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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Automation


-Challenge

A pharmaceutical third party logistics company was processing only 2,200 cases of drugs per day and was having difficulty tracking these incoming cases. As the company grew, they needed a more time and space efficient method of processing the cases of drugs received daily. This required a new automated system to help avoid the necessity for a new facility or dramatic remodeling, while increasing daily capacity.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Accumulation Transfers



-Problem

In this CD and DVD duplication facility, spindles of product manufactured in a clean room are carried out to a packaging area. The application required:

  • Smooth and controlled accumulation
  • Reliable 90° transfer
  • A clean-room conveyor with minimal
    particle generation
  • Tight packaging to fit close to a wall and
    not obstruct space
  • Unattended operation at the outlet end

 

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Packaging


-Problem

While DPT laboratories specializes in developing and manufacturing CLOGSScreams, lotions, ointments, gels, oral and topical solutions and suspensions - their processing methods concentrate on unclogged production efficiency; so much so that, in 2000, the company produced more than 100,000,000 product units. Appearance counts, too. It applies equally well in satisfying packaging requirements, as well as in meeting industry regulated and self-imposed sanitation requirements. At DPT’s modern 125,000 sq. ft. production and packaging center in San Antonio, Texas, the requirements for streamlined efficiency and uncompromising cleanliness presented special challenges to address product quality and appearance. 

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Ergonomic Transfers


-Problem

As the number of cellular phones has skyrocketed in recent years, the need to repair these units has increased as well. Samsung Telecommunications America, LLP of Dallas, Texas has provided more CDMA handsets than any other manufacturer in the U.S. That’s why their 50,000 square-foot Customer Care Center for repairing and refurbishing those phones has to operate at peak efficiency. Samsung needed a conveyor system there to move product smoothly and consistently from one workstation to the next. They had a long list of requirements: low profiles, narrow transfers, ergonomic flexibility, minimal maintenance, and value. And because these are sensitive electronic devices, belts with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection were a must.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Custom Application


-Problem

A major American cereal manufacturer needed an application to replace an existing conveyor system with a more sanitary and time efficient cleaning system. The system previously in place used buckets and chains to transfer the cereal through the plant. This system was extremely time consuming to clean on a daily basis. However, the biggest challenge of this application was the fact that the conveyor needed to be over 20 feet tall and rise at a 45-degree angle. The cereal manufacturer needed Dorner to find another way of moving their product that was sanitation focused, but able to fit in the tight floor space available.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Counting Packaging


-Problem

A CD and DVD manufacturer needed to improve the inefficiencies created by excessive manual handling on a packaging line. Downtime and low productivity were unacceptable. The application required the counting and separation of CD sleeves into groups of 25 pieces. Operators were doing this manually and needed to be freed up to manage the entire packaging line.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Confectionery Packaging


-Problem

Combine an almost insatiable demand for America’s favorite gourmet jelly beans with a selection of over 39 flavors, and it becomes clear that the Herman Goelitz Co., makers of Jelly Belly, have to use every square inch of production space wisely. And with fourteen different packing lines running around the clock, space-saving equipment is critical to the plant’s operating efficiency.

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01 Feb 11

Integrator - Packaging Food


- Problem

Sometimes you can do the job in-house, but other times, it’s smarter to work with others. That’s what Kliklok-Woodman Packaging Solutions discovered. For more than 50 years, Kliklok-Woodman, of Decatur, Georgia has built forming, filling, cartoning and packaging equipment for the bakery and frozen food industry. Sometimes they design and manufacture tabletop chain conveyors for use with their equipment. Bur their new Model ECT625 glue-forming machine requires a belt-style outfeed conveyor. The machine takes flat paperboard and folds, forms and glues it to make cartons of varying sizes. After forming, the cartons drop onto a conveyor to the customer’s filling line to be loaded with product. Kliklok-Woodman considered devoting its internal design and manufacturing resources to this project, then tried to find a a compatible, dependable product at a better price.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Packaging Solution


-Problem

Boosting production by 25 percent while enhancing worker comfort and plant flexibility represented a formidable challenge for the nation’s largest faucet manufacturer. At the Specialty Division of Moen Inc.’s 250,000 sq. ft. plant in Wheeling, IL. Productivity, flexibility and ergonomics have been effectively addressed with a simple conveyor innovation.

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01 Feb 11

Dorner Application Story - Harsh Industrial Environments


-Problem

Indiana Automotive Fasteners Co., (IAF) occupies a four-year old facility, specifically designed to accommodate automated production techniques. Of course, dependable material conveying is key to efficient, hands-free automation. Unfortunately, IAF soon discovered that conveyors originally specified for the plant could not stand up to the rigors encountered in the plant’s manufacturing process. For instance, a plastic vibrating hopper proved to be incompatible with a variety of caustic chemical baths required in the metal finishing process. The wet, chemical environment also proved the unsuitability of a more conventional conveyor with a bearing pulley that replaced the plastic hopper.

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