Function and Style with Racking

If you need racking to match your implements, we can accommodate

A recent SJF customer from Michigan was very happy with both the racking and the slick look of his storage area for his John Deere implements and attachments. SJF Solutions Specialist Kendal Kalamaha listened to his needs and found the perfect solution.

We’re happy to accommodate your needs for storage racking. We offer a wide variety of sizes, configurations, and colors. If you’d like to match it to your implements, we’re ready to customize!

If you need ideas or know exactly what you want, Kendal can be reached directly at (320) 485-4966 or He has many years of experience and has great ideas!

Modsort Mid-Rate Sortation Conveyor System

This Modsort Sortation Conveyor system project was custom designed by SJF for a customer. The Modsort system is a mid-rate sorter conveyor capable of sorting up to 30 cartons/minute. 24V technology allows easy modification, addition, or moving of divert locations. The all-belt design allows efficient sortation of polybags, boxes, and totes. This makes it an ideal fit for many growing e-commerce facilities.

To see more, check out our “What is Sortation Conveyor” page.

If you’d like some information on a specialized sortation systems, contact our Solutions Specialists at (320) 485-4974, Sam Sterner at (320) 485-4970 or email #sortationconveyor #warehouseconveyor #automation

Changing Times During a Pandemic

Sales meeting during Covid-19
Our fearless sales team, from left to right: Tom Moore, Vance Haugen, Justin Erkenbrack, Kendal Kalamaha, Janae Witte, Jason Deiter, Rhonda Remer, Eric Thovson, Frank Sterner and Staff Sterner.

Our meetings at SJF are looking quite a bit different these days…

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, most of the office staff, including sales, worked remotely from their homes for almost 4 months. We’re happy to report that we were given the go-ahead to bring employees back into the office, but with important safety measures in place, including wearing masks and social distancing.

As a safety precaution, we’ve moved our sales meetings from the conference room, where everyone comfortably sat elbow-to-elbow, to the lunchroom. We’ve also conducted full company meetings in the shop area, where everyone can spread out safely. It’s been a bit of a change, but one that we know is important.

I think we’re all wondering how long this is going to last, or if it will become our “new normal.” But in the meantime, it sure is funny looking at people wearing masks all day and wondering if they are smiling underneath them!

Industry Insider Sales – July 13, 2020

Guest Post: Conveyor Roller Types and Their Benefits

Conveyor Systems

Today’s post is courtesy of Emma Smith

The conveyor systems’ most vital part is the type of conveyor roller which is being used. Different types of packaging and products require different rollers. In the manufacturing of the conveyor rollers, various types of materials are used such as metallic, rubber, or plastic, depending on their usage in regular business operations.

Conveyor rollers or conveyor belts use rollers as uniformly spaced rotating cylinders-in order to allow items to move through their surface. The objects can be pushed manually, by gravity or by electricity. The transported material needs a robust riding surface that is accompanied by at least three rollers.

Conveyor rollers are suitable for accumulation or gathering applications as rollers can reduce the product inertia at a high speed making them useful conveyors and alongside a high-speed sorting machine. The application of conveyor rollers is crucial along with the type of environment and facility that needs to be considered.

Application of conveyor rollers

A roller conveyor system can be customized to operate with a range of ancillary equipment including twists, gates, and turntables. Regardless of the nature of the goods being transported, roller conveyors are commonly used in areas such as warehouses or manufacturing facilities.

The use of a roller conveyor can add flexibility to the type of transfers, converters, and stops that can be used as part of a conveyor system or automation system. You can use either mild steel, galvanized, acrylic, or stainless-steel roller conveyors.

Roller conveyor systems are commonly used in various industries, especially logistics and manufacturing because of their adaptability and use. There are many industries which use roller conveyors. Some of them are:

  • Food handling
  • Packaging
  • Logistics
  • Mail delivery services
  • Baggage handling
  • Steelmaking
  • Manufacturing and design

Specific roller conveyor types include:

Coated (covered) conveyor roller

These are advanced rollers, which are covered with plastic or rubber. This roller is widely used in the paper manufacturing and metal rolling and printing industry. The coated form of rollers integrates grinding through the coating material with a significantly high degree of grip for better performance.

Gravity conveyor roller

Gravity conveyor roller is a frame, which sustains free rotating rollers and uses gravity to skid the material down. Medium to lightweight products can be easily carried with this conveyor and it is an economical solution as it does not require a motor. It can be made with plastic aluminum and steel.

This type of conveyor roller blends advanced structural features with off-the-shelf design requirements. The conveyor rollers are, therefore, best used when handling odd-shaped cartons, bags, and boxes of low quality.

Motorized conveyor roller

Motorized rollers can integrate directly into the conveyor frames. They are used for automated materials handling systems. Motorized roller conveyors are an excellent choice where the primary considerations are energy consumption, quiet operation, and ease of maintenance. They are also known as MDR (motorized roller conveyors or “motor-driven roller conveyors”).

The rollers in this class come packed with control drums to control the speed and flow of the under-transportation products. Material sorting and analysis can be easily automated throughout the entire transport cycle through the motorized zones. Such rollers are, therefore, best used in advanced automated production lines.

Motorized drums are built as compact integrated belt conveyor-drive drum. There is no exposed gearbox, electric motor, or chain drive and they are sealed to IP65, which protects them from dust and water intake.

Free spinning conveyor roller

These rollers are bearing-laden, created with an integrated free turn capability. The rollers are useful for creating conveyor belt support systems as well as for applications in areas that require highly flexible rotational performance and low friction.

Free spinning rollers are also used to support the belt underneath the conveyors. These rollers have bearings inserted into the ends that allow free turning of the roller.

Select the best conveyor roller system

The conveyor roller system is versatile and customizable. It can be easily dismantled and moved easily. The main use of the roller conveyor system is to transport goods from one place to its destination. They can reduce the need for a large workforce, save time, and energy.

Industry Insider Sales – June 24, 2020

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