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How to Choose a Pallet Handling Solution

Posted by Brandy Lloyd on Jan 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A pallet handling system can solve a variety of problems in a manufacturing facility. These solutions help achieve output, create a safer environments for employees, and circumvent space limitations. They’re often used in oily or wet environments in need of positive drive and they can accommodate large, heavy product.

And, as the namesake suggests, they are especially adept at handling pallets. So how do you choose the type of pallet handling system you need?

There are three important considerations when determining your most effective solution.

  • Type of product: Are you moving pallets, plastic, or slip sheets?
  • Size and weight of product: Know how large and how heavy your product is to ensure that your system can run with no issues.
  • Flow of product in the system: Does the flow of your product change? Your equipment must maintain proper product flow in order to be effective.


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Product and Pallet Types

While most commonly used for pallets, a pallet handling system can transport and accumulate many types of product. To keep your pallets and products intact with no damage, you’ll need the proper equipment.

Wooden pallets

As a rule of thumb, pallets with runners perpendicular to flow should run on a drag chain, while pallets with runners parallel to flow should run on rollers. A drag chain is able to maintain better contact with the perpendicular pallet; for a pallet with parallel flow, the more cost effective roller option is sufficient.

It’s important to note that even if your wooden pallets run parallel to flow, a low quality wooden pallet will need to travel on roller centers placed closer together so that the pallet doesn’t sag or split.

Plastic pallets

Plastic pallets typically come in a flat bottom or footed variety. A flat-bottomed pallet can run on either a live roller conveyor or a drag chain; an operation using footed pallets should typically utilize a drag chain conveyor.

Metal pallets, barrels, and other product

Metal pallets and barrels are transported on a case-by-case basis determined by the system integrator. However, for any unconventional or otherwise unconveyable product, a plastic belt pallet handling conveyor will be able to tolerate the large load while transporting that product safely.


In conclusion

Many considerations go into a great pallet handling operation, but a pallet handling system done well will benefit your business operation, throughput, flexibility, and bottom line. 


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LloydBrandy.jpgAbout the author: Brandy Lloyd is Hytrol's Director of Engineering, leading all engineering efforts for both the Engineered-To-Order and Systems Engineering teams. He has over 13 years of experience in the material handling industry. 




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Ask Hytrol: How to Adjust the Chain Tension on a Drag Chain Conveyor

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Jan 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Ask Hytrol is our monthly video series focused on specific topics to help you maintain your conveyor system and learn about new technology. In this video, you will learn how to adjust the chain tension on a drag chain conveyor.








Following proper lock out/tag out procedures, remove the chain guard. Loosen the four bolts that fasten the takeup bracket to the bearing support side channels.


To adjust the tension, turn the jackbolt clockwise to tighten or counterclockwise to loosen the chain.


Please note that the length of the unit will be a determining factor in the tension of the chain. For example, the chain may be quite loose on a longer unit.


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Topics: HytrolTV, Educational, Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, Pallet Handling