A new video released by Ultimation Industries LLC explains how Power and Free conveyors work to provide material handling versatility and accuracy in demanding industrial environments. Ultimation is a direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer, specializing in solving productivity challenges with fast-to-deploy solutions for the automotive, food processing, vertical farming, heavy equipment, warehousing, fulfillment and delivery sectors.
“Power and Free conveyors are the workhorse of the overhead conveyor product family and have long been the first choice for industries where high volume, durability and reliability are very important,” said Richard Canny, president of Ultimation. “They are also exceptionally flexible and easy to maintain.”
Power and Free conveyors have two tracks, with one track located above the other. The “power” track features a rivetless conveyor chain that runs continuously when the overhead conveyor is in operation. On the second track, the loads that the conveyor will carry are attached to the conveyor system via load bars and trolleys. This second track is known as the “free track” of the conveyor. Small mechanical devices called “pusher dogs” are located at regular increments along the moving chain to push the free trolleys along the conveyor track. Unlike basic continuously moving overhead monorail conveyor systems, power and free conveyors provide the unique ability to stop individual loads without stopping the entire production line.
Power and Free Conveyors are routinely used in harsh environments, including paint ovens, above dip tanks and throughout paint pre-treatment facilities. Ultimation and Webb’s overhead conveyor systems may be used in food-safe environments with appropriate component and lubrication selection. Ultimation’s range of Webb power and Free Conveyors can handle loads from as light as 5 pounds per unit to 20,000 pounds.