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.
Please visit our website for more videos and information.
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.
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.
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.
Nercon has designed and engineered conveyor systems for food and consumer goods manufacturers in temperatures ranging from 210 degrees to 40 below zero F. In this blog post, here are some examples of high temperature product handling conveyors:
Steam Shrink Tunnel Conveyors: Nercon supplies the linear vacuum chain conveyor that utilizes feed screws to space apart containers for steam shrink tunnels, manufactured by PDC. PDC is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) that makes shrink labeling equipment. The conveyors utilize special wear strip construction and wear strip mounting to allow for thermal expansion in the 210 degree steam tunnels.
Hot Sauce Filling Conveyors: Nercon has also engineered heat tunnel conveyors for hot sauce filling lines. In the video, the tunnels each had independent thermal controls varying from 120 degrees to 160 degrees F, and were used to pre-heat the glass before filling the jars with 200 degree F sauce. This equipment and heating process reduced breakage and waste typically caused from thermal shock. In the tunnels, conveyors were supplied with stainless steel chain and brass wear strips to withstand the hot temperatures.
Oven Infeed Conveyors: Nercon has also engineered oven infeed conveyors and baking pan handling lines, including the 12 ft. wide wire mesh conveyor shown in the video. A row of eight pans are fed into the 450 degree F oven utilizing an automatic sweep.
Visit our industries web page, to discover Nercon’s expertise in various industries from baking, to frozen food, to light industrial:
Nercon Eng. and Mfg., Inc can be found on different venues other than our main website www.nercon.com. Whether you want to view our videos, engage with us via social media, or connect with us professionally, you can do so with our YouTube channel, Twitter, and LinkedIn account.
Our YouTube channel plays host to 129 videos that showcase a multitude of our equipment and conveyors, as well as displays how Nercon has become a successful business with the use of our Core Value videos. Our Core Values are our business's behaviors and skills that we value in fellow employees and that we practice while conducting business. With the use of our YouTube channel, we can directly show you what our products do, how they work, and what they look like. Our videos also show the employee side of operations with the use of our:
Our second most successful social media tool is our LinkedIn page. Our LinkedIn page allows us to post our newest blogs in real time, as well as show case some of our products and equipment. Our LinkedIn page is also a great place to read articles pertaining to our company and connect with us professionally. Find out more on our page.
Nercon also makes use of Twitter by posting blogs via this channel in real time as well. Twitter is great for quick updates and powerful interactions. Follow us on Twitter for our blogs to come right to you! www.twitter.com/nerconconveyor.
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Nercon took home a 2nd straight win in the Industry Division at this year’s Dragonboat Race and Festival on Saturday September 21, 2013. This was Nercon’s second year participating in the event, and the team name, “No Wake, No Glory” lived up to its title, placing them 1st out of six industry teams, and 7th out of 40 community teams! The team consisted of 21 Nercon employees and their family, and the team captain this year was Mark Baumhardt.
The Dragonboat festival is a yearly event that is hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the YMCA of Oshkosh, and takes place at the Leach Amphitheater along the Fox River. This yearly event takes place to benefit the community and create awareness for the appreciation of our local waterways! Each team consists of at least 16 paddlers and one drummer who paddle and ride on a 40-foot long canoe-style boat and race 250 meters down a stretch of the Fox River.
The festival is an all-day event that is hosted on the Leach Amphitheater grounds in Oshkosh, WI. The races are hosted along with live entertainment, concession stands, and activities for all ages. Despite the usual cold weather that accompanies the races, everyone comes together for a day of fun and camaraderie.
Great job to everyone who participated and cheered on Nercon’s dragonboat! It was another successful year!
For more information about employee events or our products, please visit our website!
On Saturday September 14, 2013, Nercon Eng. and Mfg., Inc. hosted its 2nd annual golf outing which resulted in 22 employees and spouses participating in the scramble event. The golf outing is a new annual event that employees look forward to in order to enjoy some friendly competition and time away from the office.
The teams competed for the best drive and the winners, Brian Henshaw, Kevin Brunmeier, and Jason Gazzana, were determined by sudden death “putt-off” and crowned as the 2013 champions!
Team work is a skill that Nercon employees engage in on and off the job, and the golf outing is a great place to do that. As you may know, golf is usually a very individualized sport, but when playing a scramble it involves relying on other team members to get your team ahead. Nercon uses these same team principles at work to maximize productivity on a daily basis.
Teamwork is just one of the six strong core values that Nercon holds true to in order to maintain and progress through an expanding business. To learn more about Nercon’s Core Values, click below: