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Alba Manufacturing Newsletter - MODEX 2018
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Just Another Veggie Tale

Recently, through one of our partners, we helped an end-user increase their throughput by 300 percent. The end-user produces and packages frozen vegetables. A single cell in the system palletizes 2,500 lbs. of frozen vegetables every 10 minutes. Prior to installation of the pallet dispenser, the system fed a single palletizing cell. Once our pallet dispenser was installed, it now feeds four cells instead of one – a 300 percent increase in production capacity. Another way to look at it – the system went from palletizing 2,500 to 10,000 lbs. of frozen vegetables every 10 minutes!

Challenge

Challenges included creating a consistent flow of pallets to various palletizing stations. Additionally, it was important for the solution to handle both GMA and CHEP pallets, the two most common pallets found in the food manufacturing industry.

Solution

Manufacture an in-line pallet dispenser with a 5 ft. infeed conveyor to better handle the production demands during palletization. A fork truck placed a stack of empty pallets on the 5 ft. infeed conveyor which then fed the pallets into the dispenser. To increase throughput, the fork truck placed a second stack of pallets in queue, ready to feed the dispenser once the first stack is finished. The process repeats itself on a continous basis. The result, post-installation – a dependable, high-volume flow of pallets to four different palletizing cells.

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CDLR Specifications

Length:

5 ft. Overall Length

Rollers:

2-1/2" x 11 ga. with two (2) 40A21 Sprockets

Roller Centers:

6"

Effective Width:

52"

Motor:

1/2 HP Baldor Super E

Elevation:

18"

Paint:

Alba Blue and Safety Yellow Guards

Dispenser Specifications

Frame: Welded Structural Steel with Heavy Gauge Steel Enclosure Panels
Magazine: Steel Lined with Structured Support Channels on Three Sides
Fingers: Pneumatically Operated Pallet Holding Fingers
Lift: Electronically Driven Hydraulic Lift Table
Controls: Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC and Pre-Mounted Devices
Conveyor: Dual Strand Drag Chain Conveyor integrated within the Unit

Alba’s "building block" approach allows design configurations to accommodate virtually any orientation of GMA or CHEP pallets. Typically, the dispensers are provided with all devices factory mounted with an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC providing fixed cycle controls and operation. After equipment placement, a simple handshake between a power source and the controls is all that’s necessary to provide dependable operation. Alba Manufacturing provides a Two-Year Warranty on all our standard catalogue products.

For more information visit our Pallet Stackers/Dispensers Product Page. Watch our Pallet Stackers/Dispensers Video.

Pallet Handling Challenges? Rock-solid Pallet Handling Solutions – Alba Manufacturing! Call us to assist with your next project at 866.252.2634 or visit our website at www.albamfg.com.

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