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SHOWCASE CSL provide innovative pallet DP Seals are really on the ball


particular market sector with the unprecedented success of one of its automotive products. The component in question is a high-spec natural rubber ball that DP Seals produce for the hydraulic engine mounts made by DTR VMS Ltd. In the past year alone, well


W over five million have its advanced been supplied – an


increase of more than 300% since the depths of the recession in 2009. Trowbridge based DTR VMS is a first tier supplier to the likes of Audi, VW and Mercedes, with


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helping to reduce noise, vibration and harshness in a wide range of vehicles. Although a seemingly simple product, every single ball we produce has to meet exceptionally stringent standards of size, sphericity and quality, since it is instrumental in preventing leakage from the engine mount to ensure the desired characteristics are maintained throughout its lifetime. For DP Seals,


this production increase reflects the


stability and growth they’re seeing in more and more of their customers’ activities, and with continuing investment in people, resources and facilities, they’re now looking to the future with a considerable degree of optimism and confidence.


DP Seals Tel: 01202 674671 Web: www.dp-seals.co.uk


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ith UK car sales recently reaching a six-year high, DP Seals can confirm the resurgence of this


s an established company providing bespoke solutions to meet customer’s individual handling requirements, Conveyor Systems Ltd (CSL) was asked to review proposals for a new fully automated lorry loading system handling full pallets. The requirements had to facilitate the handling of unwrapped wooden CHEP pallets (1200 x 1000mm) weighing in excess of 1.2 tonnes, with anticipated throughput of 250 pallets per hour to be presented as pairs, side by side for loading via an existing vehicle loading system that can fill a 40 feet long trailer in a matter of minutes.


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An initial competitor’s proposal included a combination of turntables and chain transfers, but this failed to meet throughput requirements due to the large amount of time taken up by 90 degree movements of individual pallets. Therefore, CSL had to consider a new and innovative design approach to the project in order to achieve the customer’s objectives.


CSL’s bespoke system


design was accepted as the best solution and integrated into the existing system. CSL’s proposal incorporated wide heavy duty tapered roller bends to keep the pallets running continuously, which achieved a vastly improved flow and provided the capability to meet the customers throughput, whilst accurately presenting the pallets to allow easy loading. Unwrapped pallets are fed onto the new CSL system from production via a number of conveyors from various parts of the factory. The system had to be a bespoke build as the layout included for a powerful vertical lift system to


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handle two 1.2 tonne pallets, using encoders for accurate positioning between the height of the existing production conveyors and the vehicles. The system also included both 90 & 180 degree heavy duty bends. These consisted of chain driven steel tapered rollers together with two triple chain transfers working in tandem for handling pairs of pallets and providing for an accurate 90 degree feed onto the lift, which in turn feeds the 1.2 metre high vehicle loading system. A spokesperson for the customer reported, “The heavy duty conveyor has been operating successfully, integrating and interfacing with the existing vehicle loading system and meets our operating throughput criteria.


The project


designed and installed by CSL, has certainly increased efficiencies in throughput, reduced forklift activity considerably and achieved our objectives.”


Conveyor Systems Ltd. Tel: 01283 552255 Web: www.conveyorsystemsltd.com enter 801


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