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90 Degree Pusher Units for Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 13 March 2017 at 12:43:29

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos, Technical

This week we are looking at a conveyor system which carries totes over two different levels. This particular system uses 90 degree pneumatically operated pusher units to move the totes along the conveyor system. 

In this example you can see that the totes are effortlessly transported up a level and guided to a packing area. This is an efficient an very cost effective way of moving packaging.

90 Degree Pusher Units

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Tags: 90 degree, pusher unit, conveyors, incline conveyor, packaging, warehousing, video


Packaging Turnover Devices

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at 11:52:30

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos

At Mobility Engineering we are constantly being challenged to design units to deal with specific packing and despatch scenarios.

These units can be called turnover devices, orientation devices or any other similar term, but all of these units are designed to take a product from a production line and ensure that it is turned around (or turned completely over) so that it is in the correct orientation for stamping or sealing when it moves onto the next section of the packaging process.

Our videos below show two different devices designed and built for customers who had different requirements. All of the units were successfully integrated into their packaging systems. 

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Box Orientation Changer

 

Packaging Turnover Unit

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Twin Carry Chain Conveyor

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 24 February 2017 at 16:44:11

Filed under: Conveyors, Chain Driven, Videos

This week we are looking at a twin chain conveyor which was a bespoke design for one of Mobility Engineering's clients. 

The chain conveyor was designed and built specifically by our specialist team at our factory in Lymm, Cheshire for a client who wished to use the chain conveyor to carry 100 kilogram tubes. The tubes were being spot welded initially and then placed onto the chain conveyor by a robot.

The video below shows the twin chain conveyor in action at our factory prior to it being installed at our client's premises. 

Twin Chain Conveyor

Chain conveyors are used for very heavy materials handling or for wide or awkward loads where there is no flat base so the items cannot be moved using a roller conveyor. As you can see in the video, the chains run along guides, and it is the chains that carry the materials.

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Tags: conveyor, chain, twin, heavy, materials, handling


Conveyors With Hygienic Design

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 11:20:24

Filed under: Conveyors, Business, Product Care, Technical

Choosing a conveyor with hygienic design is critical to maintaining food safety on your packaging line. How does a business looking for a hygienic conveyor suitable for the food or pharmaceutical industry? At Mobility Engineering we are used to designing conveyors for all types of industry including those used in food processing and packaging.   

How Do You Recognise Hygienic Design?

Despite incorporating protocols such as frequent washdowns, food manufacturers often struggle to maintain clean conveyors along processing and packaging lines. Exposed conveyor systems remain vulnerable to contamination. Selecting conveyors with hygienic design is critical to maintaining food safety on your packaging line. How do you recognize a hygienic design?

Food manufacturers are always focussed on reducing the potential for contamination in processing operations, but one area that continues to be a challenge is ensuring the cleanliness of conveyor systems. Conveyors can be vulnerable to bacterial growth and this can really affect the food industry.

Common Areas Where Bacteria Can Grow

Bacterial can grow in areas where water is trapped and, of course, where there is poor hygiene. Proper cleaning of a conveyor is necessary and protocols need to be put in place by the food manufacturer to ensure the conveyor is kept totally clean at all times.

To avoid creating areas where bacteria can grow a conveyor manufacturer will ensure that:

- There are no areas where water can get trapped, such as behind screw heads.
- Surfaces should be sloped where possible to avoid water pooling.
- Hollow tube bodies are avoided as they can trap water inside.
- All components can be reached to be easily cleaned.

(Information courtesy of Packaging Digest)

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Tags: conveyor, hygiene, design, manufacture, food, packaging, processing,


Inspection Conveyors and Small Food Items

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 at 14:50:04

Filed under: Rollers, Plastic, Videos, Industry

Fruit and vegetables have been in the news recently because of the unseasonal weather in Europe which has caused prices of produce to triple or more. As higher prices are being charged for our fresh produce it is now extremely important for producers and suppliers to ensure that all produce being sold is tip-top quality.

Mobility Engineering is able to design and build inspection rolling conveyors to suit all types of food suppliers and processors. Delicate items can be inspected on a rolling conveyor, even grapes, as can be seen here. 

Inspection Rolling Conveyor for Small Food Items

The grapes are fed onto the rolling conveyor and are gently tumbled over along the conveyor allowing staff to inspect the produce and remove any which is sub-standard. Products are not damaged using this process, and these types of conveyors can be used for many other items such as potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruits and many others. The rollers on this conveyor are UPVC grey plastic rollers, which have many advantages as they are easy to clean, washable, resistant to corrosion and low cost.

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Tags: inspection, conveyors, powered, rolling, food, plastic rollers, food suppliers, manufacturers, fresh produce


90 Degree Pusher Units

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at 16:35:47

Filed under: Conveyors, Rollers, Videos, Technical

In the production process, normally after products have been packaged and wrapped, they may require transferring from one conveyor line to another for despatch.

90 Degree Pusher Units

A cost effective way of transferring products from one conveyor to another is to incorporate a pneumatically operated pusher unit.  



How a 90 Degree Pusher Unit Works

The pusher unit is a device which uses a pusher arm to divert products 90 degrees from one conveyor to another, pneumatically operated.

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Reverse Tapered Bend Conveyor

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 20 January 2017 at 13:37:44

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

Reverse tapered bend conveyors are often used when products have reached the packing process. This is because the product, once it has been through the packaging machine, will need to be in the correct orientation for labelling or stamping on the packaging. 

How To Achieve Orientation of Products

A way of achieving this is to incorporate a 90 degree revers taper roll bend, which will rotate the product through 90 degrees, as in the video below.

 

Reverse Tapered Bend Conveyor

We are able to manufacture all types of specialised conveyors in-house at our purpose built factory in Lymm, Cheshire including those with tapered roller conveyors. Moulded black plastic taper segments are pressed on to 30 mm, 1.5 inch and 50 mm diameter x 1.5 mm wall tubes to form taper rollers.  1.5 inch tubes can also be fitted with friction or positively driven plastic simplex or duplex sprockets.

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Tags: reverse, tapered, bend, conveyors, rollers, packaging, orientation


Active Roller Belt Conveyor

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 16 January 2017 at 13:03:55

Filed under: Conveyors, Plastic, Business, Videos, Industry, Technical

In many areas of production often products will be collected together onto a wide central conveyor from a number of different input conveyors. However, these products will tend to arrive on the central large conveyor in a random manner.

Generally products need to be centralised or guided to one side of the conveyor so that they can be fed onto a single outfeed conveyor. To achieve this, on this project, we designed the conveyor to incorporate an Activated Roller Belt.

What Does an Activated Roller Belt Do?

On an Activated Roller Belt the products rest on free spinning angled rollers rather than on the belt surface. These rollers extend above and below the belt surface and are positioned at an angle in relation to the direction the belt travels. 

The activated rollers move the products across the direction of the roller orientation rather than just along the conveyor. An Activated Roller Belt can change the direction, location, speed and alignment of items without using rails or other complicated mechanical controls. 

Have a look at the video below showing one of the Active Roller Belt Conveyors we installed for a client. The products in this example are gathered on the centralised conveyor, passed to one side, down the output conveyor, nicely aligned and read to be stamped prior to being packaged.

Mobility Engineering Activated Roller Belt Conveyor

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We Design and Build Bespoke Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 13 January 2017 at 16:20:49

Filed under: Conveyors, PVC/PU, Rollers, Chain Driven, Lineshaft, Slat, Gravity Flex, Plastic, Magnetic, Business, Videos

Hello to all our customers in 2017, we are just in time to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017!

As business has headed back into full production after the Christmas and New Year shutdown period, this is the time when equipment is fully put to the test and where faults may arise. 

We hope that your business is running at maximum efficiency, but if you do need help Mobility Engineering is able to design and build a totally new conveyor or replace any type of conveyor system which is listed below.  We can design and build a bespoke conveyor system specifically for your own business requirements.

 

Gravity Roller Conveyors

Used in such instances where you need to convey trays, slave boards and cardboard boxes.

Gravityflex Conveyors

Gravityflex roller skatewheel conveyors are a more adaptable and flexible conveyor.

Chain Driven Roller Conveyors

The most robust and heavy duty of the powered conveyor series, made to convey car parts or heavy objects.

Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors

For situations that require the simple conveying of products.

PVC/PU Belt Conveyors

These are generally used on assembly lines or in clean areas such as the food industry where hygiene is required.

Modular Belt Conveyors

Modular belting is sometimes used instead of PVC/PU belt conveyors on because of it's durability.

Plastic Slat Conveyors

These are used where rapid speed and accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Steel Slat Conveyors

These can be easily washed down for hygiene purposes, so are great for using within the food industry where wash down areas are required.

Magnetic Conveyors

Magnetic conveyors are used to convey small mild steel objects.

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: gravity, roller, slat, chain driven, modular belt, PVC, PU, magnetic, lineshaft, conveyor


Turnover and Rotation Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 16 December 2016 at 12:47:36

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos, Industry, Technical

There are many reasons why turnover and rotation conveyors may be required within warehousing or production. 

Rotation Conveyors for Fresh Produce

Fresh produce needs to be inspected for marks or imperfections prior to packaging and sending to shops and supermarkets. The video below shows how produce such as potatoes and tomatos can easily be inspected and any imperfect items removed prior to packing.

Rotation Conveyors for Packaging and Boxes

Packaging and boxes may need to be rotated to allow for barcoding and labelling. Boxes and packages can also be moved from one conveyor to another and in the process be rotated. 

All the conveyor systems seen in our video are designed and built by our specialist design team, with input from our clients. 

Rotation and Turnover Conveyors

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