When Jim Shuttleworth developed the Slip-Torque technology, he knew he was onto something huge. The basic principle for slip-torque was to cause various products to be moved by friction between the rollers and the product being conveyed. When products are stopped, the segmented rollers beneath them are stopped – creating low back-pressure accumulation. As a result, jamming, scuffing, abrasion, and other product damage are avoided.
Powered roller shafts covered with segmented, loose-fit rollers are the principle for Shuttleworth’s Slip-Torque technology. The coefficient of friction between the rotating shaft and the loose fit rollers determines the amount of drive force transmitted to the product. As the weight of the product increases, there is a corresponding increase in the driving force of the proportion to the weight of the product being conveyed. As products accumulate, the segmented rollers beneath them stop to avoid jamming, shingling, and other product damage.
The belt drive Slip-Torque system powers the roller shafts individually with belts driven by a line shaft. Ideal for most applications, the belt drive design offers maximum flexibility and fault-tolerant system operation.
Shuttleworth’s chain drive Slip-Torque systems are designed for use in oily or dirty conditions, as well as in elevated temperature applications. Each roller shaft is fitted with a sprocket that engages a continuous roller chain on a support track.
To learn more, watch Shuttleworth’s Modern Magic – Magic of Slip-Torque