Lane Dividers, Merge & Transfers(33 companies)
Also known as lane combiners and laners, these systems that sort, separate, merge or relocate outfed packages or containers, such as finished cases, often integrated into conveying operations. Plan to purchase new conveying, feeding and handling equipment? Explore our articles to get tips.
A&E Conveyor Systems Inc.
A&E Conveyor offers several different styles of elevators and lowerators, include side grip style elevators with continuous solid lubricated UHMW chain wear tracks, spring and air-assisted chain take-up assemblies and metering spacing belts for container control. Other systems from A&E Conveyor include magnetic style systems in sanitary steel construction that can be supplied in many different configurations with various infeed/discharge styles depending on the application. Rounding out A&E’s product and package handling offerings are vacuum style, spiral style, and gravity style elevators as well as single filers and divider conveyors.
Advantage Conveyor, Inc.
Advantage Conveyor specializes in the custom design and fabrication of singulating and combining conveyors as well as product diverting, sorting and lane switching conveyors for all industries and applications. Advantage Conveyor’s engineering staff works with clients to develop CAD drawings to their specifications. Systems can be supplied as part of a complete system or as a standalone component to fit an existing system.
Arr-Tech makes a spreader/laning conveyor designed for product laning applications in food processing. System will automatically denest products such as tortillas, flatbread and pizza, eliminating the need for manual labor by positioning the product into lanes to be transferred to automatic counting, stacking and packaging equipment. Featuring bi-directional product separation, variable-speed drive, and easy adjustability for a variety of application needs, this spreader/conveyor allows easy access for maintenance and utilizes current technologies for greater durability.
The Tablet Elevator, available in either single or dual formats, is designed for efficiency and ergonomics. It automatically replenishes the hoppers of tablet counters, regardless of model, with product at a rate that keeps up with production requirements. Its low-profile hopper ensures that dispensing of product remains low to the ground without the need to lift heavy drums or boxes to the tablet counter hopper.
Benchmark supplies product laning conveyors, stacking machines, channeling equipment, and related single file product distribution equipment. The In-Line Stacker can be incorporated into new or existing horizontal wrappers. A series of flight chains, a lift ramp and a stacking plate are used to automatically build 2 high stacks of product while it travels along the wrapper infeed. The system is servo driven and can provide 1 or 2-high stacks with changeovers of less than 1 minute.
Bradman Lake Group
Bradman-Lake is a manufacturer of product and packaging handling systems including automatic distribution, storage and buffer systems and cascade loaders. Bradman-Lake works with customers in industries including bakery and biscuit, chocolate and confectionery, dry foods, chilled and frozen foods, pharmaceutical, and consumer and healthcare.
CAM Packaging Systems
The CAM Singulator supplies product transfer systems, indexing conveyors and a multilane, singulator counting solution for creating mixed/assorted multipacks or single flavor packages. In production mode, users can create retail packages or create packages in e-commerce mode as required.
Campbell Wrapper Corporation
Campbell's product distribution system automatically distributes up to several thousand products per minute to various individual flow wrapping machines. Each module in the system is fully interfaced to the product backlog and supply system, ensuring consistent feeding to the wrappers on the production line. Systems feature sanitary machine design allows for easy clean-up, a reliable Allen-Bradley control system and flow buffering at each wrapper station. Diverters, transpositors, and chicane systems are available.
Cavanna Packaging USA
Cavanna Packaging USA supplies full wrapping lines for round, square and rectangular products such as biscuits, crackers and cookies that arrive and align in regular rows. These lines feature integrated, automated solutions for product feeding and conveying between guides.The system can feed one or more wrapping lines directly from the processing line and be connected to a buffering system, product refeed station, or to other processing stations such as cooling tunnels. System features slug forming through an SBF type volumetric feeder. Up to 12 channel configurations are available.
Compass Industrial Group, LLC
Compass Industrial Group offers product and package handling equipment including tray denesters and merge systems. The TrayFlow Denester, designed to denest a wide range of trays and cups without vacuum cup or gripper contact, run at high speeds, with reliable single lane capabilities of up to 120 trays per minute. Compass also offers a full line of custom designed distribution systems, engineered to increase production efficiencies by reducing downtime and product scrap. Featured products include channeling boards, which can receive interlocked product and spread to predictable centers in addition to merging product rows from two to one, and three to two and the On-Edge Row Merging System, used to merge shingled product together. Related products include spreaders and vibratory accumulation systems.
Container Handling Systems Corporation
Container Handling Systems Corporation’s servo lane divider, featuring a heavy duty frame, can be integrated into any conveyor system. This CHSC system employs a brake system to hold containers while the servo drive shifts the lane. The servo allows quick shifting and extreme accurate alignment to the conveyor guide rails. Servo laners are custom designed to match conveyor layouts and electrical specifications. Base unit components include: infeed conveyor with drive, servo motor with a timing belt driven lane assembly, heavy duty container stop as part of lane rails, jam and back up controls, and Allen Bradley PLC control panel.
Delta Systems & Automation LLC
Delta Systems manufactures a range of row distribution systems that orientate and deliver the product to the wrapper infeed when they emerge from processing in an unorganized state. Row removal systems feature passthrough speeds in excess of 120 rows/min and a delivery speed of 40 rows a minute. The rows of product are then passed onto each individual wrapping leg.
Descon Integrated Conveyor Solutions
Descon designs and builds product and packaging handling solutions for the food and beverage industries, including a range of transfers, elevator conveyors, and side-grip elevators. Vacuum transfer and elevator conveyors support applications such as the removal of down cans from the line or other applications that involve a sudden change in elevation. In horizontal format, the system can handle down can removal and empty can coding applications. Vertical format applications include mass transport of single file but can also be custom designed to suit nearly any elevation change. Side grip elevator for vertical transport applications offers an effective means of elevating or lowering a variety of containers and products when space is at a premium. Product is gently but firmly gripped by the sides and carried through the change in elevation at speeds up to 300 fpm. Side grippers are a soft, pliable material, guaranteed not to damage the container.
Dillin Engineered Systems
Dillin Engineered Systems is a supplier of combiners, diverters and merges for packaging lines. Dillin’s combiners can be integrated with its full line of products and controls to provide a standalone piece of equipment or a complete, customized system. Diverters are designed for light to medium products such as trays, cartons, bottles, and can be set to run on a product count or timed basis. “No slugging” mergers can merge numerous infeed lanes to single or multiple discharge lanes and are reported by the manufacturer to be less expensive and complex than the continuous combiner.
Douglas Machine Inc.
Prisma® is a flexible and reliable variety pack system designed to handle high quality, consistent finished packages in virtually any combination with exceptional flexibility for product changeover and evolving trends, including cartons, shrink bundles, cases and trays. Prisma’s manual unload stations enable personnel to manually unload flavor varieties, delivering product to flavor lanes that feed packaging equipment. Prisma automated unloaders receive multiple lanes of supply product trays, unload and deliver product to flavor lanes that feed packaging equipment. Douglas also manufactures other related specialty equipment such as lane dividers, mergers and stackers.
DTM Packaging, a Massman Company
DTM Packaging's line of product handling equipment includes rotary tables that are used in rejects applications as well as belt systems/diverters used in facilities that need bottom coding and depucking functionality on their packaging line.
Dyco’s container handling systems elevate, lower, divide or sort containers. Product line includes side-grip elevators and lowerators.
FlexLink Systems, Inc
FlexLink offers incline elevator conveyors designed for single or multiple lane elevation to handle sensitive products of different sizes. FlexLink also offers conveyor functions for puck handling for small, fragile products.
Garvey supplies product and packaging handling equipment including gripper elevators and gap transporting equipment. The Gap Transporter, which when adjusted can be used for versatile applications including gap transporting, conveying, depucking, elevating, spacing, label inspecting and bottom coding. Garvey’s Gripper Elevator fits within existing conveyor lines with ease due to its minimal footprint design; it features a vulcanized gripper surface that opens or closes with a built in handwheel, from less than 1 in. to a maximum of 12 in. in separation. Custom designs for product and package handling are also available.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC
Advancements in robotics are making it easier to replicate the dexterity and vision once only available through human labor. Harpak-ULMA Packaging offers vision-assisted robots that can pick and place products precisely using improved grippers for delicate products. Applications for these robotics handling systems include infeed handling, raw food handling, primary packaging, secondary packaging, general material handling, and full-line and integrated solutions.
Heisler Industries, Inc.
Heisler Industries manufactures a denester that eliminates the demanding, time consuming and tedious task of manually separating plastic or metal pails, significantly improving production capacity and profitability. Designed and built in the USA, this high speed, PLC-controlled machine is made to exacting standards for trouble free, continuous use under varying conditions. Denester can denest round, square, rectangular, and oval buckets. A stack of pails is placed on the infeed conveyor and is delivered to the tilter arm, which converts the stack from the vertical to the horizontal position. The stack then advances to the separator mechanism, which holds the stack and removes one pail at a time. Each separated pail is fed to the upender, which transfers the pail to an upright position. The entire system continues to operate even as new stacks of pails are loaded. Standard Denester can denest and position containers for filling at a speed of 25/minute. Other denesters include the Compact Denester running at speeds of up to 15/min and the E-Series Denester, providing a compact solution in a modular and economical package for users whose line speeds are usually not more than 10 containers/minute.
Kinsley specializes in timing screw technology. Product and package handling equipment from Kinsley includes custom timing screws, timing screw drive units, combiners and dividers, as well as custom container handling equipment and specialty timing screw applications. Kinsley's team of container handling and packaging conveyor experts serve all areas of the industry with innovative conveyor solutions for top performance container handling.
MAC Automation Concepts
MAC Automation Concepts engineers can customize automation solutions for product and package handling equipment, including stacking machines. Company’s engineers work with customers to build prototypes and ensure they are getting the product needed.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions
Morrison Container Handling Solutions creates products, equipment, and full line solutions to handle rigid and semi-rigid containers for all packaging applications. Morrison’s timing screws, change parts, drive units, denesters, and specialty equipment move containers for applications including, orienting, stacking, dividing, combining, denesting (for trays, cups, lids, buckets, and pots), in addition to systems for collating, grouping and stacking. Morrison also has developed timing screw drive units, change parts, and timing screws that maximize efficiency, productivity, and ensure quality outcomes for feeding and inserting applications on packaging lines. All solutions are custom designed to the customer’s container and created to move containers more efficiently and increase throughput from anything to filling, capping, corking, labeling, case packing and beyond.
Multi-Conveyor makes product and packaging handling equipment including elevators, lowerators, land dividers and diverters to streamline the workload from processing, bottling, filling to assembly, finishing, packing and palletizing. Elevation and lowering systems are configured to specification, and can take hold of a box, case or individual product, move it up and transport it at elevated heights over the shop floor then deposit it precisely. Conveyors can be fitted with a variety of diverters, gates, and guides activated by programmable logic controls for merging, sorting and divert conveying suited to the customer’s layout.
New England Machinery
Hopper elevators from New England Machinery, Inc., includes a variety of equipment: standard hoppers, cap and small component elevators, dual cap sorter hopper elevators and lowerators. New England Machinery will design to customer specifications to allow for greater flexibility in line layout and supply.
Septimatech Group Inc.
Septimatech manufactures feed screws for container feeding, separation and timing; container angle necks; container dwell and orientating; container grouping, twisting, dividing, combining; container lay down and 180-degree inverting; machine-to-machine synchronization container orientation and turning; and high-speed applications. Benefits of feed screws include quick change components to reduce changeover time and standardized quick change system to reduce operator set up time and changeover time. In-house testing capabilities allow for replication of the production environment.
In addition to its conveying and accumulation systems, Shuttleworth offers product handling equipment such as: laning and diverting systems; merging and combining equipment; metering, indexing and positioning systems; stacking equipment; and more. Customized automatic solutions for sorting, rotating, diverting, or rejecting are also available. Diverters and laners guide laned products from one to up to 31 lanes while the pattern forming solution sorts products from one to multiple lanes.
Span Tech Conveyors
Cost-effective, compact spiral elevator conveyors offer elevation change with a minimal footprint. Spiral conveyor elevators from SpanTech include the OutRunner, offering the capacity to move several product types without taking up valuable floor space. No pressure is applied to the product, so even delicate items can pass through it without damage. Elevator conveyors can be used in processing applications such as proofing, where bread dough needs to rise, or in other applications where products need to cool off or dry after being baked, washed or cooked. Other product handling systems include powered divert, laners, and much more.
TDI Packsys distributes E2M rejection and separation equipment to ensure customer products and reputation are protected. Used alone, these systems can also be used in conjunction with x-ray equipment, orientation equipment and vision inspection systems, preventing problems or hazards by dividing non-conforming containers such as those with defects, damage, inconsistent fill lines and weights, and more. Featured systems include the E2M packaging divider, which allows the diversion or distribution of one-line containers in two exit lanes. TDI Packsys also distributes E2M multistep rejection systems for containers, rejection systems for products on circulating conveyors, and push rejection systems for defective containers.
Thompson Scale Company
Thompson Scale offers a wide variety of package sorting, diverting and rejecting devices that can be tailor made to customer packaging lines, including blast air nozzles, case diverters, pushers, drop-nose diverters, swing arm diverters, bump cylinder pushers and more. Each device is operated by a double-acting solenoid valve, and includes a lockable shut-off valve and filter-regulator, and typically includes pneumatic poly tube fittings. Some devices are available with or without conveyors, and many can be manufactured in either painted mild steel or stainless steel and rated for wash-down environments.
VC999 Packaging Systems Inc.
The VC999 CO570 is designed as an affordable, automatic lane converging option for users of small and large thermoformers running fresh food packs. System takes multi-lane format matrices of thermoformed fresh food packs directly from the outfeed of a thermoformer and channels them in a controlled manner into a single lane. The first of a new generation of packaging automation systems from VC999, the CO570 incorporates new advanced control technology and is designed for easy maintenance.
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