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ability to transport products, pieces or parts in unused plant spaces above
cleaning, painting, heat treating, baking, or similar operations….and can be
easily modified if production needs change. Use the links below to skip

System Layout Information

Chain Pull Calculation

Drive Specifications

Trolleys & Attachments

Safety Devices

Screen Guarding

Pitfalls To Avoid

Overhead Conveyors are of three basic types:

Free Systems with hand pushed trolleys available with a complete
line of curves, brackets, switches, turntables, crossovers, lowerators,
etc

Power Systems with chain, drive(s) and a complete line of
horizontal and vertical curves, take-ups, attachments, load bars,
safety devices, etc

Power and Free with chain, drive(s), trolleys with load bars,
horizontal, and vertical curves, switches, take-ups, stops, etc

Overhead Conveyors have three basic capacities:

Light Duty:

particularly on simple systems involving only one drive is the Total Moving Load Method as described below: The quick chain pull method for simple systems with one drive andno more than 18 changes in direction is: .One means of figuring the total chain pull. . carrier.Be sure that the loads do not interfere with each other in curves by laying out the horizontal and vertical curves and then laying in the loads.See tables A and B below for radii and trolley spacing minimums . chain and attachments on the entire system.Figure the total chain pull by first calculating the weight of the product. This will ensure that slack chain is pulled away from the drive chain. . but close to the drive as possible. The most practical thing to do is to provide an ample margin of safety in planning the chain and drive size.Allow for one trolley spacing of straight track between horizontal and vertical changes to ensure proper chain alignment. . Try to place the drive in the high point in the system with the takeup in front of the drive preferably in the low point in the system.

and type. Overhead Conveyor 180 Degree Take-Up Types:  Sc  Sp  Air *Note* Take-Up travel is normally 8”. Multiply the vertical drop or rise by the number of pounds per foot and consider the worst conditions of loading.Calculate the total moving load and multiple this number by the friction factor from Table C. To this figure you must add the vertical loads by adding and subtracting the up and down loads. . This will give you a quick chain pull to help choose a drive. 12” or 16” and amount of chain that can be taken up isdouble the travel. system size. Many times a load going up will be cancelled by a load going down.

The wheel connections come in two syles: . 68”) Overhead Conveyor Trolleys: Trolleys for overhead conveyor systems come in many styles and types depending on the application and cost.*Note* The “X” number designation of I-beam conveyors is a combination of the chain pitch (3”.48”. .4” or 6”) and the diameter of the chain pin (. in two styles: The brackets come  Forged: where strength and rigidity are desired.58”. or .  Stamped: where economy is important and demands on the trolley are not too great.