Cleanroom Conveyor System Allows for Efficient Coating and Curing of Headlight Lenses

W&M Manufacturing, a part of the Carrera Manufacturing group, has strategically grown to provide their customers a single-source for molding, finishing and coating needs for plastic products from individual to finished components. Customer Challenge W&M is a premier leader in the automotive and lighting industries, specializing in both lenses and reflectors. To help strategically grow this side of the business, they sought Shuttleworth’s expertise to assist in a solution designed to provide gentle transportation of freshly molded headlight lenses throughout both a cleanroom 100 and cleanroom 1000 coating and curing process. The Solution Shuttleworth’s system begins in a Cleanroom 1000 …

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Welcome 2019 with a Wellness Check for your conveyor system

It’s a new year – and, as a manufacturer, that means its time to reassess your product handling equipment and its functionality to ensure all are operating at peak performance. Many equipment suppliers offer Wellness Checks as a preventative maintenance offering to examine all aspects of your automated system and make recommendations based on findings. Many work within the parameters to ensure little downtime to conduct the check.  The visit typically includes the following: Complete evaluation of the safety devices installed to ensure functionality and in good working condition Complete evaluation of all mechanical parts and assemblies to ensure functionality …

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Shuttleworth’s Smartfeed – Optimized Wrapper Infeed

Nowhere in the packaging process is the handling of the product more susceptible to damage than in the wrapper infeed cycle, resulting in high defect rates, lessened throughput and increased production costs. This is common particularly with shrink wrapping where mis-wraps can easily occur, jamming the line. When shrink coverage does not completely cover the product, it can go unnoticed until later when the product has spoiled due to exposure. Improper sealing is primarily caused by poor infeed and misregistration. To achieve a much more consistent level of registration and wrapping integrity, a system called ServoSmartFeed® is now being used …

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Increased Flexibility and Precision with Product Control Devices

Many conveyors used in filling and packaging lines enable the adaption of product control devices, such as product stops, pushers and clamps that can be used to modify the flow of conveyed products. Most conveyors bring these devices in from the side or even over the top, such as would be found on belt conveyors, plastic link conveyors or table-top chain conveyors. Side-mounted devices are limited in their flexibility to control product flow because of their side-only mounting locations, and top-mounted devices are considered even less desirable by manufacturers because of safety and product contamination concerns. Conveyors equipped with Slip-Torque …

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Smarter Conveyor Technology for Filling and Packaging

Automated product filling and packaging require conveyor systems that provide precision product placement. Although traditional flat-belt conveyors can deliver some degree of precision placement, they are a poor choice for managing product accumulation, such as is required for staging and spacing product into these automated systems. The result is product jam ups, product damage, misfires on wrapping, wasted packaging materials such as shrink wrapping film, and resultant line slowdowns and cessations. Fortunately, the solution for effectively managing product staging and spacing, and eliminating these production line difficulties comes in the form of smarter roller technology. One system in particular which …

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