product handling

The best solution for incorporating conveyor transfers by Erica Bacon

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On a single conveyor there can be multiple kinds of product, and they may all need different end destinations. This dynamic conveyor movement can be achieved by incorporating transfers into the conveyor system. They operate to reroute product 90 degrees.

Tuff Automation's custom-designed belt transfers are easy to integrate, mounting into any live roller conveyor—line shaft, belt, or chain driven.  They can cut lead times on conveyor transfers by as much as half.

Efficient, space-saving product redirection

Transfers are ideal for reducing conveyor floor space because they allow for this change of route without requiring large arcing curves. A mounted transfer simply pops up when actuated and pushes product over onto an adjoining conveyor.

Custom design with the highest quality materials

Tuff transfers are custom built to fit your application. They can be inserted into standard line shaft conveyor (1.9) with rollers on three-inch centers without modification, meaning you don’t have to buy special conveyor sections to accommodate them.

Our belt transfers are ideal for product that needs to be handled more gently—the belts don’t mar product. Our transfers are typically pneumatically actuated, utilize DC or AC conveyor motors, and can incorporate as many strands as necessary. Tuff transfers offer torsion bar design for smooth, level operation, and they are easy to maintain with simple belt changeout.

Key Features

  • Shorter lead times
  • Installs into standard conveyor without modification
  • DC puck drive option available
  • Torsion bar stability control
  • Non-marring belts
  • Easy maintenance
  • Match any color paint

Custom designs, custom solutions

If you have further questions about how Tuff Automation can customize a transfer for you, contact us by phone at (616) 735-3939 or by email at sales@tuffautomation.com

A more durable alternative to scissor lifts. by Erica Bacon

High-cycle lift processes don’t have to mean short equipment lifespans. Pneumatic lifts are a long-lasting, cost-effective alternative to scissor lifts, and they’re a perfect high-cycle solution.

More powerful than a scissor lift

Ordinary scissor lifts are rated for a lifetime of approximately 200,000 cycles. The vertically mounted cylinders on our pneumatic lifts make possible a lifetime of several million cycles. If your application exceeds a cycle time of 45 cycles per hour or 500 cycles per day, you’ll see the return on investment on a pneumatic lift in no time.

Robust, custom design from Tuff

Tuff’s pneumatic lift design is simple. It’s a direct lift design that significantly reduces side loading forces. They are easier to precisely position than a scissor lift—which makes them an excellent fit for automatic loading or unloading applications. Our lifts require minimal maintenance and are made in Grand Rapids, Michigan with off-the-shelf components, so replacing parts is quick and inexpensive. Tuff lifts are typically designed to handle between 500 and 3,000 pounds, and we have the capacity to customize lifts to handle heavier weights. We also offer a model that is powered by an electric motor to facilitate longer strokes, multiple precise positions, and specific applications.

Made to fit your application

Don’t settle for mediocre equipment when your process warrants something more. If you have an application that you think would benefit from using a pneumatic lift, Tuff Automation can build one to suit your needs exactly.