ADELAIDE PNEUMATIC takes the challenge from Boar’s Rock Pty Ltd
The Boar’s Rock Challenge
APS were approached by Boar’s Rock to come up with a solution to a problem, which was present in 13 crushed fruit hopper installations in their red wine processing unit in S.A.
Problem 1: At the bottom of each hopper was a trapdoor which needed to be opened in very small increments (mm) to allow wine juice and tailings to slowly feed the rest of the processing run. If the product ran to quickly as it did often, it would flood the area with grape juice and stop production.
Problem 2: There was an existing toggle valve which operated the door but was a one hand operation which allowed operators to use the other hand to clear fouled doors when the unit overflowed-very dangerous!
Adelaide Pneumatic designed a prototype, tested it successfully on site and then proceeded to engineer a batch of 13 for Boars Rock. This solution came in the form of a waterproof control module, with a two handed simple operation which not only moves in tiny increments but can ‘park’ with absolutely no actuator creep. It fulfills the Health & Safety Regulations required for staff plus provides the infinite control that was necessary for smooth, efficient production.
A simple solution which minimises maintenance and downtime, creating a very happy client.