Foregoing Forklifts: BRT Extrusions Finds a Better Way to Move Products


Moving bundles of 25-foot-long aluminum rails, tubes, rods, and other extrusions isn’t easy. For years, BRT Extrusions in Niles, Ohio, used forklifts to carry their bulky products from the packaging station to the weighing station and then to shipping or storage.

But it was risky. Maneuvering wide loads through narrow aisles—between workers and workstations—could potentially damage products or equipment, and injure people. 

That’s why BRT asked Conveyer & Caster to help find a better way. Moving items safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively is our expertise. 

After evaluating the situation, we set out to design and install a continuous-flow system—one that would minimize handling, speed up processing, and reduce or eliminate the use of forklifts in packaging and production areas. 

What did we come up with? A solution that includes: 

  • An innovative movable work-table system
  • Roach conveyors and Albion cast-iron casters
  • Modular load cells that weigh bundles while still on the conveyor

The result has impacted more than forklifts. Thanks to a collaboration with Conveyer & Caster, BRT now is able to process higher volumes of products at lower unit costs. For a deeper dive into solution, download the full case study here

BRT Extrusions Case Study

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