Economical multi-strand roller chain and timing belt conveyors from Glide-Line
By Kevin Mauger
Roller conveyors are perfect for most applications but when it comes to conveying wide or awkwardly shaped parts, they can present some challenges. The primary concerns for engineers come into play with either assembly automation processes on the line, or generally avoiding damage and jams.
Some of the main challenges with conveying items like refrigerator doors or other wide products on traditional systems include:
- The difficulty with including product manipulation features
- Synchronizing & controlling the conveyors for smooth product handling
- Cost of building a wider roller conveyor
Engineers can overcome many of these challenges using a multi-strand timing belt or roller chain conveyor from Glide-Line. It’s the same flexible timing and roller belt conveyor solution that Glide-Line uses for pallet handling projects.
Economical Multi-Strand Roller Chain and Timing Belt Conveyors from Glide-Line
Glide-Line’s multi-strand direct product handling conveyors come in a modular design that provides maximum flexibility & configurability. For wider products, engineers can add multiple strands to accommodate any kind of special shape or width. A centerline adjustment feature eliminates the need for manually adjusted rails when adapting the width of the conveyor to your needs.
The multi-strand conveyors come as a standard timing-belt & roller chain designs to cater to any of your product handling requirements. The roller chain can handle heavier products, comes with dynamic traction control, & can retain complete design freedom to manage any kind of special shape or size item.
To see how Glide-Line makes direct product handling simple, check out this video.
Automating Your Conveying System with Standardized Customizations
The smooth & gentle movement of products on the line is only one facet of Glide-Line’s conveyors. There are also a variety of standardized customization solutions that manage any kind of material handling requests; for example, floor space constraints or addressing that tough bottleneck on the line, regardless of product shape or size.
Glide-Line’s customizations can handle products like:
- Fabricated metals – A wide range of accessories and devices make it possible to lift, rotate, or transfer fabricated metals for precise orientation, presentation, & access.
- Solar panels – For delicate products, Glide-Line provides gentle product handling with the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyors for smooth starts & stops throughout the line. Read a case study on this topic, here!
- Building materials – windows, doors, sub-assemblies or panels of any type
For any special requirements, Glide-Line works with customers to design a solution that overcomes any kind of challenge. Due to the modular design of the multi-strand conveyor system, engineers have the ability to include any special device at different stages to reduce human interaction & maximize the system’s automated product handling.
For detailed information about Glide-Line’s available accessories & devices, visit this page for a complete list.
How to Design a Flexible and Efficient Conveying Solution for Direct Product Handling
Glide-Line works with customers to design complete, economical, & efficient direct product handling systems for any kind of unique application. It’s a given that the ability to reduce jams & eliminate the need for human intervention will drive up productivity.
The Glide-Line team has worked with customers in several industries where direct product handling is essential for conveying products efficiently through a facility. In situations where product damage is a major concern, Glide-Line’s gentle product movement & manipulation capabilities support manufacturers of TV screens, large windows, building frames, or photovoltaic solar panels (among others).
To learn more about Glide-Line’s multi-strand conveyors & product handling capabilities, download the latest eBook here.
You Can Start Designing Your Multi-Strand Conveying System Today!
To help engineers get started, Glide-Line’s configurator, IMPACT! works with Solidworks to make it easy to design your ideal conveying solution. The IMPACT! Software gives you an edge by allowing you to start designing and automating immediately! Using a familiar 3D design environment you will get instant pricing & part numbers. Here is a case study that Solidworks developed on the benefits of IMPACT!
Using the Solidworks API, IMPACT! is the industry’s first in-context conveyor configuration solution. IMPACT! provides professional design & analysis capabilities in real time. Prices, part numbers, & ordering capabilities will ensure you can reduce the lead time for your new system, while designing around your unique specifications and needs.
Combining IMPACT! with Solidworks ensures engineers & automation specialists can design intelligent models that include multiple operating states. Once the design is complete, IMPACT! streamlines the ordering process to help save time & costs with the shortest lead times in the industry!
There are even some pre-built IMPACT! templates you can use to get started.
Industry Leading Direct Product Handling Conveyors from Glide-Line
Glide-Line responds to industry challenges by developing innovative solutions that overcome any kind of product handling risks. Glide-Line’s team of engineers & application specialists are always available to assist any organization that needs an economical, efficient, & effective conveying solution.
With an approach that is fast, flexible, & easy, Glide-Line helps engineers get the solution needed within budget & on time. Glide-Line strives for limitless flexibility & delivers faster than any other conveyor manufacturer in the industry! When you need any specialized product manipulation included in your conveying lines, Glide-Line’s accessories & devices integrate seamlessly with your assembly & manufacturing processes.
Compared to traditional roller conveyors, Glide-Line’s multi-strand systems are gentle, flexible, & highly configurable to support any need. When you need to adjust your design for a new product range, the process is simple. You can test out different scenarios using the IMPACT! Configurator.
Glide-Line’s product handling & manipulation features include:
- Gentle product conveying with smooth starts & stops
- Conveying up & out using vertical transfer units
- Allowing curved conveying of delicate products without damage
- Efficiently transferring, rotating, or lifting any sized product for complete automated product handling
Engineers and automation designers who need a fast, flexible conveyor manufacturer can trust Glide-Line’s industry-leading features & capabilities.
To learn more about Glide-Line, you can watch this video that demonstrates the vision & commitment to streamlining & automating your direct product handling requirements.
About the author
Kevin Mauger started working for the parent company of Glide-Line the day after college and bought the company 12 years into his career when it was at an all-time low. The company has multiplied in volume 5X since and is growing at 20%+ year over year. In a Surprise Announcement in 2017, in a dream come true, he gave almost half of his company to his employees. Personally, his entire life is based upon spending time with his family, figuring out a way to get out deep sea fishing, and supporting his Philadelphia Eagles. His vision for Glide-Line is to make it the world’s most flexible multi-strand conveyor solution with tools for customers allowing instantaneous response and control of their own destiny along with the fastest deliveries in the industry.
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