Wynright's new Autoroll+ motor-driven roller (MDR) uses an Ethernet network to connect together all MDR conveyors in a specific area of a warehouse or distribution center. An Ethernet connection simplifies conveyor installation as well as maintenance and any future reconfigurations, says the company.
The installation process is simplified because the organization only has to run one Ethernet network cable rather than hard wiring each control card individually back to the programmable logic controller (PLC).
An Ethernet connection also makes it easier to change the configuration of the MDR conveyor. An area can be easily unplugged from the Ethernet connection, moved, and then plugged back into the network. Furthermore new capabilities can be easily added by updating the firmware on the control cards.
The Ethernet connection also provides greater flexibility and control over the entire conveyor, says Wynright. For example, users can change the speed and/or acceleration of all segments of the conveyor at the same time by sending a simple command from a laptop or PC touch screen. They no longer have to remove each individual card and manually set it with a screwdriver.
The Ethernet connection also allows preventative maintenance personnel to more easily see and assess the "health" of each individual roller. An operator can plug a laptop into the system and instantly see precisely what is wrong and what needs to be corrected.
Company URL: www.wynright.com