Vertical Transport Unit Solutions Gallery

We build basic Vertical Transport Units, but that's just the start. Our standard VTUs are highly customizable to fit your exact specifications – offering much more than a typical two-position, up/down arrangement. Multiple positions, multiple decks, independent axes, and more – if it involves vertical movement, we have you covered. Introducing our totally configurable, precision VTUs all designed to reduce overall conveyor system floor space.

See our VTU solution gallery below for example applications.

VTU Conveyor Solutions

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Electrically-Driven VTU

This unit utilizes a section of transport conveyor as an elevator platform and benefits from a vertical servo-driven actuator for positioning. The elevator platform conveyor can operate in either direction.

  • Accepts & discharges pallets from either side
  • Allows multiple stopping positions along the stroke
  • Ultra-smooth vertical motion with programmable motion curves


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Pneumatic vertical transport unit from Glide-Line.

Pneumatic VTU

This unit utilizes a section of transport conveyor as the platform and is actuated up/down (z-axis) by an electric motor - typically stepper or servo. 

  • Smooth motion in acceleration or deceleration
  • Multiple stopping positions
  • Stand-alone module that can be used in conjunction with multiple conveyors 

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VTU Video Educational Resource

Flexible Vertical Lift Conveyor Application Options & Key Features (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. 


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Low Cost Mini VTU

Built for those who are looking for a creative space and cost savings.


  • A simple short Vertical Transport Unit (VTU) for limited vertical stroke applications
  • Pneumatically actuated
  • 112mm clearance for pallet and product on bottom level


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Tilting Deck Vertical Transfer Unit

Allows for vertical transfer of product as well as tilting the conveyor deck up to 30° to allow for flexible access to the transport media.

  • Step-servo control of the z-axis allows maximum tilting flexibility.
  • Various sizes, angles and access points are all possible


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Glide-Line's Bypass Lift

Bypass Lift

Two independently powered lift decks combined into one space to provide product bypass above the main line while simultaneously allowing undisturbed product flow to multiple positions.

  • Servo-driven elevator allows for multiple position stopping with precision movement
  • Especially useful in tight workspaces to allow multiple tasks to be performed within the same workspace 


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Dual Deck VTU

Allows for vertical transfer of product on two transport conveyors simultaneously.

  • A standard Vertical Transfer Unit with two transport deck conveyors
  • Provides the ability to transport twice the amount of product vertically
  • This is especially useful for processes requiring fast-paced throughput


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Innovative Ways to Create Customized Lifts and Vertical Conveyors (eBook)

In this ebook, we explore challenges solved by VTUs and review innovative, real-world examples of how design engineers have developed creative lift-based solutions.


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Multiple Position VTU

Allows for vertical transfer of product from one or more infeed conveyors to multiple discharge conveyors.

  • A standard Vertical Transfer Unit that feeds multiple input and output conveyors
  • The total number of infeed and outfeed conveyors can be increased, as needed, to maximize product flow.
  • Servo-driven elevator allows for multiple position stopping with precision movement


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Pass Through VTU 

The vertical transfer unit lifts product off the main line to prevent stoppage of product flow.

  • A Dual Deck Vertical Transport Unit that elevates product above main line to allow work to be done from above.
  • The bottom transport deck replaces the top when shifted vertically to allow downstream product to bypass and move ahead
  • Useful for performing the same process at multiple stations without disturbing product flow.


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Rack Feeder

Allows for vertical transfer of product to be stored on multiple independently driven stacked conveyors.

  • A Vertical Transport Unit feeds product to a rack of independently driven conveyors.
  • Maximum amount of product can be stored in a small footprint
  • Independently-driven stacked conveyors allow for quick storage and retrieval processes to decrease cycle time


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Download: Innovative Ways to Create Customized Lifts & Vertical Conveyors

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Get the scoop on using conveyors and vertical lifts to: 

  • Save Space
  • Create 360º Access
  • Multi-task with Efficiency
  • Improve Throughput

If out-of-control costs to customize your client's process in a limited space is keeping you awake at night, there's an innovative way around it. Download the guide  and find out how today.

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Our Engineers Design Creative Solutions. 

Don't see what you need? We can create a solution. 
Our vertical lift solutions have largely been born from the need to solve a customer's project challenge – yours can be next! Contact us today via the form below if you don't see what you're looking for from our customized standard automated conveyor VTU solutions. 
Our team of engineers can help you find a creative fix.


Space Saving Designs

Here is an article and infographic on ways to build up, instead of out, along with some other applications for unique assembly conveyor layouts.   
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Maintain Throughput          

Elevate your product with a VTU while maintaining or improving throughput. This article gives more details.
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Create a Bypass on a Conveyor Line

Here is an article on How to Create a Bypass on a Conveyor Line.
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Have any questions?  Feel free to reach out.

If you have a question about the listed products or want to discuss your specific needs to see how we can help, let's talk. We're always ready to discuss options and solutions with you. 
















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