In the illuminating article titled “What are Chain-on-Edge Conveyors and Where are They Used?” featured on Motion Control Tips. Recognizing conveyors as the backbone of modern manufacturing, underscores the significance of efficiently moving parts and materials through assembly or processing stations.

Conventionally, conveyors maintain a fixed orientation for parts as they progress down the line, serving processes like inspection or robot assembly. However, situations arise where parts must change orientation during transport between stations or even rotate while being conveyed. This is where the prowess of chain-on-edge conveyors comes into play.

A chain-on-edge (COE) conveyor is essentially a reimagined version of a single-strand chain conveyor, orienting it 90 degrees to operate on its side. This design employs a roller chain running in a channel, supported by plates. Its horizontal flexibility allows for smooth horizontal turns, and while gradual vertical curves are feasible, the adaptability of chain-on-edge conveyors surpasses that of traditional counterparts.

The crux of rotational capability lies in spindles attached to the chain. These spindles facilitate part rotation during conveyance. The article emphasizes that even stationary spindles are advantageous, particularly for transporting smaller parts that require access to all sides but don’t necessitate rotation during transport.

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