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Improve Complex Tote and Tray Handling with Expert Control Throughout the Assembly Line

Posted by Craig Newberry | Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Totes and trays are frequently used in manufacturing packaging and assembly environments to facilitate the efficient handling and transportation of products through processing stages. They are commonly used to handle batches of products or kits of parts during assembly operations. 

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Totes come in many different shapes and sizes in manufacturing applications and may be called line-side containers, handling trays, heavy-duty boxes, totes or containers. 


Tote CircleTransporting totes or trays on a conveyor improves productivity but there are unique design considerations to keep in mind when developing an application-specific solution for your facility such as: 

  • unique product movement and alignment requirements
  • accommodating different manual operations 
  • and handling fragile products without being jostled

Glide-Line's Zero Contact Zoned Conveyors and unique configurable conveyor solutions for specific operations are flexible and modular, enabling you to overcome common challenges with handling totes or trays.


Glide-Line can provide a design that overcomes your application requirements like lifts, rotations, transfers, gentle stops, and smooth starts.  Your operation can benefit from a Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor as it offers easier scalability and modularity to fit within your current line, more flexibility, faster capacity expansion and unequaled automation potential.  If you are evaluating a tote or tray conveyor, consider these solution benefits when designing your new conveyor handling system.


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Topics: Conveyor System Designs, Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Direct Product Handling

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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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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