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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQ’s about the material handling industry and the equipment that Russell Conveyor offers. Material handling is essential in many industries, from manufacturing to retail. And while there are many different types of material handling equipment, Russell Conveyor offers various options to suit your specific needs. 

How does MDR conveyor work?

MDR conveyors are a type of conveyor that uses an MDR drive to move materials. MDR drives are motorized drives that use magnetic force to move a carrier, or “driver,” along a track. The driver is connected to the load being carried by the conveyor and moves it along the track. MDR conveyors can be used to move heavy loads or delicate items without damaging them.

What is a zero-pressure accumulation conveyor?

A zero-pressure accumulation conveyor is a system that uses motive power to move products along a flat, conveying surface. Unlike other conveyors, accumulation conveyors are designed to stop and start objects as needed without losing product alignment or having products pile up on the belt. This conveyor type is often used in logistics and manufacturing applications where the rapid movement of large volumes of products is required. Conveyor rollers may be sprocket-driven or friction-driven, depending on the application’s needs. Photo-eyes typically stop items from flowing through an accumulation conveyor system.

What is MDR?

MDR refers to a motor-driven roller conveyor. This conveyor type is used in various settings, including industrial and commercial facilities. Motor-driven roller conveyors are designed to move heavy or bulky items from one point to another. These conveyors can transport materials ranging from products in a manufacturing facility to packages in a distribution center. MDRs can also be used as an accumulation conveyor, allowing items to temporarily stop on the conveyor while remaining in motion. MDR can be helpful when multiple items need to be staged for loading or unloading. MDRs are typically powered by electric motors but can also be powered by hydraulic or pneumatic systems.

What is the meaning of "WMS?"

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are software applications that manage warehouse operations. They typically include functionality for inventory management, order fulfillment, shipping, receiving, and put-away. Companies use a WMS to manage their warehouses to improve efficiency and accuracy.

What is an industrial control panel?

An industrial control panel is an electrical control panel used in an industrial setting to regulate and monitor various processes. Industrial control panels can be either digital or analog. Digital panels use switches to turn functions on or off, while analog panels use dials or levers to adjust the amount of power sent to a process. They are used in factories and other industrial settings to control the flow of electricity or other forms of energy into equipment. Industrial control panels come in various shapes and sizes, but all have the same primary function: to provide a user-friendly interface between people and machines. Many industrial control panels are now equipped with touch screens, which make them even easier to use.

What is a sortation delay?

A sortation delay occurs when a package is sorted incorrectly and arrives at its destination later than expected. This can happen for several reasons, such as if the barcode on the parcel is misread or if the package is misplaced during sorting. Sortation delays can cause significant disruptions to shipments, so avoiding them is essential. You should ensure your containers are correctly labeled with accurate barcodes to prevent sortation delays. You can also track information so you can identify where any delays occur. 

What do industrial robots do?

Industrial robots are used extensively in manufacturing and other industrial applications. They are typically programmed to perform a specific task, such as welding, fabricating, assembling, or packaging. Industrial robots can also be used in hazardous environments or difficult-to-reach places.

What is intralogistics?

Intralogistics is a term used to describe the movement, storage, and handling of materials within a facility. It includes managing and coordinating all warehouse functions, from receiving and put-away to order picking and shipping. Intralogistics systems are designed to optimize the flow of materials through the warehouse to minimize waste, maximize efficiency and improve productivity.

What is an accumulation conveyor?

The term “accumulation conveyor” typically refers to a conveyor belt used to accumulate products or materials at one point before transferring them to another part of the facility. This conveyor belt type is often used in conjunction with other conveyors, such as sorting belts or product transfer belts.

What is Material Handling?

Material handling is the process of organizing and managing materials during their movement from the point of origin to the end of use. This includes the receiving, storage, handling, and shipping of materials. It also consists of selecting and placing materials within a facility to optimize worker productivity and safety.

What is ZPA Conveyor

ZPA is an abbreviation for Zero-Pressure Accumulation.  Please see What is a zero-pressure accumulation conveyor to learn more and to see how ZPA works.

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