Pallet Design for Pallet-Handling Conveyors

By |April 8th, 2021|Categories: General|

Pallets are a critical component in workpiece pallet-handling conveyor systems. The size and weight of the product to be conveyed will dictate many of the parameters of not only the pallet but also the conveyors. The processes and flow of the pallets will also affect the design of the pallet. In this article, we will explore various design styles and features of workpiece pallets. […]

The Role of Timing Belt Conveyors in Pallet-Handling Systems

By |March 5th, 2021|Categories: General, mk VersaMove, Pallet Conveyor Systems|

Pallet-handling conveyor systems are comprised of a variety of different conveyor types, the most versatile of which is the timing belt conveyor. In this article we will explore the many ways timing belt conveyors are used in pallet-handling systems. Additionally, this conveyor platform is not limited to one particular industry, which additionally speaks to the overall flexibility of this type of conveyor. Timing belt conveyors are ideal in all types of manufacturing – from automotive to solar cells and everything in between. […]

Custom Pallet-Handling Conveyor Modules

By |February 17th, 2021|Categories: General, Pallet Conveyor Systems|

No two conveyor applications are the same. Different products and processes require different conveyors. Various factory configurations require different layouts. Output demands, cycle times and so much more can affect the conveyor system layout. Thankfully, there is a wide array of modules, pneumatic and electric, that can really bring a pallet-handling conveyor system to life and provide that necessary application customization; allowing it to meet the many demands of today’s manufacturing environment. But what about the times, something different or custom is required? Continue reading to learn more. […]

Accumulating Roller Chains for Conveyors

By |November 3rd, 2020|Categories: General|

Accumulating Roller Chain Styles Accumulating roller chain conveyors are the ideal conveyor platform for accumulating and storing pallets. This is due to the type of chain used in these conveyors (see image below). Conveyors, such as the SRF-P 2045 and SRF-P 2010, which are designed using this chain, accumulate pallets with little-to-no backpressure.  This chain and its inherent features also make it easy to singulate pallets. Additionally, this type of chain does not cause wear on the pallets. This chain is available in a variety of different styles. It can have a single row of free rollers (down the center of [...]

Conveyor Automation with VersaMove

By |October 29th, 2020|Categories: General|

A conveyor is a mechanical apparatus for moving objects from point A to point B. Automation, according to Oxford Languages is, “the use of largely automatic equipment in a system of manufacturing or other production process.” There are many types of automatic equipment in today’s manufacturing and production facilities – and conveyors are not only one of the most important pieces of automation, but they are also one of the most versatile, capable of handling multiple demands. […]

Assembly Conveyors for Automation

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: General|

VersaMove is the perfect solution for all your assembly conveyor needs. VersaMove pallet-handling conveyors systems compliment and complete modern assembly line automation. This is due in part to the general nature of workpiece pallet-handling conveyor systems, but also in part due to the unique nature of design and build associated with mk’s VersaMove line. […]

The Top Two Things to Consider When Selecting a Pallet-Handling Conveyor Systems Manufacturer

By |September 3rd, 2020|Categories: General|

Your product is unique, and you know your manufacturing process is as well. You want a pallet-handling conveyor that fits your application, but you also want to ensure your project comes in on-time and on-budget. That is why it is important to keep these two questions in mind when selecting a conveyor system manufacturer: Do they offer a wide variety of standard options? Can they easily modify a standard conveyor or design custom ones? Read more to learn why these questions are two of the most important things to consider when selecting your next pallet-handling conveyor system supplier. […]

Vertical Transfer Units: What Are They & Why Use Them?

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: General|

What is a Vertical Transfer Unit (VTU)? A VTU is a Vertical Transfer Unit. They are used in conveyance and material handling applications to move the product from one conveyor level (or height) to another. VTUs are comprised of three main elements: A horizontal conveyor A vertical actuator and supporting structure Guarding these units is critical; however, the type of guard to be used depends on where the VTU is going to be located. If the VTU is being used in a robotic work-cell that is enclosed in a perimeter guard, then it is not necessary to individually guard the VTU [...]

Design Conveyor Systems Faster with CAD360!

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: General|

Conveyor systems are often one of the last pieces of equipment considered when developing a new factory automation line. If the conveyor is simply move product from point A to point B, this may not be an issue. But when workpiece pallet-handling conveyors are used; they are used for much more than linear product movement. These conveyors are responsible for stopping, locating, rotating, accumulating and singulating product. They interact with various other pieces of equipment as well as human operators. They can involve dozens of conveyors and hundreds of modules, sensors and devices. The layouts using these conveyors can be complex [...]

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