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Bastian Solutions Modular Sorter

August 19, 2020
Due to the rapidly expanding industry of ecommerce, ease of installation and maintenance of conveyor systems is exceedingly critical to remain competitive in today’s material handling market. The more complicated the system, the more of an impact this can have on its design and success as a solution. In material conveyance terms, sortation is one of the most complicated problems out there. Typical medium rate sortation requires AC power, DC power, and pneumatics for successful sortation of packages up to 75 pounds in weight. They provide rates up to 300FPM at 85CPMwith a maximum sorter length of 150ft. Bastian Solutions’ conveyor team has now developed a solution that provides the same speed at 90CPM, an unlimited maximum sorter length, and requires nothing but low-voltage DC power for operation, all while offering competitive pricing; the Modular Sorter.

How to Choose the Correct Divert for Your Conveyor System Design

November 12, 2019
There are a wide-range of divert options available for conveyor, ranging from fairly simple to highly complex. These are the factors to consider when choosing what type of divert is best for your system.

4 Signs It's Time to Replace That Outdated Conveyor System

April 30, 2019
Conveyor systems can last a long time, but even the best maintained systems only last so long. Here are 4 signs that it's time to replace your outdated conveyor system.

Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

January 25, 2019
When trying to determine the best automated solution for a manufacturing application, it’s important to ask the right questions. Read: Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

The Art of Reusing Conveyor

November 28, 2018
When you’re tasked with reusing conveyor the customer already has, these tips will make the redesign and transition as smooth as possible. Read: The Art of Reusing Conveyor

5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

September 27, 2018
Don’t throw your money in the trash! Here are the first 5 factors you need to consider when selecting trash conveyor. Read: 5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

September 19, 2018
How a conveyor belt tracking issue let us prove our commitment to providing exceptional customer service. Read: Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

August 01, 2018
How Bastian Solutions evaluated and integrated an overhead conveyor system for a customer’s new manufacturing procedure. Read: Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

May 09, 2018
Conveyor equipment can be dangerous if not used in the proper manner and with necessary safety precautions in place. To prevent injuries and accidents, OSHA has outlined several conveyor safety standards, which we'll review and expand upon. Read: Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

Don’t Let Wash-Down Conveyor Leave You Feeling Drowned

January 10, 2018
Often times, when people think of wash-down conveyor, stainless steel comes to mind. That's correct, but there are several key components to successful wash-down conveyor. They are complicated as long as you work with a trusted vendor. Read: Getting Started with Wash-Down Conveyor

6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

December 21, 2017
Many of us think about winterizing our car or home, but your conveyor system also needs protection from cold temperatures. In this article, we will discuss six areas to consider when installing conveyor and other material handling equipment in cold rooms or freezers. Read: 6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

July 11, 2017
Modern manufacturing facilities are relying on new technologies and innovations to produce higher quality products at faster speeds with lower costs. Implementing more intelligent software and hardware is the only way to compete; however, those technologies have levels. Read: Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

A Conveyor Poem

June 02, 2017
Conveyor doesn't have to be all business. Have some fun with this short poem all about the life of a hardworking warehouse conveyor. Read: A Conveyor Poem
Tags: Conveyor, fun, poetry

7 Tips for Selecting the Right Conveyor Type

March 02, 2017
There are many items to consider when selecting a conveyor type for a project. Each item has it’s own importance and will impact conveyor selection. Use the following criteria to make the best choice for your operation. Read: 7 Tips for Selecting the Right Conveyor Type

Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

November 08, 2016
You are now the proud owner of a ZiPline conveyor, and maybe you are starting to wonder what exactly the next step is. Possibly this is the first conveyor you have ever purchased to which I will be the first to say congratulations on taking the efficiency of your operations seriously and making a bold step to transition to an automated facility. This is likely a little scary, a little exciting, and a little costly compared to previous modes of operation, but don’t worry, you’re in good hands. Read: Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

October 25, 2016
With a large population that possesses a more-than-comfortable purchasing power, Europe creates a space where goods must move a lot, which makes automated solutions in both production and distribution a necessity. Read: Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

June 24, 2016
The challenge of how to best move materials efficiently though the facility is something that keeps many operation managers scratching their heads. Generally, as product volume dictates, carts are brought into the equation and then non-powered trucks or conveyor. But when is it right to invest in conveyor for your material transport? Read: 5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

June 10, 2016
Selecting the right conveyor for your operation can be difficult. There are many brands and types to consider based on your application, goals, and environment. Although our team is always available to help you in the conveyor selection process, here are 5 steps to get you started. Read: 5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

How to Specify Your Conveyor Safety Netting

June 01, 2016
Overhead conveyor is a common and useful component of many material handling system designs. It saves valuable floor space and can provide a safer working environment for employees as long the proper safety features are included. One key safety component of overhead conveyor is safety netting. Read: How to Specify Conveyor Safety Netting

New ZiPline Product: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

March 23, 2016
Our ZiPline brand flighted conveyor merge may sound like some sort of fancy, new piece of technology that uses cutting-edge controls to parse products at lightning speed through the air. Well, it’s actually much simpler than that. In fact, it kind of removes the need for controls. And fancy technology. It’s really quite simple. Read: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

6 Helpful Tips for Installing Conveyors in Freezers

August 25, 2015
In the conveyor world, there aren’t many more challenging applications than freezer installations. The deep cold introduces many obstacles for components. In general, the colder you go, the more things you must take into consideration. Here are 6 helpful tips for ensuring a successful freezer conveyor installation. Read: 6 Helpful Tips for Installing Conveyors in Freezers

All I Want for Christmas is an Empty Box?

December 19, 2013
I was recently talking with a client who wants to improve productivity by increasing the efficiency of his facility’s picking operation. As we talked, I learned he was thinking about going to a pick to pack methodology, so I asked him how he was going to get the boxes to his operators... Read: The Problems with Conveying Empty Boxes

6 Tips for Better Conveyor System Maintenance

August 14, 2013
In the midst of a challenging economy and shrinking capital budgets, many companies are faced with the daunting challenge of keeping aging conveyor systems up and running well past when they'd ordinarily be heading to the scrap yard. If this describes your predicament, here are a few maintenance tips to keep that conveyor system going... Continue Reading >>

Girl Scout Cookie Sales vs. Material Handling Sales

March 08, 2013
What do Girl Scout Cookies have to do with material handling? Everything! Cookies are made with various conveyors in the baking and coating process. Boxed cookies are put into cases; cases are glued with automated equipment, stacked on pallets, stored in racks, and logistics services route the orders to the local service centers. What also relates to the industry are the 5 business skills the girls learn in the cookie sale... Continue Reading >>

10 Simple Tips for Basic Conveyor Troubleshooting

February 19, 2013
I have seen people push boxes along powered conveyors too many times. Just fix it already! If you want to get that conveyor moving again, here are 10 tips I've learned to help you troubleshoot the problem and hopefully get it running... Read More >>

The Importance of Understanding Your Pallet for Proper Conveyance

February 05, 2013
I spend much of my time in manufacturing facilities dealing with material handling issues related to moving and positioning pallets, plastic bulk box containers, steel racks, and multi-footed thermoformed pallets. Often times, we are given very little information on these objects, let alone the details of the bottom surface. This prompted me to write about the importance of this often skipped over, yet extremely important topic. Continue Reading >>

Lessons Learned from Conveyor Design: A Modular Conveyor Development Success

November 05, 2010
When Bastian partnered with Blue Arc Engineering to design ZiPline conveyor, a zero accumulation conveyor, we knew that there would be hundreds of different products that would have to be conveyed. Thus, we manufactured a conveyor that could handle very small products as well as large and heavy boxes on inclines, declines and horizontal conveying applications. We learned a lot from turning modular product development into “Modular Conveyor Development."

How to Maintain System Uptime, In a Down Economy

April 02, 2009
In a down economy, businesses start to maintain their conveyors instead of replacing them. As the economy starts to squeeze the wallet, new conveyor sales start to fall but spare parts sales, according to Bob Trebilcock from Modern Material Handling magazine, could potentially increase 25% this year...
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