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Multi-Conveyor: Conveyors to move full cases of beer

Multi-Conveyor LLC recently provided a series of conveyor systems for the reconfiguration of an existing full case transportation line at a major brewery in the Midwest.

Conveyors to move full cases of beer
Conveyors to move full cases of beer

The original system was a mild steel constructed belt driven live roller conveyor. Multi-Conveyor worked with the customer to add three diverters and several general transport conveyors to divert multiple lines of cased product to a variety of palletizing machines. The customer required the flexibility to choose between palletizers.

The diverting option provided flexibility and helped reduce downtime by keeping product moving during routine maintenance or if a breakdown occurred downstream.

Multi-Conveyor designed a multitude of conveyors consisting of declining, inclining and horizontal conveyors that dropped into a complex series of existing conveyors that complimented the diverters. The incline and decline conveyor were equipped with friction top belt to keep positive contact with the product during the 15-degree elevation change.

They were also designed with pneumatic take-ups to reduce belt jumping during the introduction of product onto the conveyors. Their recommendation for the addition of pneumatic belt take-ups eases the stress on the belt and will prolong the life of the belt sprockets.

The entire system is made of mild steel, open top construction and utilizes 2-¼ in. high aluminum (w/UHMW Cover) guide rails. These conveyors can run at speeds from 100 to 165 ft./min. @ 60 hertz based on a product load of (25) lb. per lineal ft. of conveyor (distributed load) with no accumulation.

Multi-Conveyor’s capabilities stretch back upstream as far as the wash-down loose bottle or can handling stage of production. The most common designs for breweries include but are not limited to accumulation, single filing and general transport.

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