Faced with the need to expand production capacity and subsequent storage capacity into a new building, a local beverage manufacturer was forced to analyze the most cost effective solution for handling product between two facilities. The growth alternatives would not allow for onsite expansion due to land constraints. The resulting expansion was across a road. We analyzed the costs associated with AGV's, shuttling with trucks, relocation of palletizing equipment and the use of pallet conveyor to shuttle finished pallets.
The final analysis resulted in the implementation of a side by side conveyor system capable of handling 4 pallets per minute per side being installed into a bridge built between the facilities. The forklift loaded system was designed to handle 2,500 pound pallets of finished product in a 24/7 operation. The side by side system allowed for redundancy to support the current operation and excess capacity for future growth.
Meyer was contracted to complete the project and partnered with Omni Metalcraft for the design engineering and the system's component manufacturing. The system includes four large continuous vertical conveyors, two units lift up and two unit lower down, which are in the system to account for the elevation changes from site to site as well as the clearance across the road. Thousands of feet of chain driven live roller conveyor were installed to complete the length between sites, zero pressure accumulation conveyor to control critical zoned areas, pop up chain transfers for cross line access, and a very simple set of electrical controls were included for system overview, access, troubleshooting, and operations.