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Multi-Conveyor: Rotary tables

A rotary table for pharmaceutical applications adapts to products of varying size and shape.

A rotary table for pharmaceutical applications adapts to products of varying size and shape.
A rotary table for pharmaceutical applications adapts to products of varying size and shape.

Multi-Conveyor recently built two 48-in.-dia, 11-gauge stainless-steel rotary tables and unscramblers for a pharmaceutical application.The tables easily adapt to varying sizes and shapes of products, showing the versatility of these systems for many applications.

This particular project will be accumulating bottles from 1 to 4 in.-sq and 2 to 7-in. high.The rotary table will accumulate the bottles and then break them down into a single flow using a curved spring rail.

The rotary tables and unscramblers were designed with the appropriate motor size to accommodate 250 lb of pharmaceutical bottles on the accumulator at one time, while running from 2 to 5 revolutions/min.

Product can be bulk-loaded or scattered randomly before passing around the “spring rail” that gently aligns the bottles into a single lane.

The rotary accumulation table has one DC motor controller that is run on standard 110 vDC, single-phase electrical output, allowing it to be used in almost any area of the production floor without special wiring.

The rotary table is one of the earliest designs for accumulation or unscrambling.Both configurations can handle multiple container sizes and materials. The rotary design is flexible and effective. Typical diameters are 30 in., 36 in., 42 in., and 48 in. Top discs are stainless steel with machined backer plates for trueness.

Rotary accumulators are usually supplied with an enclosed cabinet and variable speed controls, using either DC or VFD controllers. The company recommends that infeed and discharge conveyors be designed with a close interface for smooth transfers. A smooth-edge bowl top is available for hand packing applications.

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