inverted conveyor for finishing systems

For an unparalleled finishing conveyor, look no further than inverted conveyors from Richards-Wilcox Conveyor. While overhead conveyor systems are often the choice for finishing applications, with products hanging overhead, our variety of inverted conveyor systems and their unique benefits can make a perfect choice for a variety of paint finishing systems.

We have inverted power and free conveyor options to complement your paint equipment and finishing equipment. Our load capacities are unparalleled, and for all of our finishing line conveyors, we offer monorail, power and free conveyor solutions, automatic control, and fully installed systems for finishing conveyor applications.

But first, consider what finishing application your products require. There are two categories of finishing options: dry (powder coating) processes and wet processes (liquid paint). Each process involves a wide variety of subroutines, so consider what you need: we cater to every kind of finishing line, from washers and ovens, to spray booths and degreasers.

Your choice of coating systems can also be a deciding factor. Before the 1990s, liquid paint was the overwhelming standard: until hazardous conditions and environmental regulations paved the way for powder coating’s popularity. Powder coating works with an electrostatic dry finishing process. The parts are electrically grounded, then charged and sprayed directly with pigment and resin particles for a quality, long-lasting finish.

However, with new techniques and improved environmental impact, liquid paint has come back into popularity. Wet processes utilize electrical currents for E-coating, a technique otherwise known as electrophoretic deposition. E-coating uses an electrically charged liquid-based solution bath to deposit particles onto the product. It’s an ideal process for irregularly shaped parts with curves and crevices, like automotive bumpers or plastic components.

There are also additional methods like dip and spray systems, both of which typically use overhead conveyor systems, to evenly apply finish by dipping the product into any number of specialized solutions. On occasion, dip line finishing uses dip tanks filled with any number of different solutions, into which operators dip their products to evenly apply finish. Sometimes, tanks contain cleaning solutions or chemicals to help prepare an item for its final coating.

Wet spray appears in a large number of applications and can work on almost any product. Paint line conveyor systems apply paint or varnish to a variety of media including metals, woods and plastics. These kind of finishing applications often feature robotic components shooting industrial paint from a spray gun, paired with pressure tanks to regulate the flow of pigment.
With your method determined, it’s time to decide your means. One option is our Inverted Zig-Zag Conveyor, a monorail system with an enclosed track. The system’s innovative design uses patented Richards-Wilcox Inverted Pendants to offer unparalleled vertical flexibility. Unlike rigid pendants, Richards-Wilcox Inverted Pendants pivot forward and backward on the wheel axel, allowing free rotation of up to 30 degrees with no torque or wear on the chain. However, the cost-effective and efficient chain of our monorail conveyors may not be universally amenable to every process change you desire.

Enter our Inverted OveR-Way floor-mounted conveyor, one of our top-of-line power & free systems. On top of its clean operation and seamless robotic integration, this power & free conveyor system incorporates two rails and a trolley. This allows the system unlimited flexibility that allows stopping at key locations. For instance, with two concurrent tracks, all the painting robots in the spray booths have to do is pivot. The conveyor can then divert to multiple locations, like curing ovens.


From simple paint line conveyors to large-scale robotic systems, our expert staff will engineer a custom finishing system for your operation. Do a complete 180 on your productivity with an inverted finishing line conveyor system from Richards-Wilcox Conveyor.