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How to configure an HC200 Conveyor using the Conveyor Configurator

Jul 17, 2020

QC Conveyors’ online Conveyor Configurator is designed as an easy-to-use tool to help customers find exactly the right conveyor for the application, get a quote and download CAD models. While configuration is intuitive, this guide serves as an introduction to configuring HC200 Conveyors for new users and introduces some tips and tricks that may not be as obvious.

  1. Register/Log In
    Enter your username and password to log in or create a new account.

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  2. Choose “Configure Now”
    Navigate to the HC200 section and click “Configure Now”

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  3. Choose to enter application data
    We strongly recommend opting to enter your application data so the Configurator can verify that the components will work together properly for your application.

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  4. Enter application data
    The Configurator asks some basic questions about your application, including:
    • the total maximum load that will be on the conveyor at one time
    • whether or not accumulation will be involved
    • whether the conveyor will be exposed to chemicals or heat
    • desired belt speed in FPM (our conversion tools can help you convert from other units)
    You may also enter notes about the product/application

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  5. Choose conveyor specifics
    Choose whether the conveyor will be pushing or pulling and which side the motor will be mounted
    Choose width and length
    Enter infeed and discharge heights
    Note that most choices on this screen have an effect on the conveyor’s load capacity. The graph on the right shows the available load for each width, the load (or effective load if you’ve chosen an incline or decline), and how those relate.

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  6. Choose a belt
    All available belts are listed with specifications (more are available by scrolling to the right). You’ll also see how the belt effects the conveyor’s lead time and price.
    Narrow down the belts you’re interested in by clicking the checkboxes, then click “Click to Compare” at the top to filter the list to just those belts.
     
  7. Review and add the conveyor to your BOM
    A spare belt is also automatically added for reference, but is not included in the total price by default
     
  8. Click Drive (if desired; otherwise move to step 14)

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  9. Enter Drive Data
    Choose the approximate number of hours the gearmotor will run each day
    Enter the number of starts and stops per hour

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  10. Choose Washdown or Standard Motors
    While HC200 Conveyors are generally used in washdown applications, there are times when a washdown motor may not be necessary

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  11. Choose a mounting type
    The chart on the right shows the maximum speed for each mounting

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  12. Choose gearmotor
    Choose the incoming motor voltage/phases
    The gear ratio that gets closest to the speed you entered in the application data will be selected automatically, but you are free to adjust this to a gear ratio with a different speed if desired.
     
  13. Review and add the gearmotor to your BOM
     
  14. Click Sides/Guides (if desired; otherwise move to step 17)

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  15. Choose height and style
     
  16. Review and add sides/guides to your BOM
     
  17. Click Support (if desired; otherwise move to step 20)

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  18. Choose a stand type or mounts
    A recommended stand package will be chosen automatically based on the application data you’ve entered
    Mounts will allow you to choose between standard mounts or raised mounts.
     
  19. Review and add supports to your BOM
     
  20. Download CAD and Spec Sheets
    Click the “Download” tab and check any CAD models, 2D drawings, exploded views and spec sheets you’d like to download then click Download at the bottom. A ZIP file will be created and the download will begin.
     
  21. Click “Request Price”
    Enter any special instructions and click Submit to send your price request to your local distributor. Each request is reviewed for errors by our staff, so please allow up to one business day for a response.

Tips & Tricks

  • Some changes (such as width and length) may be made directly from the BOM list. Mouse over the item you’d like to change and click “Edit”
  • Items may be rearranged in the list by mousing over them and choosing “Move Up” or “Move Down”
  • Bills of Materials can be renamed by clicking the name just under the quote number. This allows the conveyor to be named better to match up with your internal notation (e.g., “infeed conveyor”)
  • An entire BOM may be copied by visiting Tools > Copy BOM. This is useful when creating multiple similar conveyors that only have slight variations (e.g., length).
  • The quote window may be expanded to make it easier to read by clicking the arrow in the upper left
  • A new BOM may be created by choosing the “New BOM” tab at the top of the screen. Quotes may contain multiple BOMs, with each BOM containing a different conveyor that can be from any of our configurable series.

Errors and Warnings

The panel at the bottom of the screen may include errors and warnings that must be acknowledged before a price may be requested. Options will appear for correcting those errors automatically. Errors typically occur when edits are made after items are added to the BOM, for instance changing the width of the conveyor will prompt an error when the stand width doesn’t match the conveyor width.

Help!

If you ever have a question about the Conveyor Configurator, please reach out to our Applications Engineering department at (513) 753-6000 or using our contact form. They are happy to walk you through configuring a conveyor!

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