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Industries that use Mechanical Handling Equipment

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Mechanical Engineering | 0 comments

High performance Mechanical Handling Equipment results to the increase in profit maximization through reliable as well as stable cost management. Mechanical Handling Equipment has  been perfectly designed. These equipments are flexible and operate effectively at a very high speed. This helps in improving the production. Mechanical handling activities refers to all processes that involve the storage and protection of goods and products during the manufacturing, the distribution of finished products,the consumption and disposal  processes. These equipments also play a great role during the  transportation of heavy and bulky goods.

For example, we have the conveyors system, which are very popular in the mechanical handling industries and the packaging industries. There are many types of Mechanical Handling Equipment which include the chain pulley, the electric wire rope and the electric chain. Examples of the industries that use these equipments include the industries that assemble automotive and the aircraft components, those that deal with the agricultural, pharmaceutical, bottling, canning and packaging industries. Engineering in Kenya has more articles.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Mechanical Handling Equipment


Mechanical Handling Equipment Industries that use Mechanical Handling Equipment

Mechanical Handling Equipment

The equipments chosen should be durable to provide the reliable and stable production thus reducing the cost of production. These equipments are very important in production planning. It is therefore important to do proper selection for the equipments that will enhance production process and increase production. To begin with, the cables connecting the Mechanical Handling Equipment should be of high quality. They should be reliable with robust connectivity and be of maximum integrity. The cables should be protected from abrasion induced by oil and chemicals, and should be able to withstand intensive stress. This way, they will maintain continuous production as there will be minimal production interference. The equipment selected should be well designed using scientifically and technological products systems which can move, lift secure or place a material effectively.

The quality of the machine is also a paramount factor. Any procurement officer should consider buying products from well established companies that comply with the established international standards. The Mechanical Handling Equipment should be tested for safety, its mechanical and its electrical construction; and whether it is operating appropriately. Quality can really affect management efforts and may be of hindrance to the efforts put to comply with the customer’s satisfaction. Even after purchasing the equipment, the companies should have a quality control and assurance departments which will ensure  that the machine is well maintained and serviced as required. The equipment should be of the latest technology, to ensure that production is well enhanced.

Care and maintenance of Mechanical Handling Equipment

 These equipments determine the production level of the company. This is why it is important to follow the right procedure when operating them and to have regular servicing, immediate quality repairing in case of mechanical failure and following the appropriate preventive measures.  The equipments, as discussed earlier should be selected appropriately according to the type, design and quality of the equipment. Such selected equipments usually serve for a longer duration before any incidences of mechanical failure prevail. The major steps involved in the care and maintenance of these mechanical handling systems includes regular inspections, having key parts in the maintenance stock, the proper training of the personnel and the close monitoring of procedures for preventative maintenance.  These practices prolong the life of the Mechanical Handling Equipment.  Practicing proper preventive management measures include ensuring appropriate take up adjustment. This is often overlooked by majority of mechanical industries. Wearing of chain lengths makes the take up force to extend, reducing the spring force resulting to poor take up. Therefore, regular compressing of take up springs should be done continually. Failure to do so may cause the surging and jamming of the springs and extreme wear on the chain. Proper lubrication of the rotating and moving parts is very important. For example, chain bearings can cause mechanical and electrical overload if not regularly lubricated.

Care and maintenance of Mechanical Handling Equipment

All contaminants that can cause deterioration of the equipments parts should be put away from them. These include abrasives, alkaline fluids, glass beads, paint, etc. Building shrouds around delicate parts of the equipments should be done to avoid such contaminants from causing mechanical damage such as motor burnout. Good equipment handling practices should be emphasized to avoid problems associated with them such as jams, motor overloads, breakages and excess equipment wear. For equipments that have belts such as the conveyors, the belts should be tracked and timed appropriately. Regular inspections should be done to ensure that the belts are moving at the required speeds. Mistiming of the equipment operations may cause the products to collide, consequently disrupting the operation or even cause mechanical failure. When the above procedures are followed, there will be very minimal interruptions in the production processes due to Mechanical Handling Equipment failures.