Two Modes of Operation
Singulation Mode - product separates while traveling down the conveyor and when it is released from the conveyor, creating a zone-length gap between packages.
Slug Mode - product does not separate when traveling down the conveyor or when it is released from the conveyor. This allows higher carton throughput at any given conveyor speed. Product will not separate on the conveyor even when accumulation has been activated at the discharge end.
When the conveyor is set to run in "slug mode," if a package is sensed by an EZLogic® controller for six seconds or longer a signal is sent to the upstream zone to accumulate product on the upstream side of the jammed package. This prevents product pile-up until the jam is cleared. The zone where the jam is detected continues to drive, in many cases dislodging the product without assistance. Once the jam is cleared, the conveyor returns to normal operation.
If an EZLogic® controller does not detect the presence of product for a selectable time period, the controller stops the zone from driving. This "sleep" feature helps reduce noise and roller wear. Packages traveling down the conveyor "wake up" the zones as needed to move the package.
When a pallet (or other load) is placed in a zone by some external means, the zone stops the rollers from turning and holds back any upstream pallets for a preset time.
Indexing Stop Zone
Ideal for workstations where a person finishes with one item then momentarily presses a switch, indexing the next item forward.
Cascade Slug Release
Rather than releasing all cartons simultaneously, this function introduces a momentary delay in the release of each zone, from discharge upstream.