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Support Large Thin Panels Throughout Automation with the Roller Lift Transfer Unit

Posted by Ron Schwar | Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Roller Lift Transfer Unit is a gentle way to transfer large, thin panel-like products from one conveyor to another. When your client’s product, such as solar panels or electronic circuit board panels, is part of an automation process, the Roller Lift Transfer Unit specializes in supporting the panel throughout the transfer process on both the edges and center to avoid breakage.

Why the Roller Lift Transfer Unit Might Be a Good Fit

Roller Lift Transfer UnitRoller Lift Transfer Units employ a series of rollers to lift and engage the payload perpendicular to the direction of flow. The lifting action raises the payload from the in feed conveyor so it can be moved onto the adjacent transport conveyor. The unit is bi-directional and can be set up to manage two-, three-, and four-way traffic control conditions.

Often, a process involving panel-like products will need to move panels of various sizes at any given time. This could involve up to four or five conveyor strands. The Roller Lift Transfer Unit can handle these differently-sized panels on multiple strands to lift the thin panel off the conveyor and onto another line carefully. It’s built specifically to avoid damaging delicate products.

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The Roller Lift Transfer Unit solves these challenges for manufacturers:

  • PRODUCT DAMAGE: The unit helps limit or prevent product damage since it supports the product all the way across its surface area as it transfers.

  • LARGE SURFACE AREA PRODUCT MOVEMENT: The Roller Lift Transfer Unit lifts the product across all conveyor lines to transfer to the adjacent conveyor, no matter the width of the product.

  • FLIMSY PANEL SUPPORT: Supporting the product at both the center and edges means flimsy panels aren’t bending during transfer.

  • TRAFFIC CONTROL: Move the product in any direction needed using the Roller Lift Transfer Unit.

  • MAINTENANCE: This device utilizes ball-bearing supported rolling elements for long maintenance-free operation

  • CLEAN ROOM CERTIFIED: The Roller Lift Transfer Unit can be certified for use in clean room environments, and there are antistatic materials available to suit operation in static-sensitive areas or with static-sensitive payloads

Perhaps most appealing of all to our integrators’ clients, the Roller Lift Transfer Unit is a stand-alone unit. It isn’t running a belt on the bottom of the conveyor along all units, so it’s not accumulating or overrunning; each station has its own individual control and individual belt. The 25mm wide polyurethane core T5 timing belt with steel tension members is strong and virtually maintenance-free.

Glide-Line has experience developing unique solutions from scratch to solve specific challenges for integrators and their clients. We even wrote a blog post about it. Our “customized standard” solutions - including the Roller Lift Transfer Unit - solve these challenges at a fraction of the cost of customized solutions another manufacturer might propose.

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Topics: Configurable Conveyor Technology, Vertical Transport Conveyors

Written by Ron Schwar

Ron Schwar is the Godfather of Glide-Line! A machine designer by trade, with experience designing everything from bottle cappers, to fiber optic embroidered apparell and even un-manned helicopters, he has seen it all. His passion is to develop innovative products for engineers that are easy to design with, easy to design around, and set the bar for industrial automation. He loves a challenge and does anything that he can do to make Glide-Line the best it can be.

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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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