Pacline Factory Acceptance Tests

Pacline Factory Acceptance Tests

Pacline Factory Acceptance Tests What is a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT)? You might have heard this term often used when designing a new robotics and automation system. A Factory Acceptance Test means to test the performance of the equipment before it is installed in the facility. It tests to ensure all design requirements of the customer are met.   FAT Process at Pacline During the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Pacline can verify exactly how the system will work before it is installed at the customer’s location and address any issues, bugs or inadequacies that may potentially occur. This is the final phase before all the equipment is shipped to the customer’s facility.  Pacline has a dedicated Automation and Robotics building where Factory Acceptance Tests can be conducted. The system is set up in an open shop area to replicate the configuration of the facility the system will be installed in. During this test phase, we ensure all the system specifications are met and make any changes or enhancements if required by the customer.  During the FAT, Pacline will typically integrate and test robots, end-of-arm tools, robot pedestals, guard fencing, gate switches, control panels, HMIs, sensors, and all the required cables. Tests are conducted “at rate” with actual customer products and a fully functional conveyor system.   Once everything is working as required, the entire setup is dismantled and shipped to the customer’s facility to be installed.  GET MORE INFORMATION Your Name Company Name E-mail Address Phone Number Tell us about your project?CommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Δ...
Outdoor Art Installation Conveyor

Outdoor Art Installation Conveyor

Outdoor Art Installation Conveyor The Bentway is an independent charity that partners with the City of Toronto, residents, supporters, artists, creatives, city-builders, and dreamers to create shared and inclusive public spaces. The Bentway offers year-round artistic, cultural, and recreational activities and events, including public art installations, seasonal and special exhibitions, theatre and musical performances, festivals, creative marketplaces, and more. Phase 1 of The Bentway, located at 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Canada, under The Gardiner Expressway, was opened in 2018 and is a platform for creative practice, public art, and connected urban life. In 2021, award-winning designer Mimi Lien began developing a concept for a kinetic installation called PARADE that infuses The Bentway with the ever-shifting variables of the street. The concept involved transforming iconic street elements like pylons, bicycles, and street signs into playful sculptures that are carried on a 650-foot overhead conveyor system suspended above the Bentway Skate Trail. Challenge Once the initial concept was created, The Bentway reached out to Maas Design, an outside consultant, for support to achieve Mimi Lien’s vision. Michael Awad from Maas Design came on as Project Lead. Michael was familiar with Pacline for creative displays through past experience, so when he and the team contacted Pacline, they already had a well-designed concept and layout drawing. One of the most significant challenges faced was how to support the conveyor system underneath a highway, especially when they could not drill into the concrete, and winds are frequently twice as strong in the area where the art would be installed.   Another challenge was ensuring the project stayed within budget while meeting the complex...
Overhead Conveyors for Fiberglass Product Production

Overhead Conveyors for Fiberglass Product Production

Overhead Conveyors for Fiberglass Product Production Frontline Manufacturing, located in Warsaw, IN, is a large manufacturer of high-quality bath fixtures. Frontline Manufacturing provides fiberglass showers, tub-showers, and shower bases for residential, commercial, and RV uses. The Challenge Pacline was contacted to design and install an overhead conveyor system to improve the fiberglass mold handling process to reduce employee fatigue, product damage, and eliminate labor waste as well as increase production throughput. The Solution Pacline, in conjunction with Frontline Manufacturing, developed an overhead conveyor solution to carry the molds from overhead instead of the prior cart-based manual system. Since the molds can weigh up to 1000 lbs. The Pac-Max™ conveyor was an ideal choice, and the enclosed track offered protection against glass and resin build-up that could affect the conveyor trolleys. Pacline provided and installed two manual push/pull trolley systems, with a total length of over 2200 linear feet of track. The mold carriers that hang from the Pacline conveyor have a spreader bar that keeps the molds from contacting each other, drastically reducing product rework. The Result Hanging molds on the conveyor systems have cut down on employee fatigue from moving heavy resin-built-up carts throughout the plant, making production more efficient. Frontline Manufacturing can now stage molds for production the night before, hanging the molds in the correct order on the conveyor systems, which resolves human error and eliminates time used to search for molds during actual production. Being able to hang around 90% of their entire line of products allows them to dictate which line runs what product helping schedule and eliminating the waste of moving molds from...
Pacline Conveyors Expands North American Operations

Pacline Conveyors Expands North American Operations

Pacline Conveyors Expands North American Operations Cincinnati, Ohio – October 7, 2021 – Pacline Conveyors, Inc. announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. The new Ohio facility is the third location for Pacline as it expands its North American footprint to meet growing demand. “We continue to invest in the regions where we are growing significantly. This new plant will allow us to grow our sales and provide local support for our installation crews and customers in the central US”, says Karl Scholz, President of Pacline. This facility is capable of producing large and custom assemblies such as support structures and safety equipment, which are costly to ship over long distances. As a result of this facility, Pacline expects to be more efficient in executing its projects. Pacline provides overhead and inverted chain conveyor systems designed for a wide range of industrial material handling operations, including parts handling, storage and assembly lines for manufacturing and carton handling systems in warehouse/distribution centers. Pacline conveyors are used to move products through industrial processes such as spray painting, dip painting, e-coating, powder coating, plating, sandblasting, and parts cleaning within the finishing industry. Pacline’s commitment to innovation, cost-effectiveness and customer service has helped shape Pacline into one of the most trusted conveyor manufacturers in North America. Pacline’s company mission is “to apply their expertise to provide world-class material handling solutions to their valued customers,” and through expanding their operations, Pacline continues to pursue that mission. About Pacline Conveyors Since 1979, Pacline has been helping to improve productivity and efficiency for manufacturing operations and warehousing and distribution centers worldwide. Pacline is...
Round Part Finishing Solution with Sprocket Rotators

Round Part Finishing Solution with Sprocket Rotators

Round Part Finishing Solution with Sprocket Rotators The Pac-Max™ is a great alternative to chain-on-edge (COE) conveyors for part finishing operations. Pacline recently provided a system to a coatings company that improved their part finishing quality and maximized their oven square footage so that parts were only required to pass through once, which significantly reduced the total operation time. Sprocket Rotators Pacline’s sprocket rotators are especially good for parts that are cylindrical in shape and allow for part rotation while going through finishing processes to ensure even coatings. We offer non-powered and powered sprocket rotator variations. For this recent customer, the rack which is used to rotate the parts on the carrier is static. As you can see in the video below, the customer was able to achieve a slow, efficient rotation at paint spray stations to achieve precise finishing on their lightweight, round parts. Conveyor Track HeightAnother advantage of the floor-mounted Pac-Max™ is the track height. In this recent installation, the track height is 20” from the floor to the centerline of the chain which allows for ergonomic finishing operations. It also allows you space to be able to maintain the drive but is low enough that the part would be at a good height to paint Maximize square footage of the oven with multiple curvesPacline engineered a system that allowed the customer to have 94’ of chain in the oven. The serpentine track layout allowed for 94 minutes of cure time in the oven (1 foot per minute) so they did not have to go through the oven twice. Therefore, utilizing the maximum square footage of the...