When transferring packages from a horizontal conveyor to an incline, some means of helping the package onto the incline must be provided. A belt conveyor or power feeder must be put in front of the incline and should be at least as long as the longest package. The minimum length is 2-1/2 times the belt width.
Some things to consider when adding a power feeder:
- To prevent package from tearing, a smooth surface belt should be used on all feeders attached to lower end of inclined conveyor. REASON: Point "A" is moving horizontally faster than point "B". A smooth belt on feeder will allow package to slip at point "A" until it transfers to incline conveyor.
- It is recommended that guard rails be used on all incline conveyors.
- Very small or very large products may have difficulty with this transition.
- Power feeders are driven by way of a short chain connection to the tail pulley of the incline/decline.
- The minimum length of the power feeder is determined by the width of the belt. This is done to assist in belt tracking.
- Contact us for additional assistance with power feeder applications.