LVP install a medical device conveyor in Larne, Northern Ireland
The project in Terumo BCT, based in Larne, was founded on the success of a previous line which was installed in 2010.
The system provides fully automated delivery of plastic trays which carry a delicate drip component from one cleanroom to another.
The medical device is assembled in the first cleanroom and then fed to operators in the second clean room on a JIT (just in time) basis where machines fill the device with fluids. This process is managed by operators.
All conveyors are high specification cleanroom grade stainless steel. The bulk of the system is made up of 220mm wide Carryline conveyors with some Okura jabucon “water” indexing conveyors. The controls functions include Stainless steel control panels with AB PLC and inverter control, a series of pneumatic stops for gating and releasing product and specialised operator finger block sensors to call product to the filling stations.
The overall brief of the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a low maintenance, modular, aesthetically pleasing materials handling system to handle delicate product was met and exceeded with flying colours.
Knife Edge Conveyors
LVP Conveyor Systems have recently built a knife edge conveyor cell with a 90 degree curve conveyor for transportation of small fine packages for the pharmaceutical industry. The spec was as follows.
- Very small and fine transition section (<5mm)
- Variable speed on both conveyors
- Full FDA design of conveyors and materials
- Interlocking to existing machine on site for safety
In order to achieve the above, we proposed and used an Okura Belcon mini conveyor KBS 1. This model incorporates a knife edge one end and an end roller the other. We then used an FCB fine series curve conveyor. The fine series curve conveyor incorporates rolling tracking wheels to keep the belt running smoothly As part of the cell layout the customer had an OCS check-weigher incorporated into their cell layout design. The OCS check-weigher infeed knife edge conveyor was able to be placed within 5mm of our FCB conveyor allowing the cell to fulfil purpose flawlessly Special purpose machine building is a speciality in LVP Conveyor Systems limited. Get in touch to discuss any projects you have