Inside Logistics

New vertical carousel needs less maintenance

Reduced number of parts and materials creates lighter load for the motor, reducing the amount of energy used


September 29, 2011
by MM&D staff

Kardex Remstar has released the Megamat RS Vertical Carousel, featuring a new drive design that company says offers supply chain operations a reliable vertical carousel requiring less maintenance and lower energy requirements. The new intelligent drive design consists of a drive track, carrier arms, transportation chain, drive motor, drive chain and hand crank. These components reduce wear on the unit and require less energy to move the carriers.

The Megamat RS Vertical Carousel is designed with an automatic chain tensioner system, says Kardex Remstar. The drive chain is automatically tensioned using the weight of the motor, eliminating the need for frequent chain retentioning. The motor and drive chain are mounted as one assembly onto a drive bracket that allows the complete assemble to slide up and down to automatically adjust in relationship to the weight of the carriers. As the carrier weight changes, the entire assembly moves. This eliminates the chain loosening or tightening that requires frequent maintenance.

With an intelligently redesigned track and carrier arm system, the Megamat RS Vertical Carousel has reduced the number of parts and materials required. This creates a lighter load for the motor to push around the track and reduces the amount of energy required to drive the unit.

In an emergency, such as a power outage or if several electrical components break down simultaneously, a plug-in crank handle can be used to access the desired carrier. The emergency crank handle option is not a long-term alternative drive solution but does allow safe temporary access to stored goods in the event of a power outage.