Accumulating spiral conveyors –Spiral conveyors can be divided into separate accumulation zones with each accumulation zone controlled independently. This ability to accumulate product allows for more buffering time between operations and is a tremendous use of floor space. Bastian Solutions has pioneered the advancement of zero pressure accumulating spiral conveyors.
Continuous chain-slat spiral conveyors - Continuous chain-slat conveyors are controlled by one drive unit and are extremely simple and robust workhorses. Other than a chain-slat, motor and a couple photo eyes, there is very little to these units. Installation is relatively simple since the units ship already assembled. Once the unit is raised into position and power is connected, the unit is ready for operation.
Helix belt spiral - This unit offers similar reliable transportation capabilities of the chain-slat conveyor and product accumulation features of an accumulating spiral incline/decline conveyor. A helix belt spiral incline/decline conveyor is comprised of a series of 90- or 180-degree belted conveyor sections (each with their own drive) put together. The belt is captured on the outside radius thus eliminating any tracking concerns. Since each section has its own drive, photo eyes can be added to allow for accumulation of products.
Dual lane spiral - In many applications multiple conveyor lines need to be elevated. The dual lane spiral incline/decline design allows multiple conveyor lines to share one central column. This not only allows for impressive space savings, but financial savings as well.
Multiple infeed or outfeed spirals - The ability to merge onto and divert off of one spiral conveyor is extremely useful in multi-level applications. Just as you would merge onto or exit off a spiral ramp in a parking garage, this technology allows for considerable space savings and is especially beneficially in pick module applications.
Spiral chutes – An alternative to declining spiral or traditional conveyors are spiral chutes. Since gravity is utilized instead of motorized belts, this is an extremely economical option. However, considerable evaluation should be given to each application and product specifications to ensure proper handling.