Takeups are required and essential in every overhead conveyor system to control power chain tension and remove chain slack. The takeup is incorporated into roller bank turns or traction wheel assemblies which then serves as a change of direction and a tension release for the power chain. Takeups may also be included in spread track loops using two 90 degree traction wheels or roller bank turns with a straight section of track between them up to a 20 feet maximum spread between center lines.
Takeups are actuated by one of several means including all thread adjustable rods, counterweights, pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders, or the most common spring actuated. Takeups are made for all sizes of track in both the Rapid Power Only and Rapid Flow Power & Free overhead conveyor systems and are identical in both.