Conveyor SolutionsConveyor Solutions….Towline Conveyors Are NOT Equal, Frequently Asked Questions Part 1

SI Systems is routinely asked to review towline conveyor applications and make suggestions and recommendations to attain optimum performance and best value in order to achieve te best conveyor solutions.  As the market leader for towline-based conveyance, we are happy to provide this service since SI Systems has been implementing and supporting towline systems since 1956.

Here is our first installment of common FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) topics which can help guide organizations to implementing the correct conveyor solutions.

1- How long will a SI Systems towline run?

SI’s robust hardware design allows our systems to run trouble-free for many years.  Our durable designs and quality components help assure reliability and minimal cost of ownership.   SI’s Lo-Tow towline conveyor systems are engineered for round the clock mission critical operations.  SI has installed systems that have been in service for 40+ years and still running.

2- Aren’t all towline chains the same?

The simple answer is “No.”  SI’s proprietary towline chains are designed for the specific purpose of towing carts in assembly, production and warehouse applications.  Competing chains are typically commercially available industrial chains. These chains are designed for a myriad of applications and industries and are repurposed for towline conveyor use. SI’s chains are engineered with hardened wear surfaces and design features that promote longevity, up-time, and jam resistance. Most importantly, SI’s chains are designed for only one application, high performance towline conveyor.

3- What about towline conveyor track wearbars?

SI’s towline track is built with wearbars that absorb the highest level of wear, which is the contact points with the chain and towpins.  These wearbars are made of hardened steel to promote extended use.  Since the wearbars are renewable, the track can be rebuilt in place without disturbing the concrete floor.  Last, since the track is designed to be low profile, it can be installed in trenches that are less than 6 inches deep.

As the industry leader in towline conveyor technology, SI Systems manufacturers multiple chain, track and drive options to optimize every organization’s exact application needs and requirements.

SI Systems welcomes your questions and comments on the proper design and selection. Please feel free to email Jim English, our senior applications engineer directly or visit our website www.sihs.com for more information

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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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