A History of Innovation
Jorgensen Conveyors, Inc. was founded in 1950 by Charles T. Jorgensen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Initially, the company was in all phases of general conveyor design, manufacture and
installation in many types of manufacturing applications. Our early customers included major
manufacturing companies such as International Harvester, American Motors, JI Case, AO Smith,
Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. Conveyor types included belt, roller, heavy duty scrap
handling and apron conveyors, overhead trolley, slat and chain conveyors.
Original Shop in Milwaukee
- In the mid '50's Jorgensen began to get involved in conveyors for machine tool applications involving transfer and pallet shuttle systems. Along with these systems, it was at this time that
Jorgensen began to build metal belt conveyors to handle chips,turnings and scrap produced by
machine tools. These first machine tool chip conveyors were built using belts purchased from
other manufacturers. Jorgensen bought the belt, built the conveyor casing and drive and sold the
finished unit to the OEM machine tool builder market.
- Recognizing the weaknesses of existing metal belts, Jorgensen designed its own belt, had
the proper tooling made and began to produce our own belt. The first stamping dies to produce
belt parts were made in 1954. At this point, the OEM machine tool market was starting to
become a substantial part of Jorgensen's business. Gisholt (Giddings & Lewis), Sundstrand and
Greenlee were among our first machine tool builder customers. In the late '50's and early '60's,
the machine tool chip conveyor market developed as speeds, feeds and chip volumes increased,
creating demand for automated chip handling.
- In the succeeding years, Jorgensen continued to refine and improve our original design, and
developed our present patented 2-1/2" pitch chain featuring the off-set side wings, chain side
bars and axles that pass through the hinge loops of the belt apron plates and all of the chain
parts.The patents obtained by Charles T. Jorgensen on the off-set "pass through" side wing
came in the early '60's. This design development was a key factor in Jorgensen becoming a
major player in the growing machine tool chip conveyor market. It was and still is an ideal chain
for the end-user customer since it is so easy to take the belt apart for maintenance purposes. The
design was also very cost effective, since it requires fewer parts.
- During the '60's, Jorgensen also designed 4", 6", and 9" pitch apron belt with the same ease
of assembly and disassembly features for larger scrap and parts handling applications in the
metal working industries. Additional belt designs were developed in the 6" and 9" pitch sizes to
meet the more rigorous specifications of the automotive industry.
- In 1975 we developed a 1-1/2" pitch belt used primarily for machine tool chip conveyors. This
development was driven by the machine tool industry's trend for building smaller machines
allowing less space for the chip conveyor. Again, we retained our patented features as to belt
- In 1995, Jorgensen developed the Filterveyor, a chip removal system that addresses the coolant
filtration requirements of many of today's high speed CNC metal cutting machine tools.
- In 2001, we established a partnership with Broxtec, Inc in the Czech Republic to gain new
business and service our customers in the European market.
- In 2002, we patented the LoadTamer® Line of process feeder conveyors for the recycling industry.
- In 2010, Jorgensen introduced the ChipBlocker®. A simple, retrofitted accessory unit for your
metal cutting machine tool chip conveyor. Virtually eliminates chip carry-back into the
conveyor and chip accumulation in the coolant supply tank.
- In 2011, Jorgensen began a new collaborative manufacturing and sales
agreement with Sovereign Tech of Mumbai, India. Sovereign Tech has a state of the art
facility in India with an in-house core team comprised of experienced and qualified process
engineers, machine tool engineers, tool engineers, maintenance engineers & chemical
engineers. They,alongside Jorgensen’s own staff, will provide the technical skills needed to
engineer and manufacturer Jorgensen’s custom conveyor and filtration product lines for the
Indian Metal Working Industry at large
- In 2012, Jorgensen introduced its' popular MunchMan Conveyor at the IMTS show in Chicago.
The twin steel belt MunchMan is designed to manage the "bird's nest" and long stringy chips
produced during high speed turning operations. In 2013, the new and Improved single
drive MunchMan II® (Patent Pending) is released.
- New for 2014, Jorgensen introduces the EcoFilter® Conveyor. It features an innovative two
stage chip removal and coolant filtration design. It is the first low-priced system for turning
and machining centers.
Jorgensen's design innovation and willingness to build to the customers specifications in the
formative years of the machine tool chip conveyor market helped to establish our leading position in the
industry. The company continues to be owned and operated by third generation descendants of
Charles T. Jorgensen, John and Chuck D'Amico. Jorgensen currently operates in a 100,000 square
foot office and manufacturing facility in Mequon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.