Parker and Flexibility Engineering Launch Compact Anysize™, “Infinite Guide Rail” Technology for Conveyors

  Parker and Flexibility Engineering Launch Compact Anysize™, “Infinite Guide
  Rail” Technology for Conveyors

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- January 10, 2014

Parker Hannifin Corporation (www.parker.com), the global leader in motion and
control technologies, and material handling equipment builder Flexibility
Engineering (http://flexibilityengineering.com) have collaborated to create a
new model of the Patented Anysize™ pneumatic-based positioning system. The
initial Anysize technology has had a five year record of success and is now
found on almost every pneumatic PET conveyor line. The technology frees users
such as food and beverage plants from having to make time-consuming manual
adjustments when changing over a packaging line to accommodate different
bottle, package or case sizes. The newest addition to the line, the Compact
Anysize™, is designed specifically to fit into tighter spaces for conventional
mechanical conveyors.

Anysize is unique because users need only input a desired guide rail width,
and the technology automatically makes a thousand or more positioner
adjustments, to tolerances of a few millimeters from each other, down the
entire length of the line. In the past, such dedicated lines handled just one
or two products with either fixed guide rails or two-position pneumatic
cylinders attached at three to four foot intervals along the conveyor for
changing the guide rail width to a second size. When the number of available
bottle sizes increased, bottlers continued adding more cylinders until they
ran out of space to add anymore. This arrangement made it costly, difficult
and time-consuming to add new products and was typically limited to four
sizes. In developing a more versatile system, Flexibility Engineering first
considered building an electronic “infinite positioning” technology. Infinite
positioning systems can accommodate any bottle, package or case size within a
certain size range. But, at $300 per position, systems that used traditional
electronic linear actuators and stepper motors were prohibitively expensive
for packaging or conveying lines that required multiple positions.

Anysize provides a simpler and more cost-effective approach because the
technology is based purely on the pressure of the plant’s compressed air
system. The air pressure acts on a positioner to apply force (up to about 10
lbs.) on a heavy spring, which moves an exact distance for a given force.
Anysize also includes a control component called the Regulated Air
Distribution (RAD) box that regulates air pressure. The RAD box includes
filters to ensure clean dry air along with pneumatic components to smooth
fluctuations in the plant air. Additionally, because Anysize has but one
moving part per positioner, the system is reliable and robust.

More information can be had by contacting www.parker.com/pneumatics or
Applications Engineering at:

Parker Hannifin Corporation
Automation
9032 Old Tom Morris Cr
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

About Parker Hannifin Corporation
Founded in 1918, Parker Hannifin Corporation is a $13 billion, global company.
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2012, Parker Hannifin
is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control
technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide
variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs
approximately 60,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker’s
engineering expertise and broad range of core technologies uniquely positions
the company to solve some of the world’s greatest engineering challenges. By
partnering with customers, Parker improves their productivity and
profitability and seeks new ways to solve humanity's biggest challenges.

Patents: 8,132,655, 8,347,920 and Pending International Patents

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Contact:

Parker Hannifin
Bob Weber, Sales Manager, 303-618-2017
Bob.weber@parker.com
 
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