Why Choose an Enclosed Track Conveyor?

Why Choose an Enclosed Track Conveyor?

Think you don’t need an enclosed track? Think again! In recent years, industries has been shifting from traditional I-Beam overhead conveyors to enclosed track conveyor designs. An enclosed track overhead conveyor consists of a chain running within a round track, such as our PAC-LINE™ overhead conveyor. Loads are suspended from the chain pendants that stick out of the slot of the track. Some enclosed track conveyor styles such as our PAC-MAX™ can also be inverted. An advantage of the enclosed track design is to prevent contamination of the conveyor chain. The enclosed track protects the chain against build-up and residue that could ultimately cause damage. For example, you can see in the image below of our enclosed track conveyor used in a heavy duty powder coating system. This is extremely important to maintaining the life span of an overhead conveyor system. Imagine the image below was an I-Beam style conveyor with exposed chain and track, the difference would be easy to see! There are other advantages of an enclosed track conveyor such as: lower cross section height finger pinch points are reduced with internally running conveyor chain prevents contamination of the products below smaller radii on horizontal and vertical bends some designs allow an inverted “slot up” position with minimal or no modifications While there are still some applications such as carrying very heavy loads that would benefit using an I-Beam style conveyor, the advantages an enclosed track can offer are superior. Particularly in the paint and finishing industry where product and chain contamination are a great concern. Contact one of our engineers to learn more about our different styles...
Overhead Conveyor Automates Electroplating System

Overhead Conveyor Automates Electroplating System

PACLINE Overhead Conveyors has developed a pre-engineered system for handling the 10 to 12 foot long copper bars used in Electro-Plating shops. This sophisticated design has eliminated the necessity of using hand operated trolleys for the transfer of workloads to and from the hoist lines of plating tanks. The PAC-LINE™ overhead conveyor, using our standard No. 175 Bar Carrier Trolley, can transport loads in excess of 400 lbs. Our special design allows the 10 to 12 foot long work bar to manoeuver the standard radius curves of the overhead conveyor with ease. Loaded racks can be easily transferred from the overhead conveyor to the hoist for dipping as required. This system is designed to allow the transfer of the loaded work bar directly from the hoist to the overhead conveyor. This loading signals the conveyor to run until the empty No. 175 trolley is in position to receive the next loaded work bar from the plating line. The same system applies to the opposite end of the plating tanks. Loaded work bars are automatically delivered to the front of the line of plating tanks. The hoist can quickly pick up the loaded bar carrier, beginning the plating process. The entire conveyor system is synchronized to allow both the empty bar carrier and the loaded carrier to stop automatically at opposite ends of the elecroplating line, so that the loading and unloading of the hoist can be completed simultaneously between the conveyor’s cycles. This proven Electro-Plating system can substantially increase your production and at the same time eliminate unnecessary labor. For additional information on your specific requirements, contact us PACLINE...
Enclosed Track Conveyor Systems

Enclosed Track Conveyor Systems

Overhead chain conveyors have developed a reputation as the workhorses of the conveyor industry. Low maintenance and operating cost is their trademark. Simplicity of design is key. Some basic application rules apply and when followed, these systems will normally outlast several generations of the products they are used to carry. It is not unusual for an overhead conveyor to last eight to ten years or even longer, with only minimal maintenance performed on it throughout its life. Maintain them, and these machines will last a lot longer than that. The primary applications of the overhead chain conveyor are paint lines and the transferring and buffering of manufactured parts. Both applications are most commonly seen in the automotive manufacturing sector. Walk through any plant in this industry and you would be hard pressed not to bump into one in your travels. This sector and in particular, the paint line application, is probably the most severe environment to which you could subject a piece of equipment. Some paint lines incorporate spray washers with detergents to descale or degrease parts prior to painting. Not only do you get overspray and mist, add a dose of a corrosive substance to boot. Next, you take those parts through a dry-off oven where you increase the temperature to help evaporate the water and detergent, creating a nice steam-bath environment. Of course, your chain and track have now lost their lubrication through the process. Conveyor chain is subjected to this abuse once per cycle of the conveyor. Now you’re set to thoroughly abuse your conveyor. Why not cake it with paint or primer and bake it at...
Overhead Conveyor Enclosed Track

Overhead Conveyor Enclosed Track

The overhead conveyor industry has come a long way since a young engineer by the name of Jervis B. Webb teamed up with a 20th century manufacturing revolutionary named Henry T. Ford. Images of the Charlie Chaplin movie short on the assembly line come to mind, which was avante garde at the time. Industrial engineering profoundly changed during this period of time. The I-beam overhead conveyor was conceived and developed to set up an assembly line into a synchronous single line layout of progressive tasks. These overhead conveyors have the following advantages over the traditional belt and roller type floor conveyors: product was non-conveyable on other conveyor designs maximize plant layout by utilizing unused overhead space (cubic utilization) free up valuable floor space for manufacturing equipment and operating personnel smaller radii for the vertical and horizontal bends can be achieved The continuous chain conveyor path: saves in drives. reduces costly controls when making a transfer or change in direction. by not transferring between-conveyors the product damage is minimized. inventory can be easily controlled via FIFO. The bottom line in today’s manufacturing environment is to maximize the efficiency of the capitalized equipment in harmony with the manpower. Work in process is costly both in inventory and storage space. Work that is in the queue or ready maximizes the process uptime. These are fertile conditions for the power and free non-synchronous conveyors. Power and free not only incorporates the above listed overhead solutions but further enhances the following situations or applications: The conveyor can be divided into separate distinct zones: delivery buffer or storage sortation (varied product mix into various spurs)...
Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty

Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty

Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty Unpublished Mechanization of the distribution center has become commonplace, to the point that certain tasks within the distribution process are mechanized as the standard approach. Mangers don’t even consider doing these tasks manually. Split case or “less than carton” distribution is considered to be the most difficult of applications to mechanize. The full case distribution center is easily automated with barcode labels, pick-to-belt conveyors, high-speed carton sorters, direct trailer loading and electronic data capture devices. Not so in the split case distribution center. The challenging part of this operation is dealing with individually picked items, located in a high density storage area, without individual item labeling, generally non-conveyable and requiring a shipping medium like a carton or tote, requiring a quality control check, resulting in the generation of trash cartons…and the list goes on. However difficult this type of picking is, it is a fact of life. Most distribution centers contain split-case product and the requirement to pick this type of order will not go away. Actually, the trend may be to a higher volume of split case items per order as retailers wrestle with shrinking store shelf space and pressure to reduce inventory levels. To address these issues, split case distribution centers with the goal of high efficiency, have incorporated Overhead Chain Conveyors into their new distribution center model. Their typical installation includes a number of separate overhead conveyor systems with several thousand feet of overhead chain. Actually, the overhead chain conveyor is only part of a total material handling solution involving several different styles of equipment. The model incorporates a high-density storage...
Automotive Parts Accumulation Conveyor System

Automotive Parts Accumulation Conveyor System

Under-body frame parts for the Auto Industry are successfully handled on this Pacline Overhead Conveyor. These irregular- shaped metal stampings convey smoothly between welding operations by being handled on the PAC-LINE™ enclosed track overhead conveyor as shown. Two 600 ft. long systems in a two-tier formation provide a buffer-zone for accumulation using a minimum of floor space. The PAC-LINE™ Conveyor chain travels inside the tubular conveyor track. Pendants are standard on 6-inch centers. The enclosed-track design protects the chain. Lubricant is kept clean; free of abrasive atmospheric dust and other contaminants. Small-radius curves for horizontal and vertical or sideways and up and down travel are standard. Roller turns, traction wheels, or sprockets common with I-beam type conveyors are not necessary. This promotes operator safety by reducing the number of pinch points, and significantly lowers the amount of maintenance required. The conveyor can be powered for continuous or intermittent variable speed travel. For additional information on your specific requirements, contact us. GET MORE INFORMATION   Your Name (required): Your Company: Your Phone: Your Email (required): Tell us about your project: This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service...