New Pitless Drive Towline Conveyor Diminishes Costs & Improves Performance
The 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.
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:
- Large enough for a worker to enter it;
- Limited means of entry or exit; and
- 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.