Performance of a Novel Small Component Conveyor Utilizing Flexural Travelling Waves
T. Wielert, A. Vagapov, J. Twiefel
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany
I. Mešan, K. Bott
Afag GmbH, Amberg, Germany
The linear transport of small components on long distances is an important part of the automation technology. This paper presents a novel conveyor system for this task. The ambition for developing the conveyor was to improve the overall system performance compared to conventional linear conveyors, especially in terms of a dynamic start and stop behavior, the reduction of wearing processes and audible noise emission. The developed system utilizes structural vibrations in a bar shaped conveying body for the transport of small objects. Ultrasonic travelling waves are generated in the conveying body by a piezoelectric transducer. Thus, complex contact processes, namely stick, slip and separation, between the vibrating conveying body and the objects placed atop
of it take place. As a result, the objects are driven forward. This contribution describes the new transport system, its working principle and characteristics. The main focus is the performance of the new device compared to the conventional technique. Experimental studies are carried out attesting an overall performance on pair or above typically used vibration conveyors.
ACTUATOR 2016 Manuscript B3.10
Publication date: 01/06/2016
Manuscript B3.10 published in Conference Proceedings ACTUATOR 2016
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