Welcome to our Recent Applications Page. We have completed all of these jobs in the past eighteen months and we keep the applications updated in an effort to promote our latest advances. These posted applications below only touch the tip of the iceberg in terms of total work performed in this time frame (we can't possibly show them all) and only poke around the edges of our full capabilities. We do hope that it is enough to spark your interest in some of our products. Please be patient with the videos. Depending on your internet speeds, they make take a bit to load. Hopefully, they are worth the wait!
Robert Braini, Operation Manager at Tasty Selections contacted us last year to develop a solution to a nagging and ongoing issue they were having on their bulk cookie dough line. The problem involved merging two lanes of tubs exiting the bulk cookie depositor. The existing merge was prone to jams and creating costly downtime events. The dead plate and right angle transfer arrangement allowed the tubs hang up on the dead plate which caused timing issues at the merge. We provided a solution that was both incredibly simple and reliable. We integrated our standard Span Tech barrel roller chain in combination with specially developed pop-up fingers (aka "magic fingers") . The free-spinning barrel rollers run on fixed bed below the chain which, in turn, causes the tubs to accelerate relative to the conveyor speed. The pop-up fingers are even spaced along each lane and offset staggered between the two lanes. As each tub accelerates, it quickly runs up to a finger and stops accelerating. Due to the offset staggering of the fingers between the lanes, the tubs are naturally in position for perfect merge with 100% reliability! The most remarkable aspect of this solution is there are no special or complex controls required. It operates the same as a typical conveyor and only requires a simple VFD (supplied by Conovey) for speed control. This makes this solution a fraction of the cost as compared to servo multi-lane style merging systems.
3D RENDERED MODEL.
SHOP TEST VIDEO
ALL SET UP AND READY TO GO!
FIELD TEST VIDEO
Did you know: Conovey builds a wider variety of merging and diverting systems than our competitors. This provides us with a proven arsenal of options when it comes time to finding the right merging or diverting solution for your application. Ask about Merging Solutions today.
ice cream spiral freezer
Prairie West Ice Cream from Winnipeg Manitoba was looking for a solution to assist with their ice cream freezing process. Their current process involved manually palletizing ice cream tubs directly off the line onto skids. The skids were then manually transported into a large holding freezer where they froze over a long period of time. This method suited their needs for tub products but as their business expanded into smaller containers and portion based products, this labour intensive process became a bottle neck. We recommended the installation of a tandem spiral conveying system that could be installed right into their existing holding freezer and still leave room for manual skidding and final hardening. We are never ones to miss an opportunity to supply a solution that is better than anything else in the spiral freezing market. We teamed up with Ashworth Brothers to design and build a revolutionary PosiDrive Tandem Spiral Conveying System. PosiDrive technology is far superior to the conventional and antiquated Slip Drive supplied by most spiral manufacturers today. The technology is based on positively driving the inside edge of the stainless steel spiral chain links with ribbed cage bars. This completely eliminates the "overdrive" requirement of traditional Low Tension Capstan systems and, thereby, eliminates the age old problem of catastrophic belt failures due to the "Christmas Tree" high tension effect (anyone that owns a spiral has probably suffered through this). The positive engagement of chain and cage results in an ultra-low and equal tension design throughout the entire body of the spiral. In fact, we are able to drive an entire UPGO spiral, regardless of size, with a single drum gear-motor. You read this right: there is no requirement for a take-up drive on UPGO spirals! The take up drive on DOWNGO PosiDrive spirals is simply used to pull the vertical chain up through the return path and we use a mechanical slip-clutch to ensure that the take up cannot pull too much tension. It is a bullet proof design that has enabled Conovey to build a completely reliable and virtually maintenance free spiral conveying system. The other spin-off benefit of PosiDrive technology is the spiral conveyor runs perfectly smooth throughout the entire chain path. Pulsing and shuddering found on traditional systems has become a thing of the past and this allows better maintaining of product orientation. This can be a critical factor in many spiral conveying applications.
NICE RENDER OF TANDEM SPIRALS SHOWN AT HALF HEIGHT FOR TESTING.
DAVE'S ENJOYING SOME ICE CREAM AT END OF A GREAT JOB!
POSIDRIVE SAMPLE OPERATION VIDEO
MONEY SHOT IN ALL IT'S GLORY.
SHOP TEST VIDEO
BOTTOM MOUNTED GEAR MOTOR.
FIELD TEST VIDEO
Did you know: Conovey is Canada's largest Canadian Owned Spiral Conveyor manufacturer and has the widest diversity in spiral conveying design offerings worldwide. Why didn't you know this? It's because we manufacture spirals on an inquiry basis and, although Conovey has been one of the fastest growing companies in Canada four years in a row, we do not have a formal sales force. How do we do it? We strive to retain the customers that we have worked hard to earn and then let them spread the word.
High Speed Sorting System
Carlisle Technology contacted us with a very unique application. Carlisle’s focus is on full featured, plant wide, integrated software and hardware solutions that meet the needs of the Food Processing Industry from receiving to shipping and order fulfillment. This particular application required some unique "out of the box" thinking. Their customer is a major producer of Ginseng products and was looking for an advanced method to automatically sort Ginseng by size. The current method utilized employees to sort manually by looking at the size of the roots and sorting them into bins. Carlisle contacted Conovey because they know that we are the best company to develop specialized automated solutions to unique industry challenges. The minds at Conovey used their extensive knowledge of automated processes to develop a new shape detecting and sortation system that would automatically detect size and send roots the corresponding bins. Conovey developed this new labour saving and yield enhancing technology completely in-house. Rather than try to explain it, the following photos and video do an admirable job at showcasing this exciting technology.
SIZING BIN WITH BLOW OFF.
SIZING IN ACTION
56 SIZING BINS.
HIGH SPEED AIR BLOW OFF.
BLINK AND YOU MIGHT MISS IT
Did you know:Our sorting systems have virtually no limit on the number of sizing categories. This application has 56 sizing bins and the right size product goes into the right bin every time!
tHE dOUBLE tURN
Conovey was approached by JMP Solutions, one of our trusted partners, with a unique application. JMP loves to solve tough problems for customers and improve people’s lives. Their team helps people, plants, facilities and equipment run safer, with better efficiency, improved quality and at a lower cost. JMP asked us if we could re-orient a variety of finished package cases in preparation for their robotic palletizing process. Part of the challenge was to develop a reliable, sanitary solution in a small footprint with maximum orientation flexibility and fully automatic controls. JMP knew that Conovey has extensive experience with Intralox ARB (Activated Roller Ball) technology and felt this technology could help them meet their need. Moreover, since JMP had already purchased over 100 conveyors destined for Tyson Foods, they trusted that Conovey could deliver. The Conovey team developed an eloquent solution using an Intralox S400 45 Degree Passive chain solution riding on a high friction bed with two pneumatically operated pop-out rollers. Activation of pop-out side rollers would be used to let the case run straight through, re-orient from wide side to narrow side, rotate case one turn or rotate case two turns. The end result packs a big punch in a small footprint!
Did you know:Conovey holds an official ARB licence from Intralox and we are always developing new ways to best utilize the technology. If you have an application where you need to re-orient, align, justify, lane - simply get in touch and we will be able to propose a robust and cost-effective solution for you needs.
continuous racetrack loop
Fairview Conveyors contacted us about an interesting application. One of their customers, LifeLabs is the largest provider of specialty laboratory testing services in Canada. Together with their partners, they provide national access to specialized clinical tests. LifeLabs required a continuous oval conveying loop to facilitate managing testing samples. We had the perfect solution to meet their needs: a Top Chain Only Continuous Side Driven OutRunner Conveyor Loop. It is a mouthful for a simple and robust solution for continuous and transfer-free conveying needs. We use our standard Span Tech chain and framing combined with our special side sprocket drive system. The side sprocket drive allows us to utilize a top chain only in a continuous and unbroken loop. This is perfect for accumulating and carousel type applications where products are required to pass by more than once. We can manufacture these continuous chain systems in nearly any configuration and your imagination is really the only limit. LifeLabs is very happy with the solution and are considering another purchase.
LOOP WITH SIDE DRIVE IN FOREFRONT.
E-STOP PULL CORD FINGER GUARDING.
A BIRD'S EYE VIEW
CONTINUOUS TOP CHAIN ONLY LOOP.
REMOTE START STOPS.
THE LOOP UTILIZES SPANTECH 50MM SUPERTIGHT CHAIN TO PERMIT TIGHT BEND RADIUS.
SPROCKET SIDE DRIVE UNIT.
Did you know:Conovey can manufacture any type of conveyor that you require and we back up this claim with thousands of our conveyors reliably running in companies all over the world. The fact that we sell in Canadian Dollars means that you are receiving up to a 40% discount as compared to any system coming out of the USA and not giving up one ounce of quality! We manufacture to tough North American standards.
sanitary incline conveyor
Riverside Natural Foods is a major manufacturer of innovative food products that offer a healthier alternatives to consumers. Riverside has been purchasing conveyors from Conovey for some time now and they recently approached us about building a very sanitary variation of an incline conveyor for moving sticky food products. We were quick to respond and completely re-designed our standard incline to provide an open and highly cleanable conveyor that utilizes Intralox ThermoDrive technology. We have minimized all flat surfaces, kept all areas of the conveyor open and accessible, made the UHMW side guarding so that it can pivot down to fully access the belt and made the hoppers and chutes easily removable for cleaning. Another big benefit of the ThermoDrive belt technology is its ability to run with traditional sprockets under very low tension. This means that there are never tracking issues and belt-stretch take-up units are not required. Plus the belt is extremely hygienic and designed for the toughest sanitary environments. In baseball terms, this design is a Grand Slam and the customer has already ordered more conveyors that utilize it. They know a good thing when they see it!
Did you know:At Conovey, we love ThermoDrive technology. When it comes to building sanitary product handling conveyors, it chekcs all the right boxes. Conovey has built hundreds of ThermoDrive conveyors for bakery, confectionery and meat/poultry processing industries. It is our "GO TO" belt when you need the absolute best for you sanitary needs.
Highline Mushrooms, one of our valued customers, contacted us about a nice little application to transport plastic trays filled with mushrooms. Space constraints and system flexibility were of primary concerns. We recommended a Span Tech solution designed and manufactured here in Milton, Ontario. We designed a number of right angle high speed transfers and a really cool rotating conveyor section. See for yourself. You may be as impressed as the folks at Highline! They chose a simple control system with conveyor mounted VFD's rather than a full blown control panel. Remote mounted E-Stops provided a good level of safety for operators.
TRAY RIGHT ANGLE TRANSFERS
SWING GATE IN MOTION
Did you know: Our Span Tech conveyors are probably the most under rated of our all of product offerings. They are incredibly flexible, safe and whisper quiet. They are the Meccano Set of conveyors and designed to run with the lowest cost of ownership of any conveyor built worldwide. Span Tech conveyors, properly applied, typically run for more than 20 years without any significant downtime or maintenance costs. No more flying low under the radar! Inquire about our Span Tech products assembled in Canada and you might be surprised about what you learn. Feel free to visit our Span Tech page for more information about this exciting line of products.
Not only do the following parts go into every conveyor we make, we distribute products from these trusted vendors listed below. Ask us for a well-priced quote today.