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A Creative Solution for the Bypass Challenge in Your Conveyor Automation System

Posted by Ron Schwar | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A lift and rotate unit is a standard, tried and true offering from traditional conveyor manufacturers. But Glide-Line has taken this standard offering and injected two doses of our signature creativity into the LRU to make it a flexible, creative solution in our modular conveyor automation lines.

Lift and Rotate UnitFirst, we’re powering the Lift and Rotate Unit using a servo-driven motor, giving our integrator clients unlimited control and precision programming of the speed and rotational angles of the LRU.

Second, we’ve devised a creative use for the lift and rotate mechanism: a simple and effective bypass. Using the LRU, you’re able to lift pallets and place them on a shelf or ledge so other pallets can pass under the elevated pallet. This can be a cost-effective bypass solution in specific product instances.

Lift & Rotate Unit: Bypass Creation Example

Picture a square pallet. When it comes to an inspection station on the conveyor line, a Lift & Rotate Unit can elevate the pallet and rotate it 45º so the corners catch on a square-shaped ledge located above the main line. Additional pallets can continue moving under the elevated pallet. Once the pallet is ready to be re-engaged, the Lift & Rotate re-connects with the pallet, rotates it back 45º, and the pallet can continue down the line.

Instead of holding up the line to complete slower processes, building horizontally to create a jug handle bypass (adding expense and requiring extra floor space), or completing manual sequences to prevent delays, Glide-Line’s Lift and Rotate Unit can be applied in these situations to create a more cost-effective and cleaner bypass option.


Like many of our creative solutions, we devised this application for the Lift and Rotate Unit from a customer’s need. Our flexible modular conveyor mechanisms and lines are being used to constantly change the shape of the conveyor industry – since we refuse to be placed in a box and provide only one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, we’re giving our integrator customers flexible solutions built from creative ideas.

Learn more in our new ebook, Thinking Differently: The Guide To Creatively Lift & Rotate Products in your Assembly Automation System.


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Topics: Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Configurable Conveyor Technology, Lift and Rotate Applications

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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