The task and special challenges
The task was to supplement an existing mixer station with a conveyor system to be developed by us in such a way that the mixing process and the transport of the material to be conveyed between the feed and take-off station could be fully automated in future – without the need for expensive conversions at the mixer station. Stainless steel containers with surrounding frames are used for the material to be conveyed. These are filled with various, precisely defined components, which are mixed by rotation in the mixing station. The containers, including frames, have the external dimensions 1,200 x 1,200 x 2500 mm (W x L x H) and can weigh up to 1,500 kg.
Furthermore, a weighing device should be integrated into the conveyor system in order to determine the total weight of the respective container contents. The main problem was that due to the required low overall height at the mixer station, our lifting tables were too high even in the lower end position. So we had to come up with an innovative idea to solve this problem – a challenge that we met with enthusiasm and high motivation.