JONESBORO, Ark. — Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc. received its 15th patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its zoned accumulation conveyor with electrical actuator.
Patent no. 10,081,492 was awarded to employees David O’Brien, Joshua Eversoll, Cole Prince, Gregory Bauders, Joseph Pillow and Boyce Bonham for their work on the electric narrow belt accumulator (NBEZ). The NBEZ is the first all-electric narrow belt accumulation conveyor on the market.
“I’m really proud of our R&D team,” said Director of Research and Development Ben Moyer. “We challenged them to push the limits of material handling and they succeeded. Because of their forward-thinking Hytrol is proud to introduce the industry’s first all-electric narrow belt accumulator.”
The NBEZ does not use pneumatics, pressurized air, to start and stop the flow of products, which is customary with most accumulation conveyors. The patent covers the design of the modules that work by utilizing magnets to engage or disengage the belt and rollers to create flow or accumulate product.