What is web edge control, edge guiding or edge detection?
Many automated production processes use a conveyor belt installation. These belts use rollers and a conveyor belt. It is important to properly align the conveyor belt. This is also known as the product runway. Sensors are used to monitor and detect the alignment of the conveyor or products on it. This application is known as web edge guiding, belt edge guiding, web edge control or belt edge detection.
The rollers of these systems can also be used to feed a number materials instead of the conveyor belt. Think of foils, types of paper, metal sheets or textiles.
These materials are fed through the conveyor system and inspected by a fork sensor. The sensor is mounted on the track side so that the material flows through the fork opening. The fork sensor allows the controller to control the motors of the conveyor system with the correct speed and angle of the steering axle.
The advantages of a belt edge detection
Prevent damage to material
The material will not be damaged by misalignment over the web.
Less downtime due to errors and interventions leads to higher yields.
Less waste of materials
Less wasted material, because it can be used across the entire width.