Many things go into the efficiency of a rotating-head system. There’s the cycle time of the machine itself. There’s the speed at which finished parts are handled and offloaded. Then, there’s how quickly raw materials are loaded onto the material handling tables and moved to the machine.
Many of Bardons & Oliver’s machines have offloading tables with v-rolls (see below).
But a new system being created for a major OCTG supplier to handle large tubes has a different type of roller. These belt conveyors contribute to the efficiency of our machine in a big way.
- Speed: 600 feet/minute for smallest parts – larger sizes will reduce the speed somewhat. (Ordinary v-rolls move at 120 feet/minute.)
- Less slippage allows for greater positioning accuracy and safety. It also allows for faster acceleration and deceleration rates, reducing overall material handling time.
- Tables are more cost-efficient to build. Each v-roll needs a motor to run it. The belt conveyor is equivalent to driving two rollers with a single motor. This means you only require half the motors, compared to a v-roll style table.
In the case of our current machine, we were able to match our conveyors to an existing system the customer had in-house.
Bardons & Oliver’s machines implement onloading and offloading systems engineered for our customer’s raw material loading and parts offloading requirements. We also design and implement material handling systems for other machines — including robotics, if our customers need them.
Contact us to learn more about how we can bring efficiency to your manufacturing process.