Problem: A car manufacturer was challenged to move heavy steel parts bins between parallel in and out conveyor lines in one of their parts distribution centers. The use of a ball transfer table was not proving to be an effective solution. The bins with a narrow steel frame base were difficult to control and the ball transfers failed more frequently than was acceptable.
The manufacturer challenged their conveyor supplier to come up with a more effective product for transferring the parts bins through the workstation from one line to the other.
Solution: The conveyor company used Magnus Mobility's Max Performance Conveyor Rollers to solve this problem. Max Performance Conveyor Rollers use the Rotacaster multi-directional wheel to provide easy and controllable movement in all directions. The Max Performance Rollers were installed in an existing conveyor section, replacing 1.9" steel rollers as a retrofit. The parts bins were easy to control and move, requiring less force by employees than the ball transfer table.
The product selected was a 32" Max Performance Roller with the Rotacaster R2-0484-99 wheel on 2" centers. Rollers were installed on 3" centers.
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