Archive for the ‘Conveyors’ Category

New AquaGard 7350V2 Sanitary Conveyor Platform Highlights Enhanced Safety and Performance

November 8, 2018


Dorner’s newly redesigned AquaGard 7350 V2 Series is engineered for industry standards and excels at safety and performance.

The AquaGard 7350 V2 is built for numerous sanitary applications within baking, snack food, pharmaceutical, pet food, packaging and other industries that require occasional wipe-down cleanings of the conveyor. The new conveyor comes in straight belt, as well as modular belt straight and curve models. Belted LPZ, modular belt LPZ and positive drive models will be available in the coming months.


The AquaGard 7350 V2 is the safest, most advanced modular curve chain conveyor in the industry today. The modular belt curve conveyor has no openings greater than the international standard of 4mm, even within the curves, which increases safety by eliminating pinch points for operators. Added safety measures are also achieved by covering the upper and lower chain edges, and fully containing the drive system, which reduces catenary belt sag and conveyor noise.

Space reduction is another improvement on the AquaGard 7350 V2. The modular belt conveyor system is designed to maximize available plant space by keeping the footprint as compact as possible. Infeed and outfeed sections are a compact 18”, further saving valuable floor space.


The conveyor comes with an improved tail design for superior drive support. The addition of a tip-up tail on the modular belt (straight) gives greater access inside the conveyor for cleaning.

Features and benefits of the AquaGard 7350 V2 sanitary conveyor include:

  • Belt conveyors
    • Optional nosebar idler tails with V-Guide tracking for keeping the belt in position
    • 7-gauge stainless steel stands for greater stability
    • Stainless steel bed frames
    • Flat conveyor sides allow more flexibility when mounting accessories, interfacing with other equipment and transferring of product
  • Modular belt conveyors
    • Mold to width belt chain up to 18”
    • Flatter top surfaces – no edges
    • Strongest 25mm pitch curved chain strength at 2700N
    • Robust single piece chain pin for ease of removal to adjust chain length
    • Curved chain can be easily lifted in the straight sections for cleaning and maintenance

For more information on Dorner’s new AquaGard 7350 V2 sanitary conveyor platform, visit the Product Page

5 Unique Conveyor Solutions to Merge Product

September 13, 2018


Merging Conveyors are used to consolidate the flow of product from multiple infeed lines. Typically, these systems will merge the product into a single stream on one conveyor for the next phase in the production process.

There are many ways to merge product, such as: diverters and gates, product pushers, lane guiding, ARB Conveyors and more.

These systems are created to ensure facilities are running efficiently and eliminating bottlenecks while avoiding product pile up or overflow.

Choosing the right type of merge system depends on the application and characteristics of the product that it is created for. Each product is different and Dorner’s custom merge conveyors are engineered to your specific needs.

Here are some examples of solutions we’ve created in the past:


Heavy Duty Product Pusher

This system is merging two infeed lines using a product pusher. Baskets carrying product weighing up to 500 lbs are transferred onto the center conveyor in front of the pusher from either line.

Once the photo eyes confirm the basket is in the correct position, the pusher is activated and transfers the product onto the takeaway conveyor (not pictured).

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Powered Side Guide Merge

While standard UHMW guides can often be used for simple 2-to-1 merges, some applications can benefit from a powered side guide. These can be useful in situations such as: heavy product that needs assistance over the side transfer, delicate product that you don’t want rubbing on the guide, and precision applications where you want better speed control through the merge.

The powered side guide can also be used to pull a gap between products.

Pneumatic Gate Merge

Pneumatic Gate Merge

For this application, empty bottles were traveling down two different infeed lines and needed to be merged onto a single line. Pneumatic gates at the point of the merge can open or close, allowing one line through while bottles are able to accumulate behind the closed gate.


Pneumatic Product Squeezer

This application is very similar to the previous merge, but instead of gates, the system uses pneumatic squeezers.

When one of the infeed conveyor flows needs to be stopped, the squeezer activates and holds the rolls of paper in place. This allows rolls on that side to accumulate until released.


4 – to – 1 Merge

Using a sanitary AquaPruf conveyors, Dorner designed this 4-to-1 packaging merge with servo motors and photo eyes to maintain fast and consistent product throughput. Since this system was made for a food application, the stainless steel conveyors are completely washdown for sanitation and food safety.

Dorner D-Tool Online complete conveyor configurator

August 23, 2018

DTools videoDesign and engineer a simple or complex conveyors to meet your specific needs in minutes.  You can construct a complete conveyor package or select individual components. This intuitive tool will walk you through every aspect of the conveyor from motor placement and belt type to accessory options.

Once you’ve completed your system, D-Tools will generate a comprehensive list of your components that you can receive via email. You can request a quote and select a variety of drawing options including 2D and 3D CAD assembly models.

Go to D-Tools Conveyor Configurator

5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

May 19, 2016

5 easy steps.jpg5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor,” walks you through all of the components and pieces of a conveyor, the options and configuration varieties available for each part, and the ideal context and product for that specific element.

Dorner SmartFlex Helical Curve and Spiral Conveyors

February 4, 2016

Spiral SmartFlexWhen floor space is tight and applications call for product to be moved up or down, Dorner’s trio of SmartFlex curve conveyors are the perfect answer.  Spiral conveyors allow incline or decline through corners and straights while its patent pending side roller chain reduces corner friction.

DE-STA-CODBG Series Bag Gripper and Palletizing Solution

October 29, 2015

DESTACO DBG Bag GripperDE-STA-CO DBG Series bag grippers utilizes a toggle-lock mechanism to hold bags secure even if air pressure is lost. With rapid actuation, the DBG can palletize up to 30 bags per minute when working in concert with robotic automation.

Dorner SmartPace Dynamic Pacing Conveyor

February 4, 2015

Dorner Pallet SystemProduct pacing for package machine infeed

The SmartPace conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. The conveyor uses HMI interface to control the spacing, speed and orientation of products. This gives users the ability to merge multiple lanes together without product stops or gates – the entire process is smooth and seamless.

Randomly spaced parts enter the conveyor and a photoeye detects product spacing. The conveyor’s servo motor control automatically varies the conveyor speed and conveyor junction placement to generate an evenly spaced part.

Dorner 3200 Series Modular Belt Conveyors

January 8, 2015

Dorner videoDesigned for medium to heavy parts, flexible layout options

Dorner’s 3200 Series modular belt conveyor is ideal for parts handling, accumulation, positioning, high speeds, long runs and product transfers. The 3200 features innovative transfer options and complete layout flexibility including; multiple curves, inclines and declines.

Modular belts and spliced standard belts allow for quick belt changing, reducing downtime.The precise rack and pinion belt tensioning and sealed-for-life bearings means low maintenance.