Mandrel buffers are applied to feed production machinery in alignment with their cycle time or manufacturing capacity. Mandrels are transported from station to station (via the buffers) with an overhead crane or (manually) operated manipulator. Transportation takes place under supervision of the operator. Product storage racks simply store the output of an production line.
These systems can be designed in many ways, greatly depending on the manufacturing process. Below we show some examples.
Mandrel storage rack
A mandrel storage buffer is a robust (static) steel construction carrying mandrels on the journals. Quantity of mandrels to be stored depends on the available floor space, number and configuration of mandrels applied into the manufacturing process.
Dynamic mandrel buffer
The mandrel buffer is a robust steel construction carrying slowly rotating mandrels on the journals. The mandrel buffer is normally used as a queue for curing oven. The quantity of mandrels to be stored depends on the available floor space, number and configuration of mandrels applied into the manufacturing process.
Product storage rack
A product storage rack is a robust static steel construction (rack) carrying products. The quantity of products to be stored depends on the production process. For example, it may be partly derived from the output of the curing oven, if applicable.