Powder Coating Conveyor Uses ‘Sidestepping’ to Benefit Batch Oven Processes

NikoTrack's range of compact track series profiles for powder coating conveyors enable application of as many as five different track profiles to varying weight loads.

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NikoTrack's range of compact track series profiles for powder coating conveyors enable application of as many as five different track profiles to varying weight loads. A modular design means that the conveyors can be disassembled, relocated, modified or expanded with almost no materials wasted or scrapped. In this way, a small system can easily be modified to evolve with a growing industrial facility, according to the company. Joints and suspension brackets offer a wide variety of options for almost any support structure. The tracks are made from cold rolled steel and come in either plain, zinc-plated, or stainless steel. The zinc plating protects the track for the elements and is also easily powder coated. The conveyors can handle loads as heavy as 2,000 kg.

The conveyor’s “sidestepping” design on parallel lines creates idle areas for part accumulation, loading/unloading and/or cooling, and can benefit batch ovens in particular. A system can go through one process in a single line, and then sidestep into multiple lines to go into a batch oven; while the oven cooks one batch, another queues up behind.

Tapered track and low maintenance bearings ensure that trolleys will run smoothly inside the track. This helps to prevent powder shaking off of a part, resulting in better finish and less powder waste. Dozens of trolley styles provide options for part suspension, from single-trolley options to flight bars with 90-degree rotating indexes.

Switches can be incorporated into a system design as “rescue lines” for quality control or if a part needs go through a process again. In addition, chain drives can be mounted next to profiles to create full or sectional powered systems.