Adjustable Conveyor Guide Rails 101
What Is a Guide Rail?
As items travel along your conveyor system, conveyor guide rails make sure your products are automatically directed to their proper destination.
In recent years, adjustable conveyor guide rails have emerged as the latest technological innovation to change how conveyor systems can improve efficiency and save money. Adjustable conveyor guide rails give your business extra flexibility, as they allow you to manage different products without having to make adjustments or additions to your conveyor system. That means less downtime for your business.
- Aluminum or Steel Rails
- Rail Sleeves
- Rail Bracket/Holders
- Connector Plugs
How Does a Conveyor Guide Rail Work?
Conveyor guide rails direct your products along the conveyor operating system. The guide rails are inside holders that are placed along your conveyor belts, supported by clamping heads. Spacers placed under the holders extend the width of your conveyor belts and control how much support the guide rails give.
Types of Conveyor Guide Rail Components
There are a number of different conveyor guide rail components that work together to make a system function properly.
- Guide rails and supports. Guide rails are usually made of aluminum or steel and can be used to extend the length of your system.
- Rail sleeves and holders. Rail sleeves are connectors that attach the rails into the holders. Adjusting the space between rails allows you to control the support level on your conveyor belt.
- Clamps. The clamps are adjustable and can easily take on spacers or other parts that can make your system customized for your unique needs.
Standard vs. Custom Guide Rails
Some conveyor belt systems can be built using standard conveyor guide rails. If your conveyor needs are more complex and can’t be satisfied using standard rails, you may need custom conveyor guide rails to get your products where they need to be. Span Tech offers custom conveyor systems that can be tailor-made to fit your company’s specific requirements.