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Machine feeding

Machine feeding

MINDA carries out the feeding of the corrugated board stacks from the corrugator, the intermediate storage or the high-bay warehouse to the converting machines. Other components can make a desired change of direction for the transport. We do not only keep the overview but also the control at any time. MINDA's higher-level control system does not only visualize the actual situation, but also works interactively. The corrugated board stacks are fed order-related. If a processing machine should fail, the control system would automatically return the material if required. Thanks to MINDA an intermediate storage with mixed orders is no longer a problem. Even a direct, fully automatic feeding to the processing machines with the Prefeeder Advector is not a problem. Find out more at Machine periphery.

Plastic chain conveyor for machine feeding


  • Flexible working widths and lengths for each machine and adjusted to local conditions
  • Gentle transport and avoidance of damage
  • Transport of all qualities and formats processed
  • Transport without „sheet walk effect“
  • Designed for the machine performance
  • Smooth transport through frequency-controlled drives
  • Reverse operation mode
  • Low maintenance expenses
  • High safety for the operating personnel
  • Complete visualization and material flow tracking


Turntables are used to change the transport direction by 90° or other angles. In most cases, however, they rotate a block by 180° in front of the converting machines, so that the stacks run into the machine with the desired side first.

For a lateral infeed, which normally requires a right angle station, there are turntables with right angle station, which also allow the 180° rotation of the stacks with the same assembly group. This saves space and costs.

Multiple rotation

Turning devices are used in front of converting machines to turn large-size stacks.

The turning cylinder is equipped with an encoder and it is centrally installed in the plastic chain conveyor. The conveyors are driven by a counter-rotating gear. The lifted turning cylinder turns the individual stack according to the downstream processing by -90°, 90° or 180°.

Large stacks, e.g. up to 6,000 mm width can be turned on two conveyors, which together are just slightly wider than the stack itself.

Stack turner

This turning device is a resonably priced solution compared to other executions.

MINDA distinguishes between stack turners turning in or crosswise to the transport direction.
Stack turners turning in transport direction are used to turn stacks in front of or behind printing machines. They turn stacks up to 2 t with and without pallets in minimal cycle time and can also be operated in throughfeed operation. Moreover, the turner can palletize oder depalletize the stacks.

Stack turners turning crosswise to the transport direction are mainly used in the finished goods transport. The stack is gently clamped and turned by 180°. The following stack is directly fed into the turner and can be turned, as the turning drum does not have to be returned. This system is only used in throughfeed operation and turns stacks up to 1 t.


Complex control of individual intralogistics systems

There is a complex control process behind the flexibility and the size of these intralogistics processes. This process also includes software solutions optimally adjusted to the individual conditions.
They are based on MINDA MoveIT, the control and visualization system for intralogistics programmed by MINDA.
The system coodinates the control of transport sections, floor conveyors and packing devices according to the plans of the ERP system.
This superordinated control based on PC is further internally developed by experienced programmers.
MINDA MoveIT guarantees a fully-automatic operation in all transport sections. The transport operations are optimized so that all storing places are efficiently used.
In the discharge area behind the corrugator the system exactly defines how and in which order and sequence the corrugated cardboard stacks reach the intermediate storage and the converting machines with an optimal utilization of the transport capacity.
These calculations are effected in real time and are the condition for continuous new evaluations of the prioritites of the individual operations.

Complete transport operation

The converting machines are supplied in time with goods for conversion according to the definitions of the ERP systems. After the conversion, the corrugated cardboard stacks are discharged from the machines and fed to the pallet protection. (picture 2) Here the correct pallet type is automatically prepared and the data for the strapping are available. The secured goods reach the finished goods storage and are ready for despatch.
The system flexibly reacts to inputs by the operators. During the entire production process the products can always be identified.
A dynamic visualization of the processes provides the customer an overview of the complete production flow.

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