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Guide: The Elegant Accumulation Strategy

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Monday, October 24, 2022

Accumulation conveyors are ubiquitous to belt and roller conveyors. These systems allow for the buffering of products either directly on the line or using workpiece pallets while moving items between process stages. Traditional power-and-free accumulation strategies are common in the packaging industry, but these approaches don’t translate well when working with assembly products that require a gentler method of movement or transfer.

ZCZCPower-and-free accumulation increases wear and tear on the conveyor components as backpressure increases with every stopped product. Harsh stops can lead to product damage while the increased friction required to compensate for the backpressure creates particulate discharge. When regulating the flow of products in assembly operations, these conditions can lead to a host of problems. Due to the increased wear, power and free conveyors require more maintenance, suffer more breakdowns, and consume more electricity.

Because of these limitations, Glide-Line developed our Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor for elegant accumulation at various sections on the line. The design includes gentle stops and smooth starts for product assembly operations with or without workpiece pallets.


In this eBook, you will learn everything you need to know about Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor’s accumulation capabilities, and we will discuss the benefits available for assembly products from this design.

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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. 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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