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Start-up Distillery Uses Mass-Flow, Reflow, & Single Lane Accumulation

Multi-Conveyor designs a system navigating pasteurizers, labeling, and packing for a unique 'bourbon shine' beverage.

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Multi-Conveyor was recently requested to build a series of conveyors to transport and accumulate a ā€˜bourbon shineā€™ inspired beverage for a start-up distillery in the Smokey Mountain foothills.

A variety of conveyor technologies were implemented to smoothly transport beverage cans between different processing machines in the line.

Two lanes of cans initially discharge from a filler at a right-angle onto mass-flow accumulation conveyor. The cans then either divert and single file into a pasteurizer or bypass it altogether. The operator only has to move a simple gate to switch. After cans discharge a pasteurizer en masse, they enter a pressure combiner and single file to a fill level inspection machine.

A separate 300-can capacity re-flow accumulation table was also requested to stage product prior to the customerā€™s shrink labeler to allow for roll changes without the need to shut down upstream equipment. Post shrink tunnel, the cans travel over a micropitch transfer onto a labeler conveyor and 6-pack ringer.

Loose cans or six packs then end transfer onto a side flexing conveyor to feed the customerā€™s tray packer. The micropitch transfer is equipped with hold-down rails at the infeed and side transfer dead plate at the discharge to minimize tipping risk. The system was tied together using Allen Bradley PLC, VFDā€™s, and HMI.

Watch a video of Multi-Conveyor's equipment in action.

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