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ECS completes Kemira pallet buffer project

A heavy-duty conveyor system suitable for handling pallets of various dimensions and weights up to 1000kg has been completed by European Conveyor Systems Ltd at the Bradford, West Yorkshire, premises of Kemira Chemicals.

The factory manufactures chemicals for water treatment and operates 24 hours a day, 360 days a year. The conveyor system was designed to carry full pallets loaded with sacks of chemicals from a hooding machine to an external area for collection by fork lift truck and delivery to storage. Buffer capacity was required in order to provide flexibility in lift truck availability, and the system also had to ensure the loads did not touch in order to avoid damage.

The system designed and installed by ECS uses the highly effective Gebhardt series 525 zero-pressure accumulation conveyor system, which provides precise control of the pallets and ensures there is no contact between them. Six accumulation lanes have capacity for 36 pallets – nearly two hours of average output from the hooding machine.

The discharge ends of the accumulation lanes are exposed to the weather, so they have been built to a weatherproof specification, including the lift truck sensors at the end of each lane.

As part of the contract ECS arranged a pre-delivery works test to demonstrate the system to Kemira personnel and to reduce installation time on site.

January 2008

For sales inquiries contact European Conveyor Systems Ltd on 0115 987 4363

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