Any factory space around a conveyor is premium real estate, because like a highway artery, the component facilitates transport, assembly, sorting, inspection, and other plant-on-product interaction. However, concessions have to be made for older conveyor drive designs, which take up precious room. Now a new system from Dorner Mfg. Corp., Hartland, Wis., integrates all drives (including motor, gearbox, and motor controller) right into the conveyor platform — for a product transport system more compact than any previous designs.

Based on the company's 2200 Series conveyor, the motion system is available in widths as narrow as three inches and lengths to 12 ft. The variable-speed system is also reversible for maximum application flexibility. Finally, the drive roller diameter is just 1.25 in., which makes for smooth product transfers and maintains system compactness.

VITAL STATS

On display: Dorner iDrive conveyor

Key features: Moves parts up to 100 ft/min., load capacity to 30 lb; controls integrated directly into system

What it means to you: Easy setup (with no wiring and mounting) and the most compact power conveyor possible

What else: Nearly limitless range of conveyor widths and lengths; maintenance-free brushless dc motor and 115-V single-phase input power supply; rack-and-pinion belt tensioning for fast and accurate adjustments, with belt-tension indicators for preventative maintenance; T slots for fast and simple mounting of controls and accessories

Innovator: Dorner Mfg. Corp.
Hartland, Wis.
(800) 397-8664
www.dorner.com