First established in 1983, Ricoh UK Products Ltd (RPL) is a production subsidiary of the Japanese Ricoh Company. Their UK site in Telford has dealt with a number of parts of the business’s varied product portfolio over the years including their toner production facility.
Following a move to restructure Ricoh’s European manufacturing procedures, Pelloby were asked to design and deliver a bespoke 2 tonne crane with a wide span for a room used for producing toner bottles. Take a Look at this Video of the crane in action:
In an attempt to remove duplication of activities across the company’s various production sites in Europe, Ricoh took the decision to reorganise their manufacturing operations in 2014. Ultimately resulting a in a shift towards lean manufacturing, this process – known as project Darwin – resulted in Ricoh’s toner production being relocated from the Telford site to a factory in France.
The space that this left was split into two rooms – one for Toner Bottle Production (TBP) and the other for Toner Colour Filling (TCF2). With as many as 40,000 bottles being made each day and then passed next door to the TCF2 room, a crane was required to carry out tool changes on four injection stretch blow machines in order support this process.
In addition the crane is also used for ad hoc maintenance tasks supporting inspection and repair work on the machines.
Widespan 2 tonne crane
In addition to the 16.8 metre span crane itself, Pelloby also designed and manufactured a 28 metre long full supporting gantry framework for the crane to run on. This was built to a height of almost six metres in order to straddle the room’s four tall machines and provided a 6.7 metre height of lift.
The 2 tonne crane single girder beam was fitted with a Verlinde VT1 wire rope hoist and a divorced pendant control was used to govern the long travel, hoist travel and vertical hoisting motions.
Ricoh Area Specialist Maintenance Engineer, Graham Smith, explained that the crane has helped make the transition within the toner bottle production room possible.
“Large cranes like this one that span the width of a warehouse or factory and travel the length of it are often designed and installed at the same time as the space is being built – they’re factored into the plan for the building.
“This wasn’t the case with this crane, but Pelloby were able to design a crane that met the evolving needs of our business perfectly.”
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