Nercon recently visited Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin to give a donation of equipment, Conveyor Changeover Efficiency Loop, for the college’s Manufacturing Technology Center for Electro-Mechanical student training.
Nercon, a leader in conveyor systems and component equipment manufacturer, is providing the Changeover Efficiency Loop with state of the art adjustable guide rail assemblies, from manual to fully automated control solutions. The quick changeover conveyor loop will help students learn about multiple stock-keeping unit strategies for increasing production efficiencies. This partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will provide students with hands-on exposure and learning opportunities in both electronic and mechanical fields.
The Neenah, Wis.-based company, having surpassed the 35-year benchmark, is well-known for engineering and manufacturing conveyor systems. Serving food and consumer goods manufacturing industries, Nercon’s expertise is in solving manufacturing business objectives from maximizing production capacity to reducing production line down time.
Visit www.nerconconveyors.com to learn even more about how Nercon is advancing the future of manufacturing.
Introducing Nercon's newest company profile video. Watch and listen to how Nercon came to be, who we serve and how we help our customers. Watch video footage of our state-of-the-art fabrication and manufacturing facilities, as well as listen to what our management team has to say about Nercon!
For more information about Nercon, please visit our website. Also, please download our guide on "7 Ways to Keep your Conveyor Running Properly".
Conveyors are the last thing you want to worry about on your production line. All you care about is keeping your product damage free. Our conveyor systems are specifically designed and manufactured to help improve operations equipment efficiencies in the health, beauty and personal care industries.
Nercon has engineered multiple types of conveying equipment to handle your health and beauty packaging needs. The most popular systems include:
- Pressure-less combiners
- Re-flow and bi-flow accumulation tables
- Vertical and serpentine accumulators
- Alpine conveyor systems
- Gripper elevators
- Product reorientation
- Packing stations
- Merging and diverting systems
Learn more about how Nercon can help you with your health, beauty and personal care product conveying needs by visiting our personal care website.
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There are guides for every kind of conveyor industry out there. But, can you get all of that information in one place? At Nercon, we want to make it easy for you to find what you need--a place where you can obtain the information you need quickly.
With the use of Slidecasts, we have conveniently arranged conveyor industry information by different topics and discussions. Whether your focus is on the Baking Industry, running a sustainable manufacturing system or you just want more information regarding which chain is best, you can find it here.
With 21 different slidecasts to choose from, finding what you need is easy. Let us help you with these short presentations on information regarding:
- Sustainability Practices
- Changeover Tips
- Chain Applications
- Increasing Line Efficiencies
- Combining Methods
The featured slidecast above describes 7 conveyor and equipment trends!
Please find all of our 21 slidecasts for Nercon here:
The slidecast link is also featured in our Nercon Media Center
, under "webinars", so you can return at any time!
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.