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Illustrating the Solution to Product Damage on a Conveyor

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Thursday, August 19, 2021

If you are like many engineers, you’ve probably been wondering - why doesn’t my current conveyor prevent product damage? Shouldn’t that be one of the primary functions of a conveyor?


We don’t blame you cause we thought the exact same thing. So, we decided to do something about it, and that’s why we created the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor.


The Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor:

  • eliminates product collision entirely while 
  • improving accumulation 
  • significantly improving efficiency and 
  • reducing wear and tear on the conveyor. 


The Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor works by placing each product on its own pallet and controlling each pallet zone individually. The whole system is smart - it’s designed to smoothly control starting and stopping so products never touch and never jostle, preventing product damage and reducing wear and tear caused by accumulation friction. 


Check out this quick illustration video. Now, we assume that you probably don’t convey blenders, or maybe you do… how’s work over there at Cuisinart? But, it visually shows the issue that many people face when conveying fragile products.




Now, watch as we compare traditional accumulation side-by-side with the Zero Contact Zoned accumulation: 


Conveyor Comparison


Notice that the Zero Contact Zoned accumulation pallets never come into contact with the pallets in front of them, while the traditional accumulation pallets are colliding and jostling the products each time another pallet comes down the line. 



Gap Illustration



Traditional accumulation depends on pallets or products colliding to control the flow downstream. Compare this to cars without brakes stopping at a stoplight. They would stop only by colliding with the car in front of them. 


The Zero Contact Zoned conveyor accumulates more gently, using programmed zones to ensure gaps remain between the pallets or products. This is like cars with brakes gently slowing behind other cars at a stoplight.


Cars Stopping


So, now you can stop imagining a better solution. We’ve found one. With the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor, your pallets are never colliding. It provides product-friendly accumulation and movement while also saving energy and significantly reducing conveyor wear-and-tear. So, your blenders… or whatever you are conveying are safe from product damage – FINALLY!


No contact = No collision = No damage.

It’s that simple.


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Topics: Conveyor System Designs, Flexible Conveyor Solutions

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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