Conveyors with Varying Sanitation Levels Make Sense, and Impact the Bottom Line

Image shows 90-degree bag drop reorientation transfer section with backstop assistance. (Image courtesy of Multi-Conveyor)

Multi-Conveyor recently built a food-grade transport conveyor system consisting of two levels of sanitary compliance. The initial conveyors are stainless steel constructed for maximum 3A Dairy compliance as required to move processed cheese in a food-grade, wash-down atmosphere through the bagging process. The filled bags then travel through a sectional wall, into a reduced sanitation area of the line where much more cost-effective, sanitation Level 2 conveyors made of painted mild steel are acceptable.

Watch this equipment in action: https://youtu.be/MPefhb5bWLU

The design chosen also utilizes guideless conveyance to transport the bags. Only the contact with the belt delivers the bags to their next destination. A 90 degree bag transfer and backstop are used to assist in the combining of two timed release lanes of product to a single lane and also to change bag orientation. The backstop helps guide the flexible package wide-edge leading from the transfer onto the transport sections and 90 degree curves to the case packer.

Another case packer is fed by a table top conveyor that conforms to the customer’s floor plan line layout.  Low Back Pressure (LBP) belt transitions were strategically placed in conveyor-to-conveyor transfer sections. (Note: Product used in this video are for demonstration purposes only.)

The customer’s decision to use high level sanitary ground and polished welded construction only where necessary; then, completing the line with painted mild steel constructed conveyors through metal detection, labeling and into the case packing area, significantly reduced the project’s cost.

Learn the benefits of wash-down, sanitary stainless steel conveyor construction vs. painted mild-steel systems. Evaluate the difference. Perhaps a combination of the two is right for one of your future production lines?

Then, call us at 1-800-236-7960.  We look forward to designing your next conveyor system. Remember, Multi-Conveyor … your best, conveyed better.

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