The FlexLink alpine conveyor differs from the common FlexLink conveyor in the way that the alpine is built in a compact spiral configuration. The common use of the alpine conveyor is as an accumulation/buffer zone between machines or, as an in-process step, e.g. for cooling or drying, or simply for elevation and loweration.
If the alpine conveyor is used as an accumulator there are two ways of using the alpine, through an inline or a bypass. An in-line accumulator is always included in the transport path. A by-pass accumulator on the contrary is connected to the transport path when temporary accumulation is necessary.