Unique Non-Industrial Overhead Conveyor Applications
PACLINE’s projects range from simple conveyor loops to complex power and free conveyor circuits involving pneumatics, computers, programmable logic controllers and automatic identification. Although PACLINE is well known for its capabilities in industrial applications, they frequently get calls to provide conveyor solutions for other industries.
Here are some unique non-industrial conveyor applications that highlight the versatility of PACLINE’s enclosed track overhead conveyors.
Recreation anyone? At Winter Park ski resort in Colorado PACLINE conveyors were used to transport sleds from the bottom of the 3000 foot Alpine Slide track to the top of the mountain.
At another recreational site, PACLINE’s enclosed track conveyor was installed to transport inner tubes from the bottom of a giant outdoor water slide up to the riders waiting at the top.
Conveyor moves sleds up the mountain to waiting riders.
The PACLINE conveyor system offered several unique benefits to these outdoor installations:
This water slide conveyor transports inner tubes up steep incline to riders waiting at the top
- Meccano’ style track parts are bolted together with no welding required. This made it easy for Park staff to dismantle and store the conveyor at the end of the season and reinstall it again the following season.
- Chain and bearings are protected inside the enclosed track. This improved safety by preventing the hands of the operators and users from coming in contact with the chain. This feature also helped protect the chain and bearings from debris.
- Zinc-plated track and components helped ensure that the conveyor could withstand exposure to the outdoor weather elements year after year.
Modular components of the PAC-LINE™ enclosed track conveyor
Lights, Conveyor, Action! In the Entertainment Industry, PACLINE has provided a number of unique non-industria conveyor solutions. For The Oprah Show, PACLINE conveyors were used to help animate the elaborate stage for the final Christmas show in 2010.
Hyundai had a very unique concept for their TV commercial designed to highlight the energy efficiency of their new Sonata Hybrid. Using PACLINE conveyors to carry a giant backdrop, they created the illusion of a car driving down a country road. The PACLINE conveyor was completely human-powered using bicycles and hand cranks. This car commercial left no carbon footprint!
PACLINE conveyors also had a supporting role on the Global TV series Bomb Girls. The story takes place in a munitions factory in the 1940’s. PACLINE conveyors were installed on the main set – the bomb assembly line. Fake plastic bombs were carried overhead just as they would have in the 1940’s as they went from painting to drying processes in the factory.
Conveyors move fake bombs overhead on movie set
Overhead Conveyor for Fruit and Vegetable Packing
Apples, peaches, pears and more. PACLINE conveyors can also be found in fruit and vegetable packing operations around the world. In most of these installations PACLINE conveyors are being used to transport empty cartons from the carton building area directly to the packers. Less congestion at the packing level improves worker productivity while freeing up valuable floor space. Custom carriers can be designed to handle multiple carton sizes.
Kitchen Kuttings is a small business located in the community of Elmira, ONTARIO. Owned by three Mennonite women, Kitchen Kuttings began as a small shop selling cheese and homemade products. As the business grew so did the demand for their sausages and the need to produce them in larger quantities. The owners needed a way to dry up to 1,800 sausages at a time with a possible future expansion of 3,000 sausages.
Sausage Curing and Storage Conveyor
At this volume, any manual system of racking would be very cumbersome, labor intensive and difficult to manage. PACLINE suggested using the PAC-LINE™ enclosed track conveyor. This conveyor track comes pre-fabricated in very tight curves which allowed for a very compact, ‘spiral’ design. The final system was able to carry the entire 1,800 sausages and address the need for increased capacity in the future.
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