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Conveyor Systems & Material Handling

The efficient movement of parts and materials is essential to any cost effective industrial process. Macton conveyor equipment provides these functions, including transporting materials from one process location to another or automatically feeding materials sequentially into a process station. Intended to minimize handling time and operating costs, Macton conveyor systems can be designed for local control by station operators or for fully automated, unattended operation including loading and unloading. Either way, all Macton control systems incorporate built-in safety features to minimize risk of damage to materials and equipment as well as injury to operating personnel.

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Westvaco Jumbo Paper Roll Indexing Storage Rails
Paper Transfer Cart
Sartell Paper Roll Cart



Paper Mill Conveyor Equipment – Macton has built many different types of conveyor equipment systems for the pulp and paper industry. For instance, in one paper mill, Macton built indexing and storage rails, as well as transfer carts, to automatically receive, store and index 55 ton paper rolls at various stations within that paper mill. In another paper mill, Macton built a rail system to receive, store, index and transfer 82,000 pound paper rolls to and from transfer carts and 24 different process stations, including stations set up for supercalendaring machines and processing machines in the coating area – all of this is done automatically and is computer controlled via wireless modems. In another paper mill, the transfer carts were designed to carry machines of differing sizes and up to 125,000 pounds in weight and carried those machines to designated maintenance, refinishing and storage areas.

Assembly Plant and Foundry Conveying Equipment – Macton has also built many conveying equipment systems for various manufacturing assembly plants, whereby materials are efficiently moved from one step in the manufacturing process to another. For instance, Macton has built turntable conveying systems for automobile assembly and parts manufacturing plants in the United States. Macton has also built different types of conveyor equipment systems in iron and aluminum foundries to transport items and materials to different furnace locations or other steps in the foundry process.

Macton’s Approach towards Designing and Building Factory Equipment – From concept through completion, Macton serves as a professional member of the project team. Be it a single piece of equipment or a complex system, Macton works closely with the Owner’s team to design an effective, economic solution. Macton’s engineering staff provides the practical assistance and the detailed technical support needed to integrate the equipment into the overall installation. Macton also helps plan and supervise the installation, as well as start-up and commissioning the equipment, ensuring that it is brought on-line quickly and delivers the expected performance. Macton also provides long-term upgrade support for all such equipment. Macton emphasizes the design and manufacture of robust, flexible, and reliable automation which results in systems that are not only engineered to fit the correct application, but also interface painlessly with the entire manufacturing system.

Macton’s Factory Equipment Expertise – With the experience and engineering expertise gained in over sixty years of the most demanding heavy-duty applications, Macton combines innovative applications engineering with a keen appreciation of the rigors of the industrial environment. Equipment that Macton has designed for the industrial market includes turntables, lifts, transporters, conveyor systems, and multiple axis motion machines. Applications have included paper mills, foundries, EMC/RFI test facilities, military installations, automotive assembly plants, aerospace facilities, and a broad spectrum of specialized applications. In addition to providing heavy-duty mechanical equipment, Macton also leads the way in control systems that not only ensures the proper performance of Macton’s equipment but also effectively interfaces this equipment with other plant functions.


Improved Material Flow – The control systems for Macton's conveyor equipment are automated to minimize the handling time required for moving heavy-duty materials (or equipment, as the case may be) and positioning them for various processing activities within the factory or mill location.

Decrease in Operating and Capital Costs – The automation of these systems reduces the manpower requirements that would otherwise be needed for these factory operations – in addition, they reduce the need for support equipment such as cranes, forklifts, tow motors and other similar equipment.

Ability to Interface with Wide Range of Manufacturing Equipment – All of our conveyor systems are able to interface with processing equipment and control systems from major process equipment suppliers.

Long-Term Reliability – All Macton equipment and systems are pre-assembled and tested in our manufacturing facility to ensure that all performance criteria have been met before they are shipped out to our customers. In addition, there is a special focus in the design, engineering and fabrication of these systems to ensure that they continue to run smoothly and reliably day in and day out for the years and decades to come – this has been proven out in the dozens of factory systems we have shipped out over the years.

Full Support Throughout Project – Macton provides full support throughout the entire project, beginning with the initial design of the system to be built, during which time Macton’s engineering staff interfaces with the manufacturer’s engineers and other professionals to provide the practical assistance and the detailed technical support needed to integrate its equipment into the overall facility.

Ease of Equipment Installation – Macton provides a specially-trained field engineer or technician to supervise the installation, start-up and commissioning of its equipment, ensuring that it is brought on-line quickly and delivers the expected performance.

Ongoing Post-Sale Support – Macton also provides long-term spare parts and technical support services. Long-term service contracts are also available at each of these installations for periodic inspection and maintenance programs, as well as training services, as needed. In addition, Macton provides customers with the ability to easily upgrade their control panels, drives and other systems to ensure they reflect the latest in technology.

Standard 5 Year Warranty – The equipment is warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date it’s shipped from Macton’s facility.  Accordingly, during such 5-year period, Macton will repair or replace any such defective parts or equipment at Macton’s cost (including covering all shipping costs).  If required to trouble-shoot such equipment, Macton will provide the services of an onsite field service engineer, and if any such defects are found to exist, Macton will pay the labor and travel costs of such field service engineer.  This warranty is void if the equipment is installed without supervision by a Macton representative.  This warranty does not cover: (i) water damage, or damage due to chemical corrosion or from dirt or debris on or around the equipment, (ii) any damage caused by improper use or accident, or from the failure to perform the recommended periodic maintenance on the equipment, (iii) normal wear and tear, (iv) portions of the equipment repaired or modified by others without Macton’s prior written approval, or (v) any additional onsite labor, tools or equipment required for the inspection, removal and reinstallation of any parts of the equipment.

Customers who Purchased Material Handling Turntables & Conveying Equipment from Macton – Macton has sold these systems to many different types of customers, including the following:

Conveying Installations Description Location
Westvaco Paper (7) sets of 81,000 pound jumbo paper roll conveying systems Wickcliffe, KY
Blandin Paper (2) 55 ton jumbo paper roll transfer carts Grand Rapids, MN
International Paper Jumbo roll transfer cart and 30' machine roll turntable Sartell, MN
Kawasaki Rail Car 66 ton capacity rail car lift and conveying system Yonkers, NY
Ravenna Aluminum 26' indexing turntable for aluminum foundry Ravenna, OH
Johnson Controls 48' molding turntable for automotive parts Holland, MI
General Motors 26' auto assembly line turntable with conveyor Flint, MI

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  • General Motors Assembly Plant
    Turntable is used to reverse cars on assembly line
  • General Motors Assembly Plant
    Turntable is used to reverse cars on assembly line
  • Vulcan Mold and Iron
    Vulcan Mold and Iron