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Singulation

Intralox
Intralox
Manufacturer of Conveyor Belting

HCM Systems prefers to utilize the Intralox S400 Singulator to unscramble and singulate the widest range of products available at a continuous throughput rate of up to 5,000 products per hour. Employing Intralox's Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB™) singulating technology efficiently moves a stream of products into single file within a short footprint (18 ft.–36 ft. / 5.5 m–11 m) using no controls or human intervention. Singulating can be a difficult task with other technologies (lots of starts, stops, and physical plows).

Singulation

Where It Applies

Able to function at a continuous rate of up to 5,000 pph, the Intralox S400 Singulator is especially effective when installed prior to sorters, scanners, and labelers. It can singulate side-by-side cartons from accumulation areas, a bulk of products coming from a receiving area or side-by-sides from uncontrolled merges.

The Intralox S400 Singulator is particularly relevant when:

  • Floor space is limited
  • There is a large range of products
  • High accuracy rates are required
  • Side-by-side products require dedicated labor to correct
  • There is a high rate of mis-sorts or recirculation due to side-by-side products

Benefits

  • Handles a large product range -
    • As small as 4 in. x 4 in. (100 mm x 100 mm)
    • No maximum size
    • Corrugated, shrink-wrapped, litho-packs, flats, and more
  • Small footprint - Uses only 18 ft.–36 ft. (5.5 m–11 m) of floor space for continuous singulation up to 5,000 pph
  • High singulation performance - Singulation accuracy is typically around 99% depending on customer requirements and system configuration
  • Reduced parcel damage -
    • No guard rails or plows to trap parcels
    • The complete singulation system is on one plane, so there is no product tumbling
  • Simple system with high reliability
    • Continuously running conveyors, without frequent starts/stops
    • No controls, guard rails or plows

System Design

The base singulation system is a series of ARB™ Centering Conveyors to rotate side-by-side packages, and to singulate at increasing speeds so that one package leads the other. Next, an alignment conveyor justifies the singulated packages against a rail to prevent the reoccurrence of side-by-sides downstream.

The number and length of conveyors, as well as their ARB™ roller patterns, are dependent on throughput, number of incoming side-by-sides, and product mix. There are multiple standard configurations possible (inline, L-shape, S-shape, or U-shape) to achieve throughputs of up to 5,000 products per hour. For throughputs exceeding 5,000 pph, please ask about our high-throughput singulator with recirculation.

Standard Operational Specifications
Product bottom surface Product should have a flat, smooth bottom surface. Odd-shaped products should be tested first.
Product size Minimum: 4 in. x 4 in. (100 mm x 100 mm)
Maximum: No restrictions (designed according to customer specifications)
Throughput
  • Up to 5,000 products per hour
System Information
Layout & Dimensions
  • Length: 18 ft. - 36 ft. (5.5 m - 11 m), depending on number and configuration of conveyors
  • Width: Depends on the application and the product dimensions. For a typical bulk S400 Singulator with a maximum parcel size of 31 in. x 55 in. (800 mm x 1400 mm), the width is approximately 55 in. (1400 mm)
Construction & Components
  • Frame - painted carbon steel or stainless steel. Color as specified by customer.
  • Conveyor belts - Intralox modular plastic belting and Activated Roller Belt™ technology.
  • SEW (or equivalent) motor.
  • Adjustable supports +/- 1.97 in. (50 mm)
Environment Dry and clean environment.
Temperature range 32°F - 122°F (0°C - 50°C)
Certification
Intralox equipment sold in Europe is built according to European directions 2006/42/EC for machinery.
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