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My Partially Assembled Product Is Approaching A Delicate Step On The Assembly Line—How Do We Reduce Waste & Damage?

Posted by Craig Newberry | Thursday, October 17, 2019

When developing the right assembly line conveyor system, reducing damage is a top priority. This is especially the case when moving partially-assembled products. Moving products in a semi-complete state can ruin them completely, leading to additional costs and delays. In that situation, the last thing you need is a conveyor system that causes products from banging into each other!

This underscores the power of alternative techniques when choosing the right conveyor solution. While traditional techniques are effective in many cases, they leave plenty of room for improvement for unique requirements. Glide-Line’s ZP (zero pressure / zero contact) zoned conveyor could be the right solution to improve delicate product handling:

 

Zoned Conveyors are the Answer to Typical Conveyance Techniques

Typical accumulation conveyor designs are not the best when it comes to delicate assembly processes. A good example is when a product is curing, because rough handling can impact this process. Or, imagine your product in a partially-assembled state, what would happen if rough handling knocked a piece out of place? Placed but unfastened items waiting at a welding or riveting stations is just another situation where traditional accumulation is a risky proposition.

This product damage risk stems from the traditional single-drive / single-belt (or chain) method. When one product stops, products start to accumulate, banging into each other one by one. This is why the ZP (a zoned conveyor) works as an alternative. With ZP zoned conveyors, we do not use a single belt. Instead, the conveyor is made up of separate zones, all with their own belt and motor. These separate zones carry products from zone to zone and station to station. With sufficient space between the zones, products do not touch each other. Zero product contacts equals zero product damage. This makes the ZP a great alternative to traditional assembly-line conveyors.

 

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We Can Build A Solution To Meet Your End-User’s Needs

With our expertise, we have developed the right process to configure the right conveyors for your system. The Glide-Line ZP system uses all basic components that can be found and modeled in the SolidWorks environment using our IMPACT! configuration software. Not only do ZP conveyors work well with delicate products. We can quickly custom-build the right solution with better lead times than anyone else!

Ready To Get Started? Contact Us Today To See How We Can Help You Choose The Right Conveyor Solution!

Topics: Solutions for Applications Engineers, Conveyor System Designs, Flexible Conveyor Solutions

Written by Craig Newberry

Craig Newberry is a Product Specialist 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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