New Pitless Drive Towline Conveyor Diminishes Costs & Improves Performance

pitless driveThe new Pitless drive system,  for SI Systems Lo-Tow® towline conveyor system helps reduce system investment, simplify maintenance, and speed up implementation.

The Pitless drive utilizes a steel housing that is mounted in a shallow recess rather than a pit.  The Pitless drive simply embeds into the concrete slab when the trench is poured during installation.  Also, the Pitless drive’s take-up does not require a pit either and installs in a 6” deep trench.  By not having to form pit walls, the installation of the Pitless drive and take-up system saves a considerable amount of time, labor and cost.

For decades, towline, drag chain and other similar “in-floor chain” conveyor systems required large pits to house their drive and take-up system.  Appropriately, OSHA considers pits like these to be a “Confined Space” and has developed a standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) which can require permits, training, and other construction and maintenance complications.

Reduces Investment

With SI System’s pitless drive/take-up system, the need to design, form, pour and create a pit is eliminated.  The labor and materials associated with a pit’s civil/concrete work can often cost over $12,000 per pit.

Eliminates Confined Space Requirements

Towline pits typically satisfy OSHA’s defined criteria for a “confined space,” as follows:

  1. Large enough for a worker to enter it;
  2. Limited means of entry or exit; and
  3. Not designed for continuous occupancy.

Depending on your local building laws and OSHA representation, companies may have to schedule an on-site OSHA evaluation, get permits, create employee training procedures, provide the proper ventilation equipment, safe entry and exit documentation and training, create a ventilation system, deploy an air testing procedure, have available personal protective equipment (PPE) and more.

The Lo-Tow pitless drive system eliminates all of this concern, cost and risk associated with the OSHA regulations, allowing easy access without entering a pit.

Easy Pitless Maintenance

SI System’s pitless drive and take-up system are easily accessible by maintenance personnel.  Simply remove the cover plates and access the components from floor level.  There is no need for ladders and special OSHA equipment/procedures.

About SI Systems

SI Systems has been providing world class automated software and material handling systems to order fulfillment, distribution center, warehouse, manufacturing and assembly operations for over 55 years. Systems include order fulfillment A-Frames, towline conveyor, AGV, AGC conveyance systems, document inserter systems, WES, WMS, WCS Warehouse Software, and full range of integration services.

 

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Ed Romaine
Ed Romaine
Romaine has spent over 30 years involved with organizations looking to optimize their distribution, manufacturing, and warehousing operations. Focusing on customer’s processes, systems and business model, Romaine has helped dozens of organizations improve profitability by reducing labor, floor space, errors and inventory while improving accuracy, inventory turns and cut-off times.Within the industry trade association, MHI, Romaine has taken numerous leadership positions over his 18 year membership including: Chairman of the Automated Storage & Retrieval (AS/RS) Group, Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council of America, Chairman of the Warehouse Execution Systems Group and was one of the originators of the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group.Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications, blogs and online publications and has been a speaker at dozens of Supply Chain, Logistics, Lean and Facility organizations and functions.

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