New System Creates a Safer
New Glarus Brewery
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Babush Material Handling Systems, Inc.
Find a way to cut down on the amount of materials you
handle manually, and you've got a good thing going. You lessen
the chances of hurting your back and hands, which are two of the
more common types of on-the-job injuries. In addition, your
capacity for work will increase and so will production.
Keeping with Commitment
New Glarus Brewery is a quaint little brewery nestled on the
outskirts of New Glarus, Wisconsin. The brewery is run by an
enthusiastic couple who have successfully combined business
management and brewing professionalism. Since 1993, this brewing
company has risen to the top of its industry by supplying
award-winning products to customers. To remain on top in a
highly competitive market, product must be running at top speed;
yet provide a strong, safe work environment for employees. In
order to reduce the ergonomic handling issues of fatigue and
potential injuries due to finished product weight, Babush
Material Handling Systems, Inc. offered an alternative to their
manual palletizing system. The brewery viewed this as a
continuous effort to review employee environmental issues, which
can affect employee retention.
How the system works:
The previous system was a manual palletizing system that
required employees to hand palletize a load of 49 cases stacked
in 7 layers – or just over 6ft. high. On average, the brewery
handles approximately 2200 cases of beer per day and each case
weighs approximately 32 lbs. With the new system, the full cases
of beer flow from a case packing machine to an incline conveyor.
This incline conveyor pushes the product to a case sealer where
an operator inspects every case before it is sealed. The
palletizer does all the work lifting cases and stacking pallets.
The operator simply positions them so the cases proceed to a
palletizer where they are formed into layers and placed on a
wooden pallet for shipping. The palletizer discharges a full
pallet load to a drag chain conveyor that is used to accumulate
product. At this point, a fork lift operator delivers each
pallet to the warehouse.
Babush can offer a simple, low cost palletizing solution to
production lines that require economical solutions. This simple
solution features a palletizer that offers smaller plant
operators such as New Glarus Brewery a low cost option for
upgrading their hand palletizing operation - with a production
machine that eliminates the need for workers to lift heavy,
packed cases and relieves the risk of injury, workers
compensation claims, and increased insurance premiums. The
palletizer is priced low enough for most one-shift operations
yet can be upgraded using the latest technology to meet
increasing production demands. This system provided New Glarus
Brewery with the ability to move materials efficiently and
safely – allowing them to continue meeting daily demands in
less time and less fatigue on their employees
“The addition of the new system makes for a better work
environment which helps to maintain the high quality standards
for the finished product and employee moral”. Brewmaster
and Co-owner, Daniel Carey
- Facility Size: 30,000 sq. ft.
- Employees: 29 full time employees
- Product Handled: Cases of beer
- Types of Conveyors: Case Packing Machine, Incline
Conveyor, Palletizer, Drag Chain Conveyor
Will Your Conveyor be Shock Loaded?
Shock loading is discouraged, but acceptable - provided
the conveyor is designed for it
Shock Loading is any situation where product is dropped onto
the conveyor. Although dropping product onto the conveyor is
discouraged, there are circumstances in material handling when
this cannot be avoided. Therefore, it is necessary for those who
will be using conveyors in this application to be aware of the
limitations and options available.
When qualifying your next application it is important that
your distributor ask; “How will your product be loaded or
unloaded in every phase of your project.” In applications
where product will be loaded or unloaded by fork trucks and
overhead cranes, it is necessary that you understand how the
conveyor will be protected. Manufacturer’s standard equipment
such as Chain Guards, Guards Rails, or Framing are not designed
to be used as squaring devices. Look at each of these
applications separately and possibly upgrade to 2-5/8" dia.
or even 3-1/2" diameter rollers.
Other applications that often get overlooked are the
seemingly simple ones that use Slider Beds and 1-3/8" dia.
and 1.9" dia. type conveyors. There is a difference between
placing a product and dropping a product on a conveyor. You must
determine the difference and design accordingly. We recommend
reinforcement plates in slider bed, extra supports, replacing
rollers with plates, upgrading to a different roller gauge, or
closer roller centers. In some cases, a different model may be
needed altogether. You should never use 1-3/8" dia. rollers
in any impact area.
We could talk forever about shock loading and the variables
it creates, but the main thing we want to stress is when
specifying conveyor, make sure your distributor knows if there
will be shock loading. If so, then precautions must be taken to
insure the conveyor line is protected.
For more information, contact Babush Material Handling
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provides state of the art material handling services through
rapid development 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
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