Aero Mechanical Conveyors

An alternative name for the AMC is a “rope and disk” conveyor. This is because the AMC consists of several evenly spaced disks attached to a wire rope. The rope and disks travel in a continuous loop fashion at a consistent speed within parallel steel tubes. The housings encloses both ends of the conveyor. This way the rope and discs run from one tube to the other around specially designed sprockets. One sprocket drives the rope and disks while the other sprocket provides tension to the rope. The high speed of the disks produces an air stream that promotes a fluid consistency until it is centrifugally ejected at the outlet.

Over the years, the aero-mechanical conveyor has proven to be a cost efficient and dust-free way of conveying materials without the need for filtration. The AMC can move batches and operate at any angle without sacrificing capacity or contaminant free delivery.

A major benefit of this type of conveyor is that degradation to the material is almost insignificant. This is because an AMC creates a moving current of air in which the material is carried similar to the effect of a vacuum or pneumatic system. However, unlike the vacuum or pneumatic systems the aero-mechanical conveyor has a very important advantage in that it does not need a cyclone or filter to separate the products from the air. Thus saving money and reducing maintenance and environmental issues.

One disadvantage of an AMC is that maintenance can range from moderate to high where costs such as rope and/or discs need replacing. The rope tension needs to be adjusted regularly during the all-important set-up period and then checked periodically. The rope life depends on the conveyer length, number of starts and stops, loading and unloading not to mention the frequency of routine inspection that is performed.