Vertical Conveyors

If you need to move tires or other products from one floor to another, or you’re trying to save space on the floor of your warehouse, a vertical lift may be a great fit for your business.

What is a Vertical Conveyor?

A vertical conveyor or lift is simply a machine that can be used to move products from one level to another, similar to an elevator. Vertical conveyors are meant to carry only products and not people. There are multiple types of vertical conveyors for different jobs. Some of the most common vertical lifts are reciprocating elevators, spiral conveyors, L-shaped lifts and scissor lifts.

Why Choose a Vertical Conveyor System?

Our vertical conveyor systems can be easily worked into systems where there may not be much space on the floor or in multi-level warehouses or distribution centers. By adding a vertical lift, the business can save space while still having an automated process. Vertical lifts can be used for processing, storage or moving materials.

Our Promise

We offer modular automated systems that can be easily upgraded, replaced and maintained so your business can continue production during repairs and upgrades.  We draw on broad experience across multiple industries and continuous research and development to create unique solutions designed around the overall needs of our customer, not just the specific application.  High quality service and products, improved production and maximum efficiency are our way of giving your business a competitive edge and we will continue to be the best choice for our customers. Find out more here.

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Retrofits and Aftermarket Services

A retrofit is a component or part added to something that did not have it when originally retrofit and aftermarket servicesmanufactured. A retrofit piece of equipment can make an outdated system feel and function like new. In manufacturing, retrofitting describes the measures taken to allow new or updated parts to be fitted to old or outdated systems. The production of retrofit parts is necessary when the design of a large system is changed. If a customer with an older system wants to update their system instead of replacing it all, retrofit parts and installation will be used to revise the older system.

Retrofitting can improve a machine or system’s overall functionality by using advanced and updated equipment and technology. If possible, retrofits should occur during scheduled downtimes to keep the cost efficient.  Replacing worn parts on a regular basis is one of the best ways to prevent unplanned downtime and protect your material handling equipment. UMD stocks a wide selection of replacement parts, conveyor belt assemblies and accessories ready to ship.

UMD provides replacement parts, customer service, and system services for all aftermarket parts. Our full range of services help keep your systems up and running so you don’t lose time or money.  If you’re looking to retrofit one of your systems or add aftermarket parts, contact us to see how we can help you.

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Structural Steel

Our customers have unique needs. We take pride in being able to help with more than sorters and movers. We also offer complete structural systems including mezzanines, platforms, stairs, catwalks, and handrails.

Structural steel is used in construction or building projects. Constructed with fabricated steel components, our structural steel fixtures are built to last through rigorous usage. We offer different pieces and systems as a whole or for a remote project.

There are different configurations that structural steel comes in, but it is usually made of the same things on the inside. The main components are iron and carbon. Sometimes other components can be added to increase the strength of the beams. Structural steel is a regulated category of steel that must meet industry standards for composition.

Our products can make the construction process easier and more efficient. UMD builds systems designed around the unique requirements of our customers. Because of our customized approach, we can achieve an exact fit between the application and objective every time.

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Automotive Industry: Tier One and OEMs

UMD Automated Systems has experience with material handling services tailored specifically for automotive OEM, Tier 1 Automotive Suppliers, transportation providers, and automotive assembly plants. While our expertise goes beyond one industry, we’ve broken down what each of these tiers consist of and how we can help make their businesses run smoother.


Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) automotive components are the official parts produced directly by your vehicle’s maker. The OEMs are the big names you hear that actually create and design vehicles. Some OEM pieces are sold and endorsed by a specific brand but are created by another plant. OEMs focus on overall design and production, or the big picture, of engine and drive train, leaving other components and accessory development to tier one companies.

Our systems can be used for moving people/equipment, assembly, sorting and more. We offer training on the equipment and a modular design that allows a manufacturer to adjust their system as needed without having to pay for a new system or large repairs.

Tier One

The companies that supply parts to OEMs are Tier one. Many Tier one companies make parts or products for one or two specific OEMs and keep a close relationship with them. We can consider Tier one distributors the most important in the industry because of their direct relationships with OEMs. While OEMs are focused on the “big picture,” Tier one companies are responsible for functions carried out by OEMs.

Our complete systems keep automotive components moving efficiently with material handling services tailored specifically for automotive OEM, transportation providers, and automotive assembly plants. Our comprehensive range of services include: tire and wheel handling, processing, JIT shipping, delivery and receiving.

We can provide service to almost any type of industry. Let us get your business running smoother.

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What is a Green Tire?

A green tire is simply a tire that has all the parts put together but has not been cured or had the treads added to them yet. There is a surprisingly lengthy process to tire production. Before the tire can be created, a mix of rubber, oil and additives must be mixed together. Once the mixture is the right consistency, the mixture will be moved throughout other machines to be made into the individual parts of the tire. The individual pieces consisting of an inner rubber liner, the plies, the belts, the bead, the sidewall and the tread meet back up on the tire building machine and is pressed together to create the tire shape we are familiar with.

Once that beginning process is finished, we’ve got a green tire. The green tire will then be placed in a mold and taken to be cured. A green tire is placed inside a large mold for the curing process which consists of the tire being inflated and heated to get the proper shape and tread. During the curing process the green tire is heated up about 300 degrees to bond each element. The curing process depends on the size of the tire and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire day.

This is the end of green tires. Anything after the curing process is a cured tire and goes through inspection and then is ready to be used. UMD offers sorters for green and cured tires. Our DARB Sorters utilize non-contact diverter technology to avoid the potential alteration in green tire uniformity that can occur with standard sortation equipment.

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Tire and Wheel Systems

UMD modular tire & wheel systems ensure that newly manufactured tires and wheels move through the entire assembly process efficiently. While our systems are completely integrated, each piece can be replaced individually as well.

Tire and Wheel systems by UMD can consist of as many units as you see fit. We can include tire stackers/de-stackers, tire weight presses, tire rotators, conveyors and more. Each piece can be custom made to fit your businesses needs.

Tire rotators are a huge part of a tire and wheel system. UMD builds their tire rotators with durability for continuous use and provide valve stem orientation, tire weight orientation, and the ability to be bar code ready with line scanners. Tire rotators can be added separately or integrated with our modular tire & wheel systems.

Our tire weight presses provide offline dynamic balancing to assure that new tires are properly balanced before being mounted on vehicles. These can be used in the tire and wheel system or added separately as well.

Our stackers and de-stackers are part of a fully automated system and designed to provide efficient storage of processed tires maximizing square footage on the plant floor. UMD stackers also assure maximum use of space when loading trailers. And our intelligent automated system tracks the serial number of each tire.

If you’re looking for a wheel and tire system or upgrades to your current system, let UMD Automated Systems help you out.

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Sorter Systems by UMD

When it comes to manufacturing, sorters play a large part in efficiency. Our standardized conveyor and sortation components are designed to meet your specific system requirements. UMD’s modular systems are flexible and will adapt to future changes in system requirements. We provide a number of sorting systems designed to maximize efficiency, handle larger capacities at a faster pace and are completely modifiable for changing needs.

Our production engineers work closely with both our customers and suppliers to forecast changes in demand within the manufacturing, distribution and storage industries. We then incorporate these factors in our systems design to reflect the trends and changes in the marketplace.

We provide many types of sorters for our customers. Our sorters include standard, 7000 sorters and DARB sorters. Standard Sorters offer a contact sorting solution with a higher rate of product diverting per minute than no-touch equipment. UMD sorters employ VibraDamp™ technology for rapid sorting with much less vibration than traditional sorting equipment. Our standard sorters are bi-directional and capable of 90° transfer without spurs.

The 7000 Sorter offers non-contact sorting and requires a spur for discharge. It is capable of bi-directional sorting, diverting both left and right with a single belt. DARB Sorters utilize non-contact diverter technology to avoid the potential alteration in green tire uniformity that can occur with standard sortation equipment.

With DARB Sorters, the outside tread or inside bead make no contact with the conveyance equipment. DARB cross-belt intersection technology can move product straight through an intersection or make precise, single direction 90° transfers in a single plane of operation without the need for spurs.

We can create any system to be completely unique to your business and needs.

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Industries Served: Tire and Rubber, Tier 1 Automotive

UMD Automated Systems serves many different types of industries. We offer solutions that make life easier for a wide variety of companies. One of our most served and an industry that we put special emphasis on is the Tire and Rubber and Tier 1 Automotive industries. While every customer offers unique products or services, the need to improve efficiency, maintain quality standards, and plan for change is common to all.

At UMD we consider these overall company needs with every system that we design, no matter how specific the application. We know from experience that every solution built for today must include a plan for the future. We are experts in material handling systems and process development.

Tire and Rubber

The tire manufacturing process involves a series of specialized operations with precise requirements for temperature and pressure control, component splicing, measurement and testing. UMD can help you with equipment that will meet or exceed quality standards while improving productivity throughout your operation.

We have solutions for mixing, extruding, calendars, green tire, cured tire, and inspection & warehouse systems.

Tier 1 Automotive

UMD keeps automotive components moving efficiently with material handling services tailored specifically for automotive OEM, transportation providers, and automotive assembly plants. Our comprehensive range of services include tire and wheel handling, processing, JIT shipping, delivery and receiving.

Let UMD create a solution that helps your tire and rubber or automotive plant run smoothly and efficiently.

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Intralox™ Conveyor Systems

Intralox™ Conveyor Systems belts are specifically designed to obtain results such as improving transfer speeds, merging, and accumulation of materials. These quality belts ensure the highest quality, most durable and versatile material handling solutions available.

We choose to use this type of belt on systems where extra care must be taken. Because of our work with Intralox™ over the years, we’ve developed a close working relationship with their organization. UMD has co-engineered several belt solutions along with Intralox™, which are now utilized in many of systems. Our relationship allows us to custom-design and produce innovative, effective material handling solutions.

Modular plastic conveyor belts offer many advantages over metal, fabric, or rubber belts, including longer belt life with less belt wear, easier cleaning and maintenance, reduced risk of product loss or contamination, increase in worker safety, no need for lubrication or tensioning.

Find out how UMD Automated Systems can help you add Intralox™ belts to your system and enhance your conveyor system today.

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What is a People Mover?

When you hear “people mover” maybe you’re thinking of an airport or theme park but not a factory. Automated People Movers have been used all over to get people where they need to be in a timely, orderly fashion. UMD Automated Systems has taken People Mover Equipment to the next level for your industrial services.

There are a few things that People Movers could be useful for. First, it can make up for the time lost when an employee is trying to keep up with a car on the line. If the need to eliminate walking alongside a car on the assembly lie, you are also allowing your employees to be more productive.

Moving platforms are sequenced with the assembly, moving people at the same rate of speed as the conveyors which allows the products to be completed with accuracy and efficiency. Ergonomically friendly and safe, our People Movers can also be used with overhead conveyor systems.

UMD Automated Systems has what you need to make your business perform at maximum efficiency. Contact us with your questions or to see a demonstration of our automation systems.

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