Glide-Line curves are a mechanism to change the direction of a pallet. Pallets are conveyed around the curves by means of a solid, round urethane belt that is driven on v-groove pulleys. Small idler pulleys follow the track to reduce friction and prevent wear and tear.
Due to the configurable nature of our systems, curves can be configured as options of 30, 45, 60, 90, and 180 degrees, other custom options are available upon request.
Features:Curves are typically slave driven off adjacent conveyor by extending the o-ring belt into the upstream or downstream conveyor. The upstream conveyor utilizes a power take off shaft through a secondary drive box on the main conveyor and this shaft drives the v-grooved o-ring belt pulley.
One variation of a curve is a Tandem Curve which allow pallets to transfer to/from parallel conveyor lanes, maintaining the leading edge of the pallet as it travels. The unit provides an economical approach to lane transfers, and if slaved can save several drives required for a traditional solution. Gap between parallel conveyors can range between 45mm and 350mm in 1mm increments.
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Checkout how easy it is to configure a curve using Glide-Line's IMPACT! Software:
Glide-Line leveraged the open SOLIDWORKS API, the GoAutomate open-source automation tool, and Microsoft Excel software to introduce IMPACT!, the industry’s first in-context conveyor configurator, which combines access to solid modeling tools and snap-to mating functionality with prices, part numbers, and ordering capabilities in real time.
This guide is built to address some of the challenges you may be facing when planning conveyors into your automation system engineering designs. We provide potential solutions to help you solve these problems, plus tips on how to inject creativity into your own systems when it comes to conveyor system designs.
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