Keeping MINI moving
17 July 2013
A bespoke conveyor system from LB Foster Materials Handling has been installed at the MINI Plant Oxford.
The solution presents a constant supply of wheels to the fitting operators on each side of the production line in the most efficient and ergonomic manner.
The main driver for the new equipment was that the wheel fitting position needed to be moved further up the production line. Consequently a conveyor system was required and possible improvements to the wheel fitting operation explored.
To meet the brief, LB Foster designed and manufactured zero line pressure accumulating roller conveyors complete with pop up transfers and tilting units for each side of the line. These conveyors are now used to transport the wheels in the correct sequence from the ground floor lifts to the cars as they progress down the line.