Conveyor Solution: Conveyors Help Owens-Brockway Revitalize 100 Year Old Plant

Owens-Brockway factory floor

A group of twelve men invested their life savings in opening a glass bottle plant. On October 14, 1907, the first bottles were produced in Brockway, PA. One hundred years later, Owens-Brockway is still producing their award winning bottles in Plant #18.

Owens-Brockway Facilities Engineers were tasked with increasing production capacity and generally modernizing the facility. This became more of a challenge as most buildings constructed at the turn of the century are littered with building columns on very tight centers; creating a "forest" of wood columns. With help from the experienced solutions engineers at Conveyer & Caster - Equipment for Industry, the team was able to snake and weave conveyors through the forest of "yellow trees".

Owens-Brockway Engineers wanted to use as much of the existing conveyor as possible, in order to reduce cost and overall site impact. The exisitng system was predominanetly composed of v-belt driven live roller conveyor. V-belt driven conveyor comes in very few lengths, due to its design. This caused a need for special sized curves and tangents. Conveyer & Caster - Equipment for Industry, in partnership with its manufacturers, was able to design and precisely manufacture the necessary components.

Owens-Brockway factory floor

In keeping with modernization, overall power consumption by the conveyor was reduced. Conveyer & Caster - Equipment for Industry engineers designed the new conveyors to be slave driven whenever possible; reducing the number of motors, therefore the amount of power consumed.

Bottles come in many shapes and sizes, so do the cases in which they ship. Conveyer & Caster - Equipment for Industry engineers equipped the case handling conveyors with adjustable side brackets, so the conveyor width could be adjusted, reduced even to 6" wide for the smallest packages.

Hytrol conveyors were used to match the existing conveyors, not only for look and feel, but for spare parts and maintenance sake.

Owens-Brockway factory floor

Owens-Brockway Plant #18 recently celebrated their centennial and with the help of these new conveyors, palletizers and bottle making equipment, they hope to have an even better second century of premier bottle manufacturing.

When challenging conveyor applications come your way, look to the experts at Conveyer and Caster - Equipment for industry.

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