White Paper Towline Optimization in Six Steps
This White Paper Towline Optimization in Six Steps provides major tips on how to optimize new or existing towline systems.
Towline conveyors offer a cost effective alternative to other types of material handling systems for moving work pieces between operations in manufacturing and assembly applications. They are a proven technology, simple in design, flexible in application, rugged and easy to maintain.
Change a Process and Yield: $28,258,065 (yes almost $30 million)
One section details how a Lo-Tow towline customer simply changed their towline method of operation. This simple adjustment in their process increased the towline’s profit by $28,258,065 (yes almost $30 million).
In operation, carriers, or carts, are pulled by a chain encased in a track generally configured in a rectangular or serpentine loop or multiple loops connected by transfers. Process operations are performed along the loop at selected “stalls” or “spurs.”
A towline system is made up of a mainline conveyor, a transfer conveyor or a combination of the two. Towlines can be configured in a variety of paths using loops, transfers, spurs, stops, and operating modes to meet a wide range of user needs. Towline conveyor systems can be installed for a low
Low operating and maintenance costs financially justify the installation over time, resulting in an extremely low total cost of ownership. Yet, as good a value as these systems represent, there are ways
to further optimize the investment.
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