Best practices for parts washer conveyor to belt transitions


I am pretty new with a Company which does lots of work with various conveyors and continuous feed belt washers. I am currently working a CAR for damage where we have found evidence of steel parts hesitating and ultimately stacking as they transfer from a rubber belt conveyor down a slide onto the wire washer entry conveyor. We typically build these slides in house of a small diamond plate steel style material.

I was looking online for best practices or examples of possibly using a smoother finish (teflon coated?) style material, and maybe something which undercuts the feeding belt. I found very little, and was wondering if anyone could point me to any resources or articles on the topic.

In one of the few photos I could find, I've attached an example of what I have in mind. Thanks for any pointers anyone can provide!



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Ronen E

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Perhaps consider a curved slide instead, where the parts initially fall almost vertically and gather speed / momentum so they can overcome the more horizontal section at the exit. You'll need to optimize the design so that the parts exit at about the same speed as the exit conveyor (to minimize damage/wear to parts and conveyor).

This is common in transfer chutes in bulk material handling set-ups. If you research "transfer chutes" you'll find heaps of reference.

More generally, CA is mostly about identifying the root cause. Have you determined why the parts hesitate and stack up? It's quite difficult to pick an effective solution with a limited exposure to the actual problem.

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