Conveyors link machines and feed empty boxes in to a low level cleanroom for packing. A market leader in the manufacture of bespoke deep-drawn and injection-moulded components for the pharmaceutical and other specialist industrial markets, awarded Conveyor Systems Ltd (CSL) a contract to supply conveyors to link machines and also to feed empty boxes in to a low level cleanroom for packing small metered dose inhalers (MDI) canisters.
A simple but effective conveying solution
Lineshaft Powered Roller Conveyors are purposely designed to be used when situations require either the simple conveying of products such as cardboard boxes, cases, tote boxes, product assembly jigs, etc or back to back accumulation with very little pressure on the leading product. Typical uses of this type of conveyor include order picking, production & packaging lines; sortation systems using barcode reading technology and simply the movement of products from A to B.
Therefore, CSL proposed the use of the simple but cost effective product - lineshaft to convey lightweight empty cardboard boxes, accumulating at the infeed blade stop and releasing one at a time into a cleanroom enclosure. A box passes through the hatch in a wall and is then transferred at 90 degrees into a sealed clean room enclosure, presenting at an ergonomic height for sealed polybags of MDI canisters to be placed into the box.
On completion of packing, the operative pushes a button to release the full box from the enclosure and allows it to move forward to accumulate on line prior to sealing. In order to increase the centre of the out feed conveyor to allow for the integration of a case sealer, the lineshaft conveyor has been designed to be wider at the outfeed. With the case sealer being higher, boxes proceed up a 1.45m inclined conveyor belt to raise the full box from 305mm to a presentation height of 680mm to be sealed.
A spokesperson for the company reported, "Conveyor Systems Ltd was very accommodating and they demonstrated that had a clear understanding of our requirement. Their proposals were very practical, simple, cost effective and provided us with a very efficient handling solution.”