Recently, Nercon has published three video guides on our YouTube channel and website to help you along at any stage of purchasing or maintaining a conveyor system. These three video guides were created to allow for a quicker and more interactive user experience.
The three videos are:
1) 5 Things Nercon Eng. & Mfg. Can Do For You
This short video explains the five major services that Nercon can provide to you and your company. Nercon takes pride in being the best conveyor manufacturer and even better customer service providers. Whether your project is big or small, we can handle all of your conveying needs. Download the PDF version here.
2) 7 Helpful Tips to Keeping Your Conveyor System Running Properly
In this video, we explain 7 simple tips to keeping your existing conveyor running properly. Our tips are meant to help extend the life of your current system and keep it running at top efficiencies. Many of our tips include having extra parts on site in case of an unexpected downtime. Watch the video for brief explanations of each tip, and download the PDF version for a more in-depth look at the guide.
3) 4 Details to Consider When Purchasing a Conveyor
This third video was created to bring to mind four considerations that one should make when in the purchasing stage. The video discusses four main areas: Operating/Manufacturing Environment, Product Variety, Sanitation Requirements, and Line Configuration. These four topics will allow you to think about the types of materials that will best suit your product handling needs. Please download the guide for a comprehensive look at all four details.
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Oshkosh, WI – Nercon Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. recently announced plans to consolidate manufacturing capabilities under one roof at their plant in Oconto, WI. A manufacturer of conveyor systems, Nercon currently operates 2 manufacturing facilities – one in Oshkosh and one in Oconto. The decision to combine the two operations into one expanded, upgraded, state-of-the-art facility in Oconto is driven by Lean Manufacturing practices. Lean Manufacturing embraces value-added principles that increase quality while identifying wasteful practices to reduce unnecessary costs.
“To continue the same manufacturing operations in plants that are just 80 miles from one another is not efficient for our company or our customers,” said Steve Anklam, Vice President of Nercon. “Lean Manufacturing is all about optimizing our processes and eliminating waste. This move and expansion in Oconto will help us eliminate waste, improve manufacturing and assembly processes, improve delivery, and pass savings and benefits on to our customers. This is just the beginning of many positive changes for Nercon.”
Nercon has already made significant investments to improve the Oconto facility. Over $5 million in equipment and upgrades including a new laser, powder paint system, deburring, CNC rolling, and CNC axis router machines have been added. Plans for a 30,000 square foot expansion are also in the works. Over the next year, the company plans to add 15 new jobs in Oconto. These improvements and additions will make Nercon one of the largest and most modern conveyor companies in the United States.
“Nercon has a very strong balance sheet with zero long term debt,” said Joe Roesler, Vice President of Finance. “We have been able to pay for all of our capital additions mentioned above with operating cash flow. We will also seek to leverage our strong balance sheet by looking for acquisitions that complement our conveyor business and our manufacturing capabilities.”
Phase II of Nercon’s expansion will involve moving their corporate office in Oshkosh to a more modern, state-of-the-art facility that will improve office efficiencies. In addition, the move will give the company better access to a larger pool of professional employees from the Fox Valley area. Though no site has yet been chosen, Anklam indicated that Nercon is looking in the Neenah/Appleton area for this relocation.
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Purchasing conveyor systems or product handling equipment is an important decision, and one that you want to have full confidence in. At Nercon, we want to make sure you are aware of all of your options, and that we really understand what your new system will be doing for you. The video above explains four main areas that should be considered when purchasing a new system or piece of equipment. These four areas are:
- Operating/Manufacturing Environment
- Product Variety
- Sanitation Requirements
- Line Configuration
The video above will go into detail for each of these topics and get you thinking about what type of product fits your needs the best.
Nercon Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. is excited to announce a new product addition to our conveyor and package handling equipment line. We are excited to announce that our vertical lift is now modular in design and can be easily adjusted for multiple product uses and heights.
The vertical gripper lift/lowerator has modular features in three major areas. First is the ability to change the elevation of the in-feed and/or discharge in 6” increments, second is the choice of “C” or “S” configuration of the system, “C” for reorienting product and “S” for elevating or lowering product. The choice of the hand wheel location on either the left or right hand side of the system is our third modular feature, which allows for more placement options.
The modular gripper, also known as a vertical lift, is suitable for many different industries and can elevate or lower: glass bottles, cans, plastic containers, and pouches, bundles of tissue, cartons and small cases. The continuous movement and gentle handling of the product minimizes damage and backups.
The video above demonstrates the ability to grip round and non-round containers.
For more information, please visit nerconconveyors.com.
Another of the main industries that Nercon Eng. and Mfg., Inc. focuses on is the Personal Care Industry, which includes health and beauty products. Products such as soap, lipstick, deodorant, lotion and hair products are examples of products that we have built systems for.
Some of these items can be challenging to convey because of tapered or unique bottle shapes. To solve this, we utilize pucks to convey the product, and for small items such as lipstick, Nercon has utilized cleated inclines and sweep accumulation tables.
Additional systems used in the Personal Care Industry include:
- Pressureless combiners
- Re-flow and bi-flow accumulation tables
- Vertical and serpentine accumulators
- Alpine conveyor systems
- Gripper elevators/lowerators
- Product reorientation
- Packing stations
- Merging and diverting conveyor systems
Ever wondered what Nercon’s systems can do for you, or are you interested in knowing more about how we can help with conveying solutions. Follow this link to learn more about what we can do for the Personal Care Industry. You can also visit our website to view pictures of systems for this industry.
One of our most recent projects was a Servo Sweep system engineered to separate ice cream sandwiches of multiple sizes in order to achieve maximum cooling in the freezer. Servo Sweeps are typically used in conveying cartons, trays and small boxes applications, but can be engineered to sweep any product that can withstand the motion without being damaged. For this system, the sweep was designed to handle the relatively delicate product at a faster rate, yet be smooth and quiet.
As the video above demonstrates, alternate bars are discharged down the line. The challenge was to consistently create the spacing between bars and create the alternate pattern—which was accomplished by creating a stop block. Another challenge was to create a rapid sweeping motion to meet the required product rate of 180 sandwiches per minutes without damaging the bars. The use of the metal flights attached to the timing belt and dual-position product stops and infeed guides allowed for greater product and speed control in order to minimize damage and jams.
Multiple photo eyes were mounted to track the product and keep the timing of the sweep in line with the product. Also, a safety key attached to a movable guard cage was put in place to signal if the cage is in the down position.
Matt Smith, Field Service Supervisor for this project, spoke about the customer’s previous pneumatic systems that didn’t accomplish what they were looking for, “they weren’t happy with the performance of the pneumatics and wanted to go to a servo motor based system, which would be smoother, more consistent and more accurate.”
With this new system in place, the customer’s product can be properly conveyed with an air gap and frozen.
For more frozen food conveyor solutions, please review our “Frozen Food Handling with Cold Room Applications” brochure.
Experience matters in frozen food handling conveyor lines. A high degree of cold room engineering knowledge is important to the success of new and existing conveyor lines and equipment because of the special criteria required for 32° F to -40° F manufacturing environment conditions.
In our frozen food handling brochure, read about bulk food handling systems, container handling conveyors and case and pallet handling systems expertise in cold room applications.
Nercon’s systems designed for this harsh environment are engineered for reduced maintenance, increased production line throughput as well as for equipment sanitation compliance.
Visit our web page for videos and white papers on our Frozen Food Industry experience. Find our brochure on “Frozen Food Handling with Cold Room Applications” below.
Want to find out about what other industries Nercon is familiar with? Visit our Industries webpage
for more videos and conveyor information.
The Pressureless Combiner uses multiple belts and carefully calculated chain speeds in order to single file products or containers. There is no back-pressure using this combining method which prevents scratching, denting, and breakage of the label and the container.
Another advantage of pressureless combining is that very little rail adjustment is needed with product changeover. In fact, the Pressureless Combiner can be used to handle a variety of products ranging from plastic industrial containers, as well as non-round or hard-to-handle containers. Guide rail systems are designed to customer specifications and conveying product requirements.
Nercon's conveyor specialists can utilize a full range of table-top and high performance plastic mat-style carrying chains best suited for the application.
Watch and learn more on our Pressurless Combiner webpage.
The Gripper Elevator has the advantage of securely elevating or lowering product using very little floor space (2'- 4" x 9' is required.)
Side grippers firmly but gently grasp the products traveling in line with continuous transport through the elevation change and a seamless discharge onto the take-away conveyor.
The products transported on Nercon's Gripper Elevator have ranged from:
- plastic containers
- bundles of tissue
"C" Gripper Reorients Products
"S" Gripper Elavates Products Using Minimum Floor Space.
Standard speeds of up to 150 feet per minute can be expected on Nercon's Gripper Elevators, with faster speeds available using optional turn discs.
The Gripper Elevator adjusts from 0" - 8" with the turn of a single hand wheel. Optional widths are also available.
An environment that does not have significant product or manufacturing related effects during production is considered a general application environment. In these applications, Nercon offers standard chain choices that provide cost effective purchases. In other applications, the chain selection may be much more involved depending on the product(s). Belting material and construction will define the performance advantages that are offered. The following are chain material types commonly used in packaging handling conveyors and what their properties are.
- Polypropylene: A standard, relatively strong chain material for general applications. It is chemically resistant to many acids, bases, salts and alcohols. It may become somewhat brittle when used in cold temperatures.
- Polyethylene: Offers high impact strength and flexibility with resistance to fatigue. It is also chemically resistant to many acids, bases and hydrocarbons.
- Acetal: Is stronger than polypropylene and polyethylene with a good balance of mechanical, thermal and chemical properties. Acetal thermoplastics also have a low coefficient of friction.
- Nylon: Can be used in place of standard Acetal for impact intensive applications. Nylon, however, does absorb water and is more susceptible to damage than Acetal.
Check out our download “Key Principles in Evaluating Chains for Packaging Applications
,” if you would like to learn more about how to evaluate packaging types of conveyor chain.