Like many things in life, industrial material handling often has its share of twists and turns.
Modern manufacturing, food and beverage processing, packaging, and other industries which rely on conveyors, frequently require systems capable of accommodating tight curves — sometimes as much as 90 or even 180 degrees — in order to maximize the use of floor space and overall efficiency.
But designing and building these types of curved conveyors is easier said than done. Curved conveyors present a number of engineering challenges, and some manufacturers aren’t up to the task.
Fortunately, mk North America isn’t one of them. mk North America is a conveyor system manufacturer which offers a number of 90 and 180 degree curved conveyor solutions for a variety of applications, from sorting and packaging to manufacturing, assembly, and machine building.
Since ancient times, bread has been known as the “staff of life.” While bread’s importance hasn’t waned since those words were first written, the art of baking has changed significantly.
Today, according to the American Bakers Association, the commercial baking industry in the United States is responsible for well over $300 billion in total annual economic output and 1.7 million jobs — about 2.1% of the GDP. While professional bakers have existed since as far back as the 5th century BC in ancient Greece, the scale of sophistication of this modern industry is a far cry from relatively simple, handmade loaves of antiquity.
Indeed, the modern food supply includes baked goods like sandwich rolls, cakes, pies, pastries, crackers, snack bars, and much more. More importantly, rapidly growing population means that highly-efficient industrial methods are required to meet demand.
Whether you’re craft brewer, a soft drink company, a bottler of fresh spring water, fruit juice, or anything in between, there are some things that any major player in the beverage industry knows: one of the most crucial for day-to-day operations is the need for effective bottle and can conveyors.
Conveyor systems in the beverage industry are essential for numerous processes on the bottling line: filling, capping, labelling, packing, shipping, and more. A speedy, efficient line not only keeps production on schedule, but can help growing businesses scale to meet demand and more.
There’s a bit of popular wisdom that almost everyone has either heard or thought themselves at some point: Everything’s made of plastic these days.
But while the worldwide use and production of plastics has been rising steadily since the 1950s, metal’s not going anywhere just yet. One recent analysis even called industrial metals “the building blocks of an economy,” adding, “there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the industrial metals industry over the long term.”
Steady demand for metal means steady demand for metal working: die casting, stamping, cutting, assembly, handling, inspection, packaging, and all the other discrete processes that transform metal from raw ore to final product.
In August 2016, mk North America welcomed Stephen Fitzpatrick as a new Outside Regional Sales Manager. Fitzpatrick will be covering Ohio, West Virginia and the western half of Pennsylvania. Fitzpatrick joins a direct outside sales network that includes Jeff Billig (covering eastern PA as well as the mid-Atlantic region) Mike Conway (covering Ontario, Canada) and Jean-Francois Dussault (covering Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada).