Hands-On Conveyor Technology

Safety is one of the biggest concerns within today’s manufacturing facilities.  Safe machinery equipment operation is one of the top priorities within plants and one which management takes seriously.  That’s where Shuttleworth’s Slip-Torque® roller technology comes in. The Slip-Torque conveyor technology has evolved throughout our 55 years of practical applications in numerous industries. It’s based on polished stainless steel shafts individually powered by flexible belts on a line shaft or by a continuous chain. These stainless steel shafts are covered with segmented, loose-fit rollers, which become the conveyor surface. It’s the weight of the product being conveyed combined with the …

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Tips on Extending the Life of your Product Handling Equipment

By Jason Worster, Service Manager Maintaining product handling equipment is critical to preserving your capital investment over prolonged use and time. Improper maintenance can lead to more headaches than you bargained for – such as lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need for replacement equipment.  Routine maintenance helps to extend and preserve the life of your equipment so you have a greater return on your overall investment throughout its lifetime. Below are some tips on how to help to extend your product handling equipment: Train your employees on the proper operation of the equipment – Not only does this …

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It’s Electric – Keeping Things Moving Along

By Klaus Daenzer, Senior Plastics R&D Engineer   Shuttleworth has been designing material handling conveyors for a wide variety of diverse customer applications for over 55 years.  Whether glass, food, electronics, pharmaceutical or automotive components, each application process creates a unique set of demands on the rollers that convey that products along their path. When Jim Shuttleworth asked me to come up with a single plastic material for rollers capable of performing in one of the company’s most demanding electronics projects, he was searching for something that would provide the customer with a lower cost option while enabling Shuttleworth to …

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Shuttleworth’s Superstar in Paper Handling

By Klaus Daenzer, Senior Plastics R&D Engineer If you’re in the cut sheet paper industry, you’re well aware of the major issues you encounter in your line when it comes to paper shingling.  Shuttleworth’s Star Rollers in combination with Slip-Torque technology,  can help to eliminate the shingling or creeping of the bottom-most layers of paper when stacks are transported or accumulated between machines in the cut sheet paper handling process – providing non-damaging accumulation between machines. Unlike the typical round rollers that cause the bottom layers of stacked paper to shingle or creep during transport, the Star Roller’s star-shaped, anti-shingling …

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The Art of Combining Multiple Lanes into Single File Accumulation

Single filing or combining multiple lanes into a single lane routes traffic from multiple equipment such as ovens, presses, etc into one lane for filling, trimming, packaging and more. This process can also direct a single lane into an accumulation area when downstream machines fail and then pull them back into a single row when equipment becomes operable. To keep your production lines running with speed and precision, Shuttleworth offers Single Row Combiners.  These machines ensure that your production rates are as efficient as possible.  During manufacturing, if your products need to move from multiple locations into one unified line, …

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