Drink Industry – Product Feeding

A fully automatic conveyor system designed to feed drinking cups from machine-to-machine.  Good access around the machines was maintained by utilising three vertical continuous lifts designed specifically for the product.  The compact lifts take up minimal floor space and lift product vertically up to high level conveyors.  This means product can be fed over walkways keeping the floor area clear.   

MODU System 85mm wide flexible chain conveyors were ideal for this project as they can be routed along straights, into curves and up or down inclines. 

 

Our control system was built to the customers site specification including software and communication with machines upstream and downstream.  If one of the machines stopped our system would pause until the machine restarts.

An operator touch screen positioned remotely from the main control panel, gave operators line information and control on the production floor. 

The system was developed in a short time to meet the customers deadline and included mechanical and electrical installation.  Service and maintenance contracts can be provided along with critical spares.   

Please contact us to discuss your product and application. 

 

Food Industry  Product Feeding 

Our customer provides frozen meals to the retail and wholesale sectors, producing for many of the UK’s biggest retailers and brands.  Their site is an 80,000 square ft state-of-the-art production facility. 

 

Installations included a specially designed line to take product away from a check weigher and feed it to an area for inspection.  This involved bespoke gravity conveyors to fit inside the machine and powered MODU System plastic slat conveyors to feed product around the compact area.

A small PLC control system was used with sensors to detect if the conveyor system was full.  This enables operators to leave the system while it collects products for inspection. A second system brings products down through a mezzanine floor to a ground level packing area and onto an existing rotary table.

Monk Conveyors has mechanical and electrical installation teams. We can provide you with the complete “turnkey” installation.

We appreciate that production output will often still be required while installations continue, so we will carefully plan our installation and work with you to find the best solution which causes minimal disruption.

 

We Also Supply Spiral and Inter-Floor Conveyors 

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with operator touch screens if required.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). 

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk for help and advice. 

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Medical Industry  Plastic Moulding Belt Feed 

 The batch of eight M1950 belt conveyors shown below were built to carry medical plastic mouldings away from a machine.  Our medium duty belt conveyors are ideal for handling small to medium sized products and are compact in sizeSmall end rollers allow for good product transfer in and out of machines.  Precision bearings and a robust design means many years of trouble-free running.  Parts are held in stock for some standard sizes for quick delivery.   

Please contact our sales office by email or phone to find our more and receive a quick quotation. 

Medical Industry – End of Line Packing 

Monk Conveyors installs a powered roller conveyor system in a leading medical company.  The system was designed and built to feed packing tables and into a carton packaging machine.  Cartons were controlled and distributed automatically using pneumatic stops and sensors to detect the product.  Our electrical installation and control system provided a complete solution. 

 

 

Features Included: 

  • Removable roller conveyor section on wheels for access. 
  • Flexible Flexi-Conveyor and the end of the line which is perfect for vehicle loading and unloading, parcel distribution centres and depot’s, packaging, machine-tomachine linking and across docking applications. 
  • Feed through a fire-door, with a drop out section to allow the door to close. 
  • Emergency stop pull cord above packing tables. 
  • Illuminated beacon to give the operators line status. 
  • Spares and maintenance contract. 
  • Communication with customer machines. 
  • Control system, software and operator touch screen. 

 

 We Also Supply Spiral and Inter-Floor Conveyors 

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with operator touch screens if required.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). 

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk for help and advice. 

New Updated Website!

Our new website www.monk-conveyors.com launched today shows our company’s strengths in providing systems which help customerimprove productivity and efficiency within their sites.  Industries such as PackingOnline Distribution, Warehouse Sortation, Medical, Pharmaceutical & Clean Rooms, Food and Retail can benefit from our carefully designed systems. 

“Our goal is to provide cost-effective conveyor and automation solutions with a high level of service”

There is new information on our Industries page for Warehouse and Sortation.  New and updated Products pages for Interfloor Mezzanine Belts, Lorry Loaders, Auto Stackers, Pick to Light, Sortation, Pick & Place and Packing Lines.   

Monk Conveyors has over 25 years’ experience in conveying and handling equipment.  We listen to customers and always find out about the product and processes within their factory. All our customers expect high reliability and durability, and we expect nothing less from the systems we install.  Visit our Why Choose Us page to learn more.

We Also Carry Out Service and Maintenance

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with operator touch screens if required.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS).  

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk  for help and advice. 

Warehouse Packing and Sortation

Our packing conveyor systems help to create efficient packing areas.  Systems take up small floor space and allow multiple pack tables to sit on both sides of a central feed conveyor.  Packers can randomly place product onto the conveyor which feeds work away.  The system creates gaps between the product before feeding under barcodunit.  Monk Conveyors work with SICK and an OPS690 Scanning Rig is commonly used.  This has the ability to scan product from multiple angles if required. 

 

Barcode Data enables us to question the Warehouse Management System (WMS) and retrieve information which can be used to route product.  Routing can be by product type, job number, size, pre-set flags or courier type and to a number of destinations. 

The product is routed using a number of standard options including side belts, diverter arms, air blows and switch sorters as shown in this project.  The switch sorter quickly diverts to one of three lanes without slowing the product down. 

 

Touch Screen displaymake it easier for operators to run a system. Clear information is displayed and help screens can be added. Fault finding messages make it easier to find problems quickly.   

 Mimic screens show a graphical representation of the production line. They can then display the status of each part of the line by changing colour. If there is a blockage, a section of the line can be highlighted to show an operator the location of the problem.  Screens can also allow operators to adjust the line settings and these can be password protected to ensure only trained personnel have access.  

 Remote access to the PLC and barcode systems means that we can dial in to make minor software changes and assist site with problem solving. 

 All systems are mechanically and electrically installed with full handover and training.  Service and maintenance contracts can be provided along with critical spares. 


We Also Supply 
Belt and Pallet Conveyors 

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with operator touch screens if required.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). 

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk for help and advice. 

Inter-floor Conveyors for Mezzanine Floors

MONK InterFloor Belt Conveyors provide a simple and reliable method for transferring plastic totes or card boxes between floor levels. 

Our InterFloor Belts are reversable allowing a continuous flow of product up or down between floors.  They are ergonomic, simple and safe for operators to use.  Operator controls includes emergency stop push buttons or emergency rope pulls, start/stop and direction (forward/reverse).  Sensors detect the product at the ends. Further options include variable speed, beacons, sounders, counters and operator touch screen displays. 

Tough PVC grip top or smooth belt material can be selected and operation is quiet and smooth.  A modular design means reduced installation time and low maintenance. 

MONK Conveyors offer a site survey and proposal drawing, full mechanical and electrical installation, training and handover. 

We Supply Belt and Roller Conveyors Systems to Customers in Retail / E-Fulfilmen, Parcel Distribution, Manufacturing and Finished Goods, Warehouse and Distribution.

We Also Supply Roller and Pallet Conveyors 

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with operator touch screens if required.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). 

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk for help and advice. 

Sortation System Turnkey Installation

Monk Conveyors latest sortation project transfers flow wrapped packs to 20 postal bins.   

Packs are read by our Keyence barcode scanner; we then communicate with the WMS to retrieve job information.  This is compared to a reference list and a bin location is known.  Pack position is tracked with an encoder fitted to the conveyor drive.  Product is blown from the track into one of the 20 bins, optional mechanical diverter arms are available for larger products.  An illuminated push button tells operators when a bin is ready to be changed and a simple press of the button stops further product being blown to the bin while this is taking place.  Product was supplied at 1400 per hour with higher speeds available. 

Space restrictions were overcome using MODU 83mm wide friction chain to take product from the flow-wrapping machine round 90-degree bends to the sorting area.  The design concept was proposed to the customer in 3D CAD so they could clearly visualise the system and discuss the idea with staff and operators.  This led to a number of design improvements which could be put in place before the system was delivered. 

Videojet Laser Engraving System 

We worked closely with Videojet Technologies to design an automated engraving system.  Product is manually loaded onto the MODU System infeed conveyor with markers on the belt to space the product evenly.  Side guides are adjustable to take a large variety of product sizes.  The drinking glasses are then fed under a Videojet High Speed CO2 Laser Coding machine.  Engraving is completed on the moving product. 

Our MONEX extrusion was used to build a robust guard frame with sliding access doors and mounting for all of the equipment.  Encoders fed the conveyor speed to the engraving system. 

Full testing and sign-off was completed at our Hampshire factory followed by installation at the customer site. 

 

We Supply Roller, Belt, Spiral and Plastic Chain Conveyors  

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs.  We install full pneumatic and electrical control with HMI operator touch screens.  Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicating with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). 

Please contact us on 01252 369800 or email sales@monk-conveyors.co.uk for help and advice. 

July 2019 Newsletter – Packing Lines for Food and Retail 3D CAD Brings Concepts to Life

Adding conveyors into small packing lines helps throughput and allows work to be processes in an orderly fashion. Also, it helps with ergonomics by reducing the need for lifting heavy boxes. This well known food retailer celebrated the installation of their new line.

The system allows empty boxes to queue in front of operators. Boxes can then be packed and once complete they are released to the dispatch area. Each box is then controlled and released so operators cab easily remove them from the line. Additional features were toggle switches or operators to be able to pause areas of the line, and variable speed controls.

Please contact Monk Conveyors for all your small to large packing line applications.

Clean Room Feed System

Our previous cleanroom experience helped us design an automated system suitable for packing leading opthalmic surgical procedure kits.

The system uses one of our standard two door airlocks to allow work to be fed on conveyor into the cleanroom, while minimising loss of clean air. Within the cleanroom our feed system transfer trays in front of an automated “pick to light” system. Operatives would then complete their picking from racks before allowing trays to be automatically sent onto the next part of the process.

The trays then line up in the packing area using a ‘zero line pressure‘ controlled system. This means that an operative can remove any job tray from the line and work on it. When they remove a tray the conveyor automatically moves all the work forwards. Therefore operators are constantly fed work which is easy to remove from the line.

 

We Supply Roller, Belt, Spiral and Plastic Chain Conveyors

Monk Conveyors supply and install full working systems which are designed to suit your specific needs. We install full pneumatic and electrical control with HMI operator touch screens. Our control systems range from simple stop starts up to barcode capable controls, capable of communicationg with your Warehouse Management System (WMS). Our projects included full mechanical and electrical installations, followed by training and handover to the customer

April 2019 Newsletter – MODU Flexible Chain Conveyor Systems 3D CAD Brings Concepts to Life

Providing 3D drawings at the sales stage means customers can easily visualise the proposed system. Complex layouts can be viewed from different angels and customer product can be shown in place. Building walls, floors and mezzanine floors can be added into the drawing.

This brings to life the proposed solution and can also help the customer explain proposed changed to staff. 3D CAD is also a valuable tool through from development to the final build. Monk Conveyor utilise standard products were possible, but we also have the capability to design bespoke automation solutions.

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