High speed conveyor cuts noise by 50%

An innovative new conveyor system from Autarky Automation can significantly reduce factory noise levels, by up to 25%, when compared with conventional slat conveyors, helping manufacturing, process and packaging companies comply with the latest Control of Noise at Work Regulations. Just as importantly, the new conveyor system can run at speeds of up to 80m/minute, requires only minimal maintenance and is available at much lower cost than many of the existing market leading models.

The new conveyor system is called CS SL and incorporates a specially developed modular belt, with robust plastic interlocking finger-shaped sections that are connected by pin hinges. This simple yet effective arrangement offers a high load carrying capacity, of up to 200kg, is flexible, tough and lightweight, at just 1.0kg per metre of belt, and is simple to install and maintain.

The unique design of the Stretch Line SL belt system eliminates the hunting effect normally associated with traditional conveyor chains as they compress and expand; this is one of the main sources of conveyor noise, especially where chains pass around drive or idler wheels. Although this effect can be minimised by the use of cantenary mechanisms noise levels still remain high, typically exceeding 76db(A) at 40m/minute. By comparison, noise levels from the new CS SL conveyor are just 67dB(A) at 40m/minute, rising to 75db(A) at the maximum rated speed of 80m/minute.

Noise levels are reduced still further both by the use of specially developed belt drive and idler sections, with extended wear and sliding strips, and extruded aluminium profiles designed to guide and fully capture the belt; this also helps to eliminate the risk of damage to the belt and improves operator safety.