Visteon Corporation’s plant in Enfield is reaping the benefits of installing a custom designed inverted conveyor produced by MCM Conveyors, a division of Amber Industries.
The stability of the new system offers quality improvements to plastic automotive interior and exterior parts as they pass through painting booths, flash-off enclosures and curing ovens. A significant increase in throughput has also been observed.
When automotive parts are wet painted, the quality of finish produced when they are transported by a highly stable, inverted and floor mounted conveyor is usually far superior to that obtained when overhead conveyors are used to transport the components. This type of conveyor also prevents dust and debris from the conveyor track falling on the components.
Until now, developing stable inverted systems had proved difficult. However, in a contract worth £125,000, MCM has designed and manufactured an inverted floor-mounted conveyor system which has been installed at the Visteon Corporation site.
Dave Broad, contract manager of Durr, said: `After MCM had built a prototype of the new track design and I had demonstrated it to Visteon, I was satisfied that their expertise had solved the problem.’
Mark Adams, sales director of MCM Conveyors, said: `Our new design offers customers an inverted system without any risk of instability. It is ideal for transporting automotive components through environments where painting is taking place.’
Although the risk of contaminating a conveyor’s components is reduced when an inverted floor conveyor is used, the product jigs are often unstable and this has a detrimental effect on quality. To overcome this problem, the design incorporates a second track above the chain conveyor. By fitting an out-rigged stabilising arm to the vertical upright of the lower track, stability is enhanced as the free arm moves within the secondary track while simultaneously maintaining the upright in a vertical position.
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