- May 26, 2010
- Jervis B. Webb Company
May 26, 2010 Jervis B. Webb introduced its friction drive conveyor system, an alternative for overhead and inverted power & free conveyors. It can be used to move anything from car bodies to small appliances. Unlike traditional conveyors that use chains, Webbs friction conveyor utilizes drive wheel technology to move the load along the conveyor path. Webbs friction drive conveyor utilizes conventional I-beam available anywhere in the world, eliminating the need for custom track sections.Friction conveyor offers a smooth continuous flow of products and can travel up to 240 feet per minute. The heavy-duty friction conveyor model can move loads up to 2500 pounds and the light-duty model as little as 250 pounds. In addition, Webb offers variable frequency drives, which allow speeds to be adjusted as needed. Because certain applications require chain conveyors, Webb designed its friction conveyor to integrate seamlessly with power & free and chain conveyors.An operational model of the friction conveyor system is available for viewing at the Webb Daifuku Demonstration Facility in Wixom, Mich., which is near Webbs headquarters in Farmington Hills, Mich.