Movetech UK has helped Kinnerton prepare for the Easter rush by delivering equipment that allows the chocolatier to expand and reduce its Norfolk-based production line as required.

Each unit that can be added to the Norfolk production facility weighs 1,500kg, so Movetech UK has provided Hovair air skates that allow machinery to be easily moved around.

The lightweight and light-duty air bearings (known as LAs) use compressed air and a smooth operating surface to virtually eliminate friction. Unlike wheels, air skates provide omni-directional capabilities, so a load can be moved in any direction and a set of four air skates can carry anything from two to 60 tonnes.

Tony Bond, an engineering supervisor at the Kinnerton production plant, explained: “We have purchased 10 air skates from Movetech this year, to go with our eight existing air skates. We’ve got a couple of very heavy machines, and we use the air skates to move them – we don’t even have to re-level the machine.”

Movetech UK’s Technical Director David Houghton said: “Now that we have added air skates to key pieces of equipment, Kinnerton can employ a flexible production line. A new combination of machinery is only ever a few minutes away thanks to the manoeuvrability that Movetech UK’s products deliver.”

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