Ruland Manufacturing‘s pre-designed modular mounting systems comprise of a kit of components that fit together to mount conveyor rails, sensors, screens, cameras, and other industrial components in a variety of applications. They include an assortment of tubes, connectors, mounting components, and accessories that are used for mounting in industrial equipment — such as those found in food processing, packaging, printing, and material handling.
These pre-designed systems greatly simplify the design process by giving engineers an easy way to select the group of components that works best for their equipment without having to risk choosing components that do not fit together properly. These kits also save designers time by having all of the parts needed to build a complete system.
Ruland’s pre-designed kits give users the ability to start with a base design and then customize for specific applications if necessary. Standard options include the tube length (such as adding a scale to the tube) and the size of the sensor hole on the mounting brackets.
Users have the added flexibility of further customization with options, such as adjustable levers allowing for rapid adjustments of conveyor height or width without the use of tools and portable magnetic bases for easy portability.
Pre-designed systems for mounting sensors are available in three base options: adjustable, 90 degree, and flanged bolt. All three systems have sensor-mounting brackets that can accommodate round or tubular sensors with an 8, 12, 18, or 30 mm diameters. Alternatively, users can select a plain bracket with no pre-cut holes to add their own custom sensor hole. Plain brackets can also be used as reflectors in optical sensing applications or to mount screens.
The adjustable system also features an adjustable connector that allows the user to rotate the sensor 360 degrees along the X or Y axis depending on how the system is installed. The system features two tubes fixed at a 90-degree angle. While it contains more components, this design allows users to easily adjust the length and height of the system at a reduced cost when compared to the adjustable system. The flanged bolt base is also a two-way system fixed at 90 degrees, however it only has one tube. The compact and simplified design is ideal for systems that only require the sensor connector to be repositioned in one plane (vertical or horizontal) along the tube.
In addition to the sensor mount kits, Ruland has pre-designed systems for mounting guide rails in conveyor applications. They’re designed for conical side guide rails with a channel width of 17 mm or 0.67 inch. The two base options for guide rail mounting systems are 90-degree and flanged bolt systems. These systems have the same functional benefits when compared to their use for sensors, but the sensor attachment is replaced by a rail clamp.
The use of the same components makes it easy for designers to select the same base system simplifying installation and repeatability throughout the machine. Users can customize the mounting system by adding additional connectors and tubes as needed, such as in double or stacked conveyor rail applications.
If a custom system is needed, Ruland has put together a quick tutorial on how to select the various components to ensure they fit together. The tutorial gives detail on each of the individual components that make up the modular mounting systems, how the components fit together, and demonstrates how part numbers are formed.
Users can access all components and pre-designed systems from the tutorial page and should have a fundamental understanding of how to build a system after reviewing the tutorial.
All modular mounting system components are sourced from JW Winco and stocked in Ruland’s Marlborough, Massachusetts location.