Mobility Engineering News

Food Conveyor Systems

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 at 18:26:49

Filed under: News, Applications, Technical

At Mobility Engineering, when it comes to handling food and bakery products, we are able to help our customers identify the challenges involved in food production and hygiene, and then design and build a solution in-house that will solve that challenge.

Food product handling and food conveyor systems require a variety of designs to solve different food handling propositions. Designs can include:

  • Wipe down conveyors
  • Stainless steel (food grade) conveyors
  • Heavy duty wash down conveyors

When handling food products, a sanitary manufacturing process is key and we are able to provide our customers with a precise and reliable food conveyor solution.

Our strengths in this specialised area are our ability to use our engineering innovation. We have been working in this specialised area of design for over forty years. We will visit your premises and listen to your requirements, and we will be here, after your conveyor system is installed to cater for any after sales requirements.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor for a food or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyor, food, hygiene, washdown, design, build, ukconveyors


Lineshaft Roller Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 at 16:01:56

Filed under: Rollers, Lineshaft, Technical

A lineshaft roller conveyor, as the name suggests, is powered by a shaft beneath the rollers. This type of conveyor is suitable for many lighter duty applications (usually up to weights of around 50 kilos) such as boxes and totes. 

Lineshaft roller conveyors are normally used for scenarios including order picking, production lines, packaging lines, barcoding and labelling, and sortation systems. So, as you can see, a lineshaft roller conveyor is extremely useful in a warehousing and packaging environment.


 

How Does a Lineshaft Conveyor Work?

A single shaft runs below the rollers along the length of the conveyor. On the shaft are a series of spools with one spool for each roller. An elasticated  o-ring belt runs from a spool on the powered shaft to each roller. When the shaft is powered, the o-ring belt acts as a chain between the spool and the roller making the roller rotate. The rotation of the rollers pushes the product along the conveyor. The shaft itself is normally driven by an electrical motor.


 

The Benefits of a Lineshaft Roller Conveyor

  • Quiet in operation
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Low running costs
  • Safe to use as the elasticated belts can stretch helping to minimise injuries with trapped fingers etc.
  • Allows accumulation of products.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: lineshaft, roller, conveyor, mobility, engineering, warehousing, materials, handling,


Integrating Conveyor Systems

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Saturday, 15 July 2017 at 14:40:42

Filed under: Conveyors, Business, Case Studies, New Ideas

Are you moving into existing warehouse facilities? Or maybe you are looking to update your current warehouse materials handling systems? This may be the ideal time to look at integrating new conveyor systems with your existing warehouse equipment. 

Mobility Engineering's specialist team can visit your premises to assess your existing equipment and provide you with designs and quotes which will enable you to maximise the efficiency of the warehouse footprint that you have available. 

If you are considering using some of your existing equipment or upgrading it all, the integration of materials handling systems requires a carefully planned process and specialist knowledge from a team such as ours at Mobility Engineering. It involves looking at the layout, and engineered design and working within a budget. 

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyor, integration, material, handling, warehouse, design, engineering, mobility, uk


Incline Flighted Belt Conveyor

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 30 June 2017 at 13:22:02

Filed under: PVC/PU, Videos, Applications, Technical

Flighted belt elevators are perfect for elevating products efficiently and gently. The flights on the belt push the products along and upwards until they arrive at the top and they can then be deposited into the next part of the system.

Incline Flighted Conveyor

In this case, we produced an incline flighted conveyor for a client who needed to transport small brass fittings. The brass fittings are collected in the hopper at the bottom of the incline conveyor, and they are then transported along and upwards to the finishing cell.

The incline flight conveyor is manufactured from PVC and both the hopper and the hood are rubber lined to protect the brash fittings. In addition, the incline conveyor is covered with a clear perspex top which allows the fittings to be monitored as they travel up the incline.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyor, incline, belt, flighted, pvc, hopper, manufacturing


Turnover and Inspection Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 26 June 2017 at 15:38:29

Filed under: Rollers, Videos, Applications

All fresh produce which is destined for the supermarket is required to be inspected for freshness, any none-acceptable imperfections or substandard sizes. 

This can be carried out either at the grower's facilities or at the supply warehouses. To inspect the amount of fruit and vegetables supplied to the UK supermarkets by hand would be impossible and this is where turnover and inspection conveyors are used.

Our video below shows an incline conveyor where the produce being inspected (here it is potatoes) are dropped into a hopper and then transported along the incline to the turnover conveyor. The product is undamaged by this process and it allows the produce to be inspected quickly and efficiently to ensure it is top quality.

Turnover and Inspection Conveyor

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyor, inspection, turnover, powered, roller, incline, mobility, engineering, design, build


Modular Belt Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 15:15:14

Filed under: Conveyors, PVC/PU, Plastic, Videos, Technical

Modular conveyor belting offers the qualities that manufacturers and designers look for. It is corrosion resistant, is high strength, has low friction, it is abrasion resistant and can be built to almost any width and length.

Modular belt conveyors or modular plastic belting is now generally used on belt conveyor systems because of it's durability and it's multi-functional properties. Modular belting is generally constructed from either polypropylene, polyethylene or polyacetal, depending upon the temperature range the belt is required to work within.

As it is a series of links, the belt can be constructed to suit the application. e.g. the links can be very narrow to allow small end drums for transferring products. Or, the belt can be an opened top flush grid to allow air or water to be passed through the belt. Alernatively, the belt can have a radius flush grid for use on bends. The modular belt can also incorporate a grip top for inclines.

Benefits of Modular Plastic Belting:

  • It is hygienic and can be washed down
  • It can withstand high temperatures
  • It is tough and can handle high impact items
  • It is abrasion resistant

Modular belt conveyors can be used to transport many types of goods including:

  • Small items such as screws and components
  • Plastic boxes and totes
  • Heavier items on pallets
  • Cardboard boxes and packages
  • Irregular packages, parcels and sachets in soft packaging.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: modular, belting, pvc, conveyor, mobility, engineering,


Why Choose Mobility Engineering For Your Conveyor Needs

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 09 June 2017 at 14:26:06

Filed under: Business, General, Marketing, Technical

Mobility Engineering is a family run company which is based in Lymm, Cheshire. We have been designing and manufacturing conveyors since 1974, which is over 43 years! We also work alongside our sister company Roll Ezy who manufacturer all types of conveyor rollers and tracks.

Because we have a highly qualified and skilled team at our factory, we are very unlikely to be fazed by any request for a bespoke conveyor or materials handling system design.

We have a purpose built factory in Lymm where we have been delivering bespoke solutions to clients from a wide variety of industries for many years, and many of our projects are handled under the direction of our Managing Director, Darren Minjoot, who likes to be "hands on" with the business.

Obviously, the conveyor design process has changed over the years and we provide our clients with full working drawings, prior to any manufacturing, for sign off by the client. This offers versatility for clients, and means we are able to offer more bespoke designs and layouts than our competitors.

Our in-house machine shop and control design engineers are also able to offer the control cabinet and full logic/software control systems.

Our conveyors include:

  • Incline conveyors
  • Activated roller belt conveyors
  • Inspection conveyors
  • Conveyor pusher units
  • Traversing semi-automatic trolley cars
  • Accumulation tables
  • Powered roller lineshaft systems, amongst others!

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: uk, conveyors, cheshire, mobility, engineering, design, manufacturing, bespoke


Reverse Taper Bend Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 11:51:52

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos, Applications, Technical

One of the main uses for conveyor systems is within the packing process. Products have to travel along a conveyors system where they are packaged, wrapped, labelled and often shrink-wrapped.

Once a product has been packaged, it will need to be labelled with the product details, dates and bar codes. For the labelling to be carried out in a standardised and efficient manner the products will all need to be in the same orientation when being labelled, either by machine or manually.

Reverse Taper Bend Conveyor

Once the product is proceeding down the packaging line, an easy way to ensure it is in the correct orientation is to use a reverse taper bend conveyor. The reverse taper bend will rotate the product through 90 degrees to ensure it is correctly aligned for labelling.

Reverse taper bend conveyors are only one of many specialised conveyors that we design and manufacture in-house at our Mobility Engineering factory in Cheshire, UK. 

Other conveyors include:

  • Incline conveyors
  • Activated roller belt conveyors
  • Inspection conveyors
  • Conveyor pusher units
  • Traversing semi-automatic trolley cars
  • Accumulation tables
  • Powered roller lineshaft systems, amongst others!

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyors, mobility, engineering, reverse, taper, rollers, packaging,


The Internals of A Twin Chain Transfer System

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 15 May 2017 at 07:51:18

Filed under: Conveyors, Chain Driven, Videos, Technical

For those of us who are engineers or, plain and simply, just a little geeky, we have a video of the internal workings of a pneumatically operated twin chain transfer system. This system was built in-house at Mobility Engineering for a client who was going to use the system in a lineshaft powered roller conveyor.

Pneumatically Operated Twin Chain Transfer System

Chain Conveyors are predominantly used for either very heavy loads, very wide and awkward loads, or where the base is not flat or firm enough to be handled on rollers. Chain conveyors are perfect for moving large and irregularly shaped parts, car bodies, chassis and other large, industrial items.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: chain, driven, conveyor, pneumatic, uk conveyors, industrial


Incline Conveyor For A Bakery

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 12 May 2017 at 11:34:56

Filed under: Conveyors, Business, Videos, Technical

Mobility Engineering were recently approached by a craft bakery in Wales to design and build them a bespoke incline conveyor. They required a system which would allow them load their products (craft loaves and other handmade bakery products) into a hopper at the bottom of the conveyor, and it would then carry the products upwards where they could be counted out for the bakery store.

Alongside the requirement for the conveyor to carry the products upwards, the conveyor design had to allow for full cleaning to be carried out easily and regularly, which is an incredibly important requirement within the food industry. So we designed the conveyor with droppable side guides, a droppable hopper and a quick release tension on the belt. Have a look at our video for a demonstration of these parts!

Incline Conveyor for a Bakery

The incline conveyor was also fully fabricated in stainless steel to comply with food industry requirements.

If you are looking for a specialist conveyor or materials handling system call us on 01925 755923 or contact us via our website.    

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Tags: conveyor, incline, bakery, stainless steel, bespoke, food, industry


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