L.A.C Conveyors Blog

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News about conveyor systems and installations by LAC Conveyors
By LAC Blogger on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:40 AM
Bunches.co.uk, who deliver flowers across the UK, have taken on an additional conveyor from LAC to add to the four that it has already installed, as its business continues to increase with turnover in excess of £8 million per year. Bunches.co.uk, based in Nottinghamshire, remains a family owned business. Founded in 1989 Bunches started selling flowers under a 6 x 4 metre umbrella in a Mansfield shopping centre but now is a mail-order business delivering over 500,000 bouquets of flowers a year. Bunches has transformed in to one of the UK’s leading providers of fresh flowers delivered to the door, with 85% of their sales coming through the internet and Royal Mail delivering their bouquets across the nation. The umbrella has changed to a state of the art facility, allowing the original concept of beautiful, well chosen, well arranged fresh flowers, to be distributed widely, arriving in pristine...
By LAC Blogger on Saturday, March 08, 2014 11:52 AM
LAC Conveyors has taken a order provide a roller conveyor system with gull-wing chain transfers for the front-seat assembly line at Lear Seating in Coventry for the new Jaguar. The re-circulating line allows the assembly staff to work on two seats at a time. When fully assembled the product weighs 100kg. Once the product is assembled it is taken off-line to the testing area.  This cross conveyor transfer is achieved via a pneumatic lift chain conveyor, raised on rotating cams which lifts the assembled seats using a single, hefty SMC pneumatic cylinder of 125mm bore. This was felt to give much greater accuracy than a 4-cyclinder system, which would also involve complicated and unnecessary control issues to ensure the assembly remains level. If testing proves satisfactory, the seats go back onto the main line where they will be taken to the despatch area.  Those failing the test are put back on the line...
By LAC Blogger on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 1:19 PM
LAC Conveyors has taken a £60k order to set-up a conveyor system for a Dutch company to fill 25kg tubs with tarmac to be used for patching-up roads. Using a mixture of gravity conveyors, inclined conveyors and chain-driven modular conveyors, LAC has designed the system to move the empty, rectangular tubs with their plastic liner-bag, under the filling heads.  The line moves at 15 metres/minute. After the tubs have been filled, they pass over a 1.5 metre set of square rollers.  This causes a gentle shaking effect which allows the product to settle flat in the tub.  The liner bag is folded over and the tub moves to the lidding section, then on to the despatch area. With a number of right angles to negotiate, positioning/ alignment wheels have been added at the corners to ensure correct product alignment as the tubs move from one belt to another. This is a simple and cost-effective way to ensure the tubs behave themselves. The...
By LAC Blogger on Monday, February 24, 2014 11:31 AM
LAC Conveyors is installing a major conveyor system, including 28 Paternoster lifts, to one of the UK’s largest chicken processing companies, in an order approaching £3 million. The new poultry conveyor will allow the client to deal simultaneously with the 3 key parts of the chicken: namely breast, leg and wings which are all packaged separately.  The client has asked for the line to move 3 crates per minute to cope with its current output although the sophisticated conveyor system can easily operate at three times that speed.  The lifts are divided into 14 up-lifts, which take the boxes of packaged trays to the despatch point.  These have been fitted with metal detectors and a “Reject Chute” which removes the offending box for further inspection should the metal detector be triggered. The 14 down-lifts bring clean, empty boxes back into the facility. Currently there are...
By LAC Blogger on Monday, February 17, 2014 3:56 PM
A 575 metre, single belt conveyor, is taking hot bakery products from the oven, allowing them to cool, before moving to the packaging area.
By LAC Blogger on Friday, October 25, 2013 1:38 PM
Due to popular request, we have added our conveyor systems brochure archive to our website.
By LAC Blogger on Friday, December 07, 2012 11:05 AM

Inclined Conveyor for the Food Industry - Starting height 300mm rising to 650mm

Conveyor Project No: FI0579 This Incline Conveyor is design to transfer Diced Vegetables. The conveyors overall length is circa 2500mm and has an effective belt width of 508mm. The belt type is an Intralox Thermodrive 8026.  The unit starts at a height of 300mm rising to 650mm.  Drum motors operate at a speed of 93rpm. The motor running speed achieves 25 meters per minute. The conveyors frame work is finished as stainless steel 316.

 

For more information on this conveyor or any of our conveyor systems please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

By LAC Blogger on Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:37 PM
LAC Conveyors recently supplied an impressive 1.5m wide, 7m long tracker belt conveyor for handling bagged waste from an internal manual load area to an external skip – this meant that it was potentially exposed to the great British weather.  LAC managed to manufacture the conveyor from their standard, heavy duty, wide Tracker belt design despite some interesting space constraints caused by the failed conveyor it was replacing.  Using standard designs such as this helps to keep customers’ costs down.  Even our standard designs allow for some adaptation as we recognise how rarely two customers’ requirements are exactly the same.  In this case, we included the bespoke elements of a  grip face belt with a slight troughed edge to prevent debris ingress to the underside of the belt (and into the conveyor workings…not good). 

As with all conveyor projects, however small or large, LAC Conveyors’ engineers and designers carefully assessed the customer’s conveyor requirement.  Once this was completed, detailed...
By LAC Blogger on Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:46 PM
This standard heavy duty Pallet Conveyor is designed to transfer 1200 x 1000 two way entry pallets weighing 1500kgs across a shutter door between two buildings, with the added complexity of having to convey them the wrong way to aid final positioning at the robot de-palletising location. LAC Conveyor Systems manufactured this Drawer Bridge conveyor to enable pallets to transfer into an air lock area which is segregated with shutter doorways. The Drawer Bridge Conveyor is fitted to the end of a standard Triple Chain Conveyor which also acts as a lift and transfer and is operated by rotary cylinders. For more information about LAC Conveyor Systems range of Pallet Conveyors please do not hesitate to contact one of our sales team for more information.     

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By LAC Blogger on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:55 PM
We were fortunate enough to recently provide a remarkable eight conveyors to the automotive tyre industry.  Seven were our bestselling standard grip face PVC belt conveyors and the final one meant we had to use our “little grey cells” just a little bit more…         

Tyres needed to transfer between the seven standard grip face PVC belt conveyors and a new bespoke conveyor we had been commissioned to build.  The difficulty was that tyres needed to move across at 90 degrees to the direction of travel and any failure at the critical transfer moment would have a catastrophic effect on the success of the main handling system and the upstream production.  It was also clear that this solitary bespoke conveyor had to be incredibly robust as it needed...