Mar102018 Tecomet Choose Amber For A Vertical Lift With Integrated Transfer Unit
Tecomet is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of medical implants and devices, they specialise in manufacturing and engineering solutions in Forging, Casting and machining of medical as well as aerospace & defence products. The company has a global presence with over 16 sites across 3 continents. The Sheffield site is the largest outside the United States. The Casting Department at Tecomet, Sheffield recognized a need to improve their existing processes and efficiencies to accommodate their current and future production demands. A key improvement area identified was the offloading of the final castings.
Their original process was to transfer a total of 20 individual final castings, one at a time from the existing drying line overhead conveyor, which was located on a 3m high mezzanine floor onto a second Offload overhead conveyor. The transfer between the two conveyors was completed using a standalone transfer device mounted on the mezzanine floor. Once the products had been placed onto the Offload conveyor they would then be transported through to a separate offload area some 25m away. Not only was transporting the 20 products over this distance less efficient, it also took the products from a ‘controlled environment’ to an ‘uncontrolled environment’.
Amber Industries were invited by Tecomet to consider these problems and propose an alternative solution that would not only upgrade their process but would offer a cost-effective solution that would support their production demands well into the future.
Amber’s solution was to replace the existing transfer unit and Offload overhead conveyor with a new vertical lift with integrated transfer unit. This solution would enable products to be transferred from the drying line conveyor, onto a waiting Lift carriage and delivered to a new product offload position, located directly under the existing Drying line conveyor.
The improvements to the process were quickly recognized by the Casting team and they committed to the installation of the new equipment. Michael Durband, Casting Manager explained their reason for selecting Amber Industries ‘they offered an ideal solution supported by a detailed and competitive quotation, and as a 24/7 operation with no real shutdown periods, they were also willing to work around our production demands during the installation’.
Amber designed the Transfer and lift at their Oldham facility together with the bespoke control system which was fully capable of interlocking with Tecomet’s existing control system. The unit was fully tested in-house before being delivered to site and installed during a small installation window, all during full production.
Michael Durband, added, ‘we are very pleased with the new lift and transfer, and the benefits of Amber’s solution see that all products now stay in a controlled environment, leading to quality benefits. We have also been able to lean our production flow in this area around the new transfer and lift system. It takes up less room and has freed up valuable production floor space’.
‘Working with Amber Industries has been a positive experience, they offered excellent service and communication throughout the project and we are now in discussions with them regarding the next phase of work.
Feb022018 Curved Plastic Modular Belt Conveyor System
Amber Conveyors have recently manufactured a Plastic Modular Belt Conveyor which is currently undertaking testing and trials prior to system integration in Poland. The actual belt allows for cornering using slides and guides under the plastic modular. Modular plastic belt conveyors are often used in the food and pharmaceutical industries because they can be washed down, however they are extremely versatile and can be suitable for a great many application. Plastic modular belts are made from small plastic sections which are hinged together with linking pins to form a belt, typically with a ‘chain mail’ like appearance.
The main advantage of modular plastic belts is that they allow straight lengths to be combined with a number of curves of varying radii so that several changes in direction can be made all within one continuous conveyor run. This is either too expensive or simply not possible with traditional reinforced PVC or fabric type conveyor belts. Other benefits are that they are hardwearing, capable of being used in wet environments and they are easy to repair. Should they be damaged or become worn it is a simple matter to replace a number of the plastic sections and linking pins, thereby renewing only the damaged or worn section of the belt rather than the whole belt.
Jan152018 Tailored Floor Conveyor Systems From Amber Industries
Amber Industries have all of the components for your world class floor conveyor system logistics requirements. We are in a position to design, manufacture and install your system including project management 3D design, layouts and complete full system integration.
This includes Rollers, Lineshaft, Zero Line Pressure, Belt Conveyors, Belt Curves, Diverters, Transfers, Chutes, Elevators, Ball Unites, Modular Plastic Belts, Pallet Conveyors and Chain Conveyors. We are also experts at bespoke equipment design and manufacture of integration controls systems and software applications. All of this is supported by our commissioning and ongoing service packages.
Dec12017 Season's Greetings From Amber Industries
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2018 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a strong order book. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2018 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.
Oct32017 Mobile Conveyors Curved To Suit Your Specification
Amber Industries are market leaders in the manufacture supply and installation of mobile conveyors, being gravity or powered operated, curved or straight alignment, belt or rollers to suit your specification. The example below presents one of our latest gravity, curved roller mobile conveyors which is ready to use as part of a complete system. The image also offers an insight into our quality of build which allows for many years of heavy duty usage.
Amber Conveyors is the division of Amber Industries Ltd that manufactures and supplies an extensive range of individual conveyor units or modules. From its factory in Oldham, Greater Manchester it supplies Gravity and Lineshaft conveyor modules, Heavy Duty Roller /Pallet conveyors, Mezzanine conveyors and various mobile conveyor units. Shown below is an overview of the range of conveyor units Amber Conveyors can supply. If you don’t see what you need please contact one of our highly experienced sales engineers who will be pleased to assist.
Sep12017 Re-link Your Existing Overhead Conveyor With New Chain
Amber Industries are experts at overhead conveyors. We are number 1 in Google for the search term which is testimony to our expertise. Even the most reliable of conveyor systems require worn parts to be replaced from time to time. Amber Industries offers a full range of spare parts for all the conveyor equipment it supplies, i.e. overhead chain conveyors, powered roller conveyors and belt conveyors.
The principle of overhead chain conveyors is that they utilise a continuous powered chain running in a track. Fitted to the chain at regular intervals are single pendants from which the products to be carried are suspended either directly or by means of load-bars or purpose made carriers. Instead of pendants ‘dogs’ may be fitted to the chain in order to push trolleys along a second track normally mounted underneath the chain track. The products to be conveyed are in turn suspended from the trolleys. This type of overhead conveyor system is termed ‘Power & Free’.
The MCM Conveyors division of Amber Industries Limited has developed and manufactures its own comprehensive and high quality range of light, medium and heavy duty overhead conveyor systems. The modular design of these systems, combined with a range of standard accessories such as a selection of different radii horizontal and vertical curves, spinners, indexers, automatic load - unload units etc., enables them to be easily configured to suit the most complex routing and layout requirements of any manufacturing and assembly processes. Installation is quick and easy and the modular design also allows later extensions and system rearrangements to be undertaken.
Aug12017 Two Tier Lineshaft & Gravity Roller Conveyors Installed
Amber Industries have recently undertaken a Two Tier Lineshaft & Gravity Roller Conveyors complete with c/w controls. Ideal for picking, production and packaging lines, these fixed conveyors are designed to quietly carry regular shaped unit loads up to 50Kg/metre and to require minimal maintenance.
- Conveyor Widths: 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm & 1000mm
- Roller Pitches: 62.5mm, 83mm, 125mm & 167mm
- Straight Conveyor lengths: 500mm, 1000mm, 1500mm, 2000mm, 2500mm & 3000mm
- Tapered Roller s: Inside radius = 1000mm, Angles = 30°, 45°, 60°, 90° & 180°
- Geared Motor (SEW) Drive Units: 500mm long. Lineshaft speed up to 30M/min
- Switches & Merges, Corner Turns, Personnel Lift Up Gates, Chain & Belt Transfer Units; Wide range of accessories, e.g. Blade & end stops, leg stands, side guides, ball transfer tables
Jul62017 E-commerce Box Handling Systems Installed
Amber Industries have undertaken a number of Floor Conveyor systems designed to handle e-commerce boxed items off all weights and sizes. Belt conveyors can be supplied as units or as part of a complement amber automation system with full controls and management systems.
- Conveyor Widths: 300mm up to 1200mm
- Straight Conveyor Lengths: Up to 20m on a single drive
- Powered s/Curves: Bespoke or standard, angle and radius to suit
- Options: Central drive unit, motorised powered roller, horizontal, inclined, declined, smooth or gripped belt, side guides, castors
- Finish: Powder coated, galvanised or stainless steel
Jun222017Amberautomation lineshaft and zero line pressure conveyor products / systems
The amberautomation division of Amber Industries Ltd specialises in floor conveyor systems, configured precisely to match the clients requirements.
Line shaft roller conveyors often make up the main part of many automated floor conveyor systems. They consist of a series of rollers over which objects are moved and they can be designed and manufactured for a great many applications at relatively low cost.
Lineshaft roller conveyors are ideal for transporting light to medium products that are regular in shape and size, fairly rigid with an even underside eg. boxes, cartons, totes, platens etc.
May22017Introducing Live Chat For Extra Communication
As part of our updated customer services team developments, we have introduced a live chat system to our UK based website. This is allowing our website visitors to have an additional direct communication method with instant responses during normal office hours. We are also trialling this in our German and Italian websites with a view to ensure that we can answer all questions and enquiries in an optimum manner.
Our online live chat technology is an online customer service software with live support, help desk, sales and technical support. We have already seen a large take up as a first port of call direct to our team of Conveyor Systems specialists. We welcome you to use this form of communication when on our websites. Do you have any questions? If so please contact us using our live chat system.
Apr32017Introducing Intralogistics Belt Curves - The TS-TR100
Gramac Quartz Belt Curves: designed to smoothly change the travel direction of products within high speed handling systems. Gramac Quartz is the division of Amber Industries Ltd which has specialised for over 30 years in the manufacture of Belt Curves for many different applications and combinations of load duty, arc and width formats. Its TS-TR100 range of belt curves have been purposely designed for incorporation into the most demanding a handling environments.
Gramac Quartz Belt Curves have a proven track record of longevity and reliable operation in handling systems around the globe. When operating under normal conditions and properly maintained a lifespan in excess of 15 years can be anticipated. All Gramac Quartz Belt Curves use the ‘Friction Drive’ method whereby friction between the belt and a drive pulley provides the motive force for the belt. This method has three clear advantages over the positive mechanical drive method.
Mar222017Amber Industries - Surface World
Mar142017MCM Overhead Conveyors Modular Designs
The MCM Conveyors division of Amber Industries Ltd developed and manufactures its own comprehensive and high quality range of light, medium and heavy duty overhead conveyor systems.
The modular design of these systems, combined with a range of standard accessories such as a selection of different radii horizontal and vertical curves, spinners, indexers, automatic load - unload units etc., enables them to be easily configured to suit the most complex routing and layout requirements of any manufacturing and assembly processes. Installation is quick and easy and the modular design also allows later extensions and system rearrangements to be undertaken.
A range of monorail overhead conveyors suitable for handling a wide variety of products from diverse industry sectors. They come in two types: 'enclosed chain' for light (up to 30Kg) loads to medium (up to 100Kg) loads where the powered chain runs in a pressed steel enclosed track section and ‘open chain’ for heavier (up to 500Kg) loads where the chain is slung under a rolled steel I-section using trolleys.
All enclosed chain overhead conveyors comprise a bi-planar chain powered by a drive unit and running in all enclosed track , the cross section of which can be either rectangular or a cruciform depending on the carrying capacity of the conveyor. Attached to the chain at regular intervals are pendants which protrude from a central slot in the underside of the track section and from which the product can be suspended.
Powertrack30/60/100 conveyor systems have carrying capacities of 30Kg to 100Kg per pendant respectively. The minimum pendant pitch varies for the different conveyors in the range. Increased product loadings can be accommodated by the use of a loadbar connecting two pendants to share the product load between them.
The open chain powertrack90/200/500 utilise a heavy-duty I-beam track section from which a drop forged chain is under slung by means of trolleys with their wheels running on the track section’s lower flange. The product load is also carried by these trolleys.
Open chain Powertrack conveyor systems have carrying capacities per 2 wheel trolley of 90Kg, 200Kg and 545Kg respectively. Increased product loads in excess of 4000Kg can be accommodated with the use of load-bars to spread the load between several trolleys. These conveyor systems are also suitable for high temperature environments up to 250 degree Centigrade.
Feb72017New Amber Industries Website Launched In German
Amber Industries are pleased to announce the launch of an German language website specifically aimed at the largest economy in Europe after the UK. You will find our new website on www.amberindustries.de. The new site has extensive content including full product range details technical resources, a dedicated maintenance section including products, conveyor options and our research and development activities.
The objective of the new site is to provide key information in a user friendly format, on all our products, along with all technical data, news, accreditations and careers in one place. We hope to provide all the essential project planning tools for potential and existing specifiers and customers. We would like to hear your thoughts on the new site along with any other features you feel would be beneficial.
Jan112017Amber Industries To Exhibit At Surface World 22nd & 23rd March 2017 Birmingham NEC
Amber Industries will be exhibiting at Surface World 2017 from March 22nd to 23rd at the NEC in Birmingham, Hall number 7, Booth number G1. The exhibition is the UK’s only international event dedicated to the surface treatment, product finishing and coatings industry. It provides a major showcase for the very latest technology and developments in this important and expanding area.
Surface World Live 2017 will be opening its doors on Wednesday 22nd March and Thursday 23rd March 2017. The exhibition is the UK’s only event dedicated to the surface treatment, product finishing and coatings industry. It provides a major showcase for the very latest technology and developments in this important and expanding area.
The show has moved from the Pavilion into Hall 7 within the Atrium at the NEC. This new hall has better facilities available to visitors and exhibitors to the show. The move has also made room for the expansion of the show. Surface World Live 2017 will be bigger and better than ever before, with many new and existing exhibitors including many top names in the surface finishing industry offering a wealth of experience on hand to provide solutions to your finishing queries all under one roof.
Click on the 'Register To Visit Surface World Show' image above to register online.
Dec152016Season’s Greetings From Amber Industries
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all of our staff, stakeholders, suppliers, partners and customers for your support during 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 and working with all of you next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Opening Hours during the holiday period
23 December 2016 08:30 - 14:00
24 December 2016 to 02 January 2017 - Closed
03 January 2017 onward's 08:30 - 17:00
We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a full order book. We have significant expansion plans for 2017 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year. We look forward to working with you on your conveyor projects both in the UK and abroad in our export markets.