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Our conveyors boost productivity by Erica Bacon

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Our goal as a material handling equipment manufacturer is to help our clients make their processes more efficient. How do you measure that? Well, the proof is in the numbers. An engineering company that designs and manufactures steel automotive parts, came to us for conveyor help. We built them some customized powered extendable conveyor and roller conveyors, which were installed in October.

Since installation, our client's Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), which calculates how a machine is expected to run versus how it actually does run, for their machinery has improved by 25 percent, reporting over 95 percent OEE in November.

Our customers were thrilled with the improvements, saying their operators don't spend nearly as much time fighting with the machinery.

Running two jobs used to take 3 hours, Process Engineer Seth Monroe said, now it only takes 1.5 hours. That's a 50 percent improvement.

Maintenance has also become easier. Replacing the belts on the extendable conveyors used to take two to three hours. Now it takes 30 minutes.

"It takes longer to get the belts out of the crib than it does to replace them," Monroe said.

That's the kind of news we like to hear.

The best solution for incorporating conveyor transfers by Erica Bacon

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On a single conveyor there can be multiple kinds of product, and they may all need different end destinations. This dynamic conveyor movement can be achieved by incorporating transfers into the conveyor system. They operate to reroute product 90 degrees.

Tuff Automation's custom-designed belt transfers are easy to integrate, mounting into any live roller conveyor—line shaft, belt, or chain driven.  They can cut lead times on conveyor transfers by as much as half.

Efficient, space-saving product redirection

Transfers are ideal for reducing conveyor floor space because they allow for this change of route without requiring large arcing curves. A mounted transfer simply pops up when actuated and pushes product over onto an adjoining conveyor.

Custom design with the highest quality materials

Tuff transfers are custom built to fit your application. They can be inserted into standard line shaft conveyor (1.9) with rollers on three-inch centers without modification, meaning you don’t have to buy special conveyor sections to accommodate them.

Our belt transfers are ideal for product that needs to be handled more gently—the belts don’t mar product. Our transfers are typically pneumatically actuated, utilize DC or AC conveyor motors, and can incorporate as many strands as necessary. Tuff transfers offer torsion bar design for smooth, level operation, and they are easy to maintain with simple belt changeout.

Key Features

  • Shorter lead times
  • Installs into standard conveyor without modification
  • DC puck drive option available
  • Torsion bar stability control
  • Non-marring belts
  • Easy maintenance
  • Match any color paint

Custom designs, custom solutions

If you have further questions about how Tuff Automation can customize a transfer for you, contact us by phone at (616) 735-3939 or by email at sales@tuffautomation.com