Buffer storage for McCain

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European Conveyor Systems has completed installation of a heavy-duty pallet handling system at McCain Foods’ factory near Peterborough to provide significant buffer storage between production and cold store.

ECS undertook the contract on behalf of Single Source Storage Services, who had been appointed by McCain Foods (GB) as systems integrator to improve product handling operations between production and storage.

The new system conveys the pallets from the output of an existing pallet stretch wrapper and on to one of two zero-pressure accumulation conveyors, depending on where the product is required in the cold store. Pallets are routed to the correct lane by a chain transfer or a turntable. The accumulation conveyors provide space for pallets to queue without making contact with each other, acting as buffer storage within the cold store. At the end of each conveyor pallets are off-loaded by fork lift trucks.

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