SideFinger Towline Conveyor Provides Cost-Effective Jam-Free Assembly Operations

SideFinger Towline

Jam-Free SideFinger Towline Conveyor System Improves Assembly Line Reliability

The cost-effective Lo-Tow® SideFinger™ Towline assembly conveyor system utilizes SI Systems’ Track-Gap™ jam-free design to virtually eliminate jamming and its associated downtime while providing years and often decades of reliable service.

The Track-Gap system is engineered to shield the chain from debris and keep the contaminants harmlessly contained. The system’s track is constructed with a solid steel guard encompassing the entire chain path. Likewise, the track has an isolation channel where fasteners, screws and debris collect harmlessly it is cleared out during scheduled maintenance.

The SideFinger in-floor towline system is designed to be installed faster and easier due to its shallow six-inch deep trench track installation. Since the entire track sits in a six-inch deep trench, the cost, risk and time required for installation and construction is dramatically reduced. The six-inch deep trench is also important in older existing facilities that have pipes and infrastructure materials below the surface of the floor.

With towing capacity up to 210,000 pound and 100 feet per minute movement, the SideFinger towline comes standard with a remote VPN controls diagnostics package. This allows personnel to check on the health of the system and address any issues that can be handled pro-actively and eliminate potential downtime. The rugged design and construction allows SI Systems to double the industry standard warranty to two years and offer, for the SideFinger towline, an industry leading ten-year optional warranty.

Since the track accommodates both the active and return chains, the SideFinger in-floor towline system is perfect for straight linear paths. This proprietary design eliminates the need for large looping curves to accommodate the chain return. This also reduces the towline systems’ total footprint, which reduces material costs, installation time and operations disruption. Unlike other system designs, the side-by-side chain orientation allows rapid access to both the active and return chains by simply removing one cover plate.

The entire Lo-Tow line of towlines is focused on longevity and performance, which translates into a fast return on investment and low cost of ownership. Having manufactured towline conveyor systems since 1965, SI Systems has one of the largest installation bases of towline conveyor systems in North America.

SI Systems has been providing world class material handling and software systems for manufacturing, assembly, kitting, order fulfillment and warehouse operations for over 50 years. Systems include towline in-floor drag chain conveyor systems, NFF (No Fault Forward) assembly systems, Automated Guided Cart (AGC), Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), WES, WMS and WCS software systems, order fulfillment dispensing A-Frames and integration services. Visit for more information and white papers on this subject or email: for more information.


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