Creform Corporation, a manufacturer of unique products for material handling and commercial structures has designed and produced a new cart ideal for handling a wide variety of parts and delivering them repeatedly to the production process. The parts are oriented and sequenced for upcoming processing. Creform and its customer collaborated on the cart’s design to address material handling efficiency, operator ergonomics and protection of the product being moved.
Creform 28 mm plastic-coated pipe provides the necessary support and structural rigidity for the three levels. Each level has a solid surface plastic shelf for easy load/unload. Five plastic trays are stacked on the lower two levels with the top level having the ability to hold larger boxes. The cart features plastic walls on three sides with an access side on the fourth that features a latched door which secures the loads for transport. The access door is able to swing wide for easy access while the open design allows for visible inventory management of all the shelves.
Parts are handled in reusable boxes or trays on the cart to reduce waste, protect the parts and to make the production associates more efficient.
The cart shown has overall dimensions of 30″ L x 20″ W X 50″ T and has a load capacity of up to 200 lb. For this application it is designed to hold up to two hours of inventory for the user. Empty trays are loaded in a supermarket and then transported to the line to be filled. It comes with four large diameter swivel casters—two fixed and two swivel—with 6 in. wheels for easy rolling and positioning. The cart features a Creform hitch for regular towing through the manufacturing plant behind a manned tugger but hitches could also be used for AGV delivery.
As with all Creform carts, higher capacity and custom cart sizes and configurations are possible with the Creform system of 28 mm, 32 mm and 42 mm plastic
coated steel pipes and metal joints. They can be configured for ESD (anti-static) applications. The component nature of Creform carts provides added value and ensures that if there is any damage or worn components replacement parts are readily available.
A wide variety of pipe color options are available and upgrade hitches are available for AGV delivery. Accessories include hooks, the previously mentioned label as well as writing surfaces with clip boards to name a few. Creform carts are available as a kit, assembled structure or in component form for a complete DIY solution. Long life, because the adaptability of the cart, remains a fundamental principal of Creform.
The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency enhancing devices and is a proven component in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing programs. The company partners with customers in developing and implementing these programs.