Monorail systems move materials and parts in a fixed path using a single rail. An overhead monorail systems is an excellent solution when moving parts from station-to-station in an assembly facility, when storing/queueing parts overhead to save floor space, or staging parts in a paint booth or similar. When using a simple or straight monorail path, the system can easily be mounted using a freestanding frame system or directly hung from the existing building structure (as long as the building design allows). Complex systems can be hung using the same methods but may take additional structural steel to support the additional track devices i.e. tongue switches, sliding switches & interlocking latches. Using enclosed track or patented track would be best for a complex monorail system. AFE Crane prefers using Acco Louden patented track, due to there vast variety of components for monorail systems. AFE Crane is able to increase safety & productivity by designing a monorail system that suits your needs.
Motorized carriers are used for high capacities and automated motion on overhead monorail systems. Typically, motorized carriers are designed to transport large items from sub-assembly lines to the main assembly line. Carriers often utilize long, complex monorail paths that include a multitude of switches and latches. Staging areas and/or latching bridge cranes can also be added to the monorail system to create more floor space and speed up assembly tact times. Motorized carriers are custom designed for user’s specification to ensure efficient operation.
Tractor drives are monorail devices that push & pull carriers along the monorail system. Tractor drives can be added to an existing hand push trolley to add trolley motion. Typically, carriers and tractor drives are powered with electricity, but compress air may also be used.
Hand push trolleys are often used to queue material on an overhead monorail system. Push trolleys are typically less than 2 tons and are used in low headroom applications. These trolleys can utilize a powered or hand hoist or a specially designed part hanger. Hand push trolleys are typically used in small parts staging/assembly, blasting lines, paint booths, and many maintenance applications.
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