Queue Conveyor Design from a Gearmotor PerspectiveRintaro Takasu, Application Engineer
Depending on the configuration of the airport’s checked baggage inspection system, the EDS can be of the inline type, where the EDS machine is integrated into the conveyor system; or the EDS machine can be of the standalone type, where the EDS machine is separate from the conveyor system. Typically in larger airports,which require higher baggage throughput, inline EDS machines are used.
The Queue Conveyor is a relatively short conveyor that transfers the baggage that travels from the check-in counter via the conveyor system to the EDS machine. Because baggage is introduced to the handling process once a bag is checked-in by the passenger at the airline check-in counter, the spacing of the bags is typically non-uniform. However, an EDS machine requires the bags to be fed uniformly and at a designated rate. Therefore, the primary function of the Queue Conveyor is to control the baggage flow into the EDS machine. In order to do so, the Queue Conveyor is required to start and stop with high frequency.
As EDS machine manufacturers develop faster and more accurate products, the primary driver of the Queue Conveyor must be able to operate under the increasingly demanding operating conditions of frequent starting and stopping. The selection of the primary driver of the Queue Conveyor is dependent on multiple criteria, including dimensional requirements and durability characteristics.
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