For those of you who could not attend, it’s time for a PackExpo Las Vegas 2017 recap! Our team traveled 1,922 miles from Muskegon, Michigan to Las Vegas, Nevada to let attendees see conveyors that will allow them to increase their processing and packaging productivity. Some people say “What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas!” But not us. If you weren’t able to see us in our booth at PackExpo Las Vegas, then we’d like to let you know what happened in Las Vegas.
October 6, 2017
What does Manufacturing Day and conveyor systems have in common?
Manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy and conveyor systems are vital to manufacturing. No matter the product being manufactured, conveyors are used to move the product from operation to operation, down the assembly line and/or from the warehouse to the shipping dock.
September 6, 2017
Conveyor efficiency can make or break your business. Time is money, and if your conveyors are frequently down, you are cutting into your bottom line. In order to make sure your conveyor systems are up to speed, take a look at these three killers of conveyor efficiency. Use this information to improve your manufacturing process or to make new conveyor system decisions.
August 2, 2017
External gear motors and internal drum motors are the two basic options food processing companies have for driving their belt conveyors. Choosing the motor type is a necessary part of selecting a food grade conveyor system. Traditionally, food processing conveyors have included external gear motors as the belt-drive mechanism, but internal drum motors are an alternative that food processors should take a look at.
June 29, 2017
Selecting and installing clean room conveyors can dramatically improve your productivity. Therefore, understanding your needs and recognizing the attributes of the conveyor systems you are considering is imperative.
When analyzing clean room conveyors, you should consider initial cost, total cost of ownership, maintenance needs, noise levels, energy consumption, flexibility and clean room classification.
May 26, 2017
Looking for a way to convey sticky food products to a higher elevation? Conveying sticky food products vertically can be extremely challenging for food processors and packagers. Sticky food product can adhere to the conveyor belt and be difficult to release at the appropriate time; therefore, resulting in product loss. Successfully conveying sticky food product requires selecting and using a conveyor system that is capable of conveying these problematic foods.
An extensive variety of food products can exhibit sticky characteristics. Food products made of sugar or starches are inherently sticky and have a tendency to hold fast to the conveyor belt.
April 27, 2017
Parts Conveyors Are a Key Element to Your Plastic Processing Operation
There is much to be said about parts conveyors with respect to moving, sorting and distributing plastic molded parts. Designed to increase productivity, a parts conveyor system is one of the key elements to your plastic processing operation. Although there are many types and styles, consider the following when evaluating your needs to convey your plastic parts out of and away from your machines:
The Difference Between Using an Angle Conveyor and a Z Conveyor
Conveyors can have the ability to operate in a horizontal, incline, angle or Z style configuration. When you need to get product to a higher elevation you can choose between an angle conveyor (think of a hockey stick configuration) or a Z style conveyor (some people refer to it as a swan neck configuration). Before making your choice, take the time to compare the benefits of using the most common, an angle conveyor, and a non-standard Z Style conveyor.
February 24, 2017
All Food Grade Conveyors Aren’t the Same and Neither is the Belting
Food grade conveyor belting is a very important part of the sanitary conveyor system; without them, quite simply, your product can’t be conveyed. There are several food grade belt suppliers and styles, but keep in mind that not all belts are equal. The following checklist will help you ask good questions when selecting the right belt for your next food grade conveyor system.
February 1, 2017
Doing the research for a new belt conveyor system can be a daunting task: Should you stick with a traditional fixed system or is it time to upgrade to a modular conveyor system? The following checklist can help you determine what type of belt conveyor system is most suitable for your parts conveying applications: