Custom Conveyor System Solves Parts Separation Requirement

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Modular conveyors delivers solution for separating plastic molded medical parts in manufacturing process

Custom conveyor solution

We were able to shave one second off of the press cycle time, and this has so far resulted in a $90,000 savings attributable to increased output.

The advantages of modularity in conveyor design recently proved beneficial in the development of a custom conveyor system for an Illinois-based global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company.

The company manufactures various plastic parts that are used in many of the medical products it produces. In the manufacturing process of one particular small plastic part, the company was faced with a conveyance challenge. Thirty to forty hot plastic parts connected to long, stick-like runners exit each injection molding machine at a time. Prior to packaging, the small plastic parts need to be separated from the runners and conveyed downstream.

Historically, employees were responsible for separating the parts from the runners, which required a considerable amount of time. Additionally, the conveyor system contributed to poor yield and quality issues such as part distortion resulting from pieces getting caught under the side rails of the conveyor and contamination from belt particulate. Recognizing these inefficiencies, the company sought a new custom conveyor solution for the application that could both automate the separation process and solve their conveyor problems.

Pleased with previously purchased DynaCon modular conveyors from Dynamic Conveyor Corporation, the company contacted Dynamic Conveyor again, presented their application specifications, and requested a custom conveyor solution.

Dynamic Conveyor has developed innovative conveyor solutions for over twenty years. Their unique conveyors provide a lightweight, low-maintenance alternative to traditional conveyor systems. Because DynaCon conveyors are modular, they are easily installed and modified, making them readily adaptable to changing processes and requirements.

“We liked the idea of modular conveyors that allow us to add or remove sections of the conveyor. We also liked the composition of the system and how easy it is to clean,” said the medical company’s Engineering Manager.

Dynamic Conveyor developed a novel solution for the application utilizing two DynaCon modular conveyors equipped with modular plastic belting. The medical manufacturing company tested the two-conveyor system prototype for effectiveness. After initial testing, adjustments were made to one conveyor to shorten its height—an easy task due to the modularity of the DynaCon solution.

Since the final installation of four complete two-conveyor systems, the company has been very satisfied with the effectiveness of the DynaCon solution.

The Engineering Manager reports that since installing the Dynamic Conveyor custom conveyor solution they’ve significantly reduced their labor requirements. Employees no longer need to manually separate the parts from the runners. Furthermore, maintenance time has been reduced by 15%-20% just on belt changes as none have been required.

The greatest gain for the company, though, has been a significant increase in output due to the new conveyor system. “We were able to shave one second off of the press cycle time, and this has so far resulted in a $90,000 savings attributable to increased output,” said the Engineering Manager.

Dynamic Conveyor’s light to medium duty custom DynaCon conveyor system offer true versatility. To see Dynamic Conveyor’s product offerings, including animations of conveyor system assembly, visit http://www.dynamicconveyor.com or call (800) 640-6850.

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