element is a roller chain system with bolted transporting shelves. The container is transferred to the operating area of the shelves by the input conveyor. After the container has been transferred to the level of the exit conveyor, the container is picked up by the conveyor belt of this conveyor and transported onward. Roller chains are guided in PE1000 guides attached to the structure of the vertical conveyor. The chains are driven by the gear motor through a system of sprockets properly arranged on the shafts of the drive mechanism. Shaft journals are mounted in self-aligning rolling bearings. Bearings placed in special housings are attached to the conveyor structure. The device is equipped with feet that can be adjusted in height.
The vertical conveyor consists of upper and lower segments and a belt transmission driving the lower segment.
Empty containers are transported to the upper segment. Between the transporting rollers in the upper segment there are transport chains with chain guides that allow the containers to be moved over the rollers. As soon as the container is on the rollers, in the area of the transport chains, the actuator is activated, bringing the transport chains above the rollers. The chains consequently take over the container, lifting it above the transport rollers. When they reach their upper position, the chain drive is activated, thanks to which the container is moved on the rollers of the lower segment, which, thanks to the belt transmission, can move to the upper and lower positions.
When the structure of the bottom segment is in the lower end position, the rollers of the segment are activated, transferring the container to the further conveyor.