The alpine conveyor belongs to the accumulating storage conveyors in the field of conveyor technology and is also known as a serpentine conveyor or spiral accumulating conveyor. The alpine conveyor is primarily used to create buffer or accumulation zones in the production process, thus increasing flexibility and autonomy in the production process. This often involves creating passageways for machine operators or forklift trucks without interrupting the continuous product flow. The alpine conveyor has a serpentine or coil-shaped design, so that a longer conveyor section can serve as a accumulating section in the tightest of spaces. A distinction is made between two types of accumulating conveyors:
Definition of alpine conveyor / accumulating conveyor:
Inline accumulating conveyor / alpine conveyor: Inline accumulating conveyors are always integrated into the conveyor line. This means that the transported material is always transported through the conveyor section of the accumulating conveyor.
Bypass accumulating conveyor / alpine conveyor: The bypass accumulation conveyor is an optional conveying section. It is connected to the conveyor line. It is only filled with transported material if it is to be stowed, e. g. in the event of a machine breakdown.