Dorner’s ( new SmartFlex® Helix Conveyor is making its debut in booth # C-1444 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017, Sept. 25-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The new SmartFlex Helix Conveyor features a proprietary flexible chain manufactured by FlexMove, a Dorner Holding Company, located in Penang, Malaysia.

The SmartFlex Helix can operate in a footprint as small as a 10’ x 10’ and is ideal for product handling applications where product needs to travel up or down in a confined space. The conveyor’s compact design allows for five feet of elevation change in 10 feet (incline angle of up to 12°), giving users more freedom and flexibility in designing a material handling system with multiple layouts using a single conveyor. The SmartFlex Helix comes in three belt widths: 85mm, 180mm, and 260mm. Additionally, the SmartFlex Helix does not require any lubrication, providing a cleaner environment and reduced risk of contamination.

The new SmartFlex Helix will be operating at PACK EXPO in a loop with a 3200 Series modular belt conveyor and a SmartFlex Wedge Elevator – a system where products are wedged securely between opposing conveyors to move them vertically or horizontally between production floors or different elevations. Wedge elevators are ideal for environments requiring compact footprints, transitions between travel orientations, de-pucking operations and creating passageways on the production floor. Rapid transfer rates make them ideal for continuous high capacity packaging line operations.

Another display features six Dorner conveyors, including two SmartFlex conveyors outfitted with FlexMove® Technology, that twist to help flip product 90°. Other conveyors include a 2200 Series nose-over squeeze pacing conveyor featuring a FlexMove common mount; a 3200 Series bottomless squeezing conveyor; and two 3200 Series conveyors with Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB™) Technology, which is a patent-protected technology of Intralox. Seeing these six conveyors synced together provides a good example of the custom solutions Dorner’s Engineered Solutions Group can develop, as well as a very dynamic visual at PACK EXPO.      

Other conveyors in action at PACK EXPO include the 3200 Series Precision Move, a conveyor that uses a servo motor, timing belt and the latest advancements in drive technology for applications involving extremely accurate movement of product at specific times, distances and intervals. Dorner’s 2200 Series conveyor is designed for small- to medium-size part handing for a variety of packaging, automation and manufacturing industries.    

Booth visitors can also see Dorner’s lineup of sanitary conveyors, including the AquaPruf Vertical Belt Conveyor, which moves bulk products in straight-up 90° sanitary applications and features a proprietary staggered sidewall belt that’s easy to clean and improves product release. The AquaGard 7350 and 7360 Series is designed for moving packaged goods in applications that call for light cleanings throughout a production run, while the 7600 Ultimate Series, used for moving raw food products, is engineered for fast and effective sanitation in the most demanding environments. It represents Dorner’s highest sanitary standards in a conveyor.