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Four Ways the Electrically Driven VTU Impacts Automation Processes

Posted by Tom Churchill | Monday, March 25, 2019

The Electrically Driven VTU, like other vertical transfer units, transfers pallets from one level to another within an automation system. The Electrically Driven VTU is different because it benefits from a vertical servo-driven actuator for positioning. The elevator platform conveyor can also operate in either direction, enabling the VTU to accept and discharge pallets from both sides, and the servo allows multiple stopping positions along the z-axis stroke.

This highly configurable elevator impacts automation processes immediately. Here’s how.


1. Easily Customizable

Typically, our competitors use a pneumatic cylinder for vertical motion, and therefore don’t have the flexibility to do multiple drop off points. They’re tied to a two-station scenario. Our Electrically Driven VTU can stop at as many pick up and drop-off points as are needed in your client’s process.

Most clients opt for the electrical servo-driven actuator, but an electric 48v DC step-servo motor is also available for lightweight product. It has the same customizable vertical stop options.

The Electrically Driven VTU is completely configurable using our in-context configurator, IMPACT!. This software is Excel-based and very easy to use. It also works with SOLIDWORKS. Learn more about IMPACT! and how it makes configuring your conveyors and devices so simple.

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2. Ultra Smooth, Programmable Vertical Motion

Since Glide-Line’s Electrically Driven VTU uses a step-servo-driven actuator, it can stop smoothly anywhere along the vertical lift and as many times as your client needs. Competitors don’t offer anything with this ability.


3. Repeatable Accuracy

The step-servo drive gives your client the ability to pick up and accurately drop off pallets at multiple locations; it’s all timing-belt driven. The repeatable accuracy is thanks to the servo-driven motor. A pneumatic cylinder simply doesn’t have the same repeatability and accuracy a servo motor has.


4. Versatility

The Electrically Driven VTU is extremely versatile. And the best part? None of the components are considered “custom,” which helps keeps costs relatively low while providing maximum options to suit your client’s automation needs. Options include:

  • You can have two platforms working independently within the same elevator footprint. Multiple carriers in the same framework can add efficiency to the process.

  • This device can be used as a vertical bypass; the pallets can move out of the way so product can continue to move underneath. Your client doesn’t need to build bypass systems in their process; instead, they can use this VTU.

  • The Electrically Driven VTU can also be used to load storage units or house accumulation

This highly configurable elevator works to smoothly, accurately, and repeatedly deliver results in your client’s automation process. With its ultra-smooth motion that’s entirely programmable, your client gains efficiency with this cost-effective innovative VTU.

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Topics: Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Vertical Transport Conveyors

Written by Tom Churchill

In addition to having the biggest laugh and smile in the room, Tom brings a passion to the growth of our company that is unmatched. He thrives on helping customers and building long term relationships. Tom is a "go anywhere, go anytime" guy willing to do whatever it takes to help the cause. He has a fantastic family in Cleveland where he lives with his beautiful wife Linda, and is near his children and grandchildren who light up his face, which in turn, lights up the room.

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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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