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Publication Date: 10/1/2007
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Creform Intros Materials Handling Tray/Cart/Rack
Materials handling tray/cart/rack.
Greer, SC — Creform
Corporation has introduced a new, multi-tasking and adaptive material handling structure utilizing its system of pipes and joints. The Tray Cart/Rack structure can be used for storing shallow trays and low-profile tote boxes containing parts and components and for transporting throughout a facility while providing a safe, secure over-the-road travel system.
The new design uses aluminum U-channel sections that function as tray supports and are mounted on the opposing vertical columns of the structure's bay(s). The channel is sized to allow the tray or box's lip to easily slide into the channel. Because the lip is then retained on three sides by the channel rails, each tray or box is held securely during over-the-road transport.
Each U-channel is mounted with a slight-front-to-back downward angle that prevents trays from sliding off the front (or loading side) of the rack while an integral vertical backstop pipe keeps trays in place, helping to ensure that the trays remain seated and resist the vibration and jostling of transport. As an added precaution, an attachable/detachable elastic strap extends down the front of each bank of trays to secure their position. Based on application specifications of tray/box dimensions and part data, channel rail spacing between levels can be positioned so that the bottom of an upper container helps to retain the parts of the tray immediately below, thus preventing parts from being tossed around. According to the company, the open shelf configuration makes loading and unloading easy, while the adaptive nature of the system's construction flexibility provides the option of handling parts and/or trays from one side of the rack, or to offer load/unload access from both sides of the cart.
The open structure design means the cart itself is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver even when fully loaded with parts. Maneuverability is enhanced by Creform heavy duty bolt-on casters with large diameter wheels for greater load handling capacities and easy rolling over a variety of surface conditions including manufacturing environments, on loading docks and in/out of trucks. The product is especially suitable for handling parts when climate handling is important, such as curing and drying operations where the open design promotes unobstructed air circulation to hasten processing times. This layout also supports easy visual inventory management to sustain a continuous parts flow to work stations and through processes.
The carts can also be constructed using ESD-rated components that offer protection from the buildup and discharge of static for storage/transport structures used in handling sensitive electronics. The design can include a hitch apparatus for towing by automated carts such as the Creform AGV System.
For more information, contact: Creform Corp., P.O. Box 830, Greer, SC 29652-0830
800-839-8823 fax: 864-877-3863. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
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