Indexing Lift buffers product during peak production.

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Designed for vertical storage, custom-designed Flighted Lift buffers product during peak production times or when surges occur during conveyance. Loading can be accomplished from any level by using pusher, and single or multiple discharge points can be utilized in C or Z configuration. Effective with FIFO or LIFO material handling strategies, unit is controlled through mechanical linked drive chains that allow lifting chains to run in opposite directions.



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Flighted Lift from TKF Keeps Product Moving Through Peak Production Time or During a Production Surge


CINCINNATI, OH (June 24, 2005) - The Flighted Lift from TKF is an indexing lift designed for either vertical storage, or for buffering product during peak production times or when there is a surge during conveyance. Product is conveyed into the system as needed and is indexed and lifted with the flighted lifting mechanism, then discharged with the use of a pusher. While the system features a load point at the bottom of the lift, loading can be accomplished from any level by using a pusher. Single or multiple discharge points can be utilized in either a "C" or "Z" configuration.

The TKF system is effective in either a FIFO or LIFO material handling strategy and provides good vertical storage density. It is ideal for situations where surges in production, or peak production times cause backups upstream from subsequent operations. By incorporating a TKF Flighted Lift into the material handling configuration, product may continue to flow from upstream and simply be buffered or accumulated until downstream operations have caught up.

Since each system is custom designed, weight capacities, dimensions and number of storage locations are variable.

The Flighted Lift is controlled through mechanical linked drive chains, which allow the lifting chains to run in opposite directions. One lifting chain runs clockwise while the opposing lift chain runs counterclockwise. In high throughput applications the chains can be controlled with servo drives for more precise chain movement.

TKF specializes in the design and manufacture of engineered conveying systems for the appliance, packaging, automotive, food/drug preparation and other manufacturing and processing industries. Conveyor types include vertical, accumulation, carousel, overhead, and transfer units.

For more information about the Flighted Lift, contact TKF, Inc., 726 Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45203, at (513) 241-5910, Fax (513) 651-2792, e-mail sales@tkf.com or visit our web site at www.tkf.com.

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