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Materials Handling

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Sunday, 10 June 2018 at 09:17:15

Filed under: Business, Marketing, Technical

Mobility Engineering is a family run company that has been advising clients on materials handling solutions for over 40 years. 

Material handling involves the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

Materials handling can incorporate a wide range of manual, semi-automated and automated equipment and conveyors systems that support logistics and make the supply chain work. It is essential that a business focusses on their materials handling applications to ensure they are able to allocate resources and plan production.

Materials handling systems also help businesses successfully run inventory managemement and control and ultimately the customer delivery service.

Having the correct materials handling solution for your business will improve customer service, reduce inventory, shorten delivery time, and lower overall handling costs in manufacturing, distribution and transportation.

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: materials, handling, mobility, engineering, cheshire, uk, warehousing, distribution


Mobility Engineering You Tube Videos

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 19:44:31

Filed under: Conveyors, Videos, News, Industry

The Mobility Engineering You Tube channel is getting more and more popular and it is a great way for us to display to our potential clients and customers the bespoke conveyor and material handling systems we have designed and installed for our past and present clients. 

So here are our top five Your Tube videos currently making the rounds. Sorry people if you are reading this on our newsletter, we can't currently send you a video that you can read in your emails, but you can click right here and come to our website to find out lots more interesting and useful information!

Incline Conveyor for a Bakery

Mobility Engineering were recently approached by a craft bakery in Wales to design and build them a bespoke incline conveyor to use to load and carry their handcrafted bakery products.

 

Turnover and Rotation Conveyor

Turnover & Rotation Conveyors, used for label application or packing processes. Where the boxe has to be in a certain orientation at a certain time. Video speaks for itself.

 

90 Degree Pneumatic Pusher Unit For Material Handling

End of line applications sometimes require boxes/items transferring from one line to another (usually after the they have been packed and wrapped or just prior to wrapping). A cost effective way to achieve this, is by incorporation a 90 degree (pneumatically operated) pusher unit.

 

The Nuts & Bolts of a Pneumatically Operated Twin Chain Transfer System

The internal workings of a pneumatically operated twin chain transfer system, which can be used in 24V or lineshaft powered roller conveyors.

 

Slat Chain Conveyors

Plastic slat chain conveyors are predominantly used, and are ideal in such industries as food and pharmaceuticals, where rapid speed and accuracy is of the utmost importance, plus they also have the ability to be washed down for hygiene purposes.

Tags: mobility, engineering, video, clients, installations, materials, handling, conveyors, youtube


Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 22:12:57

Filed under: Conveyors, PVC/PU, Lineshaft, Business, Applications

We have been very lucky to work with some great clients in the past including many household names. One company we worked with to create a mailroom solution was a well known catalogue company who had logistical problems within their mailroom, mainly with posting out mailshots to clients. 

Our specialist team attended the site to examine the issues involved and make recommendations and solutions. The main issues that arose from the inspection were:

1. Mail which was being transported along their current system could not be indexed.
2. Mail was being moved in totes, however, there was no way of returning these to the beginning of the system.
3. They also needed to buffer store stacks of boxes.

We carried out a detailed site evaluation and after discussions with the client we proposed and installed a lineshaft 24 v DC and PVC belt conveyor infeed line which delivered the totes to the mezzanine, and which allowed a buffering and indexation system. Alongside this we also installed a top tier lineshaft 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: lineshaft, powered, roller, conveyors, mailroom, logistics


Materials Handling Case Study Futaba

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 21:13:53

Filed under: Conveyors, Business, Case Studies

Our team at Mobility Engineering has been pleased to work with a major car parts manufacturer, Futaba, based in Burnley, Lancashire. Futaba Tenneco UK Limited in Burnley produce steel components for one of the world's largest car producers. 

Improvements in Health and Safety

In order to manufacture the car parts the Futaba factory was filled with fork lift trucks and steel stillages. The team at Mobility was brought into the production area to look at both the health and safety implications of the amount of fork lift trucks moving around the facility together with the need to improve workflow and productivity.

Trialing a New System

After inspecting the site and the work processes involved, the team at Mobility introduced a trial system, which used simple gravity tracking (gravity rollers). However, after the trial, it was obvious to the team that a more bespoke conveyor materials handling system was required which would utilise both two and three tiered conveying, which would improve productivity and achieve a more cost effective result for the client.

Skate Wheels

As many of the tote bins used at the manufacturing plant weighed in at around 20 kilos and the wooden slave boards were around 200 kilos the system was installed using a mixture of steel and plastic skatewheels which worked incredibly well for the manufacturer.

An Excellent Materials Handling System

Futaba did invest an substantial amount of capital in improving their plant and material handlings systems, however, the increases in efficiency and organisation and planning have more than made up for this investment and the plant is now running with a very safe and efficient materials handling solution.

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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Mobility Engineering Material Handling

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 18 May 2018 at 17:59:02

Filed under: Conveyors, PVC/PU, Chain Driven, Slat, Magnetic, Business, Industry, History

Mobility Have Been In Material Handling Since 1974 And Are Based In Lymm, Cheshire.

We design, develop, manufacture, install and commission brilliant conveyors and material handling systems from our purpose built factory. Our talented team of engineers, designers and project managers deliver bespoke solutions to suit a variety of customers from a wide range of industries.

Our full drawing/design office produces full working drawings, prior to any product/conveyor being manufactured, which offers the versatility of being able to offer more bespoke designs and layouts. Coupled with this, is our in-house machining shop and control design engineers, who are able to offer the control cabinet and full logic/software control system.

Generally (or more simplistically) conveyors and conveyor systems can be broken down into two distinct divisions - powered and non-powered. Non-powered conveyors are gravity conveyors, therefore, relying on gravity to get from A to B (either horizontally, by human resources pushing, or via a decline, so the product moves under its own weight). Being non-powered means you simply cannot control the movement/flow.

Powered conveyors, on the other hand, are much more reliable and versatile with regards control and process flow. Being powered, you are in control of how and how fast the product goes from A to B, plus it can have the added benefit of accumulation.

Examples of powered conveyors are:- 1) Belt Conveyor (Fabric), 2) Belt Conveyor - (Plastic Modular), 3) Powered Roller Conveyor (Lineshaft), 4) Powered Roller Conveyor (Chain Driven), 5) Slat Conveyor (Acetal - Plastic), 6) Slat Conveyor (Stainless Steel), 7) Chain Conveyor, 8) Magnetic 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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Traversing Trollies

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 14:32:58

Filed under: Business, Transport, Videos, Applications

Sometimes in a manufacturing area, there is not always room for a fixed conveyor unit as it may be obstructive to the workforce or forklifts and other machinery may need to be able to travel through the area. 

Traversing cars or trollies are extremely useful for moving goods from one conveyor line to another. 

Logistics

It is a very important part of logistics to be able to move pallets around a warehouse or distribution area easily. Traversing trollies can be used to move pallets from one conveyor line to another in a very efficient manner. 

Traversing Trollies Move Large and Small Items

The video shows a traversing conveyor system which has been designed and built in house at our factory in Cheshire. It is a great example of a system that can be used to move large items such as pallets or stillages or small items such as car parts.

Traversing Shuttle Car Conveyor Systems

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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Chain Driven Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 20:11:21

Filed under: Conveyors, Chain Driven, Videos

If you are looking for a conveyor which can be used for moving large, heavy units or palleted goods, then you are more than likely going to be considering a chain driven roller conveyor.  A chain driven roller conveyors is driven by separate looped chains or a continuous chain that runs on roller sprockets, which can be either double or single sprockets fitted on all of the rollers.

Chain Driven Roller Conveyors

 

Chain Driven Conveyors Are Simple and Efficient

A chain driven conveyor is simple and efficient and it is extemely suitable for transporting heavy and bulky objects and pallets. These types of conveyors are the work horses of the conveyor world and they are ideal for heavy industrial work.

Chain Driven Conveyors Can Be Module Built

Mobility Engineering can construct chain driven roller conveyor modules which means that they can be moved around and reconfigured as required when the customer's business changes or grows.

Shakers

It may sound a little strange, but chain driven roller conveyors can be fitted with square rollers. These are used to allow loose items in bags and boxes to be settled as they are conveyed along, and you can see an example of this type of conveyor near the end of our video below!

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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Parcel Handling

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 19:13:39

Filed under: Plastic, Videos, Applications

Mobility Engineering designs a complete range of bespoke conveying solutions for the packaging and parcel handling industry thoughout the UK. 

Mobility Engineering Parcel Handling Modular Belt Conveyor

With internet shopping becoming more and more popular and convenient it is increasingly important for delivery companies and shops to improve the handling of their parcels and packaging at sorting and logistic centres and warehouses.

From tiny components to pallet deliveries, Mobility Engineering is able to design a bespoke materials and parcel handling system to maximise the efficiency of any business.

Our video shows one of our most recent products where we designed a parcel handling modular belt conveyor for a client. 

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: mobility, engineering, parcel handling, materials handling, uk, cheshire, modular belt, conveyor, bespoke, design, engineering


Mobility Engineering Facebook Page

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 11:02:32

Filed under: Announcements, Conveyors, General, Marketing

Why do businesses such as Mobility Engineering have a Facebook page? It is now known that business owners who use social networking sites effectively are able to promote their businesses in very effective ways, and one of the best ways is with a Facebook business page. Facebook has become a staple for businesses and community organizations and here are a few good reasons why at Mobility Engineering we created a Facebook page for our business:

1. A business page on Facebook gives you a way to communicate directly with your potential and current customers. Your followers are there because they are aware of your company and want to learn more, and indeed they can expect to receive useful information about your company from the page, in fact, we often share videos of recently completed conveyor projects.

2. Facebook humanises your company. Social connections and genuine communication are integral parts of social media, and Facebook gives you an opportunity to attach a face, name, and personality to your brand. While your Facebook page may represent your company, it also allows you to show the human side of your business through one-on-one conversations, personal stories and case studies.

3. It builds a community around your business. Facebook pages are excellent places to gather your customers and prospects and ask them to provide reviews, news and share opinions. Facebook is a place which encourages interaction with your clients.

4. Facebook is good for search engine optimisation. Basically, a Facebook page is a great way to direct traffic (potential customers) to your business website and blog. Having a Facebook page which is linked to a business website can boost search engine rankings, so helping customers find your business.

5. Lots of people who use Facebook visit the site at least a few times a week. So, regularly updating your Facebook page and sharing links to your business website and video content of your business activities gives a business the opportunity to connect with customers regularly.

In 2018 more than 51% of the UK population will log on to Facebook and this percentage of the population is estimated to increase each year. An increasing number of businesses and consumers are using the website to search for products and services and Facebook makes if easier for potential customers to find your business. In summary, a business branded Facebook page can be a great way to expand your business's reach and increase online awareness of your brand

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Mobility Engineering Case Studies

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 19 March 2018 at 17:54:58

Filed under: Business, Testimonials, Case Studies

Sometimes the easiest way to explain what we can do for our clients is to have a look at some of our past projects. You can find these on our Case Studies page on our website!

Aldo Shoes

Their first two shops were in Central London and Mobility Engineering supplied the conveyors to transport the shoes from the front entrance (via trap doors on the main high streets) down to the basement where the shoes were stored. The third shop (Camden, London) 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.

Since then, Aldo have opened many stores throughout the UK, and all of their shops, situated on high streets, house our interfloor belt conveyors.

Futaba

Futaba-Tenneco UK Ltd (Burnley), who produce steel components for one of the world's largest car producers, had their facility full of fork trucks and steel stillages. There were 2 distinct areas which needed to be looked at. Firstly, the health and safety implication of the sheer amount of fork trucks travelling around the facility, and secondly, their need to organise and increase productivity.

After initial trials, using simple gravity tracking (rollers), it was obvious that a more bespoke system was required, given that we needed to utilise 2 and 3 tiered conveying, coupled with trying to achieve a more cost effective result.

As the tote bins (weighing around 20Kgs) and wooden slave boards (weighing around 200Kgs) were flat bottomed, the first 2 cells were installed using a mixture of steel and plastic skatewheels, which worked incredibly well.

LuK Limited

When LuK first approached us to look at a current system they had for transporting brake discs from their machine to end of line (for packing), they were using a very expensive power and free loop system, which was having frequent motor burn out (overloading) problems.

After the initial site visit, it became evident that such an elaborate system wasn't needed. Instead, a more simple indexing system could be used. This would have been an ideal situation using modular belt conveyors, but unfortunately, the underside of the discs have a boss that hangs below. With this in mind, we decided to use twin chains (with rubber tops).

The system needed to be capable of hand 40 off double stacked discs, which led to us using 2 twin chain conveyors, with a traversing unit at the infeed which could deliver parts to either line, depending on the type of disc. This has worked extremely well, freeing up man hours, no down time and a much smaller footprint than the original system, allowing more free area around the machine.

These are just a few of our sucessful partnerships working with our clients, but they illustrate the range, design quality and craftsmanship of our products. We are very lucky to have a talented and highly qualified team working for us at Mobility Engineering.

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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