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Pacline Conveyors Inc. awarded Inmate Property Storage System for $100 Million Jail Project in Harris County, Texas.

by | Mar 16, 2017 | Garment Handling, News


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Pacline Conveyors Inc., was recently awarded the contract to build and install the inmate property storage system for the new Harris County Joint Processing Center in Houston, Texas. The $100 million dollar, 250,000 square-foot facility will serve the third largest county jail system in the United States and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The new Joint Processing Center has been designed to improve efficiency in the correctional system by consolidating and streamlining all inmate bookings and releases for the city of Houston and the county. The Harris County Center will have the capacity to hold up to 1,500 inmates at various stages of processing.

Managing the inmate property for a facility of this size is a challenge and an important reason why the builder, Clark Construction, chose PACLINE’s automated garment storage and retrieval system for the Harris County Joint Processing Center.

The PACLINE system will include 12 industrial-strength PAC-LINE™ signature enclosed track conveyor loops with the capacity to carry a total of 12,000 hanging garment bags with inmate personal property.

PACLINE’s RETRIEVER™  control system will allow operators the efficiency of retrieving multiple indexed bags. This is an important feature of the system as it is estimated that the Harris County Center will be processing up to 900 inmates per day.

The enclosed-track design of PACLINE’s conveyor system eliminates dangerous pinch points common in other conveyor systems. This is an extremely important consideration for inmate property systems where hands and fingers of the operators can come in contact with the track and moving chain.

Karl Scholz, President of Pacline Overhead Conveyors says, “We appreciate this opportunity and the confidence expressed by the Clark/Harris County team. We look forward to delivering a high quality system later this year.”

Key features of the PACLINE Inmate Property Handling System:

  • The PAC-LINE™ conveyor track is modular in design which means that installations and modifications are quick and easy – no welding required.
  • System can be designed to accommodate all types of garment bags.
  • Safe for operators as the enclosed track prevents hand and fingers from contacting the moving chain.
  • Track and components are designed for industrial use – proven to deliver long-term, trouble-free performance.

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Since 1979, PACLINE Conveyors Inc. has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing high quality overhead conveyor systems. PACLINE has installed thousands of systems with over 3 million feet of conveyors in countries around the world. The company provides material handling solutions to a wide range of industries from manufacturing and warehousing operations to garment handling and entertainment applications. PACLINE has headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario (CANADA) and an engineering office and warehouse in Buffalo, New York (USA).


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