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09 Nov 17

New SmartFlex® Helix Conveyors from Dorner Offers Facilities Greater Flexibility in Layout


Elevate the performance of your conveyor system with the new SmartFlex® Helix Conveyors from Dorner.


The tight turns and small footprint of the SmartFlex Helix Conveyors provide facilities with greater flexibility in layout for applications such as accumulation, buffering, cooling product and more.

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30 Aug 17

Conveying Automation Expertise



As more companies look to automate their processing lines, they are relying on conveyor manufacturers for an assist – here’s why…

By Clinton Anderson
Industry Manager - Assembly Automation, Dorner Manufacturing

New waves of technologies are transforming not only the way products are produced and packaged, but manufacturing facilities as a whole. Flexibility and connectivity are the names of the game when it comes to equipment, and that’s certainly the case for conveyors.    

Conveyors today have become integral components in all phases of the automation, assembly and industrial markets. And while some of the dominant global brands have been the early adopters to embracing the full potential of conveyors, more companies of all sizes are taking a closer look at how they too can better integrate conveyor systems to ultimately improve the entire line.  

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29 Jun 17

Move Product Around Machinery with a Reverse LPZ Conveyor



A traditional LPZ conveyor is ideal for elevation changes in some facilities, but other times its footprint is too large for what the space allows.

A recent customer faced this problem when they needed to move product between conveyors, but the area wouldn’t work for a regular Z-frame conveyor due to a machine being in the way. 

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26 Apr 17

Powered Side Guide Highlighted on Dorner’s SmartFlex Conveyor with FlexMove Technology


Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to convey small plastic bottles. The solution required a number of different transfers from conveyors and other machinery. 

While there are many different ways to handle bottle transfers from one conveyor to the next, often times the solution relies on product back-pressure to lessen the chance of the transferring bottle falling forward and on its side. 

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16 Mar 17

Added Flexibility for Dorner’s 2200 SmartFlex® Conveyor Platform with New 85 mm Width Option


Dorner’s flexible chain conveyor platform, SmartFlex®, is now available in an 85 mm width standard option. With this addition, SmartFlex Conveyors are now available in 4 standard widths: 65 mm (2.6”), 85 mm (3.3”), 105 mm (4.1”) and 150 mm (5.9”). Other sizes that can be specially ordered include: 45 mm (1.8”), 180 mm (7.1”) and 260 mm (10.2”). This new expanded offering gives customers greater options for various applications in packaging, food, medical, assembly and other industries.

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13 Dec 16

Dorner Provides Custom Conveyor System for Labeling Application



A customer recently needed a system to move various sized cartons through two inkjet printers. During this process, the carton needed to be justified and then transferred 90 degrees.

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25 Oct 16

Sanitary Conveyor System from Dorner Helps Wisconsin Cheese Packer Improve Ergonomics and Packaging Efficiencies



Who knew that a few inches at work could make all the difference?

It may not seem like a lot, but for employees packaging cheese on a tray line at Alpine Slicing & Cheese Conversion, those few inches were noticeable from the repetitive motion of reaching out and grabbing packaged cheese trays. So when it came time to expand its contract packaging services by adding a second tray line, the company was looking for new ideas to improve upon this process…and they found the solution through an adjustable sanitary conveyor system from Dorner Mfg.

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11 Oct 16

Lift Gate Provides Added Flexibility to SmartFlex System


 

Dorner’s 2200 Series SmartFlex conveyors are one of our most flexible systems available. For this application, the customer was moving bottles on a packaging line and needed added versatility. 

Besides utilizing the flexibility of the SmartFlex conveyor's tight turns and long runs, the customer required a system that could accommodate multiple bottle sizes. Also, the customer needed a walk through area to access a capping machine.

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12 Sep 16

Dorner Introduces Next Generation 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyors


Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyor features additional belt options, a sleek open frame design, and a universal T-slot and is ideal for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling and general manufacturing industries.  

The product redesign includes a number of improvements. For starters, its ladder-style, open frame design replaces traditional perforated bedplates that allows better airflow through the frame for cooling and water and chemical drainage applications.

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18 Aug 16

Sanitary vs. Stainless Steel Conveyors


Know What You’re Getting Before You Buy

By John Kuhnz
Vice President, Engineered Solutions Group, Dorner Mfg.

 

There are many factors that drive food processors to upgrade their conveyor systems to a more sanitary platform. Leading the charge is
the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which takes a more proactive approach toward food safety by adding safeguards to try and prevent contamination or problems from occurring within the nation’s food supply in the first place. Besides the FSMA, companies cannot afford to have a contamination outbreak traced back to poor sanitary designs in their equipment. The risks to their reputation and to their customers’ well-being are too great.

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