Introduction To MCM Overhead 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 bends, 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.

MCM Overhead Conveyors are marketed under one of five trade names depending on the type of system:

MCM Powertrack

MCM Powertrack

A range of monorail overhead conveyors suitable for handling a wide variety of products from many 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.

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MCM Sidetrack

MCM Sidetrack

A range of monorail overhead conveyors with the track and chain rotated through 90 degrees so that the C shaped hanging pendants attached to the chain project through the side slot of the track. The sidetrack system prevents any contamination from the chain, such as lubricating oil, falling on to the product being conveyed.

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MCM Autotrack

MCM Autotrack

A range of 'Power & Free' overhead conveyors designed with the flexibility to allow products to be directed along different routes within the same system depending upon the particular process or sequence of processes to be applied. The two coextensive tracks (chain & trolley) of the MCM Autotrack enable the formation of buffer storage and accumulation zones, automatic route selection and speed changes to suit processes.

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MCM Dualtrack

MCM Dualtrack

The Dualtrack range of conveyors are similar to overhead conveyors but are specifically designed to operate in the inverted mode for carrying products at floor level and where a high degree of stability and precise positional accuracy is demanded. Because the track and chain is below the handled products, contaminants such as oil and other debris fall away from the them thereby eliminating this as a cause of defects and the need to rework rejects.

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MCM Freetrack

MCM Freetrack

A range of low cost overhead conveyors utilising trolleys free running in a pressed steel enclosed track with the motive force provided either by gravity or hand push-pull. A selection of manual or pneumatic switches, rotators, merges, etc., allows systems to be configured to the client’s specific requirements.

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