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Unified Multi-Site Materials Handling Systems from Industrial Conveying (Aust)

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Unified multi-site materials handling systems designed and manufactured by Industrial Conveying (Aust) enable loading and unloading of products at two or more sites.  

Transport systems are often the greatest challenge for distribution of consumer and manufactured items.  

Recognising this fact, Industrial Conveying’s engineers are providing a turnkey solution that unifies multi-site product/component handling.  

Overseen by the specialised Project Design department of Industrial Conveying, the materials handling system is able to pre-arrange product to conform to transportation requirements and load/unload palletised product efficiently and reliably.  

In addition to increased efficiency, the product handling systems also reduce time and handling costs associated with standard practices.  

While designing these systems, Industrial Conveying also takes into account the fact that warehouses will be serving all types of businesses with huge variations in delivery quantities.  

These businesses may range from large supermarkets and retail chains down to local groceries and general stores in the consumer segment while in the manufacturing sector, it can account for any size of company involved in the value-adding chain.  

Managing Director of Industrial Conveying, Mr Don Erskine comments that their Australian base allows them to deliver rapid turnkey results to customers with significantly reduced turnaround time.  

Industrial Conveying delivers modern materials handling systems coordinated across two or more high-volume sites that can work in synchronicity to facilitate a rapid and constant product-to-market demand.  

One of the key requirements when unifying multi-site operation is to reduce handling associated with trailer loading and unloading to and from production and storage facilities.  

Mr Erskine says that the idea is to automate docks to virtually eliminate manual product handling.  

Expensive forklifts are also obsolete as a mechanism in the system performs all the loading and unloading, eliminating occupational health and safety issues associated with manual handling.  

A software provided with the system links all depots in real-time so that plant management is constantly kept informed with quantities of product movement.  

ICA implemented a unifying materials handling system for a beverage client that consisted of two types of docks, Route Docks and General Docks to meet schedules servicing local small businesses as well as supermarket chains.  

Route Docks operate using a specially designed air skate system that engages with a specialised flat-floor trailer configuration with inbuilt air guide rails for the loading of product.  

General Docks combine a chain conveyor system with an air-operated powered chain floor trailer to facilitate loading and unloading of product.  

The docks receive product from an automated conveyor-driven delivery system that rapidly forms the pallets into complete pre-arranged trailer loads, allowing trailers to be loaded in a turnaround time of 2-3 minutes and enabling high productivity.

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