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Dec 11, 2014

Rotary Turntables: Customizing For Price and Performance

They go by many names and descriptions such as pack off turntables, accumulation disks, rotary conveyors, or even lazy Susans.  We usually refer to them as rotary turntables.  Whatever you choose to call them, the basic idea is the same.  They are an inexpensive way to hold products in a small area while keeping them in motion.

Rotary Turntable permits accumulation of product while always allowing new product to be within arms reach of next stage.

Rotary Turntable permits accumulation of product and also allows product to be within arms reach of next stage.

This can help if you need to manually sort products, mix or match chaotic product, or handle intermittent production surges.

One feature you should give careful attention to is the number of legs to include in your turntable.  Four legs provide a wider center of gravity and therefore greater true stability.

If your products are not particularly heavy you might be better off with a three-leg design.  The advantages of a three-leg rotary turntable design are:

  • Lower purchase price
  • Easier to level
  • Less to clean

Those three advantages are among the reasons we discuss details like that with our customers.  A more narrow center of gravity may not cause any problem depending on the width of the platter and the accumulated weight load.  You might also be able to anchor the feet to the plant floor as a means of compensating for the change in the center of gravity.

Another option to consider is a variable frequency drive (VFD).  If you know that your production rate will always be constant then a fixed number of revolutions per minute could be the way to go.  If there are known fluctuations in production levels, or even staffing levels, a VFD might pay for itself quickly.

3-Leg open frame design permits easy cleaning and lower cost vs. 4-leg design.

3-Leg open frame design permits easy cleaning and lower cost vs. 4-leg design.

Whatever design and options you choose, we are ready to customize your rotary turntable so that it has the features you require at a price that fits your budget.  Give us a call today.

May 16, 2013

Eliminating Problems While Increasing Safety with Walk-Overs & Steps

It is all too common for production facilities and shipping environments to be cluttered and dangerous to maneuver around.  Many modern machines and conveyors take up a lot of space and floor area is often limited.

How do you overcome this dilemma?

Stainless Steel Walk-Over with Handrails

Stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Unfortunately, some plants overcome this by having employees climb around or crawl under machines.

This is clearly a liability waiting to happen. Maneuvering like this increases the likelihood of repetitive stress and direct injury from getting an arm / leg stuck or falling.  A good solution to floor movement issues is a walkover.

A walkover is a platform that acts as a raised bridge that allows employees to move from one area in a plant to another in a direct fashion away from the dangers of running machines.

Certain plants also use walkovers as observation platforms where managers can oversee floor operations. Steps can also be installed to allow access to raised machines or controls without having to climb up on something else. They can be built with platforms to provide work space as well.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Safety and efficiency are the sole reasons for using walkovers, platforms, and steps, so a safe design is very important when making them.

We make them out of stainless steel to make sure that the structure can hold up. This might raise the question of how safe it is to be walking on a metal surface that might be slippery.

This problem is easily addressed by using some sort of textured surface that sits inside the steel walkover frame. There are several types of material that can be used for this. Textured composite grating and perforated steel can both make good choices. They provide traction even when the surfaces get wet, which is likely to happen with wash down procedures and materials being tracked in on boots.

If employees are scrambling and climbing around to get where they need to go in your plant, you shouldn’t wait to increase your safety.

Take the first step by talking to us about stainless steel walkovers, platforms, steps, and other applications.

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Mar 28, 2013

What Does It Cost To Have A Walk-Over or Stairwell Made?

The better question is: What is the cost of your time, or the price of employee efficiency?

The old rule still holds true: the quickest path to the goal post is in a straight line.

Stainless Steel Walk-Over with Handrails

Stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Many facilities have great lengths of conveyor transporting product through the production process.

In some cases, there was forethought in the creation of walk-over locations.

In other cases, there has been expansion of operations and now this is a need after the fact.

When this occurs, it’s not exactly easy to find something prefabricated to meet the requirement and desires.

Yes, many people can build a stairway, but wouldn’t you prefer to have someone with experience and expertise in the field provides what you really need.

There are several features which should be considered initially.

Although your idea is to simply get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, the design for a walk-over needs to be in accordance with rise and run requirements.

Stainless steel is the material of choice in an area of harsh environment.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Grit top fiberglass grating steps provide for traffic safety as well as durability and corrosion resistance.

In food productions areas, your walk-over or stairwell needs to be washdown compatible and of course easy to clean.

Regardless if your production requires wash-down capability or not, drip or drop shields should be employed to prevent any possible product contamination from crossover foot traffic.

If you have a need for a crossover stair and walk way, consider the professionals with a history of success, and a world of knowledge to fulfill your needs.

Keep in mind the time honored expression of: ‘You can pay now, or really pay later.’   It’s always best to do it right the first time.

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Mar 23, 2013

Creating a Functional Workspace Using Steps and Walk Overs

Optimizing the layout of your plant floor can be a difficult task.

This task becomes harder when you have a combination large machines and the necessity for walking spaces.

Stainless Steel Stair Walkover

A good fix for this issue is going vertical. If you can’t go around a machine, you could try going above it with walkovers and steps.

Plants need to utilize their space as best as possible and sometimes this means elevating conveyors and scales above normal working level.

If access is required, we make stainless steel steps and platforms that allow you to get up to the appropriate height without wasting time and invoking danger by bringing in a step ladder or something of the sort.

A walkover is simply a catwalk that allows you to go over some obstacle that you can’t just pass through.

If there is a conveyor that bisects an entire room, you can’t have employees just leaping over the conveyor, so these walkovers are the best solution.

Also made out of stainless steel, they provide a sturdy and safe walking surface.

It might seem dangerous to walk over stainless steel if you had wet boots because it would be a slippery surface, but we have accounted for this too.

For steps, we use textured, chemical-safe fiberglass grids that rest in the steps to add a proper gripping surface to avoid any accidents.

They can be lifted out for cleaning or bolted permanently into their position.

The textured grids allow things to fall through so they do no build up on walkways, but this causes another issue.

Some walkways go over conveyors and machines that would be negatively impacted by foreign product or water falling onto/into them.

We address this problem by installing drip pans and trays to catch foreign materials before they can interfere with another process.

They can then be directed to a safer location.

There is no reason to get flustered over a cluttered plant space.

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Mar 9, 2013

Time & Temperature Indicator Labeling to Monitor Shelf Life

There is a product on the market today that actually monitors the time and the temperature of your product from the moment it was packaged to the end of the shelf life.

What is a TTI label?

The TTI label is a sensitive ink used in printing a thermometer-shaped (or heart-shaped) symbol on the product label. The border of the thermometer/heart is the reference color.

In the packaging line, the indicator is activated by exposure to UV light-its color then changes to dark blue. From this moment on, the indicator monitors the cold chain for chilled or frozen product. As time passes and/or if the cold chain is broken, the inside color pales.

How is the label activated?

We can activate the label by using a prescribed dose of UV light. There are special applicators that activate and apply the label on your packages either manually or in motion. Depending on the temperature and the shelf life, different amounts of UV rays are charged to the label.

What are the benefits of using a TTI label?

With just a glance, the consumer knows the conditions of the product they are buying or are about to use. The TTI promotes consumer confidence in your product and your company, thus promoting sales. You now have assurance that the product that is in the consumer’s hand has been properly maintained and the shelf life has not expired,

This is a value-added tool to enhance your products.

By using the OnVu ™,TTI, you have the opportunity to reach out to your consumers, pointing out the benefits to your TTI label and setting yourself apart from the competition.

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