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Selection Guide for Chain Conveyor Applications

See the following selection guide to help determine which type of overhead monorail conveyor system best suits your application, depending on maximum unit load, part spacing and chain pull capacity requirements.




RSI offers a variety of quality overhead monorail conveyor systems and components. We look forward to assisting you in selecting the right equipment for your application. Also, see our "selection guide" below for additional information.












Type of Monorail conveyor

Tube Track

R W - Type Encl. Track

Standard Encl. Track

(3" I-Beam)

(4" I-Beam)

(6" I-Beam)

Quick Reference Illustration

Track Size 1-5/8" Dia.

2-1/8" W. 2-11/16" H.

2-13/16" W.

S3 x 5.7 S4 x 7.7 S6 x 12.5
*Min. Load Spacing (Nominal) 6" 6" 8" 6" 8" 12"
Unit Load Rating 30 Lbs. 80 Lbs. 125 Lbs. 200 Lbs. 400 Lbs. 1200 Lbs.
**With Optional Single/Double Load-Bars 60 / 120 Lbs. 160 / 320 Lbs. 250 Lbs.
200 @ 30
175 @45
400 Lbs. 800 Lbs. 2400 Lbs.

 ***Drive Chain Pull Rating 

600 Lbs. 750 Lbs. 750 Lbs. 1800 Lbs. 3950 Lbs. 6000 Lbs.

*The minimum load spacing is also the nominal chain pitch for each type system.  Loads may be spaced on any increment of this chain pitch, depending on your requirement and any additional clearance needed for your product to maneuver the selected turns and vertical curves.  Larger radius turns require less clearance.

**Increase capacity by use of load-bars, but keep in mind it is often less expensive to go to the larger conveyor, unless they are spaced far apart. 

***A quick idea on your drive pull requirement may be determined by multiplying the total live load by .035 (monoplane systems only).  Elevation changes add "lift pull" to your total.  Lift pull is calculated by multiplying the total elevation change of inclines only (no declines) by the product weight per foot of conveyor.

Note:  Should this method result in any more than half of the rated system capacity, give us a call to consider your chain pull more closely.  Adequate drive pull capacity is an important factor in your decision.  Save money by selecting the correct drive arrangement up front, rather than making corrections later.