Conveyors & Sortation

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors Elevate AGVs and AMRs

May 15, 2024

By Chuck Cobb, Vice President Sales, Marketing, & Customer Support and Dan Hext, National Sales Director, PFlow Industries Vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) act as the pivotal link between two major trends in warehouse operations that are dramatically increasing efficiency and profitability: Mobile Robots — The widespread adoption of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile…


New Barcode Scanners, Cameras, and Vision Sensors from AutomationDirect

April 30, 2024

AutomationDirect has added machine-mountable barcode scanners, 2D cameras, and 3D vision sensors from ifm efector to its Barcode/RFID/Vision category. Machine-mountable barcode scanners can read popular industrial 1D and 2D codes such as Code 128, Code 39, QR codes, and many more. They are excellent for applications requiring machine mounting, conveyor mounting, or process equipment mounting.…


AutomationDirect Adds New Sensors to Collection

April 10, 2024

AutomationDirect has added Leuze 28 series 18mm threaded rectangular sensors that feature flexible mounting options with front and bottom 18mm threads and 3.1mm through-holes, sensing distances up to 10m, and rugged ABS thermoplastic housings with an IP67 protection rating. These new photoelectric sensors are offered in diffuse, polarized retroreflective, and through-beam sensing styles, and in…


Dorner to Showcase Innovative Automation Technologies at Automate 2024

April 9, 2024

Dorner and its partner company montratec are set to unveil its latest innovations in assembly technology in booth 1224 at Automate 2024, May 6-9, at McCormick Place in Chicago. With a focus on enhancing efficiency and reliability in production environments, both Dorner and montratec will present a lineup of demo conveyors designed to meet the…


NORD DRIVESYSTEMS Exhibits Innovative Solutions at AAAE

April 1, 2024

NORD’s airport industry solutions focus on high efficiency, variant reduction, and reducing operating costs. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is returning to the 96th Annual AAAE Conference with its innovative solutions for the airport industry. This year’s exhibition takes place in Nashville, Tennessee April 28 – May 1. Drive solutions from NORD are characterized by long service life,…


OMRON Launches New Integrated Autonomous Mobile Robot Solutions

March 22, 2024

Businesses looking to deploy autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in their facility often realize that an AMR without a top module is like a robot arm without a gripper. A lifter top module enables an AMR to drive underneath the cargo, lift it up and transport it to the desired location, while a top roller makes…


Dorner and Garvey Combine Strengths on New Conveyor

March 19, 2024

Dorner and Garvey are combining strengths to write a new chapter together with the recent launch of its AquaGard GT Stainless Steel conveyor. This new line combines the best conveyance expertise of both brands to develop a platform with an attractive price point that integrates with accumulation systems and other machinery to create a fully automated processing…


Identifying And Preventing the Causes of Conveyor Fires

March 3, 2024

Clean conveyor systems, ongoing maintenance, good fire-fighting capabilities and awareness of hazards can prevent conveyor fires. By: Dan Marshall and R. Todd Swinderman, Contributors Bulk handling facilities with extensive conveyor networks are at particular risk of large-scale fire events. The size and speed of modern conveyors can spread fires over great distances in a very…


Safety Features Within VRCs

March 3, 2024

Vertical reciprocating conveyors offer one of the safest methods for moving goods and materials between levels. This article first appeared in an MHI blog.[1] The priority of any material handling operation in a manufacturing facility is safety. Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs) are commonly used to move materials between different levels, but they are also widely…


AutomationDirect Announces New Light Grids

February 27, 2024

AutomationDirect adds new ReeR Micron series light grids, available in detecting or measuring versions, that use multi-beam photoeye arrays to detect the presence of objects anywhere within the controlled height of the sensor array. The light grids are perfect for detecting, measuring, and counting various sized and shaped objects at random positions as they pass…


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