Most factory and warehouse floors are not able to be used to their fullest potential due to the need for aisles down the middle for access. This can result in lost time and money as workers have to walk long distances to retrieve or deposit materials. Workers may also risk injury if they reach over active conveyors to avoid circumnavigating the machinery.
Lift gate conveyors can be used to create safe and fast walk-thru access in order to maximize usable space. By adding a lift gate to a conveyor, workers can easily and safely walk through the middle of the conveyor, saving time and preventing the risk of injury.
What is a Lift Gate?
A lift gate is a conveyor that can be raised or lowered in order to allow access to an area that would otherwise be difficult to access; when integrated into a conveyor system, a lift gate makes it easy and safe to navigate the facility without wasting time, allowing workers to easily walk through the middle of the conveyor without having to walk long distances around it.
How Do Lift Gate Conveyors Work?
Dorner conveyor lift gates are designed with optimal functionality and worker safety in mind. Built to operate almost like a drawbridge, Dorner lift gates use gas-spring assistance to effectively raise and lower the gate.
Lift gate control is easy for workers, as we are committed to the highest standards of safety. We have prioritized achieving the perfect balance in the gas-springs to ensure safe, consistent operation, which prevents damage to the conveyor and promotes worker safety. When the gate is lowered, the conveyor will return to its normal operation, reducing delays.
Lift Gate Conveyors Benefits:
Product Flow Optimizing product flow can be a challenge when it comes to factory and warehouse layouts. Often, product needs to be stored in certain areas or moved to different parts of the facility for further processing, which can be a costly practice that creates bottlenecks in the system.
Lift gate conveyors can help improve product flow by allowing workers to easily and safely access their work areas, which can help improve productivity and reduce downtime in your facility. Integrating lift gates can also be useful in managing the accumulation of products, and planning the layout of your facility accordingly can help you better maximize the use of your space.
Efficient Mobility Lift gate conveyors can also help improve the efficiency of your facility’s layout by allowing workers to easily and safely move around conveyors, reducing traffic jams and congestion in your facility, which can lead to improved productivity and decreased downtime.
The integration of lift gates is also beneficial in areas where workers and large machinery, like forklifts, need to move between lines. With a lift gate conveyor, you can streamline mobility and make it easier for your workers to do their jobs.
The use of lift gate conveyors also minimizes the need for crossovers and catwalks, limiting the amount of ground workers have to cover and making the facility easier to navigate.
Operator Safety Operator safety is always a top priority in any facility. By integrating a Dorner lift gate conveyor into your existing conveyor system, you can help improve operator safety by reducing the need for workers to reach over the conveyor or navigate around it, reducing the risk of injury. We have also designed and built our lift gate conveyors to be easy and safe to use.
Machine Access Improving access to essential machines and equipment is another benefit of integrating lift gate conveyor systems. The use of a lift gate can grant your facility the flexibility it needs to make the best use of your floor space, accommodate traffic, and boost efficiency by guaranteeing easy access to work areas.
Lift Gate Conveyors Features:
“Conveyor Down” Interlock Switch Ensure worker safety and production efficiency with this interlock switch, which provides a dry contact signal when the conveyor is in the ready position.
Automatic Stop/Start Control Automating conveyor operation starting and stopping can help you save even more time. When the gate is lifted, this automated control stops the lift gate conveyor motor, and it restarts the motor when the gate is in the “conveyor down” position, reducing the need for manual intervention.
Automatic Stop/Start Control With Clearing Timer Additionally, you may select the automatic control with a clearing timer. The use of a push button control signals the timer to clear the conveyor contents before stopping the lift gate conveyor motor. The motor will restart when the gate is lowered to the “conveyor down” position, ensuring that operation is consistent, safe, and efficient.
Lift Gate Conveyors Specifications:
Gearmotor acts as a counterweight to allow for easy gate opening
Spring latch horizontal position stop
Vertical position stop
Gas shock controlled pivot mechanism
Easy access lift handles
Clear side guards for pivot mechanism area
Aluminum extruded support with T-slot construction
Structure must be bolted to the floor
± Height Adjustment
Lift Gate Conveyors Applications:
Diverting & Sorting
Product Flow & Control
Custom Conveyor System
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