Food pro­duc­ers get mov­ing with EQM

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Many of New Zealand’s lead­ing food com­pa­nies are us­ing EQM In­dus­trial as their “go to” equip­ment firm for con­vey­ors, ro­tary ta­bles, gear drives, la­belling ma­chines and com­po­nen­try.

Dur­ing 2015 EQM sup­plied gen­eral and tailored so­lu­tions that have im­proved the pro­duc­tiv­ity for a range of food com­pa­nies from dairy through to fruit and con­fec­tionary.

A new food fa­cil­ity called on EQM to sup­ply gear drives and con­veyor com­po­nents that was needed for a unique pack­ing sys­tem. We rec­om­mended STM UMI & RMI Se­ries as they are a smart gear­box that eas­ily drives ro­tary ta­bles and pre­vent the tall tubes from be­ing knocked over.

An­other pro­ject which started out as de­sign­ing a con­veyor line so­lu­tion, led to a new con­veyor sys­tem with sev­eral con­vey­ors of var­i­ous types as well as a ro­tary ta­ble.

The food pro­ducer wanted a hy­gienic con­veyor sys­tem for dry goods and needed to en­sure there would be no build-up of dry mat­ter along the pro­duc­tion line.

An ap­ple pack house has a new bag­ging tray fill­ing sys­tem cre­ated by EQM In­dus­trial.

In­creased de­mand for bagged ap­ples had caused some prob­lems in the pack­ing process so we re­con­fig­ured it and added pack­ing lanes tai­lor de­signed for bag­ging fruit but also to tray pack Z packs and RDT.

Noth­ing is sweeter than com­ing up with the right so­lu­tion to a sticky prob­lem and that’s just what EQM did with a con­veyor sys­tem for a honey busi­ness.

The honey busi­ness was look­ing for a new so­lu­tion to de-box (a de­con­tam­i­na­tion process) its hives.

A new skate con­veyor sys­tem was in­stalled, which can eas­ily be con­verted into an au­to­mat­i­cally mo­torised sys­tem.

EQM in­stalled a long-last­ing stain­less steel gear drive at a dairy plant to stir a starter fer­men­ta­tion pot used in the process of mak­ing cheese.

The plant pro­duces tonnes of cheese ev­ery day and the gear drives used to stir the starter pot can work up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cheese is the most com­plex of the dairy prod­ucts, in­volv­ing chem­i­cal, bio­chem­i­cal and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses. In cheese mak­ing, the “starter” is a cul­ture of care­fully se­lected lac­tic acid-pro­duc­ing bac­te­ria.

Alu­minum gear drives would only last about eight months of heavy use and a bet­ter per­form­ing al­ter­na­tive was needed. Con­tact 0800 147 847, sales@eqm.co.nz, www.eqm.co.nz

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