Collating and conveying for flexible packing

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MEPCA found out how mk conveyor systems, particularly the GUF-P 2000 series, helped in a sorted feeding and item collection application where documents and items of clothing had to be accurately matched.

Belt conveyors in the mk GUF-P 2000 series are true all-rounders, with a large selection of drives, tails, stands and belt types for outstanding variability. They are based on the mk 2000 profile, which provides high load-bearing capacity and a torsion-resistant structure.

In addition to its low height of 50mm and a compact ø53mm drive roller – which can be coated with rubber according to the application – the conveyors also offer a wide range of different belt types. As with all mk belt conveyor systems, the crowned design of the driving and idler rollers make belt adjustment significantly easier. The system is available with an optional stationary or rolling knife edge.

System slots running along both sides (a 10 mm slot width per mk’s profile technology) allow users to easily integrate the conveyors into existing machine frames or attach stands, side rails, sensors and other accessories. In addition to the company’s wide selection of side rails and stands, mk also offers a standard range of end stops and electrical accessories. A further quality feature of this conveyor system is the stainless steel sheet installed below where the belt runs, ensuring the belt’s long-term wear resistance.

Figure 1 shows an example of an mk GUF-P 2000 belt conveyor being used in an application for sorted feeding and item collection for a mail-order business.

The mail-order business required a belt conveyor for picking clothing items for order processing. The items from the individual orders and the shipping documents need to be fed to a manual workstation on a belt conveyor. The conveyor is loaded using a pocket sorting system, from which the items are discharged through a slide onto the belt conveyor. The shipping documents need to be assigned to the corresponding delivery directly from the printer, ensuring that the individual orders do not get mixed up.

mk used its GUF-P 2000 belt conveyor to provide the perfect solution for this task. Thanks to its high degree of standardisation and modular design, the belt conveyor is ideally suited for flexible use in the packaging industry. A belt with transverse cleats welded on was chosen for this particular application. As a result, a separate compartment was formed on the belt conveyor for each order, and the corresponding items were discharged into the compartment through the slide. As a result, the orders could no longer be mixed up. The delivery note for the order was printed out directly to the appropriate compartment, which ensured the documents were always matched to the correct order. The ready-picked orders were then sent to a manual workstation, where they were checked again and then transferred to the packaging machine.

mk’s solution used standard mk components compatible with the GUF-P 2000 conveyor to ensure delivery with inline delivery note printing for each order, and that items were collected order by order.

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