Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Conveyors use a plastic modular belt with inset rollers that have the capabilities to carry products along the width direction of the belt when activated. The rollers can be orientated on either 0, 30, 45, or 60 degree angles, or in any combination of these angles depending on the application requirements. Rollers are available with smooth rollers or high friction rubber roller for applications that call for a high degree of positive drive. Below are material handling applications that use Activated Roller Belt technology.
ARB Alignment Conveyor
ARB Alignment Conveyor positively justifies product to one side of the conveyor in a short footprint compared to skewed rollers. The ARB rollers are usually set at 30 degrees, but often 45 degreed rollers can be used in a shorter conveyor space.
ARB Case Turner
The ARB Case Turner rotates products 90 degrees while keeping product against the case turn side. This reduces the number of mis-aligned cases before other sortation operations begin.
The ARB Descrambler singulates unorganized product into a centered single file line of cases. This is typically used with three different conveyors being driven by a VFD motor.
ARB Palletizing / Depalletizing
ARB Palletizing and depalletizing arranges cases into a pallet layer by using passive roller technology. This concept uses a combination of ARB Case Turn technology and a configured ARB conveyor that specifically arranges packages in a palletizable manner.
ARB Perpetual Merge
ARB Perpetual Merge allows merging of two or more lines into one without using accumulation or controls. This concept allows packages to move continuously at slower speeds while still meeting throughput requirements.
ARB Sorting and Diverting
ARB Sorting works with several diverts positioned on the same belt to sort products to their appropriate spur.
ARB Switching moves cases in from a single line of conveyor and diverts each case to its appropriate parallel conveyor line. ARB switching provides a much less expensive alternative to slat and pusher arms.
ARB Descrambler and Sorter Improve Throughput at Returns Center
A returns center servicing a large national retailer needed to increase the number of products processed within the facility. To accomplish this task, Blue Arc designed and fabricated a custom conveying solution utilizing ARB technology that could quickly descramble and sort a large variety of products into three separte lanes.