Acco Systems, Inc.: Innovating the Automated Conveyor Field

Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Acco Systems, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom automated conveyor, rail, and material handling systems. Founded in 1919, Acco Systems’ portfolio of products includes belt/chain skid conveyors, automated electrified monorail systems, automated storage/retrieval systems (AS/RS), skillet conveyors, towline systems, horizontal and pendulum conveyors, twin-trolley systems, and overhead and inverted power-and-free systems. Today, Acco Systems, Inc. operates under Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany-based Durr AG, a global firm specializing in mechanical and plant engineering technologies.

With nearly a century of experience, Acco Systems prides itself on the diverse range of material handling systems it has created over the years. As the company continues to grow, it constantly remains an innovative figure in its field. Acco Systems pursues and develops new methodologies to make sure its products maintain the highest levels of productivity and excellence.

To maintain its position as a pioneering figure in the industry, Acco Systems has developed and refined a number of newly-patented material handling and conveyor systems, design and engineering disciplines, and control/management software.

Always in pursuit of new technologies, Acco Systems holds a number of patents. One of its most recently acquired ones is a patent for a proprietary conveyor system for a powder paint spray booth. Awarded by the U.S. Patent Office in 2005, this patent describes a new method involving evenly-spaced, parallel first and second moving belts supported by a multitude of space rollers—all enclosed within a sealed housing.

The patent also entails a powder paint collector located below the powder paint booth. The powder paint collector is to receive powder paint from between the sealed housings. Built out of stainless steel, the 10-inch wide continuous belts are protected by grating to allow personnel to walk over the conveyor system without damaging the apparatus. Lying between the conveyor housings, the V-shaped collector system directs powder paint into reservoirs housed on opposing sides of the conveyor system.

As part of Durr AG, Acco Systems counts the following companies among its clients:
  • Embraer
  • BMW
  • Harley-Davidson
  • TATA
  • Jaguar
  • Citroen
  • Hyundai
  • Porsche
  • Airbus
  • Land Rover
  • Chrysler
  • SAIC
  • FIAT
  • Renault
  • General Motors
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Boeing
  • Ford
  • Toyota

For the fiscal year 2014, parent company Durr AG expects to reel in USD$3 billion in revenues. The current order backlog for the firm exceeds USD$2.9 billion.

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