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How does a friction-based overhead conveyor system work?

Just like the name tells you, a friction-based overhead conveyor system is driven by friction, unlike other systems that have a mechanic connection. Let’s have a look at how the friction is created in these specific systems.

Imagine a conveyor belt at an airport. If you put a suitcase that weighs approximately 20 kg on the conveyor belt and try to stop it by hand, that should be just fine. The suitcase stays in one place and the belt continues to move forward. Now imagine the suitcase weighing 200 kg. It would then be more or less impossible for you to stop the suitcase by hand. And why is that? Because we have a higher frictional connection.

The OCS friction-based overhead conveyor system

In the OCS friction-based overhead conveyor system the force is generated by a spring and not by the actual weight of the transported parts. Therefore, by using different springs with different forces you either get a higher or a lower frictional connection. Read more about the patented technology here.

The two different overhead conveyor systems developed by OCS are called the OCS 150 and the OCS 500. The track’s driving mechanisms on the overhead conveyors consist of a friction belt for the OCS 150 and a rotating aluminum tube for the OCS 500. Both are driven by a worm gearmotor but differ in the payload weight and speed capacity. The OCS 150 manages loads of up to 150 kg / meter track with a speed of 1-80 meters / minute. The OCS 500 on the other hand manages loads of up to 500 kg / meter track with a speed of 1-30 meters / minute. The lighter the parts, the faster the speed. Clean, quiet, efficient and most importantly safe for the employees.

Watch the videos below for a more detailed explanation of how friction-based overhead conveyor systems work.