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Choosing your System Partner
Building off of last week’s post on 5 questions to ask yourself about your product before you decide to choose your conveyor type, I wanted to sit down and give you my insight into how you choose your conveyor supplier. Now there are several blogs like this out there floating around on the web, and those authors make very good points; but in my opinion they go off topic by exploring how to choose the conveyor system itself, not the supplier. Many suppliers handle multiple types of conveyors so maybe I am off base here, but I don’t think it is as imperative to choose your supplier based on their product as it is to choose a supplier that has experience with their product lines and who you can rely on. We have had times when our vendors, who don’t carry multiple conveyor lines, have called us because their customer needed something to which they did not have access. That is loyalty to their customer right there. That’s what you should be looking for. I am confident that whoever you choose to provide you with a conveyor will be able to find you a gravity, roller, belt, or tabletop conveyor if that is what you truly need.  The question then, isn’t really whether or not they carry the product; it is whether or not you can trust them to get you the best solution, even if it isn’t their premier product.  I’m not talking about a situation where the vendor truly believes that their product is the best on the market, because each ... Read More
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It seems like every trade show that we do someone asks us about elevating solutions. There are so many great ways of incline/declining products out there that it can be a little confusing, not to mention overwhelming, to try and figure out what the best solution is when you don't live and breathe material handling day in and day out. We in the conveyor industry tend to embrace our jargon with a passion which only makes things worse. It can be awfully confusing to try and translate what exactly someone means when they say "Alpine" or "Blanket Conveyor." So, without further ado and with a little insight into their names, here are seven elevating options from Flex-Line Automation! 1. Incline/decline conveyors are the most basic elevation changing option. They usually use friction chain, friction belt, cleated chain, cleated belt, roller cleats, or small elevation changes over a long run in order to get a product moving up or down in a controlled manner. They are great when you have a lot of room or don't need drastic height changes. The roller cleat style can even feed product in between the cleats with no additional automation! 2. Alpine conveyors are what immediately springs to my mind when I think of FlexLink conveyor choices. (I'm not even going to pretend that they aren't my personal favorite. We strapped a camera to a pallet moving through one of these once. It was awesome. You can check it out on our downloads page, under Flex-Line Video.) They are named after their s... Read More
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