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Skynet increases parcel throughput capacity with Interroll crossbelt sorter
Improving manufacturing competitiveness: a new white paper from BOGE
compressed air systems must play in the development and management of the ‘Flexible Factory’. The white paper, which is available via free download from
the BOGE website, explains how world-scale manufacturing plants that are common in China and India are now a thing of the past for UK enterprise. A new manufacturing paradigm based on the so-called 'flexible factory', is now needed to boost UK manufacturing efficiency and provide the agility required to move away from a narrow mass production model to one that enables rapid change from one high-value production run to the next. But what is a flexible factory? As the white paper
explains, it is a manufacturing facility in which production assets are not fixed, but movable.
BOGE 01484 719921 www.uk.boge.co
new white paper from leading compressor specialist BOGE Compressors discusses the important role that
have installed a full turnkey sortation system at a UK sorting facility of leading courier, Skynet Worldwide Express. The vertical crossbelt sorter at its core can achieve sorting rates of 4,000 parcels per hour. Established in 1972, Skynet Worldwide
Express has grown to become the globe’s largest independently owned express courier network with over 1,000 locations in 209 countries and territories. The company, which delivers everything from postcards to grand pianos, has its UK headquarters at Hounslow, adjacent to London’s Heathrow Airport. However, with a strong focus on providing the right solution through personal service, flexibility and attention to detail, the team at Hounslow found that its parcel capacity was under pressure.
The warehouse facility was originally built for storage only, but Skynet decided to install a new sorter system to
keep up with increased customer demand. Here, the company turned to LAC Conveyors, an industry leading manufacturer of conveyor and automation systems, which in turn called upon the services and solutions of Interroll. Primarily, the sorter was installed to deal with outbound parcels for customers in Europe and Asia, and therefore the accuracy of sort was the key differentiator. Effective space utilization was another demand set out by Skynet.
Saving space with modular crossbelt sorter design L.A.C. reviewed three sorter types and recommended the proven capabilities of the Interroll vertical crossbelt sorter, the main feature of which is its distinctive space saving design thanks to a compact modular approach. “For example, a width of just 1.7m is sufficient to install a vertical sorter with 400 x 400mm crossbelt carriers. This configuration can also save valuable space if full containers are transported into the sorter, which is a unique offer in the marketplace” says Steve Nuttall, Sales Manager at LAC Conveyors.
Stäubli's market-leading connector system to feature at Solar & Storage Live
original, market-leading connectors have been installed in over 200 GW of PV systems worldwide. Part of the MC4 connector range on show will be the MC4-EVO 2, which minimises power losses thanks to its
exceptionally high current carrying capacity of up to 69 A. A high voltage rating of up to 1500 V dc means that longer series strings can be used in PV arrays on large-scale solar projects.
Suitable for cable cross-sections between 4 mm2 and 10 mm2 (12 to 8 AWG), the connector has a polyamide
casing with improved impact resistance and enhanced sealing. Ammonia and salt spray resistance also enables operation in harsh environments. Also featuring on the Stäubli stand will be the MC4-EVO AC, a three-pole AC connector for use with micro or nano
PV inverters. Designed for module and string level applications, its low profile allows it to fit within the panel framework, enabling modules to be stacked without the use of spacers.
With a current carrying capacity of up to 32 A, it has a rated voltage of 600 V AC (UL) and 400 V AC (IEC).
Accepted cable cross-sections range from 1.5 mm2 to 4 mm2. The company also offers a suite of high performance accessories including junction boxes, cabling and tools.
Solar & Storage Live 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 19 September 2019, and Stäubli can be found on Stand E11.
Stäubli 01908 265544 www.staubli.co
ighlighted by Stäubli Electrical Connectors at the Solar & Storage Live exhibition in Birmingham this September will be its MC4 solar power connector system. Enabling the bankability required for today's PV projects, these
cost-effective relays used extensively in PXI switching matrixes
Series 117 reed relays offer high performance and reliability at a competitive price point
over 50 years, has announced that its two-pole single-in- line (SIL) 117 series reed relay is being extensively used in large switching matrixes due to a combination of small size, performance and cost.
P All models in the 117
series are rated at 100V and can a carry up to 0.5A signal current and switch 5W of signal power. Versions are available that support 3V coil drives for systems working at low supply voltages. The two pole version has a footprint of just 10.16mm x 3.81mm, while the single pole device occupies just 6.86mm x 3.81mm - just 38% and 26% respectively of the board area required for industry-standard SIL relays.
Pickering Electronics 01255 428141 www.pickeringrelay.co
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ickering Electronics, the reed relay company which has pioneered miniaturisation and high performance for
Pickering Electronics announces miniature,
.A.C. Conveyors and Automation working closely with long standing partner Interroll
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