The PF-80/US hot pressing tool reduced joining time for over $4k in production savings, per minute.
A distribution center desired to reduce maintenance
time for belt replacement on its live roller conveyor,
which transported a high volume of parcels. As one
of the world's largest retailers, the customer sustained
huge production losses for each minute of
downtime. Naturally, the customer had aggressive
operational goals to increase uptime and throughput
and therefore needed to improve the speed and
accuracy of belt replacements.
To cut maintenance for belt replacement, the customer
required a faster means of joining the belt
with a lower chance for error. Habasit satisfied this
requirement with the PF-80/US joining press reduces
the number of operations by replacing traditional
screw-down pressurizing system with a simple lever
mechanism. Additionally, the PF-80/US reduces the
time of aligning the guiderail within the press by
means of a notch that mates with the press frame.
These design advantages reduce the error potential
of improper pressurization and guarantee proper belt
alignment during the joining process.
Once adopted, the PF-80/US hot pressing tool
reduced both installation time and error rates.
Overall, the high-volume distribution center gained
large savings by redeeming precious production
Savings reached at least $6,000 per belt join.
- Over 1 minute in time saved per belt joining
- $4,700 per minute in saved production
- A second corrective pressing operation due
to faulty splice could cost an additional 25-30
minutes of downtime (or $117,500)
Additional time and costs are required when the
operation is performed by an inexperienced operator.
Multiple lines used the same live roller conveyor,
so savings quickly multiplied. To help the customer
meet its goals, the Habasit America engineering
team designed and delivered the improved hot press
in a urgent manner.