Miles of Conveyors for Under Armour® Distribution House

Miles of Conveyors for Under Armour® Distribution House

Miles of Conveyors for Under Armour® Distribution House Under Armour® started in 1996 as a simple plan by founder Kevin Plank to make a superior T-shirt for athletes – a shirt that provided compression and that would wick perspiration off the skin rather than absorb it. Plank, then 23 years old, produced shirts out of his grandmother’s basement and at the end of 1996 had $17,000 in sales. Under Armour® has experienced extraordinary success and growth over the years, now selling their products around the world. Revenue in 2015 reached $3.96 billion and the growth continues with a 2016 forecast of $4.96 billion! To successfully support this volume of sales, the company has had to create and maintain some of the largest manufacturing and distribution centers in this industry. In 2014, Under Armour® began building the 2 new distribution centers – one on the west coast (Rialto, CA) and one in the east (Mt. Juliet, TN). To pull this off, they needed to work with companies who had solid, proven track records in terms of engineering expertise, product quality, and the ability to deliver the volume of installed equipment on the timelines required. PACLINE’s role: PACLINE was chosen to provide the overhead monorail conveyors for empty carton and tote handling for both of the new Under Armour® facilities. The Conveyor Challenge: The larger of the two new distribution centers for Under Armour® was being built in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. This facility would occupy over 1 million square feet. The empty carton and empty tote conveyor systems were to be fully integrated with the other roller and belt style conveyors...
Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty

Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty

Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty Overhead Conveyor Performs Double Duty Unpublished Mechanization of the distribution center has become commonplace, to the point that certain tasks within the distribution process are mechanized as the standard approach. Mangers don’t even consider doing these tasks manually. Split case or “less than carton” distribution is considered to be the most difficult of applications to mechanize. The full case distribution center is easily automated with barcode labels, pick-to-belt conveyors, high-speed carton sorters, direct trailer loading and electronic data capture devices. Not so in the split case distribution center. The challenging part of this operation is dealing with individually picked items, located in a high density storage area, without individual item labeling, generally non-conveyable and requiring a shipping medium like a carton or tote, requiring a quality control check, resulting in the generation of trash cartons…and the list goes on. However difficult this type of picking is, it is a fact of life. Most distribution centers contain split-case product and the requirement to pick this type of order will not go away. Actually, the trend may be to a higher volume of split case items per order as retailers wrestle with shrinking store shelf space and pressure to reduce inventory levels. To address these issues, split case distribution centers with the goal of high efficiency, have incorporated Overhead Chain Conveyors into their new distribution center model. Their typical installation includes a number of separate overhead conveyor systems with several thousand feet of overhead chain. Actually, the overhead chain conveyor is only part of a total material handling solution involving several different styles of equipment. The...
Overhead Conveyors For Apple Packing Operations

Overhead Conveyors For Apple Packing Operations

Overhead Conveyors For Apple Packing Operations Handling and delivering empty cartons in packing facilities can be a challenge. Cartons need to be transported from the carton forming area in one part of the plant to the packing area in another part. And, the packing area is always one of busiest and most congested. This fruit packing operation used the PAC-LINE™overhead conveyor system to transport empty cartons can address these challenges and actually reduced labor costs. With a wide range of standard vertical and horizontal curves, the PAC-LINE™ system can be set up to take virtually any desired path, whether it is up, over or around existing equipment or just getting from one area of the facility to another. Delivering cartons directly to the packing line means packers are not walking away from the packing line to source cartons and are not encumbered with stacks of boxes in the packing area. The PAC-LINE™ enclosed track overhead conveyor offers a full range of standard, pre-flanged components which makes the design and installation process simple. Other features of The PAC-LINE™ conveyor: Bolt together construction, no welding All components are zinc plated   Published on www.freshplaza.com, February 2012 GET MORE INFORMATION Your NameCompany NameE-mail Address Phone NumberTell us about your project?PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left...
Pacline Overhead Conveyors takes Empty Carton Handling UP Another Level

Pacline Overhead Conveyors takes Empty Carton Handling UP Another Level

Pacline Overhead Conveyors takes Empty Carton Handling UP Another Level At the upcoming ProMat Show in Chicago, (March 23-26) PACLINE Overhead Conveyors will be demonstrating a material handling system utilizing the PAC-LINE™ conveyor with a unique robot for the automated loading and unloading of empty cartons and totes. If your warehouse or distribution center handles split case (or less than carton) picking operations, this application will be of particular interest to you. This PACLINE empty carton handling system utilizes the signature PAC-LINE™ enclosed track overhead chain conveyor in combination with the UR10 Universal Robot. The UR10 robot, with motion tracking software, is configured to automatically load and unload cartons to and from the carriers on the moving overhead conveyor. This robot facilitates a modern, employee safe, “collaborative” design that is easy to use, cost effective and will serve to reduce labor costs thereby providing a solid return on investment. PACLINE’s approach to carton handling for split case or less than carton operations allows centralized carton building and carton delivery direct to workers throughout the picking areas. For over 35 years Pacline Overhead Conveyors has provided material handling solutions aimed at helping customers improve key performance measurements such as productivity, cost control, safety and ergonomics. Integrating robotics with PACLINE’s proven/standard conveyor equipment represents a new opportunity to improve productivity in warehouse and distribution center operations. PACLINE’s signature conveyor, the PAC-LINE™ enclosed track system is one of the most versatile conveyors in the industry. The PAC-LINE™ system has been used in a wide range of applications from manufacturing to warehousing where the longest single system included over 3 miles of track...
Pacline Overhead Conveyors are “Multi-Talented”

Pacline Overhead Conveyors are “Multi-Talented”

Pacline Overhead Conveyors are “Multi-Talented” Overhead conveyor system uses gondola style carriers to deliver multi-size boxes When packing a variety of produce at one facility, managing the various boxes and cartons can be cumbersome and labor intensive. This vegetable packing company added an overhead conveyor system from PACLINE to streamline their operation. Here, the conveyor track was ceiling mounted to keep the floor area clear while cartons were transported from one part of the plant to another. This PAC-LINE system was designed to move up, over and around existing equipment. Offering a wide range of vertical and horizontal curves, the versatile PAC-LINE™ conveyor can be designed to travel virtually any desired path. In addition, this produce packer required cartons of various sizes to be transported on the same line to the packers. To address this, two tiered custom carriers were built to handle the different box and carton sizes. Operators on the packing floor were then able to select from the variety of boxes and cartons as they pass by on the packing line – no need for the packers to leave the packing area to select the required cartons and the packing area remains clear and uncluttered. The PAC-LINE™ enclosed track produce conveyor offers a full range of standard, pre-flanged components which makes the design and installation process simple. PAC-LINE™ track has a bolt together construction, which means no welding is required and all components are zinc plated.   Published on www.freshplaza.com , November 2011 GET MORE INFORMATION Your NameCompany NameE-mail Address Phone NumberTell us about your project?EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left...
Overhead Carton Delivery System Improves Safety and Productivity

Overhead Carton Delivery System Improves Safety and Productivity

Overhead Carton Delivery System Improves Safety and Productivity Pacline Improves Efficiency in Peach Packing Operations Published on www.freshplaza.com, September 2011 New food safety regulations are putting pressure on produce packers to keep packing material off the floor area. Peach packing operations in Niagara, Ontario Canada addressed this issue by installing a PACLINE empty carton handling conveyor in their packing facility. The PAC-LINE™ is an overhead conveyor system that is so versatile that it can be easily installed over and around virtually any existing equipment. This peach packing conveyor features a universal chain inside an enclosed tubular track. The track sections are pre-fabricated and modular in design. One of the key benefits for these peach packing facilities was the ability of the PAC-LINE™ conveyor track to handle steep elevation changes and tight curves. The conveyor system was precisely designed to take empty cartons from the carton forming area and to go up over and around the existing sorting equipment and then back down to a level convenient to the peach packing operators on the floor. This overhead conveyor system allowed the floor to be clear and uncluttered of cartons and packing material, adhering to the highest standards of food and operator safety. Also, custom carriers were designed in each facility so that multiple cartons in various specific sizes could be conveniently accessible at all times. Having the cartons delivered directly to the packers on the line saved considerable time in the packing process. Another benefit of the PAC-LINE™ conveyor system for fruit packing operations is the ease of which the system can be modified. The modular design of the track means that changes...