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Alba Manufacturing Newsletter
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When You Manufacture the Very Best, You Use the Very Best

Soon enough the holiday festivities will be upon us. Families gather, meals are shared, friends are remembered and gifts are exchanged. A common tradition in the U.S. is sending greeting cards. Did you know that 10 million cards are sent at Thanksgiving, 20 million at Halloween and 1.5 billion at Christmas?1

So how does that relate to Alba? We helped one of America’s major greeting card and gift wrapping paper manufacturers improve their operations by working with one of the elite system integrators in the nation.

The Problem

The old conveyor was out dated and needed to be replaced. Yet Alba needed to provide a cost effective solution to accumulate pallets on long runs of conveyor.

Our Solution

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MZPA (Motorized Zero Pressure Accumulation) conveyor. On this particular project, we provided new conveyor to replace old conveyor while keeping the end user’s existing leg support structure.

Project Specifics

Utilized Existing Support Structure: Since we were not providing supports for this project and the customer was re-installing our conveyor on the existing support structure, Alba designed the welded conveyor crossties to be recessed up above the bottom of the conveyor frame so that no interferences would exist with the support structure and our conveyor frame. Doing this, gave a 5-1/4" low profile top of roller height.

Standard CHEP pallets: We were handling 48” wide x 40” long CHEP pallets weighing 1,900-lbs. max at fixed conveyor speeds of 30 FPM.

MZPA: 293’-0” length of conveyor was provided consisting of (60) zones of various lengths ranging from 4’-6” long to 7’-6” long zones. Each zone was individually motor driven with a 1/2HP Baldor fixed speed motor and Tigear II gear reducer, 460V/3/60Hz, high side mounted drive.

Value-Added Features: Conveyor was provided with pre-mounted and wired 24VDC Banner retro-reflective photo-eyes with QD (quick disconnect) cables.

Since this system had (20) pick-up stations which provided fork trucks the ability to pick off loads at (20) different locations from the side of the conveyor, Alba also provided (20) ultrasonic photo-eyes for fork truck detection. Alba utilized these sensors within the logic to make a way to accumulate loads while fork trucks were unloading the conveyor from various locations.


Plug-and-Play quick installation time for all motors, photo-eyes, sensors connected to the MZPA control boxes.
Significantly less electrical installation time and cost. Make power drop(s) and connect all QD cables and the system is ready to run.
Non-contact accumulation of pallets with virtually limitless number of zones.
Conveyor mounted on-board control panels.
Flexible pre-installed programming that can be modified in the field after shipment, if needed.
Uses Rockwell Automation’s Connected Components Workbench free software. No need for specialized or expensive programming software.
Uses true PLC logic and circuitry using a A.B. Micro 830 PLC instead of pre-printed non-programmable circuit board logic.

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The next time you have an application requiring long runs and your customer needs affordability, call Alba for the best – our MZPA (Motorized Zero Pressure Accumulation) conveyor. Call us to locate your nearest Alba Partner Network Member to assist with your next project at 866.252.2634 or visit our website at www.albamfg.com.

Source: Statistic Brain - Hallmark Card Statistics [1]

Better Quality, Affordable and Faster Delivery. Call Alba!

Why? We can provide a variety of Standard Pre-Engineered CDLR Products – normal 5 ft. or 10 ft. sections – Ship in SEVEN DAYS from Time of Order whether it is just one piece or several pieces! Click for more information about our Value Conveyor Program!

For CDLR Remember to CALL ALBA at 866.252.2634.

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