Related: Automotive Production
When it came time for North American Lighting (www.nal.com) to invest in a conveyor system for its Flora, IL, plant, the automotive supplier selected Dynamic Conveyor’s (www.dynamicconveyor.com) DynaCon modular conveyor system as a cost-effective, yet efficient, solution that fulfills current and future operational requirements.
Unlike fixed metal conveyor systems, which require extensive design, engineering and construction resources, DynaCon’s lightweight polycarbonate construction allows for easy installation and modification as plant layouts change. This was a key selling point for NAL—which produces headlamps, fog lamps and auxiliary lighting systems for several OEMs—since its components have varying production lifecycles ranging from 18 to 60 months, traditionally resulting in expensive modifications to fixed conveyor systems and allocation of planned downtime, reducing operational efficiency. The DyanCon system, however, can be reconfigured in hours, as opposed to days because no cutting or welding is needed. Maintenance costs are reduced because of a self-lubricating plastic belt link design that doesn’t require belt tensioning or realignment across the entire system when a fault develops—only the damaged sections of the belt require replacing.
To take advantage of the full benefits of the DynaCon system, NAL plans to expand adoption to its other facilities in the U.S. to maximize commonality and reduce investment costs by allowing facilities to exchange parts and sections as needed.