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How To Cleverly Increase Throughput with Your Conveyor Design

Posted by Craig Newberry | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Throughput is the ultimate measurement of the effectiveness for your client’s manufacturing process. To really wow them with your automated conveyor system design, focus on improving throughput in ways you haven’t yet imagined with flexible conveyor systems.

A design using flexible conveyors allows you to meet or beat your client’s throughputNew call-to-action demands, rather than compromising throughput to accommodate standard conveyor options. These are just three examples you’re able to control and increase throughput through variations in your conveyor system design.


Unique Sorting System  

When a manufacturer implemented our Glide-Line 360 solution, transferring a slug of four to five pallets became 400% more efficient. This manufacturer was able to transfer the entire slug in one motion to another position, instead of dedicating a separate movement for each pallet. This solution saved significant time in the manufacturing process, increasing throughput for our client’s manufacturing customer.


Eliminate Backpressure

Glide-Line ZP zero pressure.jpgTypical efforts to hasten product manufacturing using conveyors have been a trade off of precision for speed. But higher throughput requires higher speed. So using our zero pressure technology, manufacturers using our conveyors are able to minimize shock loading on the product while maintaining high speeds. This also leads to higher throughput speeds while maintaining precise and gentle handling of products. The result is a gentler, more reliable conveyor increasing throughput for the manufacturing process.

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Motor & Gearbox Flexibility

Capacity and speed are the two largest factors impacting throughput. Glide-Line offers a wide range of flexibility in gearbox designs that directly impact conveyor speeds for any product. The ratios in gearboxes range anywhere from a 7.5:1 gear box with a standard AC motor going 153 feet per minute to a 30:1 ratio going approximately 40 feet per minute.

Variations in motor types also impact throughput. Whether your client’s process needs an AC, DC, standard electric, or servo-type motor to control motion or index a conveyor, a flexible conveyor can work with whatever your throughput targets and design require.

Throughput is a crucial measure of the value of a conveyor system, and these clever design ideas can be easily integrated with the right conveyor partner. Read more in our ebook, Ultimate Guide to Creating a Flexible Automation Conveyor Application Solution.


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Topics: Increasing Throughput

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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