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Going Green With Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 at 21:35:53

Filed under: Conveyors, New Ideas

For the last several years, a green movement has swept the globe, and as we are all aware during the last week we had World Earth Day. Consumers, organisations, and large corporations are all now moving toward green initiatives. Whether in packaging, recyclable materials, or energy efficient production, these programs have all lead to more earth conscientious workplaces as well as saved overheard spend. 

However, in an industry filled with automation and machinery, the thought of going green might seem like a faraway dream. Luckily, new innovations in conveyor technologies have led to the possibility of greener business practices in the fields of materials handling and automation. 

What Does Going Green In Conveyors Mean? 

For any industry, going green can be interpreted in different ways, but for those in the materials handling industry, going green consists of minimising the amount of energy and materials being used in our systems. It also consists of ensuring our material handling equipment and systems positively affect employees. This means all machinery should be safe, low noise, and operate as cleanly as possible. 

The Cost Concern 

While going green might be a possibility, many businesses ask if the investment in green material handling initiatives is really worth the price and if it will eventually save money. There are several ways to look at a green investment. In some cases, a business might be able to afford a new, more eco-friendly system. In other cases, a new motor can be enough to save on energy costs and establish an eco-friendly business plan. Whatever an organisation’s situation might be, we will explore a few ways in which going green with conveyors can save money.

Eco-Friendly Conveyor Systems 

There are a few ways to compare conveyor options and determine which one will take an organization in an eco-friendly direction. Organizations prioritizing green initiatives might want to overhaul existing systems for something more earth conscientious. If this is the case, there are several options to compare. For example, when considering belt conveyors, you might find that a narrow belt conveyor performs the same amount of sortation per minute as well as have the same initial investment cost as other systems, while cutting energy use significantly. Other items to compare and consider in conveyor sortation systems can include how much materials are needed, whether or not a system requires lower maintenance over another conveyor, and if it provides low noise for employee safety. Each of these meets the criteria of going green.

(With thanks to Bastion Logistics)

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Tags: conveyors, green, eco, friendly, money, saving,


Modular Belt Conveyor With Decline and Merge

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 15:57:31

Filed under: PVC/PU, Videos, Technical

Recently we shared on our blog a conveyor system our team had designed and supplied to one of our longstanding customers. It was a modular belt conveyor system which included a decline and merge system for a large packing company. 

We decided to share this again as, not only has it has been one of our most popular videos on our You Tube channel, but also because it shows some snippets of our design process, showing on how we start with a design, to how it is built and installed and subsequently how it works and integrates with the client's other systems when installed!

Modular Belt Conveyor With Decline and Merge

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Tags: modular, belt, conveyor, design, install, decline, merge, installation, mobility, engineering


Belt Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 15:15:04

Filed under: Conveyors, Plastic, Videos

Pvc/Pu Belt Conveyors are generally used on assembly and packing lines or in clean areas such as the food and pharmaceutical industries. The traditional Pvc/Pu belt conveyor system is still widely used due to it being more cost effective than the more modern modular belting, and in instances such as horizontal packing, picking or assembly lines we would generally suggest using smooth PVC, or where the belt is in contact with food we would recommend food grade PU.

Modular plastic belting is now being used more frequently 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. 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. Alternatively, the belt can be an opened top flush grid to allow air or water to be passed through the belt or the belt can have a radius flush grid for use on bends. The modular belt can also incorporate a grip top for inclines.

If an elevation is required we would recommend a grip face rubber belt, although if the angle of inclination exceeds approximately 24 degrees the belt would have to include flights.Many belts have a woven back which helps grip the end and return rollers, and in addition to this we also supply belts that have tracking strip profiles underneath which folds down over the steel skid base, therefore no tracking is required.

Here is a playlist of Mobility Engineering pvc/pu belt conveyors and modular plastic conveyors which have been installed at customers' premises:

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Tags: modular, plastic, conveyors, belt, mobility, engineering, cheshire, uk, designers, engineers


Flighted PU Belt Conveyor

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Friday, 08 March 2019 at 16:21:52

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

One of our latest projects has been to design and install a conveyor for the transport of chocolate food products. The conveyor we decided to use was a flighted belt conveyor, which allows the food products, after they have been coated in chcolate to travel up an elevation and around onto a packing line.

The conveyor is fully constructed from 304 Stainless Steel with a PU flighted belt which is to FDA standards, which was perfect for our client's requirements.

Flighted Elevation Belt Conveyor for Food Products

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Tags: belt, conveyor, flighted, food, conveyors, incline, uk, mobility, engineering, cheshire


Powered Roller Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 16:55:19

Filed under: Conveyors, Rollers, Videos

Powered roller conveyors, as opposed to gravity roller conveyors, are much more reliable and versatile with regards control and process flow. Being powered, you are in control of how fast the product goes from A to B, plus the powered roller conveyor can have the added benefit of accumulation.

Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors

Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors are purposely used when situations require either the simple conveying of products or back to back accumulation, but with as little pressure on the leading product as possible (although depending on the exact application, they can easily be adapted to become zero pressure accumulation systems).

The Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyor is the more light duty of the powered roller conveyors, handling products that are typically around 25/30kg, such as cardboard boxes, plastic tote boxes, etc. Typical scenarios for the use of this type of conveyor are : Order picking lines/stations, production lines, packaging lines, bar coding sortation systems and obviously the simple movement from A to B.

Lineshaft Conveyors provide an economical solution to conveying and accumulating items with a firm base. The rollers are powered from a drive shaft - mounted beneath the rollers and extending the full length of the conveying bed - and are driven via elastomer belts.

View The Mobility Engineering Powered Roller Conveyor Playlist

 

Chain Driven Roller Conveyors

The Chain Driven Roller Conveyor/Pallet Roller Conveyor is the most robust and heavy duty of the powered conveyor series, predominantly used for heavier products such as pallet/drum handling and storage, where the product is usually fed onto the conveyor by a machine or fork truck.

Powered Roller Conveyor systems comprise various components that are designed for both heavy duty usage and flexibility. They consist of sprocketed thick walled rollers, chain to chain or tangential (one common chain) drive mechanism, a fully enclosed side frame and an external shaft mounted motor.

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Tags: powered, conveyor, rollers, mobility, engineering, uk, conveyors


Conveyors and Packaging

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 16:20:39

Filed under: Conveyors, Rollers, Gravity, Videos

Although the amount of packaging on products is often in the news these days, it is still important that products and particularly food products, are packaged in a manner which keeps food fresh and in top quality condition until it reaches the consumer. Products also still need to look attractive to the consumer as there is so much competition between brands!

Mobility Engineering works together with many clients in the food manufacturing industry and has produced many different bespoke conveyors to provide packaging solutions for clients. 

Reverse Taper Roller Bend Conveyor

 

Parcel Handling Modular Belt Conveyor

 

Product Rotating Conveyor

 

Box Orientation Changing Belt Conveyors

Tags: mobility, engineering, roller, conveyors, packaging, food, manufacturing, engineering, bespoke, uk, cheshire,


Modular Belt Conveyor For Handling Cardboard

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 14:07:39

Filed under: Conveyors, PVC/PU, Business, Videos, Applications, Industry

The engineering team at Mobility were asked to design and build a modular belt conveyor which could handle scrap cardboard waste for one of our clients. Here is one of our latest videos showing the conveyor in action.

Modular Belt Conveyor for Handling Cardboard Scrap

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Tags: modular, belt, conveyor, design, build, install, mobility, engineering


Mobility Engineering Conveyors You Tube Channel

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Sunday, 20 January 2019 at 10:18:11

Filed under: Conveyors, Business, Videos, Marketing, Technical

One of the best ways we have found to showcase our bespoke conveyor designs is by creating You Tube video content of our conveyors. Our team started creating video content of our conveyor systems as they were completing the designs and testing them in-house at our factory in Cheshire, prior to the conveyors being transferred to the client's premises. The Mobility Engineering You Tube channel has grown over the last couple of years and we enjoy putting out designs online. Much of our video content also shows our conveyor designs installed and working at clients' premises, which is great to see.

Here are some of our most viewed Mobility Engineering conveyor videos:

Accumulating Belt Conveyor for the Bottling Industry

 

Product Rotating Conveyor

 

Turnover and Rotation Belt and Roller Conveyor

 

90 Degree Pneumatic Pusher Unit For a Powered Roller Conveyor

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Tags: video, you tube, mobility engineering, bespoke, design, uk, conveyors, conveyor, systems cheshire,


Installing Multiple Conveyors

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at 14:16:35

Filed under: PVC/PU, Rollers, Lineshaft, Business, Videos, Applications

Often when the Mobility Engineering team are asked to work with a client, it will involve designing and installing more than one kind of conveyor. This particular client required a number of conveyors to move products between different floors and areas. 

After a full overhaul and redesign of their conveyor systems, the client was installed with:

  1. An interfloor belt conveyor with both lineshaft and gravity roller conveyors
  2. Lineshaft powered roller conveyors
  3. Modular belt and pvc belt conveyors (part of which were also installed with grip tops as they were used on a decline).

The video below shows the variety of different conveyors that can be combined together within a manufacturing space to support production line processes.

Interfloor Decline Belt, Gravity and Lineshaft Conveyors

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Tags: mobility, engineering, installation, design, conveyors, clients, uk conveyors, conveyor


Who We Are and What We Do

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 20:43:28

Filed under: Videos, General, Marketing, Case Studies

Mobility Engineering have been producing conveyors and conveyor systems since 1974 - which is over 44 years in the business!

We design, develop, manufacture, install and commission 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

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


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