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Movetech UK has helped Kinnerton, a Norfolk-based manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery, to prepare for the Easter rush by providing equipment that allows the company to expand and reduce its production line as required.

At this busy time of year, Kinnerton needs to extend its production line to full capacity. Each unit that can be added to the production facility weighs 1,500kg, and making the units mobile was a tough task. To rectify this, Movetech provided Hovair air skates that allow machinery to be moved around easily.

The lightweight, light-duty air bearings (known as LAs) allow Kinnerton to move equipment in and around the factory.

The company’s first set of LA14 air skates was added to a chocolate enrobing machine, which can be moved in or out of the production line, depending on the requirements at the time. A second set of six LA10 skates is fitted to a conveyor, allowing it to be moved into various positions along the production line as required.

Key benefits of product application

  • Compressed air and a smooth operating surface are all that is required to enable air skates to virtually eliminate friction.
  • Unlike wheels, air skates provide omnidirectional capabilities, meaning that a load can be moved in any direction without the need for complex turning manoeuvres.
  • Available in a variety of sizes and capacities, a set of four air skates can carry anything from two to 60 tonnes.
  • According to Tony Bond, engineering supervisor at the Kinnerton plant, the air skates are used in the chocolate-bar production area; to move the machines around takes five minutes from start to finish, he said.
  • Bond said he likes using the air skates because they do not damage the floor and they do not move once they have put them down.

As part of the British Turntable Group Movetech UK has been helping to solve load moving challenges since 1959.

The company offers rotary, linear and vertical movement equipment designed to tackle a variety of materials handling applications, and is well known throughout the industrial, defence, transport, nuclear and non-destructive testing industries for the effectiveness of its solutions. Movetech UK designs and builds a range of equipment for industrial applications to almost any size and capacity, manual or powered, using a multifaceted engineering approach to design and build.

The company’s in-house expertise includes leading-edge Hovair air film technology; JUNG heavy duty lifting jacks and machinery skates are also part of the extensive portfolio on an exclusive distribution rights in the UK basis.

Movetech UK’s highly skilled design and engineering teams work hand-in-hand with client teams, architects, surveyors, construction companies, building specifiers and project engineers to ensure that the optimum solution is provided for each industrial movement problem.

Industrial concerns such as foundries, repair work shops, fabrication and assembly halls, process plants, steel mills, paper mills, power generation facilities, order picking and packing facilities, automotive production line facilities and general manufacturers use Movetech UK’s expertise to:

–       automate processes

–       improve ergonomics

–       minimise operator effort

–       optimise use of space

–       increase throughput

–       improve efficiency

–       reduce reliance on forklift replenishment

From manual manipulator devices with simple forward and backward movement, to automated positioning systems, Movetech UK offers efficient, flexible and cost-effective mechanical handling solutions that will present equipment to the production line, or product to the operator, whilst improving ergonomics, minimising operator effort and reducing reliance on forklift replenishment.

Typical applications include: simple bench-mounted assembly turntables; product accumulators to assist in order processing; manual and powered turntables to improve loading efficiency; large revolves to support and turn paper reels; high capacity foundry turntables with automatic control to turn large castings for fettling; traversers and rail-mounted revolves to alter the direction of railed or wheeled vehicles; production line feeder turntables to minimise use of forklift trucks; and equipment to present goods to a production facility in the correct orientation.

Products include: a range of turntables for heavy industrial through to light display use; HGV access turntables; car revolves to solve inner-city parking problems and annular ring mechanisms for revolving bars and restaurants.

Movetech UK exports to more than 140 countries and holds the BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation as well as many others, including the H&S standard, CHAS.

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