|As part of our last News update we briefly mentioned a lift conveyor project we have just started. We are pleased to report this has now been completed and installed. Here are some pictures of what we supplied:
The end customer is one of Europe's largest vinyl floor covering producers. Their problem is to cost-effectively move the large rolls of wrapped vinyl material into tall stillages for onward transfer within their operational process. The rolls exit their wrapping machine at working height. The top of the stillages, however, in which the rolls are collected are approx. 500 mm above this level. We were asked, therefore, to design a conveyor unit that could be automatically raised and lowered approx. Half a metre and also could be tilted in either direction in the full-height position to tip the rolls off the conveyor into the appropriate stillage. We used pneumatic cylinders, two large units for the lifting and four small units, two either side, for the tilting operation. The conveyor itself is 5 m long x 450 mm wide, one of our QD style powered belt conveyors, using an integral drum drive motor.
The unit was partially assembled and tested in our works and fully assembled and run tested at site. Because the plastic wrapping around the rolls is not always tight, 'bunching' of the plastic material stopped some of the rolls from rolling off the conveyor at the original tilt angle. The angle has now been increased and the unit is operating very successfully.