Our Customer required a safety solution which would allow Operators & Maintenance engineers to access behind and underneath cooking vessels whilst the main bowl was in the tipped position. It needed to be fail safe but quick to implement, especially for the operators as they would need access to the floor area to clean on a regular basis.
We looked at the application and made a recommendation for a slider bar to be fitted that would simply locate and slide along two outer guides frames fitted on the sides of the cooker but located to the rear out of the way when not in use and pushed forward directly behind the bowl whilst in the tipped position. Safety sensors linked to the tipping operation would ensure the bowl wasn’t operational unless the bar was either in the rear position or forward at the tip position. The design of the bar was calculated to meet the bowl weight if the hydraulics were to fail.
Our Customer required a solution to handling their washed vegetables from the low care vibratory bath located in low care area dropping into the high care dicing machines in the attached high care room. Previously they had a mobile tank filled with chemical water to which the veg dropped into and operators used a bucket to scoop veg out of the tank climbing up onto a platform to tip the contents into the top of the dicing machines.
We offered the customer a simple solution using an inclined flighted belt conveyor, this would firstly make the process much safer for the operator by removing the handling of Vegetables up and down steps but would also increase the efficiency of the process giving them a faster more controlled throughout.
Our customer had an H&S issue regarding the lifting and handling of packaging rolls which needed to be lifted onto vacuum filling machines on a regular basis.
They presently hand lifted the 30kg rolls using two operators, there was a standard lifter on the market but it wouldn’t work on these machines as the access to the roll support wasn’t as per the manufacturer’s requirements of distance required to engage the machine with the lifter, the gap between the wall and the machine wasn’t sufficient.
We designed a lifter which would load the rolls using a side loading counterweight system helping with the 30kg load manually being lifted. The design also met the high care hygienic and wash down requirements.