Power and Free / Fixed Pitch Conveyors

This feature is available only in SIMUL8 2016 and later.

Fixed Pitch (or Power and Free) conveyors allow for the inclusion of fixed-spaced hooks that can attach to work items at various points along the work item’s length.

Enabling the Power and Free / Fixed Pitch Mode

  • Select the conveyor
  • Navigate to the Additional Tab
  • Check the box for “Fixed Pitch”

You can also access this feature by double-clicking on any conveyor and accessing the Conveyor Properties dialog. As of SIMUL8 2016 and later, conveyors are now selectable along any portion of the conveyor object.

A slight change of the conveyor graphic will confirm that setting the conveyor mode to Fixed Pitch has been enabled; longer lines will extend at portions of the conveyors to represent the dog hooks. There are additional options to change the length of the dog hooks, as well as the work item offset which can be accessed through the conveyor’s graphics properties.

Note: 'Place At' functionality from the Pick and Place feature is not compatible with Fixed Pitch conveyors, Work Items must arrive at the front of any conveyor of this type.

Dog Pitch

This value represents the spacing between the dog hooks on the conveyor. This will be a fixed value property for the entire conveyor object. The unit of measurement (ie, feet, meters) will depend on what has been set up in the simulation’s distance preferences.

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