Mobility Engineering (Cheshire) Ltd
(CASE STUDY EXAMPLES)
1. Gravity & Powered Roller Conveyor System
Mobility Engineering designed, supplied and installed a gravity conveyor and powered roller conveyor system for a large blue chip company, who are one of the world's largest refrigerator suppliers. Because of the increased global pressure to reduce prices of refrigeration methods, they opted to increase their supply of commercial refrigerators (having already acquired a large market share of domestic fridges over the previous 5 decades). To do this, Mobility installed a full production and test line for the heavy duty refrigerators. The operation was a gravity conveyor system comprising straights, merges, bends and balltables with an overhead system (supplied by others) following the lines for test applications. Once the product was built, it then entered a powered roller conveyor loop system, where their finished refrigerators were finally tested. Once approved, they re-entered the gravity system and were pushed onto belt conveyors, where they travelled through a wall into the packaging area for distribution. This system - from idea generation through to full mechanical, electrical installation & commissioning - took seven weeks for full completion.
2. Inter-floor Belt Conveyors
As well as production and packaging operations, Mobility Engineering have supplied and installed conveyors for many retail outlets.
An example of such a system is a Canadian shoe company who entered the European market via the UK.Their first two shops were in Central London (zone 1), and Mobility Engineering supplied the conveyors to transport the shoes from the front entrance (on the main high streets) down to the basement where the shoes were stored. The third shop (London - zone 2) had two conveyors, the first was for the same function as previously supplied, but the second conveyor was designed to be a focal point of the store, being located at the front of the store in the main window, travelling from ground floor to first floor.
3. Two-Tier Gravity Conveyor System
The de-centralisation plans within most catalogue companies has led to the evolution of external companies handling the returns of electrical products from the end users (ie, if a customer has ordered via a catalogue and is unhappy with the product, they will return it). The formation of one such company led to the introduction of materials handling equipment. Mobility Engineering designed and supplied a two tier gravity
conveyor system for the testing of returns. If a product passes its test, it is placed on the lower tier for packaging. If it fails it's test, it is placed on the upper tier for further evaluation. This two tier system was used on eight lines handling four different products (tv's, videos & dvd's, camcorders and microwave ovens). Successful completion led to
an increase in efficiency and production levels.
4. Bespoke Lineshaft and Gravity Conveyor System
As part of global expansion plans, a world leading electronics company had been developing solar panel technology, and eventually developed one of the most advanced panels ever to have been produced. These panels will eventually be sold in high street stores for domestic use (if you use solar panels and feed the power back to electricity suppliers they are legally obliged to pay you for it – thereby reducing your domestic electricity bills). After releasing the product onto the Chinese market, they moved onto the USA with dramatic increases in demand. As part of their European expansion, they set up their manufacturing base in the UK. Mobility Engineering have supplied two full production lines utilising bespoke lineshaft and gravity conveying. Domestic sales of this new product has now been put on hold as they literally can’t produce enough to cope with European demand. Upon successful completion, a further 5 chain conveyor systems were supplied to handle microwave ovens.
5. Food/Hygiene Conveyor Systems (Belt Conveyor and
Food applications are a little more specialised and involve the extensive use of stainless steel. On belt conveyors, traditional PVC is of little use. Instead, Polyurethane (PU) food grade, Modular or Acetal belts are used, in order to prevent cross contamination or water ingress. One client of Mobility Engineering in particular, purchases conveyors for use in the food industry and requires "food grade" conveyors. From a cost point of view, PU belts are the cheapest, but far more superior are Modular belt conveyors and Acetal slat conveyors. The whole construction of such conveyors means that they can be wiped, hosed or jet washed down, allowing exceptional cleanliness. Mobility food conveyors have been supplied to many large food production organisations, either directly or through third parties. As well as the food industry, these types of systems are widely used within the pharmaceutical industry where again hygiene is a major priority, examples include:- asthma inhalers, blister packs, individual tablets/capsules and swabs.