SafeFlo Technologies, a newly formed venture that designs, builds, and retrofits material handling and storage systems, will specialize in pneumatic-controlled and deep-lane storage systems. The founding principals—CEO Dan Quinn, COO John Wylie, and John Veitch, vice president of operations—together have more than 100 years of experience in material handling system design and implementation.
Pneumatic-controlled conveyor systems use air pressure to raise and lower the roller beds as needed, reducing wear and tear on the rollers for minimal maintenance. They can handle any type of pallets and containers, including slipsheets, and can take on heavier pallet loads than conventional roller-brake equipment because there is no need to adjust the rollers' slope, according to the company. Another advantage, said Wylie, is that there is no jarring of the loads when stopping and starting, making the system suitable for fragile products. Furthermore, Quinn said, pneumatic-controlled conveyors are the only types of conveyors that meet OSHA standards for emergency operator lockout and shutdown in enclosed spaces.