Transporter: route design
And Operation

Transporter Route design

The Transporter consists of a single continuous aluminum track which makes up a closed loop that contains an endless “train” of small wheel cars connected together. The track is normally suspended from the ceiling or wall and can be made to snake through the building from a loading point to an unloading point and back again.

The Transporter can be designed to fit any facility; it can pass over kitchens, over dining rooms, through walls, between floors, and over drive-thru lanes to kiosks. It has a small radius for horizontal and vertical bends to allow the route to move through tight spaces and does not take up valuable floor space.

Operation

The Transporter is an “on-demand” system. In other words, the system only works when there is product that needs to be carried from the load point to the unload point.

When the restaurant is busy, the system does not need to complete the delivery of the first load before carrying the second load. The crew can simply press the “load” button again when the system is still running, which slows the system down for a few seconds to enable the crew to load the next bag into a product clip. As soon as the bag is loaded, the system accelerates back to full speed and continues to deliver the product. The system will keep running as long as bags are being consecutively loaded onto the system and will only stop after the last bag is offloaded. The variable speed control system also provides smooth acceleration and deceleration of the system to avoid jerky movements.

The time to carry a bag from loading to offloading will vary depending on the length of the system and the complexity of the route. The system normally runs at speeds ranging from 5 feet per second to 8 feet per second. Systems that have few corners tend to run at faster speeds than systems that have lots of corners.

Carrying system

The Transporter offers two carrying systems; a Product Clip which securely carries food in paper bags and a Bag and Hook system which includes reusable bags with a large front opening where individual products can be loaded for transport.

Using the Product Clip, loaded bags can be easily pushed into the clip and held securely; in fact if you try and pull the bag out the restraint actually increases. The bags are then automatically unloaded into a holding tray at the unloading point.

Either carrying system is attached to the system and spaced approximately 7–10 ft. apart (2-3m) along the track.

Technical specifications

Transporter Technical Specifications
Country of Manufacture Canada
Tracks & Cars
Track Aluminum Extrusion, weight 1.5Ibs/ft (2.25kg/m)
Cars Injection moulded plastic
Linear run (load to unload) 40ft - 150ft (12.5m -45m)
Average number of cars 250 - 900 cars
Average number of product clips 10 - 30
Drive system
Motors 230v AC Gearhead Drive Motor
Motor speed 110 RPM
Horsepower Single 1/4hp motor for systems with less than 350 cars
Twin 1/4hp motors for systems with more than 350 cars
Max System speed Oft/sec (2.4 m/s)
Control system Solid state AC motor speed control
Input Voltage 115/230 Volt single phase 50/60hz
Maximum load current 3 amp
Average load current 2 amp
Overtload protection Current sensing with programmable time delay with manual reset
Transporter Experience
Capacity Over 1,000 kitchen products / hour
Product Delivery Time 15-20 seconds (depends on system length and configuration)
Number of Transporter System Installations Over 500
Warranty
Warranty Length 2 Years

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