An in­no­va­tive and truly prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion for in­clined food con­veyor

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FOOD -

The age-old prob­lem of prod­uct loss as the con­veyor sys­tem de­liv­ers it from one sta­tion to the next has been solved. Uni Chains Pop-up f light does away with prod­uct residue left on the belt – or on the f loor. It’s sim­ple, me­chan­i­cal ac­tion can be quickly added to ex­ist­ing con­veyor sys­tems, bring­ing new lev­els of ef­fi­ciency, hy­giene, and prof­itabil­ity to all kinds of food pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing lines: • Fresh/frozen meat and

fish pro­cess­ing. • Sal­ads and green leaf veg­eta­bles – wash­ing/pack­ing. • Con­fec­tionery pack­ing. • Pasta and rice pro­cess­ing.

Pop-up f light does just what the name says. It pops up at the foot of the con­veyor in­cline to sup­port the food as it moves up the el­e­va­tor, hold­ing it steady. Once the prod­uct’s been suc­cess­fully dis­charged, the f light pops down again so an au­to­matic scraper can clean the belt – es­pe­cially help­ful for sticky, clingy food prod­ucts.

To en­hance food safety the belt is very easy to clean; as the f light pops down the belt is f lat and can be scraped clean, lead­ing to lower con­tam­i­na­tion risks.

Uni Chains Pop-up f light is able to min­imise prod­uct fall­ing on the f loor and go­ing to waste as the prod­uct moves up the el­e­va­tor. The Pop-up holds the prod­uct in place so it doesn’t go all over the f loor and end up waste. Re­duc­tion in waste is an im­por­tant ben­e­fit due the in­creas­ing costs of raw food which are im­pact­ing prod­uct mar­gins. Any re­duc­tion in waste can only help the bot­tom line!

“There are a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions where util­is­ing Pop-up f lights would be ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial in the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try. They are per­fect for any sit­u­a­tion where the in­cline con­vey­ing of raw food sticks, freezes or clings to the belt. Once the food has been trans­ferred off the belt, the f lights run loose or col­lapse so an au­to­matic scraper can clean the belt to avoid con­tam­i­na­tion,” com­ments Kris “Static f lights are not suit­able due to the need to use an au­to­matic scraper to re­move any re­main­ing prod­uct that is left on the belt.

“Pop-up f lights would also ben­e­fit any in­cline con­veyor belt that has is­sues with prod­uct waste on the f loor and prod­uct carry-over on the re­turn sec­tion of the belt. Also, the belt can go around tight spa­ces as the f lights col­lapse, so the belt does not need to have a large re­turn space.”

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