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.   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 employee’s...
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...
In-Floor Towline Conveyor Improves Wood Finishing Process

In-Floor Towline Conveyor Improves Wood Finishing Process

In-Floor Towline Conveyor Improves Wood Finishing Process   The Challenge An architectural millwork company realized a need to improve workflow through their paint and finishing area and contacted Pacline for assistance.  Their process at that time included the use of carts to manually move wooden parts through the stages of finishing, including sanding, spraying, curing and finish coating.  The carts were being moved many times causing workflow obstructions and wasted labor.  The Solution A Pacline engineer worked with the customer to confirm the system requirements as well as to share the conceptual layouts. The layout of the conveyor path was coordinated with the customer’s spray booth, oven and other processing areas. The final layout design was approved by the customer and met the project objectives.  The wooden parts are carried on carts that are attached to an in-floor towline conveyor. The carts are pulled through a sanding area, then through a paint booth. After painting, the carts move through a serpentine area for flash off, prior to moving through a curing oven.  To reduce the length of the curing oven, the conveyor doubles back through the oven then moves the carts to an unloading area. The Result The installed conveyor system helped control the overall process flow while reducing labor, improving throughput, and reducing handling damage. The Pacline customer was able to install the conveyor using a local qualified contractor.   Pacline offers flexibility in the scope of supply, providing only equipment, as in this case, or complete turn-key conveyor solutions. GET MORE INFORMATION Your Name Company Name E-mail Address Phone Number Tell us about your project?PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged....
Tent Drying Conveyor

Tent Drying Conveyor

Tent Drying Conveyor   Commercial Tent Rentals & Sales Limited is the largest established tent rental company in Eastern Canada. As Atlantic Canada’s leading supplier of tents, their inventory ranges from sizes suited to a backyard barbecue for family and friends to a sit-down dinner for thousands. They contacted Pacline after they saw a similar system Pacline had installed at another facility and wanted to duplicate it at their own. Essentially, they wanted to automate their tent drying process as their current process was to manually dry the tents and place them on clothing lines that hung throughout the facility. The Challenge The system needed to be ceiling hung with no floor supports. However, the facility had a sloped roof which meant the conveyor system needed to be hung from the highest point down to operator height (lowest point on system). Pacline was able to accommodate the long 27’ foot drop by breaking the supports into 2 different sections thus in the end not needing any floor support. The Solution Pacline installed a 700-foot PAC-LINE™ enclosed track conveyor system to automate their tent drying process. The new process allows tents to be cleaned in an industrial washer then placed onto the conveyor system from the load point by an operator. Once the tent is placed onto the system it is moved up into the ceiling area to air dry, which takes approximately one day. When the tents are fully air dried, they are brought back down using  to the unload area which is located by the dock door. Operators can now utilize the floor space underneath the conveyor, which...
Custom Overhead Conveyor System for Storage and Retrieval

Custom Overhead Conveyor System for Storage and Retrieval

Custom Overhead Conveyor System for Storage and Retrieval Spector & Co. began in 1964 selling custom branded writing instruments. Today, the company is a leading supplier of promotional products in North America with a focus on travel accessories and writing materials. Their 65,000 square foot facility in St. Laurent, Quebec offers thousands of different products with 30 decorating options from digital printing to laser engraving. PACLINE was contacted by Spector & Co. to help manage and improve their storage and retrieval process of bulky items such as backpacks and duffel bags. Their current system utilized manual push carts on the floor to store and transport products through the labeling and shipping process. This cart system was causing the product flow and inventory management to be disorganized and inefficient. After reviewing some of the Retail Conveyor Applications on the PACLINE website, Spector & Co. recognized the opportunity they had if they could utilize the empty overhead space in their plant. To get a better understanding of how the custom overhead conveyor would work for their products, Spector staff visited the PACLINE office for a live demonstration of the system. Challenges Spector & Co. needed to improve their storage and retrieval system for handling bulky items such as backpacks and duffel bags. Hundreds of backpacks and duffel bags needed to be quickly accessible for custom orders, where the items would be decorated and packaged for shipping. The use of manual push carts was taking up a great amount of valuable floor space in the facility and caused the process to be very disorganized. Solutions When Spector & Co. came to PACLINE...
Storefront Display Conveyor for Pack-able Jackets!

Storefront Display Conveyor for Pack-able Jackets!

Storefront Display Conveyor for Pack-able Jackets! 32 Degrees is an activewear clothing company that focuses on providing functionality and style for the everyday wardrobe. 32 Degrees’ goal is to revolutionize the everyday basics by utilizing the latest warming and cooling technologies to deliver all day comfort throughout all seasons at a valued price. PACLINE Overhead Conveyors was contacted by 32 Degrees to help with a creative storefront marketing display in Manhattan, New York in the Macy’s department store near Times Square. The customer saw our Garment Handling Systems used in retail displays and realized that we could offer the exact solution they had envisioned. The month-long window display would feature their 32 Degrees “Heat” jacket that is pack-able into a small, convenient bag. Utilizing the PAC-LINE™ Overhead Conveyor allowed 32 Degrees to demonstrate the pack-able capability of their jacket with an interesting and eye-catching effect.                   The Challenges PACLINE was faced with some very unique challenges when engineering and installing this conveyor: Storefront room dimensions were only 3’ x 18’ Storefront display conveyor could not be bolted to ground or be hung from ceiling The VFD control system could not be displayed and could not take up a lot of room Installation had to be completed overnight and no parking was available for truck delivery The Solution The limited storefront space was PACLINE’s greatest obstacle throughout the design and install process. In order to fit the conveyor loop into the 3’ wide room, 9” radius curves had to be used, making the total storefront display conveyor only 18” wide! Our installers Mike and Spencer had...