Materials Handling

Manual - C-Rail Program

Additional information

For transport within a facility, Conductix-Wampfler’s modular handling systems can provide customized transport solutions that ensure an optimum material flow. Various additional components, such as switching systems and curves, allow for the creation of complex tracks. The modular nature of the system and its simple assembly make it possible to plan and install a manual suspension track for many different applications.

Product data

Manual suspension tracks offer the following benefits:

  • Low investment costs
  • Reduced internal transport time
  • Reduced handling times
  • Increased productivity
  • Easier working conditions for employees
  • Targeted material flow
  • Product-based design
  • Easy expansion of the system at any time
  • Individual construction with custom set-ups
  • Flexible adjustment for changes in production requirements
  • Simple planning with a clearly laid out modular system

Manual suspension track components

  1. Rail carriers
  2. Rail connectors
  3. Track rails [fixed length of C-rails: 6m], include cut-off in calculations
  4. End stop with a safety screw
  5. Safety guides for keeping the transported object in place
  6. Drag chain conveyor - drive station
  7. Drag chain conveyor - tensioner
  8. Interlock mounted on the crane bridge
  9. Arrester mounted on the spurs


Semiautomatic - Circular Conveyor

Additional information

The circular conveyor is a functional and high quality ceiling transport system. This system is the most cost-efficient solution for all locations that require high volume material transport, whether continuous or in cycles.

Circular conveyors are characterized by their low weight and quiet operation. Easily accessible drive stations provide trouble-free maintenance. The modular system also allows the chains, rails and load on the transport system to be adjusted to fit many different facility requirements. Rerouting or expansion is possible at any time.

The main structural feature of the system is the polyamide slide profile, which snaps into a special, cold-drawn profile tube.

Because of this, the smooth chain only needs to be lubricated in vertical curves that may be included in the track layout. The possible applications of the circular conveyor are as variable as the goods that can be transported. This includes light containers and even bulky goods.

Product data

All components of the handling system are part of a comprehensive modular system. Assembly can be performed on-site by Conductix-Wampfler assembly technicians or by customer technicians.

In curved arcs, the chain segments are carried over the rollers of a constantly running roller chain on a hardened curve rail.

Vertical curved arcs can be made with a radius of 900 / 1100 mm and up to 45°. The round steel chain is carried in high molecular weight polyethylene profiles. There are various drive options. Based on the system layout, we use drag chain drives (caterpillar drives) with vertical, horizontal or 180° deflection drives directly over a chain wheel. Sliding hubs are standard.

The chain can be tensioned using 180° guide rollers or using 2 curved arcs of 90° each.

System structure with diversion drive

  1. Drive station
  2. Chain
  3. Guide rail
  4. Tensioner station
  5. C-rails
  6. Suspension
  7. Transport cart


Automatic - Power & Free

Additional information

The Conductix-Wampfler Power & Free system is the ideal solution when a high degree of transport flexibility is needed. For dividing, buffering, branching or stopping at any location:

Power & Free can be integrated into many production areas. This transport system has become an essential part of surfacing work, electrophoresis, powder and wet finishing, sandblasting, and paint removal.

Product data

The Power & Free system concept is simple:

The system is made up of a lower rail and an upper rail, in which a conveyor chain runs.The lower rail holds the trolley that is pulled by the chain. The object to be transported can be disconnected from the chain, at which point various operations can be performed. Although the power chain runs continuously, a discontinuous material flow is possible - with adjustable cycle speeds and custom specifications for target and time controls.

The control system is an important part of integrated material flow systems. A central control point manages and monitors operations, such as complex automatic transport systems. Every trolley can be equipped with a data carrier that is read electronically. This allows every trolley to be localized at any system location.

Technical specifications:

  • Custom specification of trolley intervals and transport speed
  • Fully-adjustable transport speed for individual system circuits within a system
  • Electro-pneumatic positioning devices for individual components
  • Maximum traffic load for the 2-way running gear up to 150 kg of suspended load, based on incline and system type
  • Inclines and declines of up to 45° are possible
  • Can be connected to circular conveyors, electric suspension tracks or lifting and lowering stations
  • Any common recognition, control, and monitoring systems can be used
  • Speeds from 0.8 to 12 m/min
  • Ambient temperature from 10°C - 80°C

System structure, Power & Free

  1. Drive unit
  2. Guide rail
  3. Horizontal arc
  4. Tensioner station
  5. Mounting unit
  6. Point switch
  7. Transport cart