Tag: Automation

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Conveying Automation Expertise

As more companies look to automate their processing lines, they are relying on conveyor manufacturers for an assist – here’s why… By Mike Hosch Vice President, Industrial Products Group, Dorner Manufacturing New waves of technologies are transforming not only the way products are produced and packaged, but manufacturing facilities as a whole. Flexibility and connectivity… Read more »

Four Uses for a Retracting Tail Conveyor

The capability to retract a conveyor, either manually or pneumatically, can improve system flexibility. The basic design of a retracting tail is a conveyor frame that retracts or extends, typically on slides or rails. This function can happen infrequently with low accuracy or it can reoccur every few seconds with precision. Dorner has options available… Read more »

Dorner at Automate 2017

Last week, we exhibited our latest technologies for the automation industry at Automate 2017 in Chicago, IL. Thank you to everyone that was able to stop by our booth and see our conveyor systems. If you weren’t able to make it to the show, take a look at the video below to see what you… Read more »

Merge, Divert and Align Products Smoothly with the New 3200 Series Conveyor with ARB Technology from Dorner

The new 3200 Series conveyor with Intralox Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Technology is perfect for moving boxes and packages in merging, diverting and aligning applications. ARB Technology uses low and high friction angled rollers within the belt to help smoothly guide and align items of all sizes. This conveyor technology minimizes floor space, increases system… Read more »

Lift Gate Provides Added Flexibility to SmartFlex System

Dorner’s 2200 Series SmartFlex conveyors are one of our most flexible systems available. For this application, the customer was moving bottles on a packaging line and needed added versatility. Besides utilizing the flexibility of the SmartFlex conveyor’s tight turns and long runs, the customer required a system that could accommodate multiple bottle sizes. Also, the… Read more »

Recirculating Conveyor for Small Parts – Video

In a recent application, a customer was looking to move small parts into a single file line so that a robot could pick the parts up one at a time and move them to the next machine. The customer will manually dump the parts onto this recirculating conveyor, a system using two conveyors moving in… Read more »

PACK EXPO 2015 Recap

  PACK EXPO Las Vegas had a record-breaking show this year!  The event welcomed nearly 29,000 attendees visiting 2,006 exhibiting companies. Read more about PACK EXPO 2015. If you didn’t have a chance to visit our booth in person, check out the video at the end to see our conveyors in action. We had many… Read more »

Precision Move Conveyor Systems

Motors are a vital part of every conveyor. They’re what drives the belt so products get from point A to point B. Traditional motors are great if you’re just moving product down the line and aren’t concerned with product spacing, indexing, or accurate product placement. So what should manufacturers do when their applications call for… Read more »

2200 Series Smart Flex Pallet Systems Video

SmartFlex Pallet Systems provide flexible chain conveyors and pallets for product routing, control, and inspection. The system provides accurate positioning in a variety of assembly automation industries including automotive, medical, electronics, health and beauty, life sciences and more! With a variety of innovative pallet handling modules that are each sold as independent kits, SmartFlex pallet… Read more »

See our newest products at Automate 2015!

“Held once every two years, Automate is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America demonstrating the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions within the robotics industry.” – Automate Website This year, Automate 2015 will be held from March 23-26 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  Dorner will be exhibiting for… Read more »

New – 1100 Series Video

Dorner’s 1100 Series miniature conveyor has the lowest profile in North America.  The conveyor is designed for small or lightweight part handling and it can easily fit inside machinery and equipment.  It is ideal for pharmaceutical, medical and life science applications. Watch the video above and then visit our 1100 Series page to learn more.

MSD Looks at Achieving Accuracy with Conveying

  In the July issue of Motion System Design, the magazine’s editorial staff focused on cutting-edge conveying, including a feature article titled “Achieving Accuracy with Conveying”.  The article takes a detailed, in-depth look at how conveyor technology is rising to the challenge of meeting demanding expectations for precise product movement. With input from our own Mike Hosch, P.E.… Read more »

Dorner’s New Precision Move Offering Brings More Accurate Movement to Belt Conveyors

When precise product movement is critical in the manufacturing and packaging processes of many industrial applications, Precision Move from Dorner is the perfect solution. Precision Move offering is the latest advancements in timing belting and drive technology from Dorner for its 2200 and 3200 Series low profile belt conveyors. The offering is ideal for the assembly, manufacturing and packaging industries that… Read more »

With packaging conveyors, flexibility starts before installation

Pan Demetrakakes, editor at Food & Beverage Packaging,  recently published an interesting article on how “Speed, flexibility and energy savings are top considerations for conveyors of all types.” As there is still some lingering uncertainty in our current economy, the buying process for capital equipment, including belt conveyors, can take longer than it used to.  Perhaps companies are… Read more »

How Choosing the Right Equipment Impacts Your ROI

The July issue of Packaging World featured an interesting application story about how Willow Tree Poultry Farms, a frozen poultry packager in Attleboro, MA, cut operating costs by implementing Econocorp cartoning and casing equipment to their production line.  As the Willow Tree’s sales had continued to increase over the years, they searched for an automated solution, which would ultimately help… Read more »

Conveyor Solutions: Consistent Recirculation and Singulation

When it becomes necessary to design better conveyor solutions for products that are to accumulate in a specific area of a production line, a buffer can be very useful to help prevent shutting down the line or wasting product.  No facility manager wants products to resemble thousands of lemmings going over the precipice of destruction.… Read more »

Dorner Application Story – Accumulation Transfers

-Problem In this CD and DVD duplication facility, spindles of product manufactured in a cleanroom are carried out to a packaging area. The application required: Smooth and controlled accumulation Reliable 90° transfer A cleanroom conveyor with minimal particle generation Tight packaging to fit close to a wall and not obstruct space Unattended operation at the… Read more »

Dorner Application Story – Automotive Accumulation

–Problem How could a little black rubber grommet cause such big problems? That was the situation at Stanadyne Automotive, in Washington, North Carolina. Stanadyne manufactures fuel filters for farm and construction equipment. These filters are rectangular canisters, 4” x 5” x 4”, and each has three 9/16” diameter butadiene rubber grommets on the bottom. Stanadyne was using a… Read more »

Dorner Application Story – Automated Assembly

-Problem Many manufacturing companies are working toward automating their functions, but Rexam Sussex Plastics is successfully using a mix of robotics, conveyors and their own ingenuity to make it happen now. The 21-year old injection molding firm in Sussex, Wisconsin, operates ‘round the clock, five days a week and employs 350 people in its 107,000… Read more »

Dorner Application Story – Automation

-Challenge A pharmaceutical third party logistics company was processing only 2,200 cases of drugs per day and was having difficulty tracking these incoming cases. As the company grew, they needed a more time and space efficient method of processing the cases of drugs received daily. This required a new automated system to help avoid the necessity for a… Read more »