Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Conveyors

Automate your conveyor system with smart, modular technology

Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB) technology provides a smart, automated method for directing the movement of conveyed articles. This revolutionary conveyance technology has proven successful at improving productivity, eliminating unnecessary labor costs, and reducing operational expenses in a variety of package handling applications. With greater flexibility, reliability, and safety, ARB technology brings the advantages of modular plastic belting and more to package and case handling applications such as merges, switches, singulators, sorters, and aligners. 

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Information on Activated Roller Bed (ARB) Conveyor

ARB rollers can be orientated on either 0, 30, 45, or 60 degree angles, or in any combination of these angles depending on the application requirements. Rollers are available with smooth rollers or high friction rubber rollers for applications that call for a high degree of positive drive.
 

ARB Applications

  • Flat bottom cases with a 6” x 6” or larger footprint
  • Corrugated products with a longer length than width
  • Works well when a small footprint is necessary
  • Applications where rates are too fast for pushers or plows

ARB Benefits

  • Save floor space by eliminating long runs of tapered roller sections
  • Offer cheaper alternatives to traditional switches and shoe sorters
  • Provide a more positive product justification than typical tapered rollers
  • Turn-key systems easily fit into existing systems to solve a large range of product flow problems
 

ARB Alignment Conveyor

An ARB Alignment Conveyor positively justifies product to one side of the conveyor in a short footprint compared to skewed rollers.
 

ARB Alignment Applications

  • Recirculation loops
  • Following depalletizing applications
  • Pre-sortation and merges
  • Aligning product prior to print and apply label areas, cameras, and scanners

ARB Alignment Benefits

  • Half the distance is required relative to skewed rollers
  • Very accurate and reliable product justification
  • Used for muti-sized products

ARB Alignment Specifications

  • 350 feet/min
  • 8” minimum belt width
 

ARB Palletizing Conveyor

ARB palletizing arranges cases into a pallet layer by using passive roller technology. This concept uses a combination of ARB case turn technology and a configured ARB conveyor that specifically arranges packages in a palletizable manner. The ARB Layer Former Conveyor is ideal for handling a large number of cases per layer, a high rate of layers per minute, and a wide variety of product types.
 

ARB Palletizing Applications

  • Providing layer formation prior to a conventional palletizer
  • Used in combination with full layer robotic palletizers

ARB Palletizing Benefits

  • Much lower cost than manual palletizing
  • Low maintenance
  • Small footprint

ARB Palletizing Specifications

  • Up to 60 cases/min flow rate
  • Standard capacity = 75 lbs
 

ARB Descrambling Conveyor

ARB Descrambler Applications

  • Singulating packages prior to sortation or merging
  • Descrambling and singulating packages during depalletization for a pallet layer

ARB Descrambler Benefits

  • Reduces sortation errors and jams
  • Reduces recirculation rates
  • Small footprint
  • Improves scanner read rates
  • Easy and inexpensive to maintain

ARB Descrambler Specifications

  • 12” minimum belt width
  • 350 ft/min belt speed
  • 120 cases/min
 

ARB Switching Conveyor

ARB Switching moves cases in from a single line of conveyor and diverts each case to its appropriate parallel conveyor line. ARB switching provides a much less expensive alternative to slat dividers and pusher arms.
 

ARB Switching Applications

  • ARB switching conveyors are often
  • used in the beverage industry
  • Wide or heavy duty applications
  • Multi-sized package flow

 

ARB Switching Benefits

  • Increased line efficiency
  • Low maintenance
  • No safety cage needed

ARB Switching Specifications

  • Rates up to 90 cases/min or 300 ft/min
  • 8” minimum infeed gap
  • 8” minimum belt width
  • Switching types include; 1:2 center in-
  • feed, 1:2 side infeed, and 1:3 center infeed
  • Also available in more complex configurations such as 2:2 and 2:3 infeed
 

ARB Sorting Conveyor

The ARB Sorter conveyor is a medium speed conveyor that works with several diverts positioned on the same belt to sort products to their appropriate spur. Conveyor rollers can be set at either a 45°, 60° or 90° degree angle. The ARB Sorter can either be left handed or right handed with bidirectional sorting also is an option.
 

ARB Sorting Benefits

  • Divert zones can also be more tightly
  • spaced compared to other technologies,
  • thus reducing its footprint
  • Low maintenance and long life
  • Small footprint
  • Ability to sort mutli-sized packages

ARB Sorting Specifications

  • Sortation rates up to 100 cases/min
  • Minimum gap ranges from 12” to 36”
  • 8” minimum belt width
  • 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° divert angles
 

ARB Perpetual Merge Conveyor

The ARB perpetual merge conveyor allows merging of two or more lines into one without using accumulation methods or control technology. This concept allows packages to move continuously at slower speeds while still meeting throughput requirements.
 

ARB Perpetual Merge Specifications

  • Up to 60 cases/min flow rate

ARB Perpetual Merge Benefits

  • Elimination of complex controls –Such as photoeyes and brake meter belts
  • Increased throughput due to continuous motion and product merging
  • Low maintenance and long life
  • Game-changing layout flexibility, requiring a significantly smaller footprint due to elimination of
  • much of the accumulation conveyor
  • Continuous motion and precise gapping
  • Virtual elimination of damage to cases
  • caused by back pressure during accumulation
 

ARB Case Rotating Conveyor

The Case Rotating Conveyor rotates products 90 degrees while uniformly aligning product along the side rail leading into the turner, ensuring that each package reaches the turner at a consistent point every time. This step reduces the number of misaligned cases before other sortation operations begin. In addition, the product turner increases productivity by eliminating skewed packages that are caused by interruptions in momentum at the turner. Case rotating can be an easy solution to change the way a product flows down a conveyor.
 

Applications

  • Rotating a box to present to a scanner or printer
  • Depending on application, can use ARB belting or dual lane conveyor
  • Correcting boxes that are in the wrong orientation
     

Case Rotating Specifications

  • Constructed of steel or UHMW to fit the product being rotated
  • Can be designed and built to slide in extruded metal guide for infinite adjustability
     

Case Rotating Benefits

  • No downtime caused by jams or skewed packages along the carryway
  • Handles a variety of product shapes and sizes
  • Easily retrofitted into existing systems
  • Ability to start and stop
  • Can change the orientation of a product in a very short footprint
  • Can easily attach to existing conveyors for a cost effective solution
  • Provides a solution to product orientation without the need for controls or long line shut downs

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