Mul­ti­ple con­vey­ors el­e­vates pro­duc­tion

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

What started out as de­sign­ing one con­veyor line so­lu­tion for a food pro­ducer, led to a new con­veyor sys­tem with sev­eral con­vey­ors of var­i­ous types as well as a ro­tary ta­ble.

This food pro­ducer wanted a hy­gienic con­veyor sys­tem for dry goods. In other words, there was no wet wash down, but the brief was to en­sure there would be no points where build-up of dry mat­ter could oc­cur at any point along the pro­duc­tion line.

“It de­vel­oped into quite a large scale fit-out. We ini­tially went along and had a look at the ex­ist­ing con­veyor line and then we talked about their en­tire sys­tem and what their pain points were.

“We ad­justed a com­mon con­veyor de­sign, pre­sented some con­cepts in­clud­ing 3D mod­el­ling, and then were com­mis­sioned to de­velop a num­ber of con­veyor sys­tems. EQM rec­om­mended T-Track Slat­band con­vey­ors for pot­tle ac­cu­mu­la­tion, Stan­dard S/S N-Track con­vey­ors for sa­chets and heavy duty N-Track hy­giene el­e­vat­ing con­vey­ors for bulk bags as well as con­vert­ing a Ro­tary ta­ble into a pot­tle de­scram­bler.”

The client had to meet a tight con­struc­tion dead­line, for what was first thought to be one con­veyor line, but EQM stepped up to the mark and de­liv­ered sev­eral con­veyor lines and ro­tary ta­ble to the dead­line.

The sys­tems were sup­plied fully-as­sem­bled so the client only needed to po­si­tion the equip­ment and con­nect it all up to get it up and run­ning. EQM wasn’t even re­quired to go on­site. The N-Track con­veyor sys­tem de­sign meets FDA and USDA stan­dards with spe­cific at­ten­tion to the client’s re­quire­ment to pre­vent build-up of food dust set­tling on food pro­duc­tion equip­ment.

“We al­tered the usual pro­file of the con­veyor to re­duce the hor­i­zon­tal points that dust or any dry pow­der could set­tle and build up on.

“All com­po­nents were stain­less steel in­clud­ing the in­ter­nal drive drum which in this case was pre­ferred over the ex­ter­nal shaft mount gear drive op­tion.

“We also used belt types that have no ex­posed fab­ric, they are in­stead sealed, anti-static and easy to clean,” he says.

EQM have also de­signed a new con­veyor for the mov­ing of bev­er­ages and bot­tles.

EQM’s An­thony Blox­ham says the chain belt con­veyor, named T-Track is also known within the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try as a ta­ble top con­veyor or a ‘slat­band’ con­veyor.

“The T-Track is a pop­u­lar sys­tem that en­ables prod­ucts such as plas­tic and glass bot­tles, cans or pot­tles to be con­veyed be­tween points in al­most any lay­out you want It comes in 2.4 me­tre lengths and the com­po­nents are easy to main­tain and clean.

“It can be sup­plied as a kit­set and is sim­ple to as­sem­ble and put to­gether on site by your team.

“The T-Track is mounted on ad­justable pedestal legs. It is de­signed so the chain re­turns on the in­side, making it ex­tra safe to op­er­ate. It can be fit­ted with sin­gle or dou­ble glide rails.

“It’s also op­er­a­tionally very quiet, es­pe­cially for th­ese types of con­vey­ors.”

The T-Track is the ideal type of con­veyor to bridge the gap be­tween bot­tling pro­cesses such as fill­ing and cap­ping, cap­ping and la­belling and bot­tle ac­cu­mu­la­tion at the end of a line.

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