Mobility Engineering News

We Are Experts in Traversing Shuttle Cars

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 08 September 2017 at 14:39:46

Filed under: Videos, Technical

Traversing Shuttle Cars or Trollies are ideal for use where a fixed track would be obstructive to the workforce or where forklifts need to pass by. They are also ideal for moving goods from one conveyor line to another.

It is also an important part of internal logistics to transport products from one area to another. Where the distance is large and there is no requirement to buffer pallets a shuttle conveyor can be used. When the distance from A to B is large, and there is no need to buffer pallets, a shuttle conveyor can be used. The shuttle conveyor may also have an integrated roller or chain conveyor to load and unload pallets at different locations.

Traversing Shuttle Cars

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We Are Experts In Lineshaft Roller Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 08 September 2017 at 14:20:44

Filed under: Rollers, Lineshaft, Videos

Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors are ideal for use where products need to simply be conveyed from one area to another or for back to back accumulation of products. 

A lineshaft roller conveyor is powered by a shaft beneath the rollers. These conveyors are suitable for light applications up to 50 kg such as cardboard boxes and tote boxes.

A single shaft runs below the rollers running the length of the conveyor. On the shaft are a series of spools, one spool for each roller. An elastic 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 is usually driven by an electrical motor that is generally controlled by an electronic programmable logic controller. The PLC electronically controls how specific sections of the conveyor system interact with the products being conveyed.

 

Advantages of a lineshaft roller conveyor:

  • Quiet operation
  • Easy installation
  • Low maintenance
  • Low expense
  • Safe to work with because of the elastic belts if finger or hair are caught in the rollers

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We Are Experts in Magnetic Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 04 September 2017 at 15:08:07

Filed under: Magnetic, Sales

At Mobility Engineering we can produce and manufacture fully customised and reliable magnetic belt conveyor systems for your business. These can increase the productivity and profitability of your business. There is a high demand within the manufacturing industry for conveyor belts that can transport magnetic materials, such as ferrous metals.

Magnetic conveyors ensure the total precision and control of magnetic materials being moved along a production line. When working with ferrous metals, having a conveyor that uses an industrial magnetic belt to control the position of parts and components for processing is crucial.

We Will Customise Your Magnetic Conveyor For Maximum Efficiency

Each of our customers who is thinking of installing a magnetic conveyor in their plant or facility has a specific product that they are looking to process. This means that there is no "one" solution for different clients. A client who will be processing and moving nails, bolts, nuts and screws will not require the same magnetisation as a company who is moving larger and heavier magnetic parts. Each magnetic conveyor that we manufacture will have unique magnetic chips which are configured to handle the required products.

Magnetic conveyors are created using magnets in the bed of the conveyor. This allows the magnets to hold onto any ferrous parts being transported and as the magnets are placed with precision for the process they are required for, they will provide excellent magnetic holding power.

The magnets will also be designed so that they are strong enough to hold onto parts on both horizontal and vertical conveyors, so that the magnetic conveyor can be used for transporting up and down elevations. 

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Tags: magnetic, conveyors, mobility, engineering, uk, industry, ferrous, metals


We Are Experts In Modular Belt Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 at 14:26:03

Filed under: PVC/PU, Videos

Modular belt conveyors are used in assembly and packaging lines and they are suitable for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Modular belt conveyors are durable and long lasting. They are constructed from a series of links which means the belt can be constructed to suit the particular application. Links can be very narrow meaning that the end drums on a conveyor can be smaller to allow for transfer of products. Additionally the belt links can be open allowing for air or water to pass through the belt. Modular belts can also be design to allow bends in the line or they can have a grip finish allow for inclines.

Modular Belt Conveyor

Modular belt conveyors are the ideal solution for large production and packaging applications. Modular belting is hard wearing and long lasting. It can be more expensive to install than a traditional PVC/PU belt but it's benefits and longevity are worth any additional initial costs.

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Tags: modular, belt, conveyor, pu, pvc, bespoke, packaging,


We Are Experts In Accumulation Tables

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 at 13:43:08

Filed under: Videos, Industry, Technical

Mobility Engineering's team of expert designers and engineers are skilled in implementing and manufacturing bespoke conveyors for our clients. Here we are looking at accumulation tables, which are commonly used in manufacturing processes. An accumulation table allows items such as containers or bottles to accumulate prior to being loaded onto a filling or bottling line. Items can be accumulated and then fed individually into a packaging or bottling system.

An accumulation table is ideal for the food, pet and drinks industries where containers need to be filled, bottled or labelled. An accumulation table must be able to feed a packaging or bottling system which handles thousands of items per hour. It must be robust and items need to be able to pass into the packaging/bottling system without damage or jamming.

Accumulation Table For Packages and Bottles

If you are looking to install or upgrade your packaging and bottling system we are happy to visit your premises and advise you on all of the options available. Our expert team has over 40 years experience working with our clients and conveyor systems. 

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Tags: accumulation, tables, conveyors, uk, mobility, engineering, bespoke


We Are Experts in Gravity Roller Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Sunday, 20 August 2017 at 21:21:33

Filed under: Conveyors, Rollers, Gravity, Steel, Technical

The gravity roller conveyor is one of the most resiliant and practical members of the conveyor family.

A gravity roller conveyor does not require power to move items along, they actually do use the force of gravity to move products along a conveyor. The products can be free wheeled manually or the conveyor can be built allowing a slight decline so tha the products fall along the length of the conveyor.

Gravity roller conveyors are excellent for moving anything on slave boards, conveying trays, boxes, totes or anything with a stable bottom.

The benefits of a gravity roller conveyor are:

  • They are cost effective as no power is needed.
  • They are easy to install and they are very reliable and only require minimal maintenance.
  • They are modular, meaning they can be moved around and linked together as required.
  • They are usually built in straights, but curved units and spurs can be added at different points.

Gravity Roller Conveyors Available from Mobility Engineering:

Our standard dimensions of roller range from 20 mm diameter to 75 mm diameter. The length of gravity roller conveyor we can manufacture are infinite - from a 500 mm stand alone section to a series of 3000 mm lengths to achieve a longer finished length. Widths are usually in increments of 50 mm, i.e. 150 mm, 200 mm 250 mm etc.

Roller Finishes:

Rollers can be made of self colour mild steel, or be Bright Zinc Plated. Other options for specialised industries and areas are Stainless Steel rollers or plastic rollers.

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Pottery Ware Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at 19:40:08

Filed under: Conveyors, Applications, Case Studies

Pottery ware or ceramics is a product which is manufactured and mass produced in the UK. From your standard home dinner service to plates and dishes produced for restaurants and hotels, pottery ware and ceramics are a major industry within the UK.

If a UK pottery ware manufacturer wishes to remain competitive against mass produced imports they must be able to produce pottery in an efficient and cost effective method, keeping both manufacturing and labour costs at a minimum.

At Mobility Engineering we are pleased to have worked with a client who is in the pottery production industry. We were involved in designing and installing at the client's premises a pottery conveyor system which would enable products to be produced 24 hours a day at the factory, giving them maximum production and efficiency. The system uses a "batt" accumulation system which allows pottery to accumulate after it has been produced but before it is fired in the kiln. The pottery actually travels through the kiln for around six hours to ensure that it is fired to perfection and then the products are transported out of the kiln to be removed and quality checked by an operator.

This is an extremely specialised type of system and it was a great product to work on in conjunction with our client.

    

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Tags: conveyor, pottery, kiln, manufacturing, design, installation, uk


Active Roller Belt Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Saturday, 29 July 2017 at 12:33:28

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos, General, Applications

In many packaging scenarios, products are delivered onto a single wide conveyor from a number of different input areas. However, they then generally need to be centralised to feed a single outfeed conveyor.

Active Roller Belt Conveyors

A highly effective way of managing this is to use an active roller belt conveyor. The alignment conveyor accurately aligns boxes, cartons, cases or any shrink wrapped items of any size. The alignment conveyor drives the stream of randomly introduced products to a single output position. 

 

Benefits of an Active Roller Belt Conveyor:

  • Allows alignment of items with a minimal footprint
  • The ability to accommodate a wide variety of package sizes
  • Packages and items are prepared for later processes
  • Packages can be oriented and aligned prior to further processes such as labelling or date stamping.

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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.

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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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