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Reducing the weight of conveyor guide rail

Reducing the weight of the heavy guide rail accessory by nearly 7kg
boosted conveyor speed and production capacity.



Semiconductor and electronic components industry


Applications and advantages

Guide rail accessory for conveyor system


Replacing the aluminum guide rail accessory with one made of Futaba's CFRP PLATE dramatically reduced weight without requiring design changes.

Background of introduction

Problems to solve

 Parts attached to the guide rail are heavy, and increasing conveyor speed to raise production efficiency led to motor step-out.

​ Circumstances

To increase production efficiency, it was desired to increase the speed of the conveyor system.

 The heavy guide rail parts impaired usability.

 The guide rail components were heavy, causing motor step-out when the speed was increased.

 Owing to the heavy guide rail components, step-out would occur in the motor when the speed was increased, resulting in slow conveyor operation.

Futaba's CFRP PLATE solves the problem!

 The conveyor guide rail parts were fabricated using Futaba's  CFRP PLATE, halving the weight! The conveyor speed doubled.


Advantages of introduction

Advantages of introducing FUTABA's CFRP Plate

Halving the weight of the guide rail parts using Futaba's CFRP PLATE doubled conveyor speed.

Weight of guide rail parts reduced

Conveyor speed doubled


​Guide rail accessory

Material: A5052

Weight: 13.50 kg

Weight reduced from 13.5kg to 6.95 kg

Halving the weight increased the conveyor speed from 750 mm/sec to 1,500 mm/sec.


​Guide rail accessory

Material: Futaba's CFRP PLATE

Weight: 6.95 kg


Comments from a Professional Engineer

This example demonstrates improved cycle times and increased throughput with existing equipment. They replaced metal components with ones made of Futaba's CFRP PLATE to reduce weight and increase operational speed. In cases like this, it is tremendously helpful to use the existing design for metal components without modification. The only change was to substitute aluminum or steel with Futaba's CFRP PLATE. Compared to redesigning the mechanism of the component in question, this significantly cuts the man-hours and lead time required for design, investigation, and testing. With respect to other costs, adding the costs involved in these activities to the material and processing costs required for the component results in Futaba's CFRP PLATE providing an extremely simple and convenient solution.


Professional Engineer, Japan; certified by the Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan Nagano Professional Engineer Office CEO

​Makoto Nagano

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