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How VTUs Solve Unique Challenges in Conveyor Automation System Design

Glide-Line offers several vertical lift conveyor application options. These VTUs can be applied to solve unique challenges in your conveyor automation system design. For instance, you can reduce floor space for your conveyor system, utilize the precision aspect of our VTU in interesting concepts, and increase automation system throughput with these vertical lift conveyor applications. And, at Glide-Line, these VTUs are part of our standard product offering of automated conveyor solutions.
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The 3 Ways VTUs Are Just Like Mike and 1 Major Way They're Not

At Glide-Line, VTUs are multi-purpose solutions used to creatively solve challenges other manufacturers have failed to solve. VTUs can be more than a simple application to move products vertically, just as conveyors can be more than a single-function piece of equipment to move products horizontally. Combining them has allowed us to apply creativity to challenges design engineers are asked to solve every day.
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Overcoming Space, Size & Product Handling Constraints for Aerospace Industry Integrators

Robotics Tomorrow recently published this article.   From a flexible conveyor manufacturer: industry trends we’re seeing Here at Glide-Line, we make conveyors - specifically, flexible, configurable conveyors built to very specific measurements to fit limited spaces which can be configured with a “zero product to product contact” design philosophy, all with impressively short lead times. We’ve noticed three trends in the past year that are creating demand for what we have to offer:   
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Cost-Wasting Challenges with Indexing Conveyors & How to Solve Them

Indexing pallets or products along an assembly line has traditionally been accomplished by a series of pneumatic stops that pop up and create physical barriers along the line. This method may work for many of your clients, but not all. The traditional “pop-up” barrier conveyors can cause product damage thanks to hard stops without smooth deceleration or additional control techniques. They can also be dangerous for operators and generally clunky. 
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Design Hack: The New (Read: Best) Way To Accumulate A Pallet [VIDEO]

on Thursday, April 9, 2020 By | Kevin Mauger | 0 Comments | Solutions for Applications Engineers Flexible Conveyor Solutions
Let’s be honest: traditional accumulation methods are just okay. They’re not the worst, but there are some drawbacks. They cause your client’s conveyor system to run less efficiently (thanks, backpressure and friction), and traditional accumulation methods can also cause product damage due to unavoidable collisions on the line. Even if you add stops to halt progress upstream, products can be jarred and dislodged quickly because there is no gentle deceleration of the pallet. 
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How To Reduce Maintenance Costs of a Roller Chain Conveyor Solution

Roller chain conveyors are often the first solution that comes to mind when you start looking for cost-effective, heavy duty solutions for a client. However, these traditional conveyors come with a host of expenses, from expected maintenance costs to unthought-of innovation opportunity costs. When application engineers come to us for outside-the-box ideas, we have a solution that addresses these challenges. Here are four common roller chain conveyor maintenance costs the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor reduces or eliminates. 
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The Medical Industry’s Elegant Indexing Conveyor Solution

Medical devices have important jobs to perform. From testing kits to surgical instruments to complex technology, there’s no room for error in assembly and no time to waste on damaged products. These elegant products need an equally elegant indexing conveyor solution, and that solution needs to have clean-room capacity, no jostling, and a completely controllable movement. Enter: the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor from Glide-Line. 
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How to make a Manual Conveyor Assembly Line Safe and Efficient

on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 By | Kevin Mauger | 0 Comments | Solutions for Applications Engineers Flexible Conveyor Solutions
Often we find that the incorporation of manual assembly steps can be a good option for an assembly operation. Sometimes the payback wouldn’t exist by full automation, or other times it would be a very complex task for a machine. Either way, manual assembly may be a necessary part of your product build, but it doesn’t need to be inefficient or unsafe in the process. 
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Elegant Design Tips to Reduce the Number of Stops on Your Conveyor System

Whether your stops are controlled manually or by using automation, they can encounter the same problems: inefficient operation of your conveyor, and product damage caused by herky-jerky movement on the line. While "stop-motion animation" might have worked alright for Gumby, anything resembling stop-motion needs to be eliminated from conveying fragile products, pronto.
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How to Easily Index a Product from Zone to Zone in a Conveyor System

on Thursday, March 5, 2020 By | Kevin Mauger | 0 Comments | Solutions for Applications Engineers Flexible Conveyor Solutions
Traditionally, customers accomplish indexing by either a series of pop-up stops, or starting and stopping a conveyor that’s moving your product. But how do you ensure fragile products are gently starting and stopping without slipping on the conveyor in each product zone? You can’t, and your client can risk the collisions typically associated with traditional indexing techniques. To solve this, you need a more elegant, more sophisticated handling solution. 
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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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