STORAGE HANDLING DISTRIBUTION

Modular conveyor allows for the future

CIM training equipment supplier Denford Machine Tools has placed a repeat order with assembly systems expert Ace for platen conveyor equipment for a Chinese customer. Used for materials handling between machines and the stores, the modular system is adaptable to suit present and future use. The patented system, which claims to have the most efficient corner mechanism of any conveyor, includes a new 40mm x 80mm extra heavy duty section for larger loads and special applications.

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Higher productivity and safety combines with simple design and low operating costs to ensure optimum levels of cost-efficiency on BT’s Reflex reach trucks. The company says fitting AC motors throughout the range makes trucks 8% faster than DC models.

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CCTV systems fitted to two multi-direction Sidetracker lift trucks enable drivers at Apollo Metals, Birmingham, to handle aluminium plates up to 9500mm x 500mm alongside a new 8m high racking system. Instead of buying new trucks to cope with a 2m increase in height, Apollo rebuilt existing vehicles with 8.2m masts. CCTV gives drivers a clear view of the stock at far lower cost than buying new trucks.

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Two four-chamber Orwak 9020 balers are handling 25 tonnes of incorrectly printed bags and film each week for packaging company Alida. The waste, from a production run of 25m bags is recycled in an adjacent plant. The rented balers and conveyor system segregates waste by colour, grade and print and records movements.

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Reach truck maker Yale has improved the specification of its MR series trucks with capacities from 1400kg to 2000kg. At 10km/h, the vehicles travel 15% faster than earlier models, while lift speed has been increased from 0.27km/h to 0.32km/h. A tilting fork carriage and integral sideshift provide better lifting and positioning capability.