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G20 ZPA Motor Control Module: Moving MDR Conveyor Systems in a Better Direction

Posted by Andre Clayton on Mon, Jan 21, 2019

g20 zpa moduleCompanies place more than product on their conveyor systems. They also rely on this technology to improve productivity and lower material handling costs. If conveyor technology remains outdated, however, the burden on maintenance staff increases as does energy consumption. The G20 ZPA motor control module from Pepperl+Fuchs provides the reliability and cost savings that companies depend on.

A motorized drive roller conveyor system (MDR) paired with our G20 ZPA motor control modules and photoelectric sensors can increase energy savings by over 30 percent. Hilmot, a material handling equipment supplier, found that a 400-foot roller conveyor without MDR technology can cost a company over $3,000 a year compared to just over $1,300 a year when the same system has MDR. The G20 motor roller module’s run-on-demand feature makes necessary energy savings possible.

The G20 module allows the MDR conveyor system to run on-demand on a per-section basis when the photoelectric sensors detect product accumulation. Unlike conventional conveyor systems which must remain operational even when product is not present, the module places the rollers in the unutilized conveyor sections in sleep mode. Besides limiting energy consumption, this also decreases wear on the conveyor system, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

When maintenance is necessary, the G20 and MDR conveyor system make it simple. Both do not require special tools to replace parts, and they have plug-and-play technology for quick installation. Time spent figuring out which wire goes where is reduced since the G20 module uses integrated motor and sensor cordsets to reduce wiring.

The G20 module and photoelectric sensors allow the MDR system to have fewer parts than a conventional conveyor system. The G20 module and photoelectric sensors provide the MDR system zero pressure accumulation so no pneumatic parts or conventional power transmission parts are needed, which means fewer parts to replace.

Fewer parts in a conveyor system do not mean decreased operational efficiency. It actually leads to a decrease in material handling costs due to reduced product damage. The G20 module zero accumulation feature keeps the products from touching each other as they move throughout the conveyor system, which improves product protection over conventional systems.

Learn more about the G20 ZPA module

Topics: AS-Interface, MDR convenyor

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