The Automatic Distribution System (ADS) is designed to handle products presented in regimented rows. It may operate in conjunction with a single flow wrap machine but, more commonly, is used in multiple machine arrangements.
A typical Automatic Distribution System (ADS) will include a number of distribution stations automatically programmed to distribute products by a number of methodologies from equal distribution to ‘greedy boy’ where maximum products are distributed at each successive station. As each row is transferred onto the primary belt, they are conditioned by a pneumatic/servo row aligner (depending on speed).
There is also the option of having a storage and re-feed facility. A product storage belt offers protection in the event of downstream stoppages. The product can be automatically re-fed to the final distribution station during production or in bulk at the end of shift.