Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Power of the Bison

A herd of bison usually roams our booth at trade shows
At the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver last month, attendees were drawn to the Arrowhead Systems booth by the herd of bison roaming the display table. The little bison-shaped stress relievers proved an icebreaker from which multiple inquiries flowed. 

In fact, one particular topic of conversation came up quite often. Many attendees were of the opinion that Arrowhead Systems “just does conveyor systems.” They were not aware that the Arrowhead Systems family of companies encompasses so much more. 

Here is a sampling of conversations that we had with both growing and established craft brewers:
  • We spoke to an Operations Manager from a growing craft brewer who had just purchased a used piece of equipment for his facility. As it turned out, this equipment was built by one of our competitors. The Operations Manager needed someone to provide a machine audit and subsequently re-install his new toy. We showed him the capabilities of Arrowhead Systems, with a specific emphasis on A&B Engineering’s ability to install and repair our competitor’s machinery. This turned out to be a solid fit for this craft brewer’s expansion needs.
  • We also heard from a well-established craft brewer who had recently purchased a new filler, lifting their capacity from 72 bottles per minute to almost 400 bottles per minute. The craft brewer’s operations team was concerned that their existing depalletizer would not allow them to maximize their upgraded capabilities, and they were not in the market for a fully automated depalletizer. We described the full range of Busse depalletizers designed to fit his needs. However, if he decided to purchase a used piece of equipment, A&B Engineering could assist by providing audits, repairs, relocation, and training.

Overall, attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference found that Arrowhead Systems is much more than “just a conveyor company.” While Arrowhead Conveyor manufactures a wide array of conveyor systems, Busse/SJI is a leader in palletizing and depalletizing equipment. In addition, A&B Engineering Services provides a full array of service solutions including field service, equipment relocation and installation, audits, upgrades, line controls, safety enhancements, training, and parts. Arrowhead Systems assists you in increasing productivity with full-scale solutions. We also take care of you with comprehensive service on your Arrowhead Systems equipment and other major brands.

John Biel - Aftermarket Sales Representative for A&B Engineering Services

P.S. If you’re looking to get your hands on a bison-shaped stress reliever, visit us at Pack Expo in Chicago on November 2-5, 2014.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Arrowhead Systems will be attending this year’s BrewExpo America.



BrewExpo America is the largest brewing conference and trade show in the U.S. and Arrowhead Systems will be in attendance in booth #1530.  Arrowhead Systems will be showcasing the company’s capabilities at the trade show which is being held in Denver, Colorado April 8-11.

Attendees of the show will be able to view a sample section of our ArrowSelect® quick ship open top conveyor in the booth.  Our modular ArrowSelect® Table Top Conveyor is an ideal choice for moving craft beer through the processing line.  The ArrowSelect® offers flexibility with a wide range of chain widths, options, and accessories that will satisfy most layouts or handling requirement.  ArrowSelect® Table Top Conveyors are available in either painted mild steel or stainless steel construction.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fox Valley Technical College Manufacturing Job Fair



Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation will be attending the Fox Valley Technical College Manufacturing Job Fair Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The manufacturing job fair is being held at the FVTC Appleton campus between 10 am and 2pm and features many local manufacturing companies looking to hire skilled labor. For more information visit the FVTC website.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Come visit Arrowhead Systems at the Michigan Tech Spring Career Fair!



Arrowhead Systems will be one of the 180 companies attending the Michigan Technological University’s Spring 2014 Career Fair. This year the event is set for Tuesday, February 18 at the Student Development Complex between the hours of 12pm to 6pm.  The Michigan Tech Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to network with hundreds of companies visiting the campus. http://www.mtu.edu/career/fair/students/

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 reasons you should upgrade your equipment with an Intralox DARB™ S4500 90˚or ARB™ S7000 Pattern Former:

A&B Engineering Services will retrofit your existing equipment or any Arrowhead Systems equipment with the Intralox DARB™ S4500 90˚or ARB S7000™ Pattern Former. This Intralox patented technology selectively turns, sequences, and diverts product without the use of mechanical devices that touch the product.

The Intralox patented Activated Roller Belt (ARB) and Dual-Stacked Angled Roller Belt (DARB) technology provide the ultimate flexibility for creating customized pallet layers of the most varied products, at the highest rates, with no change-over time between products.

5 reasons you should consider upgrading your equipment with an Intralox DARB™ S4500 90˚or ARB™ S7000 Pattern Former:

  1. Increased productivity: Move over 225 products/min. With the ability to change case orientation and pallet patterns on the fly at the touch of a button and without any mechanical change-over adjustments.
  2. Decrease product damage with the no-touch system: Products are handled smoothly and gently, as they’re directed from underneath the belt. There are no bump turns or grippers that could damage the product.
  3. Maximize floor space: The DARB™ S4500 and ARB™ S7000 are the only pattern formers that provide so many different capabilities in such a small footprint saving your valuable floor space.
  4. Low maintenance: Because there are few moving parts, the robust system requires minimal maintenance.
  5. Improved safety: There are no moving parts outside the machine housing, increasing safety for both workers and products.

Intralox ARB S7000™
Pattern Former
The Intralox ARB S7000™ Pattern Former technology gently turns and lanes cases while providing the ultimate in flexibility for creating customized pallet layers of varied products, at the highest rates, with no change-over between products. Product damage is virtually eliminated by the touch-less turning and diverting the ARB™ utilizes without the use of rails or other devices that touch the product.

The ARB™ S7000 Pattern Former quickly and accurately moves products from the stream into an infinite number of arrangements. The ability to change case orientation and pallet patterns on the fly without stopping comes with a touch of a button.


PriorityPal™ High Level Case Palletizer
 Utilizing an Intralox DARB™ S4500 Pattern Former
The Intralox DARB™ S4500 90° Pattern Former is the fastest in its class. Using patented Dual-Stacked Angled Roller Belt (DARB™) technology, the machine selectively turns, sequences, and diverts product at a 90° angle to the belt’s direction of travel, without the use of rails or other mechanical devices that touch the product. It eliminates the need for void stops and breakage due to product handling.

The PriorityPal™ High Level Case Palletizer utilizes the DARB™ S4500 90° Pattern Former that allows the palletizer to selectively sort, sequence, and divert product at a 90° angle onto the row forming conveyor eliminating the need for void stops and breakage due to product handling.

Contact A&B Engineering Services, the aftermarket service company of Arrowhead Systems, to find out if this technology can help you increase productivity and product handling on your existing equipment.

A&B Engineering Services offers a long list of custom solutions for both legacy and new equipment. Improve your existing equipment’s production capacity with engineered solutions, line controls integration, programming upgrades, and OEM or fabricated parts. You can also call us for technical and field support. If you’ve invested in new equipment, let us help with installation, start-up, and training.