Completed Project Information
Fluent Conveyors was called by another conveyor manufacturer and was hired to engineer and manufacturer 5 custom hinged steel belt roller chain conveyors. The project had a lead time of 8 weeks to complete and deliver all 5 conveyors to a customer in Central Florida.
Fluent Conveyor Specifications:
C1 – 24” wide dimpled hinged steel belt conveyor; 6” cleats on 24” centers; 32’11” overall length; full guarding; 58 feet per minute
C2 – 24” wide dimpled hinged steel belt conveyor; 2” cleats on 24” centers; 13’0” overall length; full guarding; 37 feet per minute
C3– 24” wide dimpled hinged steel belt conveyor; 2” cleats on 24” centers; 19’4” overall length; full guarding; 37 feet per minute
C4– 24” wide dimpled hinged steel belt conveyor; 2” cleats on 24” centers; 7’0” overall length; full guarding; 37 feet per minute
C5– 24” wide dimpled hinged steel belt conveyor; 2” cleats on 24” centers; 14’10” overall length; full guarding; 37 feet per minute
Component Requirements & Job Requirements:
- Baldor XE Inverter Duty Drives (1HP & 3HP)
- Pillow block bearings
- Narrow slot take-ups
- PPR magnetic speed sensors
- Tiger reducers
- Primer Catha Coat 302H 2-4 mil DFT; Conveyor 2 Coats Polyamide Epoxy Enamel Safety Blue RAL 5017 Compound A and ICI Devran 224GN0908 Component B .. 3-5 mil DFT per coat; Guarding “Safety Yellow” … ICI Devran 224FN9400, Component A and ICI Devran 224GN0908 Component B … 3-5 mil DFT per coat
- 8” Load depth
- (5) VFDs
- C3 – reversible hinged steel belt conveyor
- All drives shaft mounted
- Cyclone Shroud loaded on C2
- (2) 1-gallon chain oilers on each conveyor
Upon getting the purchase order, Fluent Conveyors engineers were required to complete engineering on a brand-new series of conveyors, Fluent RC-LD (light duty roller chain conveyors). Conveyors C2-C5 were engineered and approved for fabrication within 2.5 weeks of the purchase order. Conveyor C1 was approved 1 week following the first 4 conveyors. C2-C5 conveyors shipped on November 5, 2016 and C1 shipped on November 10th, 2016.
During the approval process Fluent was asked to meet critical dimension for conveyor widths, hanger spacing, load depths as well as meeting OSHA safety requirements.
Software & Equipment Used To Complete The Job:
- Solidworks Premium 2016
- Solidworks Simulation
- CNC Press Brakes
- CNC Lasers
- 6,000# forklifts
- Rigging equipment
- Certified welders with MSHA & OSHA training
Fluent was chosen over several manufacturers based on a strict project deadline. The customer had already asked several manufacturers with lead times exceeding 10 weeks (the project required an 8-week lead time).
Materials Being Conveyed:
The process for this customer is 857 aluminum cans and bottles per minute and conveying them into a baler. If the baler fails, conveyor C-3 has reversing capabilities to re-route the cans and bottles to a secondary line.
1.5 Tons per hour of aluminum cans and aluminum caps.
- (1) Fluent RC-LD incline conveyor
- (4) Fluent RC-LD horizontal conveyors ranging in lengths
The project was 100% completed within the requested timeline. The first 4 conveyors shipped on the required timeline and C1 shipped the following Thursday. The testing for commissioning and start-up were approved by the end customer.