Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conveyor Systems Must be Adaptable to Suit Modern Supply Chain and Logistics Requirements

From Nuclear Waste to Frozen Chickens - Today's Handling Equipment Must Move It All
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US – WORLDWIDE – The conveyor belt is of course one of the essential elements in the supply chain for many manufacturers and express mail and parcel companies. Modern conveyor systems can be adapted in an infinite number of configurations to suit specific and constantly changing purposes to ensure the logistics of processing as many goods as quickly and accurately as possible are as efficient as they can be. But what happens when those items are extreme in nature? One US company boasts that its systems can be suited to anything – from nuclear waste to frozen chickens.

According to Tom Alexander of Lauyans and Company the Louisville, Kentucky based firm has a product range which can cover virtually all eventualities, providing material handling products for extremely complex and demanding situations including temperature extremes ranging from minus 20°F up to a blistering 2,000°F. Tom Alexander explains:

“…situations require solutions to handle products as diverse as biomedical and nuclear waste or trays of frozen chicken. If products or environments are difficult to work with, we've probably already handled them.”

Tom cites a recent scenario where the conveyor had to handle axle blanks produced at 2,000°F and function reliably over a wide temperature window whilst not deforming during cooling, heating or in production, something which required specially designed fasteners and finishing coatings which in turn prevent loosening during heating and cooling and negate rusting and consequent jamming.

The company’s product range covers a whole raft of handling solutions from overhead conveyors to specifically designed magnetic sorting and sweeping systems and even vertical storage solutions when space is at a premium.

Photo: A partial view of a Lauyans and Company designed large material handling system.