Lifting and tipping unit with input and output buffers

Conventional lifting

Objective of this project

Conventional lifting/tipping units are fed from one bulk bin at a time. The bins are replaced by forklift truck. If the forklift driver is busy elsewhere the line stops. The resulting downtime can seriously affect the throughput of the line. The numerous short forklift operations waste a lot of the forklift driver's time. If one driver has to attend to several lines there is also the risk of taking the wrong bulk bin to a line.

Development of the solution

Development of the solution

Project outcome

Reading a bar code is quick and prevents data entry errors. The risk of cross-contamination is reduced: the line will not process a bin with incorrect product. Change-overs can be quicker: if a new product type is detected the system ensures the line is clear before feeding the new batch.