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Want to Accumulate a Product Without Using a Pallet?

Posted by Craig Newberry | Wednesday, October 30, 2019

When moving larger and/or awkwardly shaped products directly on a conveyor, putting products on a more conveyable pallet capable of handling the contact driven by accumulation is typically the  right conveyor system design. But unique products require unique solutions. Glide-Line’s Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor design solves this challenge. A Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor solution can offer a better way to accumulate a product without a pallet.


Big Products Call For Big Solutions

Traditional product accumulation handling techniques work best for products placed in pallets. The pallets keep items in place as they work their way down the assembly line. But how about large objects placed on a conveyor without a pallet? You can’t accumulate airplane wings back-to-back. You need a solution that ensures products remain separate.

This is what makes Zero Contact Zoned Conveyors a strong alternative design to consider. Zero Contact Zoned Conveyors do not use a single-belt. Instead, products are placed on separately-zoned conveyors. With products not touching each other, damage from accumulation is not an issue. With each zoned conveyor powered by its own dedicated motor (usually a small DC motor), the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor zones only run only as needed. When a conveyor hits a stopping point, the conveyor is switched off using a sensor. This triggers the subsequent zoned conveyors to stop so products remain separated. 



This alternative method provides much more controlled handling of products. While putting product on pallets remains a viable alternative and works fine in many cases, developing a system built around Zero Contact Zoned Conveyors offers a more elegant material handling solution.


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Glide-Line Can Customize A Solution To Meet Your Needs

Adaptation is necessary when building the right conveyor system design. But don’t worry about customization with Glide-Line! We can customize our Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor line to fit the needs of your end-user. Not only can we help you choose the right conveyor solution, you can configure it quickly using our IMPACT! configuration software. With endless options, Glide-Line is a cost-effective choice for developing a solid solution to your challenging product accumulation needs.

Ready To Get Started? Check out our FREE eBook, How To Manage Backpressure From Accumulation.

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

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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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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