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...
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...
Automated Uniform Distribution System Case Study

Automated Uniform Distribution System Case Study

Automated Uniform Distribution System Case Study Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort is a large full-amenity resort located in Niagara Falls, New York. The property features 604 rooms and suites with ten restaurants, seven shops, more than 2,500 slots, and over 80 table games.  Seneca Casinos contacted Pacline for a new Automated Uniform Distribution System (AUDS) to handle their staffs’ uniform storage and retrieval. Seneca already had a uniform conveyor system in place, but it was old, breaking down, and the operating system was out-of-date. Therefore, a complete replacement was the best solution.  The Challenge The old uniform system was failing, and the operating software was running on Windows 95. Whenever staff wanted to take out their uniforms, a locking mechanism would often fail and would have to be manually repaired.  Seneca needed to update the computer’s operating software, but the original system’s manufacturer would not replace just the computer system or update the software. Seneca was told they had to replace the entire conveyor system. At that point, they started to research alternate equipment and contacted Pacline for a solution.  GET MORE INFORMATION Your Name Company Name E-mail Address Phone Number Tell us about your project?EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Δ   The Solution Seneca has two rooms dedicated to uniform storage and retrieval. Pacline removed the old system in both rooms and installed three conveyors in its place. The first room has one conveyor and one control system that stores up to 300 locker bags. The second room has two conveyors and a separate control system with two conveyors that can store up to 750 locker bags. There is a kiosk with access door at the front of each room for each conveyor that allows the employees retrieve their own locker bag. The system operates on a barcode scanning system. The employee scans their ID card at the kiosk and the Pacline control system moves the...
Grocery Store Conveyor

Grocery Store Conveyor

Grocery Store Conveyor A supermarket in Colombia saw another store using a conveyor system to handle grocery order picking and they wanted to emulate a similar micro-fulfillment solution in their own store. Pacline worked together with an integrator to create a custom overhead conveyor system that would meet their needs. Our engineers chose the PAC-LINE™ round track conveyor for this application because of its flexibility, compact size, and quiet motor. The Grocery Store Bag Handling Solution Pacline worked closely with a systems integrator to design this in-store grocery micro-fulfillment solution. The system works when a customer places their order online and then it is assigned to one of the supermarket’s employees to pick in-store. After the employee has been assigned a customer’s grocery list, they will go to one of the locations on the conveyor where it dips down to remove an empty shopping bag and proceed to fill it with the customer’s order. Once the employee is finished gathering all the items in the online order, they hang the grocery bag back onto the overhead conveyor system at a specific location and press a start button. The overhead conveyor then transports the bag to a designated area that utilizes the store’s backroom storage space, so that another employee can prepare the order for the customer to pick–up.   Supermarket Bag Conveyor Features The conveyor system has a few areas throughout the store in which it dips down so that employees can add/remove the bags.   There are stations where they can stop or start the overhead conveyor as needed.   Adjustable conveyor speed that ranges from 8-38 feet per minute  This system can hold up to 180 bags at one time   Ceiling supported system without floor supports maximized the floor space    The Challenges One of the key challenges of this solution was to make sure that the conveyor system adhered to safety and cleanliness standards. In order...