Screw Conveyor Spouts – A Progress Report
The Screw Conveyor Spouts have been added to the model (along with other things) and the model is now approaching the state where it looks much like the first model from an earlier post this subject — but there is a huge difference of course. The new screw conveyor spouts, along with the rest of the configurator, are fully CEMA compliant…..and are fully configurable to the standard’s specifications. On to the new stuff.
The CEMA Standard Parts that were added this week were:
- 300-032 Conveyor Inlet Spout, Flanged
- 300-011 Conveyor Discharge Spouts, Plain
- 300-023 U-Trough Flanged Covers
- 300-024 U-Trough Semi-Flanged Covers
- 300-0025 U-Trough Flat Covers
As I stated, the model is now looking a lot like the first model I created…
… but beyond being CEMA Standard compliant, the model now has a lot of very cool capabilities and features. One of the challenges in creating the screw conveyor spouts was creating the trough for the discharge spout. Someone with even a little solid modeling training may say that it’s as easy as performing and Extrude Cut operation on the Trough part in the right place above the discharge spout…
It may be hard to see in the thumbnail image above so click to see the full sized image if you need to. At any rate, there is a perfect hole in the trough that corresponds to the discharge spout. Super easy stuff to model……..until you configure the model to two sections…
You can see in the image that there is now a second section that now has both the discharge spout connected to it, but has the hole in it’s trough as well. The opening in the first section is no longer present. And the last example below shows four sections — this time without the transparency — where you can see that the discharge chute and corresponding opening ar both at the end of the fourth segment…
Accomplishing the the above configurations is a combination of skeletal modeling techniques and iLogic coding, and will all be included in the massive Mechanical Web Portal tutorial we are in the process of creating, using this awesome configurator model as the first tutorial. At some point soon we will be uploading this model to Autodesk’s Configurator 360 website so you can try the configurator yourself, and also get a glimpse of some of the cloud based things that can be done with configurators.
Next week we hope to have a new video, as well as have the screw and it’s hangers either complete or well along the way. Martin Sprocket & Gear has a boatload of information on their website related to Screw Conveyors, including their Stock & MTO Screw Conveyor Components catalog which has a lot of screw conveyor design information. I will be using their catalog as well as the CEMA Standard as a guide when creating the screw and hangers. Also, if anyone reading this has any input as to functionality and design, feel free to comment below and maybe your input will guide how the tutorial is structured. Stop back next week to check out the progress!