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Custom Designs

Art Rhodes

Custom Designs

So far, there has not been an application that we couldn’t tackle! Our team has come across many situations where concepts seemed to be Impossible, but through critical thinking we have come up with clever and unique solutions. We design and manufacture custom systems and tow carts to suit the application.

 

The Side Tow Cart System has become a trend-setter for assembly line applications throughout the states. With the use of Side Pin Tow Carts, this system can be installed with absolutely no concrete work, whatsoever! A side tow system can be routed as a loop or inline. Since the cart is offset from the track, operators can work on 3 sides of the cart without the burden of stepping over the track. Another big advantage to this system is that carts can be pulled off the line with ease. This design is protected by US Patent #9,096,383

 

 

Custom Designed Carriers

RSI will work with you and custom design a Tow Cart that will suite your application. Do you need to rotate 5,000 lbs. with one hand–mechanically? We can tell you that this can and has been done by our team. To date, we have not turned away from a project due to “complexity”. We will look at your assembly / material handling process and generate the best possible solution to improve ergonomics and takt time.

Side Tow

Art Rhodes

Side Tow Cart System

The Side Tow Cart System has become a trend-setter for assembly line applications throughout the states. With the use of Side Pin Tow Carts, this system can be installed with absolutely no concrete work, whatsoever! A side tow system can be routed as a loop or inline. Since the cart is offset from the track, operators can work on 3 sides of the cart without the burden of stepping over the track. Another big advantage to this system is that carts can be pulled off the line with ease. This design is protected by US Patent #9,096,383

Dual Pin Crossover

The Dual Pin Crossover is our newest development for Crossing Over the drive section, ensuring to hold EXACT center spacing in order to keep maintain consistent takt times for synchronous conveying applications. This design ELIMINATES the need for an air actuated cylinder to push the carts across the “dead zone” at the drive section. This design is protected by US Patent #9,096,383

 

Side Pin Tow Carts

Side pin Tow carts are designed so that all four of the cart’s wheels are on the outside/inside of the track; therefore, the tow pin would be located on the far right or left. Standard side pin carts will include a bumper bar on the front side that disengages the tow pin from the chain when something is in its path. This cart will also be equipped with dual tow pins–one in the front and one in the rear. The rear tow pin will have a bearing to reduce friction around curves. Side Pin Tow Carts can be utilized on In-floor and On-floor systems.

Center Tow Cart System

Art Rhodes

Center Tow Cart System

There was once a time that we had to put our drive system within a 5 ft. square pit… those days are long gone! Now we utilize the RSI Gorilla drive, which is surfaced mounted and requires very little concrete work with center pin cart systems. With the use of an in-floor chain box, we can reduce the concrete cut to 20″ x 15″ x 9″ deep–a far cry compared to the 5 ft. square pit. This design is protected by US Patent #9,096,383

 

 

Dual Pin Crossover

The Dual Pin Crossover is our newest development for Crossing Over the drive section, ensuring to hold EXACT center spacing in order to keep maintain consistent takt times for synchronous conveying applications. This design ELIMINATES the need for an air actuated cylinder to push the carts across the “dead zone” at the drive section. This design is protected by US Patent #9,096,383

Accumulation

Improve takt time with Accumulation. The Towline Conveyor is capable of queuing over 100+ carts in a chain reaction known as “close-pack”. Close Pack enables the true benefits of a Power & Free system, as you can get more time in smaller areas.

 

 

Infloor Applications

Our standard tow cart offers a 36″ x 34″ base using 2″ x 1″ 11 gauge tubing. All carts are inclusive of the tow pin assembly for interaction with the main tow chain. Carts can be supplied with a variety of top configurations to suit various application requirements. Carts are supplied standard with 5″ dia. casters; 2 swivel casters in the front and 2 rigid casters on the rear. Carts can be custom designed to suite individual requirements as needed for specific applications. The cart is equipped with a 36″ x 72″ rotary top which rotates on 4 lazy-susan wheels. The top has detents on the underneath side so that the top can lock into place every 90 degree

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Standard Tow Carts

Our standard tow cart offers a 36″ x 34″ base using 2″ x 1″ 11 gauge tubing. All carts are inclusive of the tow pin assembly for interaction with the main tow chain. Carts can be supplied with a variety of top configurations to suit various application requirements. Carts are supplied standard with 5″ dia. casters; 2 swivel casters in the front and 2 rigid casters on the rear. Carts can be custom designed to suite individual requirements as needed for specific applications. The cart is equipped with a 36″ x 72″ rotary top which rotates on 4 lazy-susan wheels. The top has detents on the underneath side so that the top can lock into place every 90 degree

 

Inline Tow Conveyor System

Art Rhodes

Inline Tow Conveyor System

In some situations, a loop system does not suite the applications, such as transporting product from one end of your facility to the other–this is where our Inline system comes in handy. An inline system pulls a tow cart from one point to the other–in a straight line, “U” shape, “L” shape or a “zigzag” configuration. This system is as simple as it gets! Carts can be rolled directly to the entry box and pins will engage with the use of gravity, then when the cart gets to the exit box the tow pin mechanically disengage–automatically.

Inline Track

To minimize floor space we route the chain side-by-side, so that the return chain is parallel to the main tow chain. The track sections are spaced on 3″ centers, as shown in the photos below, and can range from 2″ – 4.5″ in height. The return track section is coved by a removable “Z” bracket which can be easily removed for maintenance. In many Assembly installations we have provided rigid brush-seal to prevent foreign objects from falling into the main track section.

 

Towline

Art Rhodes

Rhodes Tow Line

The RSI Tow Line Conveyor System is ideal for the production of items that require progressive or sequential operations. The system can be specified as an in-floor or on-floor system that moves product through progressive workstations for different production applications.

RSI is a world leading supplier of surface finishing and material handling systems, serving the wood, metal and plastic industries. RSI has successfully integrated the latest, unique technology with the ultimate in product transport systems, giving the customer a single source solution to their production problems, from start to finish!

The patented RSI In-Floor and On-Floor Tow Line Conveyor Systems are used throughout manufacturing, assembly, finishing and material handling applications. There are currently a multitude of Rhodes Tow Line Conveyor Systems operating worldwide. Systems range from thirty feet in length to over seventy-two hundred feet in length.

 

Total System Access – Total system access is one of the many features of The RSI In-Floor Tow Line Conveyor System. The system is virtually free of structural interferences. Throughout the entire conveyor, employees have the freedom of mobility with access around and between carts. Because of the simple modular design of The Rhodes Conveyor, systems can be easily and quickly expanded, preventing costly plant shutdowns with minimum or no loss of production.

Power and Free – The RSI Tow Line Conveyor is a power and free system. Unlike other conventional systems utilizing fixed cart spacing, carts on The Rhodes Tow Line Conveyor can be placed into workstations upon request, processed on a variable time frame, and then randomly distributed back into the system for additional operations.

Durability – Robust components used on The Rhodes Tow Line Conveyor Systems have been time tested to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards of quality, longevity and merchantability.

Variable Centers – The RSI Tow Line Conveyors have the capability to easily accommodate infinite variable centers. The system has been engineered to run multiple drives on one precision calibrated tow line chain. Accordingly, every horizontal chain link is a potential cart center. Spacing of carts is unlimited.

Cart Delay and Close Packing – The RSI Tow Line Conveyor allows the tow pin, on any cart in the system, to disengage the chain. This delays the cart at preset workstations. The next approaching cart causes this delayed cart to re-engage the chain and continue on, allowing the next cart to enter the workstation. Carts will stop and remain in zero-pressure accumulation whenever encountering a track-mounted stop devise. When the stop is released, the cart will automatically engage the chain and continue through the system. Cost savings abound with cart accumulation as equipment sizes are reduced and valuable plant space is saved.

 

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