Laners

Laners (sometimes called Diverters) are an integral machine for most production lines today. Laners are used to take a single or multiple input lanes of product and disperse them into multiple discharge lanes. Typically the distribution to the discharge lanes is balanced but can at times be a ratio of products to lanes due to the limitations of the downstream process equipment that particular lane is feeding.

There are both Servo operated Laners and Laners that are operated pneumatically. Typically the Servo Laners are for high speed applications. We have been capable of processing 600 products per minute in a single lane in-feed format.

Most Laners utilize some type of metering system at the in-feed to create a gap between a specified count of products. This gap is used to make the switch to the various discharge lanes. At CPW we use "Control Belts" to start and stop the products. These are powered by some type of motor whether it is an AC gearmotor or a servo motor. In some cases where rate is not extreme and cost is a concern, the Control Belts can be replaced with pneumatic stops and clamps. Servo Laners include a gate that moves between the discharge lanes from the in-feed lane(s). This gate is powered by a servo motor that is attached to a linear actuator. This provides for a smooth, fast and accurate movement of the gate. The gate is a heavy duty channel design which operates in a straight line fashion (not an arc) at the discharge for smooth transfer of the products from the Laner onto the downstream conveying system.

Within the Servo Laner the Gate and the Control Belts are width adjustable for all the different products that will run through the unit for your particular application. Typically this adjustment is via a hand wheel, one for the Gate and one for the Control Belts, however, servo motors can replace the hand wheels for a totally hands free change over.

Pneumatic Laners are typically our Paddle Style. These units have multiple lane infeeds and multiple lane discharge points. These Laners also utilize Control Belts at the infeed which are the top/bottom style and not the side by side as used on the Servo Laners. In this case the top belt only adjusts up and down for the size product you are running. This adjustment is done via a hand wheel. These Laners use a number of pneumatically operated paddles to steer the products through the unit. If you have a preference to avoid using air on your Paddle Laner, we can exchange the air cylinders with electric actuators. While these units are designed to distribute a balance of products to the discharge lanes no matter what is happening at the infeed, it can also send a ratio of products to the discharge lanes depending on the downstream requirements.