Quick Tip of the Month
There are numerous styles and manufacturers of liver roller
conveyor. Most include punched side frames to accept hexagonal
shafts on the rollers. Over time these punched holes can
become worn to the point that they no longer properly restrain
the roller shafts. Interroll has developed a replacement
roller that alleviates this problem. This roller includes
brass sheathed tapered hex shafts. The shafts are spring
loaded on both ends. This allows the tapered hex shape
to seat fully into the punched hex hole in the side frame.
A tighter fit means less “wobble” of the shaft
in the hole and consequently less wear, greatly extending
the life of your side frames.
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for material handling case studies in a variety of industries.
This month we are highlighting the following case
Mastercraft Increases their
Rate by 25% by Utilizing Babush
Mastercraft Industries - Rice Lake, WI
Babush Material Handling Systems, Inc.
Mastercraft Industries is one of the top 10 custom
cabinet manufacturers in the country. It is the home of Holiday
Kitchens and Mastercraft Shutters - a manufacturer of kitchen
cabinets, interior shutters and cabinet refacing. With 130,000
square feet of manufacturing space and 275 employees, Mastercraft
looked to Babush Material Handling Systems, Inc. for a newly designed
state-of-the-art Flat Line Finishing System.
The main objective for the Flat Line Project was to eliminate
a handling process. Mastercraft wanted to maximize the quantity
of doors they could load onto the conveyors to increase their
production rates and make the system flow, without interruptions
from machine to machine. To accomplish this, new belt conveyors
were required to transport the product between and through
the pieces of production equipment. It was also necessary to
incorporate belt conveyors between the various pieces of production
equipment to transport products from operation to operation.
How the System Works:
Mastercraft had some existing belt conveyors that were integrated
into the new system. There were breaks in the existing system
which caused the additional handling of product. Babush utilized
a series of Hytrol Slider Bed Belt Conveyors and Belted Curve
Conveyors the Flat Line Project. The belt conveyors are 48" wide
and equipped with a white PVC belting to eliminate the possibility
of marring the doors. Mastercraft also purchased a new finish
spray machine to handle the increased production rates and
received additional benefits with this new machine due to a
faster cleaning process.
This system was designed to allow the operator to load all
the various size cabinet doors (largest are 96" long X
24" wide X 15 lbs and smallest is 12" X 6" x
1 lb) on to one main conveyor line. The doors are sprayed with
a clear finish, and then proceed through a series of three
drying ovens (approx.100°F). Babush Material Handling Systems, Inc.
designed and installed a special slave driven transfer roller
between each belt conveyor to insure the smooth transfer of
the various door sizes as the products travel through the conveyor
system. After the doors exit the last drying oven, they are
turned with a curved belt conveyor and continue on a straight
belt conveyor to the finish sanding machine. Finally, the doors
are removed from the conveyor line, placed into racked carts
and transported to the final assembly area.
Through the implementation of this system engineered by Babush Material Handling Systems, Inc., Mastercraft was able to reduce their
labor requirements by one person position per shift and increase
their production rate by 25%.
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of new technologies and partnering programs. With over 75 years
in material handling integration, Babush is positioned to provide
you with the most cost effective solutions, on time deliveries,
and high quality customer care for all of your material handling
integration needs. Some of our services include: Audits & Consulting,
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