Efficient, dependable chip collection is a key ingredient in maximizing the performance of today’s machining centres. Depending on the layout, quantity and type of chip being conveyed, chip conveyor solutions are available in belt, scraper and magnetic styles.
Hinge-belt chip conveyors (or hinge conveyors), the most common format, offer an effective means of managing heavy chip loads and stringy chips. Chips that fall from the machine tool land on the conveyor belt and are conveyed away from the machine tool’s precision surfaces.
Scraper-type chip conveyors are most often used for cast iron, bronze or brass machining, which produces smaller chips that can nest together. Chips fall directly to the bottom of the conveyor, and scrapers drag debris to the discharge end of the conveyor.
Magnetic chip conveyors are intended for ferrous material applications with small chips. The chips fall onto the conveyor’s stainless steel surface and are conveyed by powerful magnets moving underneath. The chips are released from the magnets at the discharge end, and fall freely into a collection container.