I have build a system which is connnected with Power and free (p&f) conveyor.
Working of Power & Free Conveyor :-
1. The running capacity(i.e. when the carrier is powered they maintaing certain gap between the two carrier) of the p&f is "x"
2. When the carrier are not power( they start accumulating and come close to each other ) then "x+y" carrier can accomodate in the same section of the conveyor.
So if the p&f conveyor has total capacity of 7 units then while running it can accomodate only 4 units inorder to maintain centain space in between the two carrier But when non-power then 7 carrier can be accomodated.
Note :- Whenever there is blockkage in upstream system then the carrier are not power and they can accumulate in the conveyor. But whenever the upstream starts working it agains start to maintain a Gap in between the coming carriers into this section of the p&f conveyor.
So, Is there any feature in Plant Simulation software to dirrectly model p&f conveyor?
If not, Can anybody please help me to model p&f conveyor .
"So, Is there any feature in Plant Simulation software to dirrectly model p&f conveyor?"
yes: 3D Electro Overhead Monorail (EOM) Library
But you can also use the transporter and the track to model the P&F. If you set the same speed in the transporters, then the transporters keep their distance. You can set the length of the transporter, so that it fits to the capacity of the track-segments. If you stop one transporter, the transporters behind the stopped transporter are stopping automatically. The gap you can re-set using the 'Start delay duration' of the transporter.
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