Met-Track® was approached by a global tire manufacturer to provide a handling solution to their problem of moving the tires around after each manufacturing process. The company produces re-manufactured and re-treaded tires from worn carcasses.
During the complete operation, the previous manufacturing process utilized floor mounted trolleys or simply rolling tires on the floor to convey the tires between each process. Due to safety and quality procedures, the current methods were no longer viable, so Met-Track® was challenged with providing a safer solution.
Met-Track® proposed the supply and installation of a 500 series Met-Track® monorail system to transport the tires from the start of the re-manufacturing process – the worn tire warehouse, through every stage of the re-manufacturing process to the despatch area.
The complete system is very complicated and needed to facilitate several branch-off areas to specific process operations along with storage loops for each process.
Met-Track® successfully designed, manufactured and installed the complete steelwork structure, tracks and approximately 120 tire hangers over a period of approximately 6 weeks while also ensuring minimal disruption to the manufacturing process.
A proposal to extend and modify the system is now underway to increase capacity of the system allowing a greater number of tires and a quicker throughput on the system.