M&K Picking Belts have been designed with durability, maximum production and employee comfort in mind.
Manual sorting or picking involves operatives removing selected items of recyclable waste from a conveyor picking belts and placing it into a storage bay/bin. Sorting can take place in an open air environment or in enclosed picking stations.
M&K Picking Belts have been designed with durability, maximum production and employee comfort in mind. Our ergonomically designed Picking Belts allow operators to quickly, safely and comfortably recover the maximum number of products from the sorting line.
M&K picking belts are built to suit individual client and application needs. The modular design of our picking belts allows for additional bays to be added at a later date as demand increases. A variety of support frame and bay options are also available depending on site requirements.
- Variable speed drive and pause belt to put you in control of recovery
- Picking Cabins
MRFs Picking Lines are ergonomically demanding for workers who hand sort materials – conditions can be greatly improved by considering the following points at design stage: –
- Design picking conveyors so that the belt height and width do not require excessive reaching or bending (900mm width is recommended maximum for single sided picking – 1200mm width recommended maximum for picking from both sides)
- The line speed should not be too fast. Musculoskeletal risks from repetitive arm movements and stress can result from excessive pick rates. Throughput volume, types of items being picked and pick targets may also lead to excessive pick rates.
- Line speeds that are too fast (>10 m/min) can also cause motion sickness.
- Transfer points should not require operators to bend or twist excessively when taking items from the belt and placing them in the transfer chute.
- What types of materials operators are expected to throw – very light materials require a lot of effort, very heavy materials can be tiring.
- Avoid people having to stand on cold/hard floors with no facility to rest or change position. Where it is advantageous, and reasonably practicable, consider providing seats, foot bars and anti-fatigue insulated matting.
- Provide adequate lighting of picking lines.
- Do not expose operators to excessive vibration.
These important points include extracts from HSE guidance ‘Designing and operating material recovery facilities (MRFs) safely’
If you have a product/service enquiry or if you are looking to invest in a new piece of waste machinery, please contact us and a member of the M&K team will contact ASAP.