Our current conveyor system is using poly belts to transport the power cells and is working reasonably well. We have belts on either side of the ball to prevent jamming. We are utilizing sensors to help provide spacing between balls so they hopefully don’t touch. We are currently utilizing one NEO to power the system, and using a polybelt twisted in a figure 8 to power both the top conveyor belt and the bottom belt. Occasionally we will have 2 balls touch and jam for a second or so. The belt driven directly by the NEO continues to turn and we can eject the balls/clear jam. The problem is that sometimes the belt is melting and sticking/adhering to the pulley which drivers the figure 8 belt. The pulley is currently printed with PETG. Wondering if anyone else has similar experiences, and what solutions you discovered?
We are thinking trying pulleys printed out of either PLA or Nylon and see what happens. Also considering trying to find aluminum pulleys we could broach if necessary. Ideally our sensors and programming will eliminate this issue, but we are trying to eliminate as many possible points of failure as possible.