Conveyor Offers Many Advantages to Woodworking

Conveyor Offers Many Advantages to Woodworking

Conveyor Offers Many Advantages to Woodworking An overhead conveyor offers many advantages over other methods of moving parts between various manufacturing operations. It can transport items through areas not accessible to workers, such as automatic spray booths and drying ovens, or where hazardous conditions exist. The weight carrying capacity is greater than any employee, and it does it without tiring or taking breaks. Often an enclosed overhead conveyor can be installed where a floor conveyor would be impractical. When there is a need to temporarily hold work-in-progress, carriers can be switched to recirculating loops or storage spurs until needed. Safety devices can be installed on inclined sections to control runaway carriers in the event of chain breakage. Specializing in overhead conveyors for woodworking applications, PACLINE’s pre-engineered standard conveyor components feature an enclosed-track design and bolt-together construction. The conveyor chain travels within an enclosed track, where it is protected from the plant environment. The extremely low-friction design of the chain makes it possible to power long systems from a single drive. Because the drive system is one of the most important components, PACLINE conveyors incorporate a unique caterpillar drive unit, which can be placed in most the convenient location. It is not restricted to corner placement, as is typical in many systems. Another feature of PACLINE systems is the elimination of sprocket turns that, in addition to being dangerous, are also costly and difficult to install and maintain. Published in Canadian Woodworking, November 1989 GET MORE INFORMATION Your Name Company Name E-mail Address Phone Number Tell us about your project?NameThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged....
Transporting Cylinders Through Finishing Line

Transporting Cylinders Through Finishing Line

Transporting Cylinders Through Finishing Line             Certified Cylinder Service (CCS, Inc.) operates a maintenance and refurbishing facility for compressed gas cylinders in Ontario, Canada. With some of the most advanced hydrostatic testing equipment available in the market, Certified Cylinder also does Hydrostatic Re-qualification and has played host to Transport Canada inspectors for equipment training. Certified Cylinder is also an approved vendor for Linde, Air Liquide, Praxair and many other Canadian gas suppliers. The company has grown steadily over the last five years and has recently installed a second test station that is unique in their industry. From Start to Finishing Line in Two Weeks Time Since opening its operation 5 years ago, Certified Cylinder had relied on an entirely manual system for transporting their cylinders through the paint and finishing process. Cylinders were rolled, lifted and moved all using human labor. With the business growing, Scott Robinson knew that some automation would be required in order to maintain the volume of output with any degree of efficiency. Scott had a vision for his new finishing system. His goals were to: minimize the lifting of cylinders by the operators. reduce the drying time of the cylinders between paint applications. allow operators to easily rotate the cylinders while painting. avoid paint run off during transportation of the cylinders from the paint booth to the drying area. In addition, Scott needed the new system to be in place NOW, so he was looking for a company who was capable of providing a very quick turnaround. Scott contacted Robert D’Alesio at Pacline Overhead Conveyors to discuss the project....
Conveyor Handles 400 lb Parts for Paint Finishing

Conveyor Handles 400 lb Parts for Paint Finishing

Conveyor Handles 400 lb Parts for Paint Finishing THE CHALLENGE This customer, a manufacturer of iron fittings for the water and waste-water industry, had a $1,000,000 back log of orders. They were having difficulty keeping up with the final cementing and painting requirements and their facility was becoming congested with forklifts and other equipment and machinery. They needed a solution for accumulating the large volume of cemented pipes and to move them through the painting process. The system had to be capable of handling parts weighing up to 400 lbs. THE SOLUTION Using Solidworks drawings, the engineers at PACLINE Overhead Conveyors designed a system that utilized a combination of roller conveyors and the Pacline PAC-MAX™ heavy duty overhead conveyor. In designing the new finishing system, the first issue to be addressed was the need to accumulate and cure the very large volume of parts prior to the painting process. To handle this, several banks of roller conveyors were installed. PACLINE supplied a transfer cart that would dock with the roller conveyors. This allowed the customer to shuttle the skids of cured parts from the roller conveyors onto the transfer cart. The cart was then undocked and manually pushed to the PAC-MAX™ overhead conveyor line. Here, the skid of pipe fittings was pushed onto a scissor lift. The lift was operated with a pedal keeping the operator’s hands free to attach the part to the load bars which were hanging from the overhead conveyor. Using PAC-MAX™ 45 and 90 degree curved tracks, the PACLINE system carried the heavy parts through the dip tank where they were painted and then into...
Side Slot Conveyor for Plastic Parts Finishing

Side Slot Conveyor for Plastic Parts Finishing

Side Slot Conveyor for Plastic Parts Finishing PAC-MAX™ Conveyor System replaces the typical spindle / chain-on-edge conveyor. Choosing the right conveyor to move automotive parts or any other part through paint finishing operations requires careful consideration and must take into account a host of issues such as: Weight and size of the product Type of carrier or holder for the part Type of paint finishing Temperature of the drying or curing oven Physical dimensions of the space When this Tier 1 automotive parts supplier was building a new facility to handle paint and finishing of plastic parts, they were looking to improve on the material handling process they had used in the past. The Old System – Chain-on-edge Spindle Conveyor The previous system consisted of a floor mounted conveyor with spindle trolley carts. This system required external guide rails to support the moving carts and help stabilize the carrier and part. This type of system (shown to the right) posed several potential problems: The external bearings were exposed, making them susceptible to dust, paint and other debris. The heavy cart and exposed bearing on the side tracks can create increased friction, especially around curves. This friction and the increased power required to move the carts can make it especially difficult to operate if there is an incline in the track. Around tight curves there is an increased possibility of the trolley cart jamming in the guide track. The Challenge When building their new paint finishing operation, this customer came to PACLINE looking for a conveyor that would eliminate the need for external support rails and one that had the chain and bearings...
Two Jobs, One Conveyor

Two Jobs, One Conveyor

Two Jobs, One Conveyor The Challenge When a leading automotive parts manufacturer needed to install a powder coating line for condenser coils, they had two issues to resolve: First, they needed to conserve both the floor space and oven size as much as possible. Secondly, they needed to have a quality control system that would allow them to identify and address paint and assembly issues without disrupting the curing process. The Pacline Conveyor Solution This company used a Pacline Power and Free Overhead Conveyor as a solution. The system was designed with two separate conveyor tracks. One track carried parts for paint processing on 24″ spacing. After processing, these parts moved onto a separate track where they were then rotated for “close pack” accumulation on 7″ spacing in the curing ovens. On the process line track a Quality Assurance system was integrated that allowed the parts manufacturer to view paint and assembly quality without disturbing the separate curing line track. Results Overall, the system length was reduced by two thirds on the curing line allowing for reduced floor space and more importantly, a 60% smaller oven. Pacline Power and Free Conveyor trolleys are over 20% smaller than most, which helped to further reduce accumulation space in the oven. In addition, the PACLINE trolley configuration allowed for accumulation around a tight 180 degree curve in the oven, without any bumping. An additional challenge with this system was establishing drive speed and pusher dog synchronization between the separate process and cure chains. However, PACLINE’s conveyor software addressed these issues with seamless integration resulting in a complete system that runs smoothly and efficiently. Learn more about our Power and Free overhead...
Length Matters

Length Matters

Length Matters Moving long parts through multiple processes in manufacturing. Ever notice the size of those overhead highway signs that we all rely on to get ourselves to where we need to go?  As a manufacturer or material handling organization you may wonder how items such as these – up to 50 feet long – can be maneuvered through various assembly and finishing processes. ROCAL Inc. located in Frankfort, Ohio was facing this issue in the manufacturing of their large highway signs.  ROCAL produces a wide range of signage products including highway signs, regulatory and specialty signs. Part of the production process for ROCAL’s aluminum signs involves a wash and chemical treatment process of the individual panels that are bolted together to make the final sign.  When ROCAL came to PACLINE, this part of the process was being done outside of ROCAL’s facility and they wanted to find a way to handle this process in-house rather than outsource it. So the challenge was how could ROCAL carry panels up to 50 feet long within their existing manufacturing plant in a manner that would both be time and cost efficient. The PACLINE CONVEYOR Solution After consulting with PACLINE engineers, a compact layout was configured that both automated the feeding of panels through the washer and treatment process, while minimizing the overall footprint of the system.  To meet all the requirements of this application a Pacline Power and Free conveyor was selected.  This conveyor system offers the flexibility of using both manual and powered sections.  In addition, the powered portions can automatically buffer carriers by accumulating them in the same manner as...