October 2006 Equipment Round-Up - Conveyors

Conveyors help bring speed and efficiency to food processing plants and operations.

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Shaking it up

Impulse Compact is a family of small electromagnetic shaker conveyors designed specifically for tight fitting processing and packaging distribution lines that require precise metering and low maintenance drives. Suitable for product mixing lines, ingredient feeding and scale feeding, they start and stop quickly to accurately meter product. Dedicated solid-state controls allow conveying pan amplitudes to range from zero to 100 percent to adjust for different products or processing conditions. The electromagnetic shakers can be adjusted from low-stroke/high-cycle mode for gentle product handling to high-stroke/low-cycle mode for faster throughput or to handle heavier product. Sizes range from 8 to 15.7 in. wide and from 5 to 6.5 ft. long.

Key Technology; Walla Walla, Wash.
509-529-2161; www.key.net 



Batch weighing included

An accurate batch weighing system for dry and powdered minor/micro-ingredients is an integral part of the Model MIS-1 conveyor system. It can handle multiple-size bins and can be reconfigured easily for formula changes. The system incorporates an electronic scale that can be either a platform-type with a removable container or a hopper-type with a bottom discharge gate. It has individually removable bins designed to allow quick exchange during recipe or formula changes -- which takes less than 5 mins.  Each bin -- with capacities from 5 to 30 cu. ft. -- has three vertical sides and a single incline hopper with a minimum incline of 60°.

All-Con World Systems; Seaford, Del.
302-628-3380; www.all-con.com



Stronger at the splice

More than 85 percent of all flat-flex belt breaks occur at or near the splice joint, but the EZSplice System makes the spliced joint the strongest, rather than weakest, point on the belt. This belt splicing system is designed to extend the strength and life of the flat-flex, open-mesh stainless steel belt and the C-CureEdge belting. This system eliminates the weak points caused by the bending and weaving of a traditional splice, speeds installation time and dramatically increases belt life.

Wire Belt Co.; Londonderry, N.H.
603-644-2500; www.wirebelt.com



Versatile and vibratory

Suitable for all vibratory conveying applications, the Flexcentric conveyor uses a patented indirect long-stroke drive for uniform product spreading, rapid start/stop conveying and low maintenance reliability. It is suitable for heavy load conveying, spreading, aligning, singulating, scalping, inspection, removal of fines, surface water and oil and feeding product to single or multiple locations. The simple, mechanical drive has no gearbox, requires no lubrication and has very low rotational inertia.

Heat and Control Inc.; Hayward, Calif.
800-227-5980; www.heatandcontrol.com



Metric in the U.S.

The 1700 Series conveyor rollers are now available in select metric sizes in the U.S. The standardized, modular, cost-effective rollers can be ordered anywhere in the world in the appropriate size. Customers in the U.S. previously had difficulty when it came time to replace rollers on machines made in Europe. A universal roller series suitable for almost all applications, it features a shock absorbing, noise reducing plastic housing with a load capacity of up to 360 lbs., depending on materials and sizes.

Interroll Corp; Wilmington, N.C.
800-830-9680; www.interroll.com



Emphasis on sanitation

Safety, functionality, ergonomics, sanitation and durability are key features of the Next Generation Sanitary Conveyors. The latest in 3D engineering combined with the patented open frame design reduce horizontal surfaces to minimize moisture accumulation, allow tool-free disassembly for washing, and feature Silveron antimicrobial components. The new design eliminates rust, oxidation, and hidden cavities where contamination grows.

Next Conveyor; Tampa, Fla.
813-878-2250; www.nextconveyor.com



Stainless conveyor

A new Stainless Steel Conveyor is fully rated for product washdown and can be wet-cleaned after production runs. The corrosion-resistant construction reduces wear and tear and extends conveyor component life over traditional designs. It uses a modular plastic belt conveying surface, eliminating the need for rollers and providing a continuous surface for product conveying. A wide variety of styles and optional features allow for flexibility in system design.

FKI Logistex; St. Louis
877-935-4564; www.fkilogistex.com



Cocoa powder flows

The C-Series of vacuum conveyors can quickly move cocoa and other powders during food processing applications. It features a unique fluidizer option that creates a consistent, reliable flow to ensure the powder is transported without error. This prevents downtime from unscheduled stoppage of the machinery. The fluidizer option reduces friction between the powder and the base and between the powder particles themselves. This allows the cocoa powder to flow like water. Extremely sanitary and quiet, the conveyors can move up to 15 tons per hour.

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