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Developments in Food Conveying
Blake Svejkovsky, Product Handling Systems Manager at Heat and Control explains...
When it comes time to upgrade your conveyor system, look for the latest technology in safe conveyors that are sanitation friendly, reduce cross contamination, maintain product quality, facilitate proportional product feeding, and reduce costs for operation and maintenance.
Improvements for Food Safety (FSMA related)
To help processors in the United States to comply with Food Safety and Modernisation Act directives, new conveyor technology has emerged to ensure more thorough sanitation of product contact surfaces and to reduce the possibility of product cross-contamination.
Look for single piece stainless steel conveyor pans with no sharp angles or recesses that can trap bacteria.
Also check that product diverting gates on distribution conveyors can be removed quickly and without using tools. This allows such parts to be thoroughly cleaned away from the production area.
There is also a new generation of continuous weighing conveyors that eliminate the product loss and unsanitary operation of traditional weigh belts.
In response to customers’ needs for gentler, more responsive conveyor systems, equipment manufacturers are developing new designs that move product quickly, cause less damage, and provide an operator-friendly workplace.
The smooth product movement in horizontal motion conveying eliminates breakage and build-ups of oil and seasonings in the conveyor pan and the resulting frequent downtime needed for cleaning.
Horizontal motion maintains pre-mixed blends. Some models can even convey up slight inclines. Horizontal motion also transmits less vibration, allowing the use of less structurally complex support platforms. Even running with product, horizontal motion conveyors operate far quieter than vibratory models, usually in the low 70 dB range.
Long Runs for Less Breakage
The latest horizontal motion conveyors can handle heavier pans for runs up to 100 feet long using a single drive. The lack of transfer points helps reduce product breakage. Users also benefi from lower equipment purchase and maintenance costs since one drive can cover distances that previously required three or more.
Real time full proportional delivery
The latest rotary distribution gate designs reduce leakage and minimize the risk of product cross contamination.
When used to feed multiple seasoning applicators, these conveyor systems allow different flavours to be applied simultaneously. Less warehousing, faster order fulfilment, and longer, more efficient machine run times are a few of the benefits.