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CONVEYOR MANUFACTURERS FOR INDUSTRIAL CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

If you need conveyor systems, Ultimation has the solution. We’ve been a leading conveyor systems manufacturer for over 30 years. Our industrial conveyor systems take the pain out of lifting, carrying, and storage. This helps employees avoid injuries and increases productivity. Conveyors simplify product loading and unloading and reduce accidental damage. Our solutions can provide part storage buffers, pass through ovens and supply parts to and from industrial robots. Conveyors make material handling more efficient.

Our name, Ultimation, was born from the vision that we could become the “Ultimate in Automation”. We supply standardized equipment and custom turn-key engineered solutions for specific applications. If you need conveyors quickly, we have many models that can ship immediately.

BUY CONVEYORS AND PARTS ONLINE NOW.

Our online store is open 24/7. We have 1,000’s of conveyors and parts available at discount prices for fast shipping. Order by 3pm Eastern Time for same day shipping.

NEED HELP? LEARNING ABOUT CONVEYORS, WHICH TYPES TO USE AND HOW TO SPECIFY THEM? THIS STEP BY STEP GUIDE WILL HELP.

OUR RANGE OF CONVEYOR SYSTEMS AND PARTS

The material handling products that we offer include conveyors and industrial automation systems. These productivity solutions range from the simplest gravity conveyors to complex automation systems.

Our online store has lots of options for customers that need quick productivity solutions. Buy these products and parts direct from Ultimation through our e-commerce store. The “quick ship” material handling products generally ship on the same day as ordered.

THE RANGE INCLUDES:

– Belt conveyors

– Gravity roller conveyors

– Gravity flowrail and skatewheel conveyors

– Powered roller conveyors

– Beam trolleys and I beam tracks

– Enclosed track conveyors

OUR RANGE OF CONVEYOR SYSTEMS AND PARTS

The material handling products that we offer include conveyors and industrial automation systems. These productivity solutions range from the simplest gravity conveyors to complex automation systems.

Our online store has lots of options for customers that need quick productivity solutions. Buy these products and parts direct from Ultimation through our e-commerce store. The “quick ship” material handling products generally ship on the same day as ordered. Lots of conveyor manufacturers have distributors, external sales reps and other companies in between the end user and the manufacturer. When you buy conveyor systems from us, you are buying direct at factory prices.

THE RANGE INCLUDES:

– Belt conveyors

– Gravity roller conveyors

– Gravity flowrail and skatewheel conveyors

– Powered roller conveyors

– Beam trolleys and I beam tracks

– Enclosed track conveyors

INDUSTRIES THAT WE SERVE

You will see our systems in use in a range of industries:

Automotive

Packaging

E-commerce
distribution

Vertical Farming

and many others

Packaging

E-commerce
distribution

Vertical Farming

and many others

Regardless of the size of your material handling needs, Ultimation can provide a conveyor system for you! We work with companies as large as the leading automotive brands to small businesses. We’re located in South East Michigan with a great supply base and engineering talent pool. Our geographic focus is the design, build and installation of systems throughout the Americas.

WE BRING TOGETHER THE TOP BRANDS IN MATERIAL HANDLING

Ultimation’s in-house manufacturing and design team can do it all. But sometimes the best solutions involve integrating components from other leading manufacturers. Our relationships with other leading brands in the industrial conveyor systems space include:

  • Jervis B Webb / Daifuku. Ultimation is the largest integrator of Webb overhead conveyors. Webb equipment is the “gold standard” for power and free conveyors
  • Itoh Denki MDR conveyors. These innovative motor driven roller conveyors are the ‘go to’ solution for distribution centers.
  • Interroll is another leading European MDR supplier. Ultimation provides ‘quick ship’ modules of conveyor with Interroll motors.
  • Interlake Mecalux is our partner for material handling rack and storage solutions. We also integrate ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems) with Mecalux

Worried about connecting it all together? Most of our material handling systems equipment comes to you either already networked or network-ready. Connecting to factory information systems is becoming a common requirement. We work with most of the major providers. Allen Bradley and Rockwell Automation are our electrical hardware choices for many systems. All our major machinery systems and automated conveyor systems include a remote monitoring solution. That enables us to help troubleshoot and optimize your line with remote access.

When developing a material handling system for a large factory, there’s no room for error. We understand there’s a tight time slot. The installation of every component must go together exactly as needed.

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WE BRING TOGETHER THE TOP BRANDS IN MATERIAL HANDLING

Ultimation’s in-house manufacturing and design team can do it all. But sometimes the best solutions involve integrating components from other leading manufacturers. Our relationships with other leading brands in the industrial conveyor space include:

  • Jervis B Webb / Daifuku. Ultimation is the largest integrator of Webb overhead conveyors. Webb equipment is the “gold standard” for power and free conveyors
  • Itoh Denki MDR conveyors. These innovative motor driven roller conveyors are the ‘go to’ solution for distribution centers.
  • Interroll is another leading European MDR supplier. Ultimation provides ‘quick ship’ modules of conveyor with In terroll motors.
  • Interlake Mecalux is our partner for material handling rack and storage solutions. We also integrate ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems) with Mecalux

Worried about connecting it all together? Most of our equipment comes to you either already networked or network-ready. Connecting to factory information systems is becoming a common requirement. We work with most of the major providers. Allen Bradley and Rockwell Automation are our electrical hardware choices for many systems. All our major machinery systems include a remote monitoring solution. That enables us to help troubleshoot and optimize your line with remote access.

When developing a handling system for a large factory, there’s no room for error. We understand there’s a tight time slot. The installation of every component must go together exactly as needed.

PRODUCTIVITY SOLUTIONS, MADE IN USA

Our team members include conveyor experts as well as general industrial specialists. Ultimation’s leadership team have decades of experience running conveyor manufacturers. We also have key employees that have run assembly plants. This helps us understand our customers’ needs for productivity. If you need a complex industrial automation solution, we can provide that. But sometimes simpler solutions like gravity conveyors or powered roller conveyors are better. Either way, you can trust our team to share the benefits of industrial conveyors and automation solutions.

BUY CONVEYORS AND PARTS ONLINE NOW.

Our online store is open 24/7. We have 1,000’s of conveyors and parts available at discount prices for fast shipping. Order by 3pm Eastern Time for same day shipping.

HOW DO CONVEYOR SYSTEMS HELP MY PRODUCTIVITY?

Conveyors are one of the simplest and fastest productivity improvements that a fast growing business can implement. Simple conveyors like roller conveyors or overhead I-beam trolleys can have a payback of days or weeks. Larger systems that we implement often have payback periods of 3-6 months.

One helpful way to think about the value of an automated conveyor system can be to use the Japanese Quality Control concept of “Muda”, or waste. Muda is a Japanese term which means “futility, uselessness, idleness or wastefulness”. Collectively the concepts are often known as the “7 types of waste”. Here’s how conveyors can help reduce each of the 7 types of waste:

  1. Over Production. This is a common type of waste. Conveyors help balance each of the process steps. If buffers are used, they are intentional amounts of product in between processes. As process capability improves, conveyors can be used to reduce buffers in between processes as well.
  2. Transportation. It seems obvious, but paying employees to carry product from point A to point B in an industrial environment is a high cost, high risk productivity loss. Conveyor systems have immediate payback here.
  3. Inventory. Conveyors can store inventory, select the correct item from inventory and make it easier to count inventory.
  4. Poor process. By using conveyors, you can standardize your production process. Once you’ve found the best process steps, conveyors enable you to have everyone repeat those steps in the same order. A slat conveyor with tooling is often used as an assembly line like this
  5. Waiting. Watching employees wait for parts to arrive from another process is like watching money burn. Conveyors deliver parts from one process to another at high speed. Motor Driven Roller (MDR) modules that Ultimation makes in 10′ sections with either two or three zones per module can run at speeds up to 180 feet per minute. That’s way faster than anything else in the warehouse!
  6. Defects and Damage. By presenting parts to the operator in the right orientation, assembly is easier. Conveyors move parts without dropping them too.
  7. Motion. This is like #2, but includes steps like walking to get materials, reaching, bending or stretching. Conveyors are used to reduce or eliminate these wasteful actions

The Toyota Production System (TPS) was developed by Taiichi Ohno to reduce these types of waste. Our team have a wealth of experience to help you use conveyors as part of your productivity improvement plans.

HOW DOES BEING A DIGITAL CONVEYOR MANUFACTURER HELP ME?

Computing power is enabling us to design and test our conveyors in a virtual world. Before we cut steel for your project your conveyor or automation system is full tested. We design all our standard products with the latest 3D tools. This includes stress testing, bending, flexing and durability testing of the design. We can see how your load will move on the conveyor, and identify any challenges. Many conveyor systems manufacturers can build conveyors but few can match our virtual design process.

To ensure projects run smoothly, we can also create a virtual factory using SolidWorks 3D CAD. We can incorporate 3D models from our own equipment and other conveyor manufacturers. This enables us to test alternative layouts, assess ergonomics and consider installation approaches. We then can show our customers renderings of near photograph-like images. This show you what your conveyor system will look like before production begins. That allows for new ideas and improvements that would not otherwise be possible.

Testimonials

“You guys have really delivered for me on this project. I will be sure to include you for any future work that we do.”

“I have worked with Ultimation’s executives from the 1970’s until I retired from GM. I’ve always considered them incredibly knowledgeable in the Tire/wheel and conveyor business.”

“You’re a great team to work with. We really appreciate your good work!”

“We’ve worked through tough times together in the past, and we intend to work through them again. Your support has helped make us highly respected in the industry today.”

“Just want to give you cudo’s on your customer service. I’m an individual so not a future source of many sales. UPS lost the trolley I ordered and delivered the other two packages 5 days after I paid for “2day air”. They would not help me find the missing item or refund the shipping costs ($67). Kali took this on, applied for a refund and shipped another trolley after UPS admitted to her they had lost it. I talked to others when I called and everyone was pleasant and helpful and didn’t even mention that I was calling on your lunch hour since you are in another time zone. Thank you for your great service. P.S. Great products also.”

“Ultimation Industries offers great products at more than reasonable prices, which is ultimately why I made my purchase with them. My experience with their customer service, however, is what truly sold me on their hugely successful company. I’m a regular homeowner that simply needed a 5′ gravity roller for my shop, but I was treated as though I were a large manufacturer. This is how business is done right.”

“I ordered online a small 3′ gravity conveyor ramp, and some extra rollers from Ultimation Ind. I cut it in half to use as a infeed & outfeed conveyor platform for a wood planer, which worked perfectly by the way. But, to the point, everything about the product, the finish, the packaging, the notifications of purchase, the shipping, and tracking was first class all the way. It could not have been better! Who says American industry isn’t the best?”

AWARD WINNING INDUSTRIAL CONVEYOR SOLUTIONS

Ultimation Industries, LLC is a woman-owned conveyor manufacturing company based in Roseville, Michigan. In 2019, the company was a finalist for Amazon’s Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. We also earned honors as one of “2019 Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”. The company is also included in the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. There are a lot of conveyor manufacturers to choose from, but few that match our capabilities.

Established over 30 years ago, we serve the material handling needs of large and small businesses. During this time we have learned a lot about solving handling problems and continue to learn and adapt to changing industries. This is what makes us one of the leading conveyor manufacturers in the USA. If you need a productivity solution, we’d like to help!

How Much Do Conveyor Systems Cost?

You can set up a simple gravity roller conveyor system for under $200. Ultimation sells many of these small roller conveyors every day to businesses that are growing fast and need to stop carrying packages and start sliding them along a conveyor. At the other end of the scale, high speed conveyors as used in Distribution Centers (DC) are typically systems in the $300,000 to $5m range. It’s all a question of conveyor length, speed required, motorized or gravity and the weight of the product being carried by the conveyor.

Sometimes it can be helpful to consider the length of conveyor per linear foot (or per linear metre). Low cost gravity roller conveyors range from roughly $13 per foot to $40 per foot. The variables would be the number of rollers, diameter of the rollers and the width of the conveyor. If a conveyor is motorized, the cost of simple belt conveyors or motor drive roller conveyors is the next most affordable category. These systems range from around $150 per foot to $400 per foot. The variables would be the number of zones, the width, and the weight of the product being carried.

Overhead conveyors can also be quite affordable. The simplest hand push trolley systems using Ultimation’s Unibilt track and trolley system have a basic cost of about $10 to $30 per foot. That price however doesn’t include the installation. Because they are mounted above the production area, installation cost for overhead conveyors can be as much as the conveyor equipment itself in some cases. Simple motorized overhead conveyors cost from $100 – $400 per foot. The best type of overhead conveyor is a power and free conveyor, but these conveyors typically cost in excess of $500 per foot.

Can Ultimation give me a rough budget on a Conveyor System?

Of course! Our team are working with customers every day that are buying their first conveyor system. We’ll guide you through the process, and we’d generally rather see you get started with a low cost “quick ship” model from our online store if that’s a good fit. If you have a layout or rough idea of what you need, we can give you a rough budget. Some customers send us CAD drawings of their ideas. Others send us sketches on a napkin.

Know your product, Select your Conveyor

This might seem obvious, but we’re going to ask you a lot of questions about your product/s that you’d like to move. Questions like:

  • What exactly are the products that you are moving?
  • How much do they weigh? What’s the lightest? What’s the heaviest?
  • How many products are on the conveyor at one time?
  • How big are the smallest and largest products the conveyor will carry (we’ll need the length, width and height)?
  • What is the conveying surface like? This is really important. If’s its a flat or rigid carton, tote or pallet, that’s easy. But many products are flexible or have protruding surfaces on the face where the conveyor will carry them.
  • Is your product fragile? No problem, we have solutions for that

Frequently Asked Questions About Conveyors

How do you design a conveyor system?

Start with understanding the load. It’s size, weight and surface details will influence the best conveyor type. Choose from roller or belt style based on the product you are moving. If you need to create a buffer, you will need a style of conveyor that an move each item individually. These types of conveyors are motorized roller conveyor (MDR) and power and free conveyors.

What are other terms for conveyors?

Conveyors can also be known as automatic transfers systems, pallet transfer systems, shuttle systems, slider belt transporters, trolley systems, rail systems or feeder systems. They all share the same role in moving a product from one location to another.

What is meant by conveyor system?

A conveyor system is an efficient way to move loads from one location to another. Conveyor systems may be hand operated or motorized. Conveyors often use belts, rollers, trolleys or slats to move the loads. The common theme is to move loads easily using rolling or sliding surfaces.

What is the most common type of conveyor?

Belt conveyors and roller conveyors are the most common type. They are both simple and easy to use. Roller conveyors work best with products that have a rigid flat bottom. Belt conveyors work well with many types of products, but the product must be able to sit safely on the belt.

Where are conveyor systems used?

Conveyor systems are used in factories, warehouses, distribution centers, airports and virtually all industrial facilities. They range from systems that cost from under $100 to systems that are more than $10 million. Virtually every item that consumers buy has moved along many conveyors in it path to reach the final customer.

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