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VTU Conveyor Solutions to Challenges Design Engineers Have to Solve Every Day

Posted by Trevor Price | Monday, June 29, 2020

In the world of conveyor systems, VTUs, or vertical transport units, go by many different names: elevator, lift, and vertical reciprocating conveyor just to name a few. No matter what you call it, a design engineer’s goal in using a VTU is usually fairly commonplace: lift a section of the conveyor, and the product on it, from one level to another. But...


What if an elevator could do more than simply move product from one conveyor to another?

What if a lift could also:

  • Save you space?
  • Create improved access for robots or employees?
  • Rotate a product for the next station?
  • Increase throughput?
  • Eliminate the need for other devices?


Vertical transport units may seem like a standard offering from all conveyor system manufacturers, but at Glide-Line, these lifts are multi-purpose solutions applied to creatively solve challenges other manufacturers have failed to solve – or worse, have charged outrageous fees to customize. One of Glide-Line’s guiding principles is to make conveyor systems flexible. That flexibility encourages innovative non-standard uses.


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Flexible Vertical Lift Conveyor Application Options & Key Features

In the video, learn about vertical lift conveyor application options and how these VTUs can be applied to solve unique challenges in your conveyor automation system design. 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. These VTUs are part of our standard product offering of automated conveyor solutions.




It’s clear that an elevator can do more than simply move product from one conveyor to another, or lift a product from point A to point B.


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.


In our Innovative Ways to Create Customized Lifts and Vertical Conveyors ebook, we explore challenges solved by VTUs and review innovative, real-world examples of how design engineers have developed creative lift-based solutions. Download the free resource to learn more.


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Topics: Flexible Conveyor Solutions, Vertical Transport Conveyors

Written by Trevor Price

Trevor Price is the Lead Application Engineer for Glide-Line. He has began his career here straight out of college from Widener University. Being a former collegate football athlete, Trevor embodies all of the characteristics of being a leader and embracing the teamwork mentality. In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his dog, family, and the outdoors.

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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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