Many conveyor systems use rails along each side to help guide products along the path. These guide rails undergo constant adjustments as product size changes, or the width of the path needs adjusting for other reasons. To adjust them, most systems use extending guide rods which support a bracket attached to the rails. The rods are moved along the brackets to adjust. The rails also stick out, increasing the footprint of the conveyor system. Span Tech LLC has designed a new system which is easier to adjust and is more aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Their guide rails use an adjuster with collapsible supports. These are formed by a linkage which supports the first guide rail along the conveyor. The support can extend or retract to alter the width of the conveying path based on the product. Rather than the manual adjustments needed in traditional systems, these flexible supports use an actuator to engage the extension or retraction movements. Span Tech – the creator of the flexible and twistable conveyor – are experts in the field and work hard to continuously improve these integral systems. This newly designed adjustable guide rail saves space and time by allowing the automation of its adjustments.

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