Articulating Roller Support (ARS) Long Travel System
A Long Travel Solution for Plastic Carriers that Eliminates Guide Troughs
Dynatect’s ARS Long Travel Support System is the evolution of 50 years of experience. Its unique, patented design adds articulating rollers that are positioned to support a standard plastic carrier and provide travels up to 300 feet without a guide trough. Dynatect’s long travel cable carriers are ideal for many applications including robot transfer units, large machining centers, gantry robots, plasma and flame cutters, CNC drilling, automated welding, CNC burn tables, transfer systems, and gantry cranes.
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For comparably sized systems, the ARS Long Travel Support System features:
Lower total cost of ownership (TOC)
Eliminates up to 50% of the force required to push and pull in most applications
Up to 2X travel than any other roller solution without a guide trough
50% less average installation time than long travel systems with guide troughs
Priced typically 10% less than long travel systems with guide troughs
Capable of operating speeds up to 5 feet per second
Reduces retracted storage area
Allows for greater acceleration than traditional gliding long travel solutions
Significantly improves safety factors in high-tow-force applications
Eliminates up to 20% of the weight of a combined plastic carrier and trough in most applications
Plastic + Guide Trough
Low Initial Cost
Low Install Time
Low Maintenance (TOC)
Operating Space Required
Pivot Point Wear
Overall System Weight
Which tracks can be used with articulating rollers? Dynatect TS, TL, KL, KLE, & TSC series plastic tracks (excluding TL-415 & TL-525)
What speeds can an ARS system support? Up to 5ft/second standard – consult factory for faster applications
How much weight can a ARS system support? Up to 5lbs./ft standard – consult factor for higher loading applications
How much does a single roller upright/stanchion weigh? Upright weight varies based on height, series, and load. For a typical TL-275 wheelset:
ARS: 13 lbs. each; 26 lbs. per set
Fixed Wheel: 7.6 lbs. each, 15.2 lbs. per set
Consult factory for specific application weight
What does an ARS system cost? ARS (cable carrier and rollers) are typically 10% less than an equivalent cable carrier and trough
What contributes to lower ARS system TOC: Typically, lower first cost (no guide trough), faster installation time, shorter cable carrier and cables (eliminating the need for lower mount), and eliminating rail extenders, push plates, and glide shoes.
How is installing ARS upright/stanchion every 5 feet easier than installing trough?
The ARS system features fewer components (panels/hardware) and alignment issues than an equivalent trough.
How does an ARS system reduce retracted storage area? The elimination of the low mount requirement reduces the depot area
What is the shortest application the ARS would be applied? The ARS can be used in any application where the unsupported span of the carrier is exceeded.
What is the spacing between posts? 5 ft. spacing is standard and varies on application parameters. Consult factory for specific spacing based on application.
Which rollers are standard fixed rollers vs. articulated rollers? Anything forward of the center point as the carrier extends are standard fixed rollers
Are solid models available? Consult factory for drawings as needed. Coming soon to the website.
How is the track width spacing between upright/stanchion determined during installation? Dynatect provides a mechanical spacer installation template for fixed width spacing.
How long does it take to replace an existing ARS upright/stanchion? Replacement typically takes 10 minutes. The track will continue to run with a single damaged head. Much easier than replacing guide shoes. Dynatect holds stock of uprights.
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