Application engineers are the unsung heroes of the resurging manufacturing sector. Overcoming the myriad of challenges that integrators faced over the last five years largely fell at the feet of the applications engineers who are responsible for designing the right solutions – even as resources dwindled.
Today, the positive manufacturing outlook in the U.S. largely stems from growing demand and increased competitiveness in the global market. This is due to the relentless efforts shown by application engineers to find solutions that can maintain production capacity, reduce costs, and push the boundaries of what’s possible from today’s technologies.
Glide-Line not only understands this challenge, we thrive under these conditions. We are fast, flexible, and easy to work with, developing our modern conveying solutions to help solve your unique application challenges.
Endless Configurability for Limitless Applications
Glide-Line’s conveyor solutions are easy to configure, adaptable to almost all product handling applications, and come with the shortest lead times in the industry. When you need to move products around your facility efficiently, in any direction and with expert control at all times (either directly on the line or as a workpiece pallet), Glide-Line can help you overcome your assembly and material handling challenges every time.
We excel in the three areas you need to succeed:
- Speed – From designing your solution to start-up, we’re (at least) 50% faster than other conveyor manufacturers and help our customers shorten the runway towards faster implementation. This considers our quoting tools, quote support and lead times.
- Modularity – Our solutions fit together seamlessly, enabling you to orientate, manipulate, elevate, or index products at different assembly stages and maintain an organized, controlled production line.
- Collaboration – Once you’ve assembled your base system, we can assist with customized solutions and other technical inputs to help you achieve more from your conveyor system.
With combined ingenuity, application engineers and Glide-Line solve the toughest production challenges, in the shortest amount of time, with solutions that grow along with the business.
The Glide-Line Way: From Spec to System Start-Up
Application engineers have to keep business demands in mind when selecting a solution design that addresses their customer’s challenges. Any investment, any change to the current process requires hard data, a workable design, and a timeline that makes it make business sense.
The Glide-Line Way is to let you take the lead. We’re here to support you, not dictate a system that only does 80% of what you need. Once you can tell us exactly what you want to achieve, we’ll help you get 100% there.
We strive to make the design process as easy as possible and then, we’ll work with you during the execution phase to ensure success. Our standard solutions were customized designs from previous projects, giving you the required flexibility to assemble a system that suits your exact requirements.
Here’s how our standard process works.
You Select a Base Conveyor System
Product characteristics and environmental variables will determine which base conveyor you’ll need. Our timing belt solution is perfect for electronic assemblies, appliances, and other lightweight consumer goods.
For heavier loads, the powered roller-chain system delivers the same level of control with a rugged platform that can handle demanding applications like a refrigerator door, automotive parts or other laborious industrial manufacturing industries.
Both the timing belt and roller chain designs lend themselves to endless configurations that integrate with other solutions to handle your products expertly throughout different assembly stages.
You Design Your Ideal Conveyor Solution
Next, you can develop a complete design using Glide-Line’s IMPACT! configuration software. You’ll be able to select different conveyor sections and custom modules, including the struts and drives, to assemble your ideal solution. If you do get stuck, we’ll be available to assist and guide you through any unique challenges.
IMPACT! is an in-context design tool (it lives inside of Solidworks) that allows application engineers to completely layout a new conveyor design, spec the system, and quickly calculate the cost. This is an invaluable tool for quickly quoting a system or specifying and designing “to the millimeter”.
You Engage With Us to Start the Project
From here, we are in your corner. Your design will help us find any possible areas where we can optimize the solution, add additional value, and determine the shortest lead time to start-up. With zero-contact zoned conveyors, traffic control systems, and vertical transfers that can travel between floors, we’ll maximize the efficiency of your solution to ensure you get the ROI you need.
When you understand the capabilities of our unique conveyor designs, you can expand your system to evolve along with your product lines. Glide-Line’s conveyor solutions can handle atypical products directly, delicate electronics, automotive parts, and totes or trays which are also suitable for when you need a centerline adjustable solution.
Application Engineers: Let Glide-Line Help Solve Your Next Challenge!
We aren’t just fast, we are the fastest in the business. We deliver complex systems that are fit-for-purpose, energy efficient, and limitlessly scalable along with being adaptable and flexible enough to handle any kind of material handling application. You can layout your design by downloading our IMPACT! configuration tool, and ask for advice along the way. Our engineers will help you develop a solution package that will deliver the goods to your customer and ultimately the production floor.
Are you considering an upgrade of your material handling conveyor system? Speak to one of our application engineering experts today.