We are a modular conveyor house now, Huster says.
Muskegon, MI (PRWEB) May 17, 2006
There is a lot of planning required in growing a business . . . a lot of change, and more than enough risk. So, it’s always gratifying when you can make a strategic decision that you don’t have to continually rethink or repeatedly update and this certainly applies to conveyor systems.
Integral to plant operations from production through order fulfillment, many companies are forced to make ongoing investments in conveying systems, investments that hinder business growth by diverting capital, or slowing production, or causing downtime and expensive maintenance. In some cases, the bone yard of conveying system parts is growing faster than the business.
“When you’re growing fast and producing high volumes, you really need a conveyor system that’s easy to work with and offers a great deal of flexibility,” says Brett Huster, Engineering Manager with injection molder C.A.P.S. Inc. (Bridgeton, MO).
Today, many growing companies are eliminating that telltale bone yard by switching to a new paradigm in material handling technologies -- the modular conveying system. Still a new concept, the DynaCon system is composed of highly interchangeable building-block units that can be readily configured and reconfigured in any length or shape that is needed.
Huster says that with the modular system customers are buying a series of units to build a customizable conveying system. “It’s up to the customer to decide on how you put them together. We use them in several different configurations, but also change them or move them whenever the need arises.”
Some customers compare that design to Lego(R) interlocking building blocks. The modular system is composed of 3 ft sections that can be easily connected to any desired length. Radius-turn and ascending/descending sections are also available, allowing for freedom of configuration to route the system over, under or around as desired. A wide assortment of accessories and control devices are available, ranging from in-line water baths to metal detectors.
“One of the things that we like best about the system is that you can reconfigure it so easily,” Huster says. “Because you buy it in any number of sections you want, you won’t outgrow the DynaCon system because it grows with you.”
Huster adds that his modular conveyors integrate very well with his other production systems. While some modular conveyors are used for simple applications such as feeding parts into the molding equipment or downstream equipment, he also uses them as orientation conveyors (capable of manipulating products and/or detecting jams and faults).
“We are a modular conveyor house now, Huster says. “As we grow, our conveyor system grows, but in an efficient, flexible and organic way. The conveyor bone yard is gone, a thing of the past.”