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Benefits of the Power and Free Conveyor

Every job needs the right tool. You can’t drive a nail with a wrench. Well technically you can, but it would mean a lot of wasted time and energy to get the job done while also costing opportunity of completing other tasks. When it comes to conveyor systems there are many designs and functions that can be customized to meet specific needs. The Power & Free systems allow for things like chain to chain contacts, two-trolley support, exit and entrance switches, and many other benefits that are specialized solutions for your unique...
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Conveyor Belt Safety Tips

A Handy Guide to Safety The world of material handling is always moving on the wheels of the conveyor system. Keeping up is good, but keeping up in a safe manner is much more important.  With so many moving parts, it can be easy for someone to get hurt along this warehouse highway. It helps to be familiar with the CEMA, or Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association, rules and tips to stay safe. Do not climb, ride, walk, touch or sit on the conveyor belt. For those of you that may be unfamiliar with how a conveyor belt works, it is essentially a pulley system that pulls a belt endlessly over high-spinning rollers. It’s usually common sense to not touch things that are moving fast and made of metal and rubber. Trying to walk or stand on conveyor belts will cause people to fall and hurt themselves. The same goes with touching the conveyor belt. Fast, spinning, metal objects will damage fingers. Use equipment only with approved guards or covers in place. These guards are placed here for your protection. When removed, they can expose dangerous moving parts that can hurt when touched. Do not remove them because they get in the way. If they are removed for maintenance, make sure they are replaced after. Make sure everyone is clear of the conveyor belt before starting it up. Don’t start it up when people are around it or working on it, as that can lead to quick injury. Many places of work with a conveyor belt usually install a horn or siren alerting employees that the belt is starting, which is a great idea. Do not modify conveyor controls. It may be tempting to place tape over the “on” button for increased productivity, but do not do it. This can be a serious threat to safety. Steer clear of modifying any controls, unless by a trained professional. Keep conveyor belt clear of trash, clothes and hair. As mentioned above, the belt uses spinning metal rollers, and loose hair or clothing can get easily caught in them. If employees need to be close to a conveyor belt, make sure they have clothing pulled back and hair tied up for safety. Only clean away waste or trash from conveyor belt when it is fully turned off. If you are working with an overhead conveyor belt, make sure that all guards are in...
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The History and Progress of Conveyor Belts

While most people attribute conveyor belts coming on the scene with the assembly line and Henry Ford’s Model T, they actually have a much longer past....
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Benefits of Using An Overhead Conveyor System

For manufacturing companies who are looking for a better way to create products, consider trying out an overhead conveyor system. These systems allow for more space to be conserved on the floor of your business space and for production of your products or merchandise to be complete quickly and efficiently. Conserve Space Overhead conveyor systems help businesses take advantage of all the space in their buildings by getting products up off the floor and freeing up that valuable floor space. Overhead conveyor systems are either suspended from the ceiling or connected to a few metal posts positioned around the floor of a building. With the majority of your production equipment raised off the floor, you will now have more room to work with.   Speed Up Production Using an overhead conveyor system has a variety of benefits when it comes to speeding up production and productivity within your manufacturing business. When you have a load suspended and moving in the track of the conveyor system, all loads will travel at the same pace, keeping up production times. However, if it is necessary to slow down or speed up a process for some reason, it is easy to change the pace at which the track moves. This speed controller can be fine tuned in order to accommodate various operations that require different time periods, like spray painting materials. In situations such as these, the loads can also rotate on their carrier for easier operator interaction with the various pieces.   Increase Safety The tracks used on overhead conveyor systems are almost fully enclosed. This means that the track is nearly invisible, making it safer to interact with. This feature also means that the chain that pulls the loads will not be easily contaminated. The chain and track will be able to continue running at their full capacity for years. The flexibility will also remain intact, allowing for the chain to go up, down, and over corners of the track without losing its ability to pull the units using their horizontal bearings. If you feel that your production could be improved, try using an overhead conveyor system to facilitate those...
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High Carbon Channel

People who operate material and handling businesses know how important it is for them to keep their equipment properly maintained and in optimum running condition. When equipment goes down, oftentimes factories and plants experience down time during which they temporarily shut down. If the machinery that lifts and moves heavy and bulky items goes down, then the plant might not be able to continue its operations until the machinery gets fixed. If a problem arises with your conveyor system, there’s no need to worry because we have effective solutions for most of your problems at Rapid Industries. The high carbon channels of your conveyor systems directly affect how much weight your systems can withstand. For instance, some high carbon channels have better strength to weight ratios than others do, which means that they can withstand the pressure of heavier weight loads than others can. If your current conveyor system isn’t designed to withstand the weight pressures that you need, we can help solve the problem by providing you with new carbon beams that are of higher quality than your current ones. The carbon beams are one of the most important aspects of your conveyor system. At Rapid Industries, we utilize steel carbon beams of the highest quality that are built to withstand the loads that are imparted to them without collapsing or undergoing any deformation. Plus, carbon beams can be used with both power and free track conveyor systems. Our beams can fit a variety of track sizes as well, and we can even create them in custom sizes if you have a custom conveyor system that doesn’t have the traditional beam sizes that we offer. We offer a variety of other conveyor system replacement parts as well, including trolleys, chains, attachments, guards, drives, lubricators, take-ups, carriers and more. Additionally, we offer brand new conveyor systems, such as our highly popular Rapid Flex Enclosed Track system. We can even help you design, fabricate and manufacture your own completely customized conveyor system if none of our pre-existing systems meet your material and handling needs. Known for our exemplary customer service, Rapid Industries is here to meet all your...
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High Carbon Beams

If you have a material and handling business, you likely realize the importance of having properly working equipment to help you transport heavy and bulky items from one location to another. Almost all plants, warehouses and factories nowadays have some sort of conveyor system upon which items are transported. Conveyor systems are more efficient and cost effective than manual human labor is. However, like all other types of machinery, they must be maintained and kept in working order for them to be effective. If you begin encountering problems with your conveyor system and need replacement parts for it, turn to Rapid Industries. We offer you a variety of solutions for your most complicated material and handling issues at Rapid Industries. Whether you are experiencing issues with your trolleys, chains, attachments or the high carbon beams of your tracks, we have the replacement parts to get your conveyor systems back up and running in no time. The high carbon beams of your conveyor system are one of the most important components of a conveyor system. They determine the capacity of the weight loads that your systems can lift. The size and durability of the beams that you use directly affect the overall performance of the entire conveyor system, so ensuring that you use only the strongest, high quality materials is of the utmost importance. Our beams at Rapid Industries are designed to withstand the impact and wear of the loads that are imparted to them from the conveying trolleys without them undergoing undue pinning or deformation. When you decide to order your replacement parts for your conveyor system from us, you can rest easy knowing that your plant won’t have to experience more down time than is necessary. Typically, we can ship out your replacement part the same day that you place your order for them since we have one of the largest conveyor components inventories in the industry. Some of the other components that we offer include lubricators, drives, take-ups, carriers, chain components, guards and anti-backs. Of course, we also offer completely new conveyor systems as well as custom designed...
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