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3 Surprising Ways to WOW Your Customer with Assembly Automation Production Conveyor System Designs

Posted by Ron Schwar | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Presenting your engineered designs to a client can be an exciting conclusion to weeks of time-intensive work, painstaking CAD drawings, and hours of engineering equations. But when you’re stuck using only existing systems in all areas of pallet conveyors, powered belt conveyors, or multiple strand conveyors, limited customization and flexibility can get in the way of you doing your best work.

Have you ever said to yourself: ‘there’s got to be a better way!’?

The CAD blocks you configure, download, and drop into your automation assembly in SOLIDWORKS with proper mates and references can take up to twenty minutes each to create and render properly. Of course, we don’t need to tell you that; you encounter it every time you create a new automation system. And every time you make a change, you go through it all again. So, what happens if your conveyor supplier doesn’t have the conveyor model in the exact dimensions you need? You’re stuck limiting your scope, or adding (potentially costly) customization.

One solution to these challenges of lack of flexibility is to use an in-context configurator, enabling you to configure conveyor intelligent CAD blocks that update in SOLIDWORKS in real time, allow for customization, and have inherent flexibility in its functionality. Glide-Line offers the only one available, and it’s completely free to use.


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Here’s how it helps you WOW your multiple strand conveyor customers (and any other conveyor customers, for that matter!):


1. Take a unique approach to automated conveyor system design.

Added flexibility available by incorporating one of millions of configurable options from Glide-Line opens up a whole world of innovative and creative designs. You’re able to create custom configured 3D model designs without the added costs or normal prohibitive options. The result? You truly WOW your customer with the conveyors in your automation system.


2. Instantly update multiple strand configurations when changes are requested.

With Glide-Line’s IMPACT! configurator, design changes, new ideas, and change requests can be implemented and incorporated in SOLIDWORKS instantly. It’s easy to change your design on the fly.

Price changes are immediate as well. When your customer requests a design change, you can tell them exactly what the costs will be, without waiting for answers from a conveyor manufacturer first.


3. Accomplish difficult designs easily.

Today’s conveyor configurators can be clumsy, rough estimators and CAD model generators that only sort of meet the needs of your automation system. Standard solutions are expected, but may not “WOW” your customer. Worse still, they can be limited to outdated solutions that don’t necessarily meet your customers’ needs.

With configurable multiple strand conveyors, you aren’t stuck in the typical mindset. You can think outside the norm. When a difficult request comes your way, use IMPACT! to choose from thousands of configurations to accomplish what your customer needs.


The truly great part for you is that it saves integrators so much time. Instead of roughly twenty minutes for each CAD block changes downloaded in a step file from a site, changes are instant – thirty seconds at most – whenever you make a change to your engineering design. You can make constant changes until you see exactly what you want, and WOW your customers with your ingenuity.


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Topics: Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Configurable Conveyor Technology

Written by Ron Schwar

Ron Schwar is the Godfather of Glide-Line! A machine designer by trade, with experience designing everything from bottle cappers, to fiber optic embroidered apparell and even un-manned helicopters, he has seen it all. His passion is to develop innovative products for engineers that are easy to design with, easy to design around, and set the bar for industrial automation. He loves a challenge and does anything that he can do to make Glide-Line the best it can be.

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Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

We solve problems that other conveyor systems manufacturers won’t. We developed Glide-Line from the ground up with a few key, driving factors in mind. First, our conveyors had to be robust and reliable. Second, they would be simple – easy to maintain and service. Finally, we insisted on flexible configurability, creating an efficient, hassle-free customer experience. We’ve built the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

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