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EZGUIDE™ Conveyor Guide Rails

Span Tech has introduced a new line of adjustable guide rail to the marketplace, EZGUIDE™. This technology revolutionizes the way you look at and use standard guide rail.

The most notable feature of the EZGUIDE™ conveyor guide rail system is it does not have any protruding brackets or rods which could be a major safety hazard.  Traditional conveyor guide rails use a solid-mounted rod to mount their guide rail.  When the rail is adjusted to its “retracted” position, these rods stick out from the sides of the conveyor, becoming a place where someone can easily get their clothes or other body parts caught.  The EZGUIDE™ system does not have any mechanical components which protrude from the sides of the conveyor during adjustment.  All the mechanics are done without the need to protrude past the conveyor, keeping everything safe for those walking close to the conveyors.

Conveyor Guide Rails Adjustable Through Curves

Another feature of the EZGUIDE™ conveyor guide rails is it is designed to remain adjustable through curves.  That is, the radius of the guides can change as the guide width is increased/decreased in the curve.  While there are many traditional guide rail systems which can be made to adjust their width in straight sections, there are very few that can truly be adjustable through a curved portion of conveyor.  The reason is because changing the radius of a section is difficult – the guides must bend, and the length of the guide has to increase/decrease as the radius is changed.  EZGUIDE™ conveyor guide rails handle both of those problems with its unique design.

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EZGUIDE™ Conveyor Guide Rails Available in 2 options:

  • Fixed- This option provides a basic fixed-width guidance solution for single-width products and/or safety concerns (such as overhead conveyor installations).
  • Manual Adjustment- This is the entry-level system which is adjusted by manually unlocking the guides and positioning the guide rails by hand.  This is very similar to almost all other guide rail systems on the market.
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FAQs About Conveyor Guide Rails

Below are some frequently asked questions about conveyor guide rails with answers from our in-house experts.

What Is a Conveyor Guide Rail?

A conveyor guide rail a continuous rail that is meant to keep products confined as they move along your conveyor path.

What Is the Purpose of Conveyor Guide Rail Systems?

Conveyor guide rail systems have multiple uses, including:

  • Stabilizing the product being conveyed. If a product has a tendency to tip over while being transported, conveyor belt guide rails can help keep the product upright.
  • Keeping the product at the top of the conveyor. Products can migrate on a conveyor surface due to vibration or slipping on inclines, or other reasons. Adjustable conveyor guide rails help to keep the product moving only where the guides allow.
  • Improved safety. Noting the last example, if a product migrates/falls off the conveyor, it could cause a safety hazard – especially if the conveyors are ceiling-mounted.
  • Moving/transferring products while on the conveyor. Positioning the conveyor guide rail at an angle will force the product to be moved when it collides with the rail.

What Are Conveyor Guide Rails Made Of?

Typically, conveyor guide rails are made of plastic or aluminum depending on the requirements for the job. Some of these requirements are listed below:

  • Low cost
  • Ease of installation/maintenance
  • Non-Marking on product
  • Low friction
  • Chemical /heat resistance

Span Tech’s EZGUIDE comes in high-density polyethylene coated aluminum and anodized aluminum.

What Is a Guide Rail Fixing Bracket?

A guide rail fixing bracket is used to mount a guide rail in a certain position. There are two types of conveyor guide rail brackets, adjustable and fixed. The fixed brackets connect the guide rail to the sideframe of the conveyor, while an adjustable bracket can be changed easily after installation. Fixed brackets are typically used when your conveyor only handles products of one size.