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4 Different Conveyors Driven Off A Single Motor: The Slave Driven Conveyor Solution

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Monday, October 5, 2020

When you’re searching for an efficient way to create conveyor system layouts for your customers, Glide-Line has some fantastic “standard custom” solutions for you. Our Customized Standards are standard conveyors configured or even customized to be essentially custom-built for your customer’s process. One such option is to reduce the number of drives, saving costs for equipment and cibtirks, and slave drive power transmitted through our steel tensioned timing belts. 

 

 

About the Slave Drive Conveyor Solution

Slave DrivenWith fewer drives and with cost savings for both controls and mechanical equipment, the Slave Driven Conveyor Solution from Glide-Line is a hit for integrator customers - particularly for controls engineers.This solution can be customized with other conveyors and units as well. Below, we dive into how this solution can be applied in a real-world example.



A Guide to the Slave Drive Conveyor Solution

Take a look at how we apply this solution, running those four conveyors and two curves using one drive and two slave modules to assist. You can also see the o-ring belts that assist with transferring the pallet from the main trunk line to the transverse twin strand conveyors, also run using the single motor.

 

A Guide to the Slave Drive Conveyor Solution

 

This solution works for products up to 50 pounds; with more weight, you’d need to add additional drives to support the weight properly. In this example:

 

 

This particular solution not only reduces the number of drives and gearboxes needed, it also reduces the size of the control panel since you don’t need as many VFDs or starters in the panel. This means less time panel wiring, field wiring, and programming, as well. Control engineers in particular are a big fan of these efficiencies.



When to use the Slave Drive Conveyor Solution

This solution can be used by any process that includes curves, corners, Lift Transfer Units, or loop systems. Each of these types of systems can benefit from the addition - or rather, reduction - that is the Slave Driven Conveyor Solution. 



Maximizing the power of a single drive is just the start of the innovations Glide-Line provides in unique solutions for applications engineers. For more information, contact us to see where this efficient, cost-saving solution can be applied in your next project.



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Topics: Solutions for Applications Engineers, Conveyor System Designs, Flexible Conveyor Solutions

Written by Kevin Mauger

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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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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