If processing procedures still include conveyor belts and open bins for food and feed products, the business is losing much more money than realized. Making the business fit around a conveyor system instead of having a conveyor system that fits the business is expensive and counterproductive. Belts and bins are ideal for many production runs, but are ill-equipped to handle delicate ingredients and strict health code standards.
Cables and Tube
A cable and tube conveyor system is designed specifically for food and feed processing. The system is enclosed, air tight, and not subjected to contamination via the air quality, particles and dust, or excessive handling by employees. There is no need to support heavy-duty and expensive controlled air systems. There is much less waste in terms of ingredients, time, and money.
The system is also more flexible than a conveyor belt. Modules are created inside the tube with disks made in one piece. This means no screws or bolts to harbor food particles and promote bacteria. These disks can be adjusted between production runs to suit any size, form, or combination of ingredients. Frozen fruits can be gently moved from one processing stage to another in one run, and the modules can be altered to handle tea leaves fir the next run.
Pet Food Applications
This type of system is perfect as a Pet food conveyor. It can accommodate rabbit pellets one week, and fish food the next. Large nibbles for big dog breeds are never a problem. Each conveyor is customized to suit the needs of the plant. The tube material is selected to support the maximum weight of the largest ingredient or a combination of ingredients required to fit into one module.
A Custom System
Engineers also consider how high, fast, and long the conveyor has to be to fit the plant configuration. A small pet food company, for example, may be using a converted town hall as a processing plant. In that case, ingredients may have to travel between floors, through walls, or around corners. That can all be arranged with little structural adjustments.
For walls, holes only slightly wider than the tube diameter are cut out. Access to a second or third floor can be accomplished via an old elevator shaft, or through small holes in the floor. Specials parts, called sweeps, allow conveyors to change direction at angles of twenty, thirty, forty-five, or sixty degrees. Angles progress up to ninety degrees. Operating one complete and efficient system cuts operational costs dramatically.