Linear Direct Drive for Light Conveyor Belts to Reduce Tensile Forces

  • Malte Kanus
  • Alexander Hoffmann
  • Ludger OvermeyerEmail author
  • Bernd Ponick
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 95)


Due to increasing demands of the mass flow and transport lengths, the use of intermediate drives for continuous conveyors for both packaged and bulk materials is constantly growing. Intermediate drives allow the transmission of drive forces along the conveyor and thus lead to a reduction in the maximum belt tensile force. This paper presents a new drive concept for light conveyor belts. To reduce the belt tensile force, intermediate drives in form of linear direct drives are allocated along the transport distance. In the first part, a new belt design is presented which enables the implementation of the linear direct drive runner elements. The conveyer belt is characterized by low additional weights of the runner elements and has only a slightly higher bending stiffness compared to conventional conveyor belts, whereby small pulley diameters can be achieved. The second part explains the drive concept in the form of an Integrated Linear Flux Modulating Motor in more details. In particular, possible problems and the developed solutions, which were implemented and verified in a demonstrator, are presented. The results of the research show the high potential of the new drive technology.


Linear direct drive Light conveyor belts Integrated Linear Flux Modulating Motor Reducing tensile forces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malte Kanus
    • 1
  • Alexander Hoffmann
    • 2
  • Ludger Overmeyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bernd Ponick
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Transport and Automation TechnologyLeibniz University HannoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Drive Systems and Power ElectronicsLeibniz University HannoverHanoverGermany

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