A modular design concept for a guide railing system of conveyors for beverage filling and packaging lines
n this paper, a new design concept for a modular guide railing system in a beverage production line is presented that requires no manual labor to adjust the railing, thus drastically reducing the down-time and increasing the flexibility. Starting point of the methodical design process are the requirements that were derived from distributed engineering teams across Europe, North & South America and Asia. Necessary functions of the railing are derived from these requirements and first ideas based on solution principles are drafted. Next, a morphology is used to combine and select the highest ranked concepts. Three of these concepts were designed in 3D-CAD and evaluated by an experienced engineering team. Using a paired comparison, the best ranked concept was then realized as a prototype in stainless steel by applying selective laser melting.