Twin-Belt Conveyor Avoids Chip Ball Jams
IMTS 2018: Jorgensen’s Auger Conveyor features a centerless screw design for removal of chips, fines and sludge when space requirements restrict the use of other types of conveyors.
Jorgensen’s MunchMan II employs a twin-belt conveyor arrangement at the lower curve and through the incline and chip discharge areas of the system. The primary and secondary belts run in unison to grab hold of chips, compress them and securely carry them up steep inclines, eliminating the risk of conveyor jams caused by chip balls tumbling at the lower curve or jamming in the conveyor incline section.
The system is both efficient and cost effective in eliminating costly machine downtime, according to the company.
The company’s UVS Ecologic conveyor control with Jam Manager functionality enables unattended, automatic clearing of minor conveyor james.
An expensive lesson that many shops learn too late is that the automatic oil system on their CNC machine tool may not be completely automatic. Since the automatic oil system is designed to give a warning when the oil tank is empty, many machinists simply assume all is well if the alarm doesn't go off.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
Reducing cutting fluid use offers the chance for considerable cost savings. Tool life may even improve.