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Food & Drink Case Study – E-Stops

The Issue
Vitacress had issues with E-Stops, Grab Lines and Door Switches which were causing downtime due to water ingress. Paint was flaking off and falling onto the food conveyor belt which lead to loss of product through contamination and downtime due to the faulty parts.

The Solution
Full Stainless Steel IP69K Rated E-Stops, Grab Lines and Door Switches were supplied with LED`s, thus ensuring that the production manager and engineers had an easy visual check to see if the units were powered and working. The IP69K Rated E-Stops ensured the highest protection from any water ingress. The result? They haven’t needed to change a single unit in 2 years.

“The solution has reduced the downtime for these parts to zero, where we would have changed between 2-4 per month. These solutions have saved us thousands and they continue to do so. Ind-Tech really delivered not only a cost-effective solution but also the delivery times were always on schedule.”
Engineering Manager

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Food & Drink Case Study – Geared Motors

The Issue
The food site had severe problems with geared motors which were failing due to water ingress and flaking paint, which ended up with a loss of produce and downtime to change the geared motors. The ones they were using were lasting less than four months due to the aggressive washdown procedure.

The Solution
Ind-Tech supplied NORD nsd-tupH Geared Motors which are not only IP69K, but also FDA Approved, corrosion resistant, no penetration of corrosion even if damaged, resistant to acids and alkalis (entire PH range) and manufactured using a special process which treats the aluminium body which isn’t painted like traditional geared motors.

“Since Ind-Tech came up with this solution we have had one geared motor installed for over two years without any problems. We decided to standardise our geared motors with NORD nsd-tupH across our entire site and we continue to gain valuable time and money back with every new installation.”
Manager

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Food & Drink Case Study – Sensors

The Issue
The customer had a steel sensor disc attached to a bearing which was used to count the rotations on a motor gearbox shaft. The sensor only had a short sensing range so it was fitted very close to the sensor disc, so any slight alignment issue caused the sensor disc to hit the front face of the sensor which immediately not only broke the sensor but shut the line down. They ere also experiencing water ingress with this same sensor.

The Solution
Ind-Tech supplied an IP69K Full Stainless Steel sensor which is manufactured from a single piece of stainless steel, meaning that even if the sensor was impacted on the front face it would still work. Also, the sensor had a longer sensing range so it could be mounted further away from the sensor disc thus enabling less chance of any impact. On top of this Ind-Tech also manufactured a bespoke sensor disc made from food grade nylon with stainless steel inserts for sensing which were installed flush to even lessen chance of any impact.

“What Ind-Tech were able to supply for this on-going issue, really shows their level of understanding and how much they care about our business. We were changing 6-8 sensors per month which had a big impact on the amount of product we were able to produce, and this has saved us over 40 hours a month and helped us to stay on target.”
Engineering Manager

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Automotive Case Study – Conveyors

The Issue
The exhaust conveyors weren’t meeting the Health & Safety standard requirement; hot welded exhausts were being manually handled and carried, resulting in damage due to droppages and slower production times than were desired.

The Solution
Ind-Tech recommended improved conveyor systems which resulted in no manual handling, meeting the Health & Safety requirement. Additional benefits included reduced cost due to reduced breakages and increased speed of production (2 x faster).

“The conveyors have been a great improvement for our safety, assembly process and quality. We have significantly improved our production times and reduced costs.”
A.B. Production Engineer

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Automotive Case Study – Vision Sensors

The Issue

Line downtime was an ongoing issue due to the inability of their existing sensors to detect failures, coupled with their existing sensors shorting-out regularly.

The Solution

Ind-Tech visited site to inspect the current sensors and recommended switching to IFM Vision Sensors. In automation technology, vision sensors have become an integral part in today’s assembly, production and quality monitoring. The O2D object recognition sensor with orientation-independent contour verification solves tasks like presence and position monitoring, quality control as well as sorting and counting.

“The sensors have been a great improvement for our assembly process and quality. We have significantly reduced our assembly times and improved failure detection at the same time.”
M.Z. Process Engineer

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Automotive Case Study – Retractable Swing Arms

The Issue

The team on the paint line of this automotive manufacturer were having Health & Safety issues with their wax hoses dragging along the floor, causing trip hazards in what is already a slippery area with wax on the floor.

The Solution

Ind-Tech designed and manufactured retractable ‘swing-arms’ to house the hoses overhead and eliminate the trip hazards, reducing the Health & Safety risk.

“The swing arms are a welcome addition to the paint line. They’ve successfully removed the risk of tripping over the wax hoses, thank you Ind-Tech.”
Paint Line Manager

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Case Study – Bearings Supply

The Client

A well known UK retailer with hundreds of stores across the country needed help with bearings supply.

The Problem

This well known retailer was suffering from bearing failures on their goods-in lift systems. Access to the bearings was limited due to the parts being used and the bearings were situated at height, presenting complications from a Health & Safety perspective as well as a time-consuming and tricky replacement process.

The Solution

Ind-Tech came up with a much improved design, re-specifying the existing bearings to cooper split housed units. This enables a much simpler and quicker replacement process due to improved ease of access, saving the customer time and money.

 

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Case Study – Automotive Industry

The Issue

The stores team at this car plant were picking parts one handed while holding a PDA which resulted in slow processing and several damages due to dropping.

The Solution

Ind-Tech designed, manufactured and added bespoke PDA holders to stores trolleys, enabling the stores team to pick quickly and safely with both hands, and minimising damage through accidentally dropping the units.

“The adapted trolleys have enabled the processing of 20% more parts per shift, saving hundreds of pounds and reducing costly equipment damage.” NC. Stores Manager.

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Case Study – Automotive Industry

The Issue

Wall mounted gun holders at this car plant were damaging the guns when stored, after their operation, and the guns were also not stored in their holder properly so droppages were causing lots of damage to the guns.

The Solution

Ind-Tech modified the length of the holders and lined them with nylon as a sacrificial lining, preventing  the guns from falling out and being damaged when returned to the holders.

“The simple modifications suggested and implemented by Ind-Tech saved us hundreds of pounds of downtime for costly replacements.”  PP. Lead Engineer

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Case Study – Automotive Industry

The Issue

A broken drive unit meant the customer was facing a downturn in critical production timescales unless fixed within 24 hours.

The Solution

The unit was collected from Swindon, dismantled, the bearings and seals replaced, reassembled, re-welded and delivered back to site within the critical timescale.

“Ind-Tech’s speedy response meant that critical production timescales were met despite the drive unit failure.” C.N. Engineer