“Three-in-One” Wave Exit Conveyor

March 24, 2008
An innovative conveyor system that features full-ribbed belting, cooling tunnel, and holding zone  is being introduced by SmartMove Conveyors of Fall River, Massachusetts.  This all-in-one conveyor system will transfer and cool hot circuit boards from the wave solder exit to a unique brush surface board holding zone.  SmartMove’s unique full ribbed belting provides minimal surface contact while transferring 450 degree circuit boards.  Accepts boards from the output of the wave solder machine by matching its angle, height and speed, and gradually declines the boards through cooling zone.   The cooling zone, Gradient Cooler, works with ambient air temperature to provide a high cfm air flow to gradually cool wave solder boards. The unit provides 130 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of ambient airflow parallel to the belt travel for superior stress relieved cooling. Hot items are moved toward the cooling unit where they are bathed in a stream of air that gradually cools them to room temperature. The holding zone includes SmartMove’s unique Brush belting that is formulated of non-abrasive Polypropylene with ESD and Teflon additives. Very thin bristles are molded to the belting in a varying height scheme to provide minimal surface contact with transferring circuit boards. When circuit boards reach the end of zone, they are stopped and the surface bristles easily deflect around or under board components without causing any damage to belt or product thereby eliminating the need for using photo electric sensors to start and stop conveyor. Benefits of the all-in-one wave exit conveyor include: consistent gradual cooling, simple set-up – shipped fully assembled, three processes available in one conveyor: exiting, cooling, and accumulating; and low power consumption.  Priced according to belt width and overall length. SmartMove All-in-One Wave Exit Conveyors are available in belt widths from 12” – 24” and shipped within 2 weeks.