Modular plug-and-play conveyor-control system

May 22, 2003
Accumulator-type conveyor systems can be difficult to control and often have problems that are hard to diagnose.

A modular approach developed at Humphrey Products Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich. (, simplifies control and troubleshooting, plus it uses plug-and-play technology for flexibility and quick assembly. It runs a variety of control and input/output devices and uses 18-gage wire. Therefore, if users install low-current solenoid valves, the system will use less power compared to other pneumatic control options.

The basic Gen2 System uses factory-programmed modules with quick disconnects for basic conveyor control. Adding a master controller lets users configure an infinite number of conveyor modules, according to the company. Switches on the controller initiate sleep and slug modes and adjust the jam alert, which can shut down the conveyor. Hooking up several controllers lets users optimize product flow.

For total control, users install an Interpreter module and gateway rather than a master controller. This integrates the conveyor into company wide networks. It lets users control entire zones, or modules within a zone, using a PC, laptop, or PDA.

Sponsored Recommendations

Crisis averted: How our AI-powered services helped prevent a factory fire

July 10, 2024
Discover how Schneider Electric's services helped a food and beverage manufacturer avoid a factory fire with AI-powered analytics.

Pumps Push the Boundaries of Low Temperature Technology

June 14, 2024
As an integral part of cryotechnology, KNF pumps facilitate scientific advances in cryostats, allowing them to push temperature boundaries and approach absolute zero.

The entire spectrum of drive technology

June 5, 2024
Read exciting stories about all aspects of maxon drive technology in our magazine.


May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!