Accumulation conveyors and buffers increase your line efficiency
Accumulating conveyors can temporarily store products in a process, for example, between machines with different cycle times. Accumulation conveyors (buffers) are also needed when downstream machines need to be stopped. This must be differentiated from a dynamic production flow or line balancing, which is achieved by matching the production of the machines upstream with the machines downstream.
An accumulation conveyor momentarily holds a product in place before it’s released to the next phase in a production process. This ensures that all machines in the production line operate at full capacity.
The in-line accumulator is always included in the transport path of a production line, while a by-pass accumulator is connected to the transport path when only temporary accumulation is needed.