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Dorner - Redesigned 2200 Series Belt Conveyors Offers More Features

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A high speed nose bar transfer option, redesigned frame, additional belting and expanded guiding make Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 Series low profile belt conveyors even better than before.

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Topics: dorner, Dorner Conveyors,, 2200 Series, Belt Conveyors

Dorner Conveyors - Make vs. Buy: The Real Cost of Making it Yourself

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

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Topics: dorner, conveyors, cost

Move Product Up or Down in Minimal Floor Space with Dorner’s SmartFlex

Posted by Kelly Howe

Dec 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

When floor space is tight and applications call for product to be moved up or down, Dorner’s trio of SmartFlex curve conveyors are the perfect answer.

The SmartFlex Helical Curve, Spiral, and Alpine conveyors greatly expand the capabilities of Dorner’s SmartFlex line by giving customers the ability to move product up or down and around equipment to accommodate tight spaces. Dorner’s SmartFlex line is a flexible conveyor platform that reduces costs, saves time and offers simple configuration and acquisition options to Dorner’s customers within the packaging, medical, health and beauty, industrial automation and electronic industries.

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Topics: dorner, smartflex conveyors, conveyor

Move Products Vertically & Sanitary with the New AquaPruf Conveyor

Posted by Kelly Howe

Dec 11, 2015 1:37:30 PM

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Topics: dorner, sanitary conveyor, AquaPruf, vertical belt

Dorner - Transfer Between Lines with Pop-up Conveyors

Posted by Kelly Howe

Nov 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you Dorner.

We’ve shown pop-up transfer tables in the past, like this one that is changing the orientation of a block of food. In the application described below, the pop-up transfer is used to move product between two packaging lines. 

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Topics: dorner, conveyors

Dorner's Recirculating Products

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 15, 2015 1:18:23 PM

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When moving products down a manufacturing line, there are places that can backup and cause the entire line to slow or shut down. To solve this problem recirculating conveyors can be installed on those sections of the line. This can help protect products from damage and reduce jams. These systems can be in a variety of configurations to suit multiple different applications.

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Topics: dorner, conveyors, recirculating

V-Guide or Crowned Pulley, Which One is Right for You?

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 28, 2015 1:35:30 PM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

One of the largest issues of belt conveyor maintenance is belt tracking. When belts aren’t running straight on the pulleys it can cause premature wear and damage to the conveyor and belt. There are a lot of factors that can affect belt tracking such as belt splicing, pulley accuracy, or proper belt tensioning. The two most common methods of belt tracking are V-guiding and crowned pulleys.

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Topics: dorner, conveyors, V-guide, Crowned Pulley

Dorner's Rejecting Questionable Products

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 20, 2015 8:28:34 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Safety is a major concern in the food manufacturing process. Manufactures want to make sure that all the food on their line is safe and not contaminated with metal or other foreign objects. When manufacturers want to make sure they have no metal in their products they use metal detection systems on the conveyor line. Why type of system you choose is totally dependent on your needs and application.

When products pass through the metal detection system and are found to be contaminated how should they be removed from the line? Rejection conveyor systems can vary widely. They can be as low-tech as just stopping the line and sounding an alarm until someone can remove the questionable product. This is a good option for production lines where there is room and time for someone to always be near the detection system. Once the product is removed the line will start again until the metal detector finds another questionable product.

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Topics: dorner, Sanitation, 7X Series Conveyor

Keeping Packaging Safe with Roller Top Belts

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 7, 2015 8:13:47 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Today almost everything we buy is in some kind of packaging. There's cardboard boxes, shrink wrapping, plastic packaging, and more. When we pick up a package we expect it to look nice and no be damaged. No one wants to buy a scuffed or dented packages. 

Although most products aren't damaged when on the production lines those that do cost the company money. There is a lot of time and money that goes into design, branding, and handling of products and when they get damaged all of that effort is wasted.

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Topics: dorner, Belts, solution, conveyor

Make Unique Belting Work for You

Posted by Kelly Howe

Feb 20, 2015 9:57:00 AM

This post brought to you by Dorner.

With produce that is harvested for processing, there is often dirt and other debris that goes along for the ride. Dorner's customer for this conveyor hand picks their produce and places them into trays. They needed a way to separate the debris from the product as early in the process as possible.

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Topics: dorner, conveyors, food safety and sanitation, AquaPruf