Category: Engineered Solutions

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Dorner Merge Conveyors

Dorner offers a variety of solutions for merging products in a processing line. We can merge 2, 3, 4 or more lines together, singulate the product and prep it for the next phase of production. We have manual, motorized, and pneumatic solutions depending on your application and product shape and size. All solutions are custom… Read more »

Sanitary Helix Now with Added Features

As we’ve highlighted in the past, Dorner has created Sanitary Helix designs to integrate with Hoosier Feeder’s Food Grade Centrifugal Feeder. The Helix uses AquaGard 7350 Series modular curve chain which allows for high speeds and cleanability. Each Helix is custom designed and built for the customer’s application. Recently, we created a Helix with additional… Read more »

Custom Accumulation Systems

When you need to ensure a steady supply of product to a machine or to hold a supply of product when a machine stops, Dorner’s Accumulation Conveyors can help. Our accumulation conveyors are designed to satisfy the needs of our customers requiring a solution for handling overflow, buffering items, merging lines and more. To create… Read more »

Magnetic Conveyors Customized for Efficiency

  Every business needing a magnetic conveyor in its facility has a specific product to run. Therefore, no two solutions will work the same for different companies. A company moving nails, screws, bolts and other small objects will not need the same magnetization as a company moving larger, heavier magnetic parts. Every conveyor features unique… Read more »

Dorner’s Engineered Solutions Group Injects Automation and Ingenuity into Conveyor Systems for Complex Applications

  When a customer needed to upgrade their existing food processing line to merge two lanes of frozen pizzas into a single lane, Dorner’s Engineered Solutions Group designed the perfect custom solution. Dorner’s Engineered Solutions Group (ESG) gives extra attention to building conveyor systems with unique dimensions and performance characteristics above and beyond Dorner’s regular… Read more »

Dynamic Guide Completes Sanitary Merge

Recently, a customer needed to improve their process of merging two lanes of frozen pizzas into a single line. Their existing equipment required an operator to manually intervene in order to keep product flowing through.  Dorner was able to create a new product merge that works automatically, keeping the process running smoothly and safely. This… Read more »

Finding the Right Space-Saving System

  At Dorner, we regularly build solutions that save space. Not all space-saving designs are the same though. The key is finding the right solution for your product and application. Recently, a customer was in need of a solution to transport glass jars prior to being packed into boxes, but they were facing a major… Read more »

Custom Gravity Roller Conveyor Provides Space Saving Design

  At Dorner, we regularly build complete system solutions for customers, but a custom conveyor doesn’t need to be complex! Recently, a customer needed a conveyor to carry boxes from a FlexMove conveyor down to an area where an operator will finish packaging the box. The customer had limited space in their facility due to… Read more »

How Recirculating Tables Keep Your Product Moving

When moving products down a manufacturing line, there may be places that experience backups and cause the entire line to slow or shut down. To avoid having to stop production or redirect product, a recirculating table can create a space to accumulate product and control the flow to the next process. Recirculating tables are created… Read more »

Sanitary Helix Conveyor Uses AquaGard 7350 Series Chain

Dorner’s SmartFlex Helix is great for industrial applications requiring a helix conveyor, but what about when the application requires a sanitary environment? Dorner’s Engineered Solutions Group has created a Sanitary Helix conveyor with the ability to run at high speeds.   The Sanitary Helix features the AquaGard 7350 Series modular curve chain which allows the… Read more »

4-to-1 Merge with Flexible Packages

  In a recent application (see the video at the end of the post!), a customer need to singulate randomly spaced product moving at a high rate of speed. The product was coming out of a cleaning and drying unit in four lanes, moving at 40 parts/minute. After being singulated, the product will then entered… Read more »

Custom Frozen Pizza System

  At Dorner, we can provide anything from a single conveyor to a full system. Recently, Dorner worked with a company making frozen pizzas to create a completely custom system with a total of 71 conveyors! The conveyors needed to take multiple sizes of pizzas through and between processes such as freezing, wrapping, inspection and… Read more »

5 Unique Ways to Merge Product

  Merging Conveyors are used to consolidate the flow of product from multiple infeed lines. Typically, these systems will merge the product into a single stream on one conveyor for the next phase in the production process. There are many ways to merge product, such as: diverters and gates, product pushers, lane guiding, ARB Conveyors… Read more »

Increase Throughput and Efficiency with a Tote Handling System

See this system in action at the end of the post! Recently, a pharmaceutical company came to Dorner looking for a system that would increase the throughput of their operation. Pharmacists and technicians were manually carrying totes between various order filling stations and the area for verifying and packing. The company needed a way to… Read more »

Create safe walk-through access with a lift gate conveyor

  At Dorner, safety is a priority with all of our conveyor systems. In facilities that require employees to pass through a production line, lift gate conveyors are often an ideal solution. They offer the perfect combination of both functionality and safety. 2200 Series Lift Gate   Dorner’s lift gate conveyors are built so that… Read more »

Custom Accumulation Table

Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to accumulate product before it was manually packaged.  In the past, we have accumulated products on low friction conveyor belts (seen here) and on recirculating conveyors (seen here and here). For this application, a custom rotating accumulation table was built to hold small runs of bottles which would… Read more »

2200 Series Split Belt Conveyor

A high friction belt is useful when moving potentially slippery product. But in some cases, this provides a challenge when removing the product from the belt. This issue arose recently with a company transporting flat cards on a conveyor. The indexing conveyor needed to stop in front of worker stations so that the cards could… Read more »

New Spiral Chutes from Dorner Provide a Gentle, Economical Way to Move Product Down to a Lower Level

Gravity has never been more useful! The new Spiral Chutes from Dorner are an economical way to gently move product down to a lower level…with gravity doing all the work. As product enters the Spiral Chute, gravity takes over to safely slide packages down to the lower level. Spiral Chutes’ patent-pending stair step design ensures products won’t get stuck… Read more »

SmartFlex Pallet Systems

Dorner SmartFlex Pallet Systems now available in D-Tools

Dorner’s SmartFlex® Pallet System conveyors are now available in D-Tools, Dorner’s online conveyor configurator that includes 2D and 3D CAD libraries and other functions. Using D-Tools, project engineers, plant managers and others can now design a SmartFlex Pallet System conveyor to fit their exact application in a matter of minutes. D-Tools allows users to construct simple or complex… Read more »

Robot Integration

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 Mike Hosch Vice President, Industrial Products Group, 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… Read more »

Four Uses for a Retracting Tail Conveyor

The capability to retract a conveyor, either manually or pneumatically, can improve system flexibility. The basic design of a retracting tail is a conveyor frame that retracts or extends, typically on slides or rails. This function can happen infrequently with low accuracy or it can reoccur every few seconds with precision. Dorner has options available… Read more »

Transfer Metal Product with Magnetic Conveyors

There are multiple options when looking to transfer product between conveyors such as powered or roller transfers, but this recent application used a more unique option. This 2200 Series SmartFlex conveyor system features magnetic transfers both on and off the conveyor. The transfers were designed using 2200 Series magnetic conveyors that pick up the metal product off of an… Read more »

Sanitary LPZ for Bulk Product Handling

Dorner’s AquaGard 7360 Series Conveyors are part of Dorner’s line of sanitary conveyors suited for wipe down and low pressurized washdowns. With BISSC certification, these conveyors are often used for industries such as bakery & snack foods, but they are suited for any environment requiring wipe down conveyors. In this application, the AquaGard LPZ conveyor was used to… Read more »

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