Wheel and Tire Handling

Customize your tire handling

The manufacturing of wheels and tires requires many specialized pieces of equipment that can range from standardized conveyor to handle a wide range of product sizes to customized rotating devices that are specific to the customer’s layout. The design of this equipment must keep the environment in mind as most manufacturing processes produce metal and other particles. These sources of contamination can cause premature wear in bearings and other components. We have extensive experience in these industries that allows us to provide robust equipment that will operate with minimal maintenance for many years.

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Shot Blast Remover/Wheel Flipper

During the manufacturing process of aluminum wheels, they are subjected to a shot blast process. Some of this fine shot is trapped in the recesses of the top of the wheels. The customer needed a fast and efficient method of removing this shot. What we provided is a rotary flipper that would invert the wheels two at a time to dump the shot out. The concept is a conveyor that is mounted in a "barrel" that rotates 180 degrees to invert it, at which point the shot is dumped onto a chute that directs it back to the main shot handling system. This makes for a simple and robust means of quickly dumping the shot in-line with the conveyor system.

Shot Blast - Wheel Flipper Specifications

  • Utilizes variable frequency drive (VFD) controlled SEW-Eurodrive gearmotor with a chain drive for the rotation.
  • Conveyor on flipper is heavy duty chain driven live roller conveyor that utililzes an SEW-Eurodrive gearmotor.
  • Diverter chute underneath captures the shot and returns to be used in the system again.
 

Wheel Centering Device

The centering device we have developed utilizes simple mechanical principles to center different diameter and weight wheels on the same conveyor line. The wheels need to be centered for different operations such as quality control cameras or other automated processing. This simple yet effective design bolts to the bottom flange of the conveyor so it is easily added to existing systems.

Wheel Centering Device Specifications

  • Spring actuated adjustable tensioner to fine tune centering force required for your application.
  • Flared lead in ends allow for wheel to find center as it enters the device.
  • Simple design does not require plant utilities – no air or electric required!
 

Wheel Vertical Lift

We have made several styles of lifts to vertically raise or lower wheels to different conveyor elevations. Typically the wheel delivery conveyors will run overhead to free up floor space, so the vertical lifts are used to get wheels into and out of manufacturing processes such as machining, shot blast, buffer storage, etc. We realize your plants run round the clock and our vertical lifts utilize tried and true technology to ensure high reliability and to minimize downtime. Due to the unique applications and customer preferences, different variations of vertical actuation and conveyance have been utilized.

Wheel Vertical Lift Specifications

  • Vertical actuation typically done via an SEW-Eurodrive electric gearmotor. Designs have also been standardized for pneumatic cylinder lift depending on the loads and vertical travel required.
  • Conveyor on lift carriage can be either gravity roller or powered roller conveyor.
  • Gravity roller conveyor utilizes the vertical movement of the carriage to raise a stop when the carriage leaves the adjacent conveyor elevation. Once the lift has reached full up or full down position, the counterbalanced blade stop lowers to release the wheel. This method of conveyance is simple, but the wheel conveyability must be taken into account to make sure it will work reliably on gravity roller conveyor.
  • Powered rollers on the lift carriage utilize powered motorized rollers with chain driven roll to roll design. This provides the most positive means of conveyance and does not rely on gravity for it to work.
  • Lower elevations near operators include a safety tunnel to keep pinch points and such beyond arms reach.
  • Lifts are available with a complete turnkey control system or less controls for you to integrate into your system.
 

Custom Wheel Rotator

Applications

  • 360 degree rotation of wheels to remove shot after forging process
  • 180 degree rotation of wheels during coating process

 

Benefits

  • Compact design allows for integration into existing layouts where floor space is a premium
  • Rotators feature a pass through design to allow for very high throughputs

 

Specifications

  • Robust steel weldment with heavy duty bearing plates on each end
  • Powered roller conveyor features solid roller shafts that are supported by external bearings
  • Rollers are captures on each end to prevent them from sliding back and forth during rotation
  • Dampers are installed to absorb the impact of product on rotator side walls
  • Long lasting, sealed cam followers are used to support rotator drum
  • Turn-key control panel

 

Partial Client List

  • AAP St. Mary's Corporation
  • BMW
  • Continental Tire
 

Tire Stacker

Applications

  • Stacking tires prior to an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS system)
  • Stacking tires before shipment

 

Benefits

  • Efficient and fast stacking of tires coming off cooling line
  • Design allows for various tire diameters
  • Capable of stacking up to 4 tires at a time
  • In-line design allows stack to be discharged onto a take away conveyor rather than requiring a fork-truck operator for removal

 

Specifications

  • Chain driven live roller in-feed conveyor
  • Tires are lifted upwards with a pneumatic lifting device
  • Pneumatic operated fingers securely grip tire stack during stacking process
  • Turn-key control panel

 

Partial Client List

  • BMW
  • Continental Tire
 

Tire De-Stacker

Applications

  • Breaking down stack of tires coming out of Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS)

 

Benefits

  • Efficient and fast stacking of tires coming out of ASRS
  • Design allows for various tire diameters
  • Capable of de-stacking up to 4 tires at a time
  • In-line design allows stack to be conveyed into de-stacker. A single tire can then be dispensed inline to a take-away conveyor

 

Specifications

  • Chain driven live roller in-feed conveyor
  • Tires are lifted upwards with a pneumatic lifting device
  • Pneumatic operated fingers securely grip tire stack during stacking process
  • Turn-key control panel

 

Partial Client List

  • BMW
  • Continental Tire
 

Custom Seat Handling photos

 

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