Most 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 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 conveyor systems, which require durability, as well as design flexibility in drive options, motor positions and other variables. Seamlessly integrating various conveyor styles and options into a modular automation system can also save you cost and valuable design and assembly time.

In the following white paper, we explore four conveyor options that fit our modular automation system, enabling you to design a full integrated conveyor system for your application.

If you need to get a conveying system up and running quickly, then the Belt Conveyor series will get the job done. Not only are these conveyors compatible with our modular automation system, but they come with a wide selection of dimensions, belt features, belt speed and drive options, making it easy to configure a system according to your unique application requirements. Choose from frame heights of 40, 50 and 80 millimeters, as well as frame widths of 40 to 1,200 millimeters. Depending on the model, Belt Conveyors can also handle loads up to 800 kilograms.

Read more: Exploring the Design and Benefits of Modular Conveyor Systems