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5 Things to Ditch to Better Protect Precision Products While Conveying

Posted by Craig Newberry | Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Very often your customer’s precision products require special handling to ensure proper assembly without breaking, scuffing, sticking, or jarring in the conveying process. Well, our flexible conveyor systems allow you to ditch these five things in your conveying process to better protect those precision products.


1 new Get Rid of Backpressure

We all know that backpressure (not just in your body but also within the pallet conveyor automation system) can cause headaches. Eliminating backpressure is one of the best ways to protect your precision products. When you can use a better conveyor design to index products from one position to another without pallets colliding or having to hard-stop, you avoid lots of product jarring, overall backpressure and in general have a more elegant method of handling your product.

Check out our Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor, the better, more innovative solution to backpressure - an assembly conveyor with individually managed accumulation zones.




2 new Dispose of Jarring Movements

Getting rid of backpressure in turn eliminates any jarring movements by the conveyor. By controlling the acceleration and deceleration of a conveyor, you’re able to minimize shock loading on the product. We’re able to program this aspect of the conveying process to automatically reduce this risk. The result is a gentler, more reliable conveyor when it’s needed for your client’s precision products.

Once again, we are talking about the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor. It’s a gentler, more reliable and energy efficient conveyor solution.

3 new Eradicate Slippage

Normally you would minimize slippage through the material the pallet is made from. However, don’t be restricted to just pallet variations to meet your client’s needs. Instead, consider placing your client’s product directly onto the conveyor belt if that will assist in meeting their goals.


One of my favorite examples of minimizing slippage is a company that makes specialty refrigerator doors. To further reduce any chance of damage to the doors through the conveyor process, we eliminated the pallets altogether and placed the doors directly on the belt surface. With this change and by controlling zone to zone movement  with the Glide-Line's Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor, they were able to completely eliminate a million dollars annually in lost damaged products due to this element change.

Learn more about our Direct Product Handling solutions here.

4 new Ditch “Normal” Belt and/or Pallet Materials

New call-to-actionIn a typical conveyor, the belts don’t directly interact with the product, but the pallet does. However, as you just saw in the video above, there are instances where the belt itself can be doing the conveying of the product.

To achieve the grip a product may need for the process, whether it’s because there’s an incline in the conveyor, or because the product itself is slippery, or because you need faster speed to meet demands, consider an alternative belt material. A very high friction (grippy) material can help prevent glass solar panels, for example, from moving on the conveyor line at the start and stop of your client’s process.

A soft material like cotton could also be used for your client’s product; medical supplies or phone screens could benefit from a similarly soft surface to transport between workstations and prevent damage to these pieces. A final example is the addition of tiny “teeth” on a belt to help speed up indexing and preventing slippage.

The goal of these alternate belt materials is to maintain control of the pallet or workpiece carrier and, ultimately, maintain control of the product itself to reduce risk of damage during the assembly process.

5 new Disregard the Center of Your Conveyor

Final element to get rid of? Consider whether an open center design makes the most sense for your client’s product and get rid of the center of your conveyor.

Expanding access to the product while it’s precisely located in a lift and locate device via an open center design eliminates the need for a specialty handling system to lift the product out of the pallet and flip it over to complete work on the bottom side of the product. This reduces the cost of the pallet conveyor automation system and reduces the risk of damage to the product.



Avoid custom design with an open center design, such as the one available in the Glide-Line 360 series. We talk more about these options in our recent blog post, Why An Open Center Design Could Be The Right Solution For Your Application.


We created these innovations to traditional modular conveyors to avoid damage to your client’s precision products. Learn more in our ebook, Ultimate Guide to Creating a Flexible Automation Conveyor Application Solution.


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

Written by Craig Newberry

Craig Newberry is a Business Unit Manager for Glide-Line. His past involvement in a variety of competitive sports along with current passion for obstacle course races spills over into his desire to drive business forward. Concurring challenges is what motivates him on daily basis, while his family is what fuels his desire to succeed in life. Although a bit of an adrenaline junky, he also tries to live by a brilliant statement made by Ferris Bueller “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you may miss it.”

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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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