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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Services Spotlight: Industrial Services

When we started our business, we wanted to create manufacturing and handling systems that were more durable, efficient and adaptable so we dove into our customers to find out how we could better serve them. We do more than create custom solutions for your business.

We also offer installation and on-site training to ensure your business is getting the most from our systems.  Our qualified professionals will come in and instruct employees on how to use the equipment safely and efficiently.

Each product we provide is installed by a certified and factory-trained personnel. Our goal is to not disrupt your business environment so we offer installation services on your time.

We take pride in tailoring our business to suit your needs. Our custom solutions allow you to finish your project on time and on budget with the support you need to keep things transitioning smoothly.

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Services Spotlight: Software/Controls

UMD software and control solutions keep your system operating with the efficiency, accuracy and speed that your application demands. All of our control system products come with complete design, development and integration from our in-house engineering team.

We work closely with every customer to develop the specifications and devices required for system control to ensure every product functions as envisioned. Each system is then built and tested in our electrical shop and can be commissioned on site by our trained staff.

UMD maintains an established but evolving planning process to assure that our design meets and exceeds your requirements. Every project begins with creation of a guiding document that defines the project and become the basis for design, programming and development of the control system called the Control Functional Specification. The design process includes project review, equipment submittals and system one-line diagrams for your consideration and approval.

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Services Spotlight: Manufacturing

The goal of UMD manufacturing is to keep your products moving and your business on the move. We use a few unique methods to achieve this goal.

UMD manufactures material handling and processing systems for many industries. We combine standard conveyor components with versatile, modular-designed systems to create the most cost-effective installations.

Our adaptable open architecture limits restrictions on usage, space accommodations and future expansions. This substantially reduces overall cost of ownership, extends the service life of the system and simplifies maintenance or modifications which is a benefit to our customers.

We focus on building solutions that achieve your goals and exceed your expectations. Contact us to find out what UMD Automated Solutions can do to make your business run more efficiently.

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Services Spotlight: Engineering

UMD Automated Systems strives to create better processes related to mechanical systems for material handling and manufacturing. We took a broader view, learned everything we could about each customer, and focused on solving business challenges that extend far beyond a specific application. Things like longer equipment life, easier maintenance, and lower total cost of ownership. We’ve followed that path ever since. It’s the best way we know to keep your products – and your business – in motion. Our services include a proven production process, innovative design engineering, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and custom software & control development. As a multi-divisional company, we perform all these services in-house, working closely with you to develop your total materials handling system from start to finish.

With over 30 years of engineering knowledge, we bring a unique design strategy to every project. As active listeners, we hear your needs and give you a solution that is a perfect fit. We strive to design material handling systems and machinery that improve your productivity and operational efficiencies – systems that get the job done right and ultimately save you money. We ultimately save you money by providing durable components with low maintenance requirements. Our systems are scalable, to grow as you do. We use multiple programs to be as flexible as possible which means as your needs change, your systems can too.

UMD Automated Services strives to use an 80/20 approach to all systems. 80% of what we’re doing we have a history with, and the other 20% is unique to the application we’re working on. The 80% is a foundation; it is the technology that we have proved to work over the last 30 years. The 20% is the research and development that goes into each clients’ projects. It’s innovation. It’s tailored solely to your application, something that we’ve only built for your system. It’s what takes the 80% and makes it applicable for you. And you can trust that 20%.

Here at UMD, we tend to lead and not follow. We have a history of developing advanced designs. We put a lot of resources into research and development, pushing technology to the limit to provide systems that optimize your business. Contact us to find out how we can enhance your business.

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Advantages of ZonAcc© Conveyor Systems

UMD’s ZonAcc© Conveyor Systems achieve effective delivery by utilizing sensor-controlled drive systems. These systems are used in accumulation, staging and gravity conveyor solutions. The modular design allows parts to be easily replaced as they require no additional set up and are manufactured in segments. The non-contact or zero-pressure accumulation helps eliminate scrap or rework issues caused with conveyors. With multiple options of the ZonAcc© to choose from, your conveyor system priorities will be met with ease.

ZonAcc© Zone Accumulation

The ZonAcc© Zone Accumulation is a heavy-duty machine that keeps products from touching while eliminating line pressure. Watch how the accumulation conveyor system works.

ZonAcc© Zero Pressure Accumulation

The ZonAcc© Zero Pressure Accumulation system eliminates lines pressure but allows the products to touch. Watch how the zero-pressure accumulation system works.

ZonAcc© Controlled Flow Gravity

The ZonAcc© Controlled Flow Gravity system adds a new element of control to a current gravity assisted decline conveyor products. This cost-efficient tool rids the need for drive motors to reach similar effects. This allows a lower installation rate. Watch how this controlled flow gravity system works.

Our ZoneAcc© Conveyor Systems is unique to UMD Automated Systems. These systems are stand alone products that do not require additional set-up time. The system can handle heavier products and do not put pressure on the products which makes it the gentlest yet robust system. Contact us to see if the ZonAcc© system is right for your conveyor needs.

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Reduce Downtime, Increase Performance

The overall performance is constantly being measured by operations managers in the manufacturing industry. When systems are down, that means the company is losing profit and affecting their bottom line. Being able to quickly get systems back up and running is an important aspect to pay attention to. With state-of-the-art software and controls solutions from UMD, we keep your products moving and your business on the move.

UMD Automated Systems software and control solutions keep your system operating with the efficiency, accuracy, and speed that your application demands. Our in-house electrical engineering team provides complete design, development, and integration of automated control systems with all of our products. And to ensure that every system functions precisely as envisioned, we work closely with every customer to develop the operational specifications and devices required for system control. Each system is then built and tested in our electrical shop and can be commissioned on-site by our trained staff.

Designing A System 

Understanding overall equipment effectiveness helps improve productivity goals by organizing the data relevant to facility performance. The value of performance data provides insight into operations. Successful projects result from a clearly defined plan and proper design. UMD maintains an established but evolving planning process to assure that our design meets and exceeds your requirements. Every project begins with the creation of a Control Functional Specification (CFS), the guiding document that defines the project and becomes the basis for design, programming, and development of the control system. The design process includes project review, equipment submittals and system one-line diagrams for your consideration and approval. 

Custom Software Solutions

Part of the challenge is the number of software applications that promise to help improve some aspect of production. By not starting with the bigger picture of how a facility is performing, actual improvements might not have the impact that’s expected. You deserve a software solution that is more than “just adequate.” While many off-the-shelf software packages provide functionality that “gets the job done”, none are unique to your operation or your company. UMD sees it a bit differently. It is our responsibility to provide a software package that delivers excellent performance while allowing your input for the look and feel of the final product. We make this happen by creating custom software solutions, utilizing pre-packaged software and often combining the best of both.

Performance data helps users accomplish more in less time by providing the overall equipment effectiveness information users need to determine whether their plant is as productive as it could be. When customers call with downtime challenges, our Remote Support Services team provides real-time troubleshooting and monitoring of automation systems and equipment and by off-site automation specialists. UMD Field Services provides fast, reliable on-site engineering support designed to get your business up and running quickly and efficiently. Contact us to learn more. 


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