With many conveyor systems it is often required to merge products from a secondary line to the main transport line. When trying to merge cases or products into a line that is already conveying products, care must be taken to ensure there are no collisions of cases which could cause damage to products or cause stoppages of the system. SPHERE’s merge conveyors and controls utilise photoeye technology to ensure a seemless merge at varying angles.
Photoeye sensors are placed adjacent to the merge and detect when an appropriate gap is about to occur. Product is inducted onto the line when there is no chance of any collision. Varying speed conveyors can also be utilised to ensure products are suitably gapped for merging.