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Custom Engineering

From an Idea to your dock
Cherry’s can improve your workflow by custom-engineering new or existing products and automation to fit your unique needs. You’ve known us as a company that sells a wide variety of products, but Cherry’s is first and foremost an engineering company that solves workflow problems

What’s your headache and constant issue on your dock or within the warehouse?
Didn’t see the product you needed in any catalog? We can fix that by building your own custom-designed machine, to handle pallets, containers or any unusual load types – not sure, just ask we’ve probably designed something similar already . We’ll also look at automation solutions and how to make all aspects of your dock or warehouse work together to make life easier for you.

You don’t have to keep feeling the pain.
That napkin sketch doesn’t have to be just a crazy idea. Let Cherry’s engineer a functional machine that solves your problem, saves you money, and improves your workflow without it costing you an arm and a leg.

1. Project Initialization
We’ll start by talking with you about your problem. We’ll ask you questions and answer any of yours. We’ll talk you through the engineering process and figure out how to get your project done.
2. Engineering
Next, we’ll work with you through virtual meetings to generate initial sketches and get budgetary estimates. Finally we recap and review specifications, and we’ll visit the site and field measure to confirm layout.
3. Delivery
At this stage, we’ll review the project with you and generate final drawings. Once we get the go-ahead, we’ll get the machine built and installed. We’ll also train your employees on how to use it.
Our Recent Projects
P&G - Customization to meet a safety specification
The customer for this system required a build that met specifications for the highest level of risk and safety assessment. Safety features included: high style guarding, safety mats, and separation of high and low voltage in a UL508a certified panel. A stainless steel lined basket with adjustable leveling plate are also included in the system design. This customer sent a team to the production facility with an extensive VAT protocol. This inspection included yellow lining drawings, verifying every electrical connection and testing safety circuits. The customer had the various product loads shipped to the Cherry’s Industrial facility, and each load was tested with the proper pressure settings. Machine operators also were on site to train in the machine operation. With a designated FAT space at Cherry’s Industrial, customers that require this level of inspection are allowed to review the system and complete the inspection process in a safe environment.
Pallet Tipper to eliminate stretching and reaching
Cherry’s Industrial is approached by a customer asking for a solution to a problem. Their production staff is using ladders to stack boxes on a pallet the height necessary. This presented an ergonomic and safety hazard for the customer. After discussions with the Cherry’s Industrial team, the decision is to design a tipper that will allow the load to be built on the machine in the horizontal position. After the load is built, the entire load is stood up to complete the palletizing process. The tipper solves the ergonomic and safety hazard and improves the production process for the customer. Cherry’s tippers are custom designed to handle the specific loads and needs of each customer.
Smithfield - Safe handling of nested containers with 90⁰ tipper
Re-usable plastic containers are part of a returnable program moving ingredients between production facilities and managed by CHEP within a container pool. The empty nested containers arrive at the kill plant in 8’ high stacks which is ideal for shipping but creates a problem for use. With the use of Cherry’s Industrial pallet tipper, the customer tips the stacks on its side and un-nests the containers. The empty containers move into production where they are filled with meat trimming or whole muscle and then shipped to the further processing plant. At the processing plant, the containers are emptied and then the tipper is used to re-stack the containers and returned to the CHEP pool for cleaning. CHEP pooling centers utilize the tipper both to stack and de-stack so they can wash the container and re-stack them for shipment for the cycle to repeat. With the addition of a Cherry’s Industrial pallet tippers, the employees can safely handle the containers from ground level, the warehouse space is optimized, and the warehouse operates in an efficient manner.
JBS - Combo Transfer system for plastic pallets
Standard inverters work in a wide variety of applications, but corrugated combo’s represents a unique problem with transferring product from wood to plastic pallets. Load transfer systems or forklift mounted push pull packs would tear the box, and standard 180° standard inverters would cause the box to collapse. All of the methods lead to load degradation and contamination issues. With the development of the combo transfer machine, Cherry’s Industrial created a machine that has a moving side clamp that would cradle the combo so the customer could quickly change from wood to a plastic pallet without losing any load or tearing the box. The combo inverters are ground level for easy use with a motorized pallet truck, and custom built specifically for the dimensions of the customer’s combo. Typically built with stainless steel baskets, fittings, and wash-down capabilities, these machines are built for the rugged meat production environment.
Shamrock Foods - Inline PSR System for changing out pallets
The customer reached out to Cherry’s Industrial asking for advice on how they could best speed up their production process. In changing out the pallets, the customer previously used a stand-alone pallet retriever. The pallet would be loaded with an electric pallet truck, rotated and then bad pallet is replaced. Cherry’s Industrial recommends, designs and builds a specialized pallet retriever that is designed to accept loaded pallets via powered conveyors onto a gravity fed conveyor in the machine. The pallet retriever rotates, the pallet is changed, and then the load is picked up by the forklift. This improved, cost effective change to the production process allows the customer the efficiency savings they are looking for.