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Fragile Materials - The Importance of Safe Conveying

Fragile-Materials---The-Importance-of-Safe-Conveying

Manufacturers of goods, such as breakfast cereal, pecans, or coffee, must pay attention to the value of their products from manufacturing to the point of selling. These materials conveyed can be hygroscopic (they attract and hold water from the environment), breakable, or costly from the outset. Materials like nuts become increasingly more valuable by the time they are shelled, roasted, salted, blanched, sanitized, steamed, and delivered to the buyer.

Material breakage is a very costly problem that can affect the bottom line in factories that rely on conveyor systems to transport ingredients within their production facility. It can lead to expensive equipment downtime, costly maintenance interventions, and wasted materials. Cablevey Conveyors have engineered a tubular conveyor system that has proven effective in moving such fragile materials.

Flexibility in Conveying

The need for transporting fragile products through every process stage in the production line with minimized product damage, high level of product safety, and high throughput is of critical importance.

Low maintenance, flexibility, and cleanliness of Cablevey Conveyor systems make them the perfect solution that meets the requirements of factories that produce fragile and hygroscopic goods. For example, coffee manufacturers cannot rely on the belt, pneumatic, bucket, or aeromechanical conveyors to transport coffee at their facilities due to the physical properties of coffee. After going through multiple processing steps, breakfast cereal manufacturers need to ensure that the end product will be undamaged before packaging. Keeping the flakes, loops, puffs, and clusters whole as well as keeping them uncontaminated can be a challenge. Aeromechanical conveyors move materials with the power of high-speed internal air stream, which can damage fragile materials. On the other hand, belt conveyors and bucket elevators have an open profile which allows foreign particles to get into the food stream and contaminate.

Cablevey Conveyors – Best Materials for Cable Drag Conveyor

Cable drag conveyors can be started and stopped while under load and can run empty. When it comes to what should and should not be conveyed, the best materials are those that are dry, hot (up to 82˚C), fragile, and fine particles (coffee beans, nuts, cereals, and dry granules). Before making their choice, respectable manufacturers suggest running a material test because issues are easier to solve during the testing phase than after the system is installed.

How Cable Drag Conveyors Work

The conveyor technology of Cablevey Conveyors is designed to gently handle materials from the first stage of the production process to discharge. The technology is a combination of conveyance tubes with cables and discs attached at desired intervals. The materials are held between the discs in an enclosed tube and are not forced around or blown about sweeps. They are carried without friction, stress, battering, or bumping, keeping breakage to a minimum.

If you are conveying fragile or hygroscopic materials, proper handling means the difference between profit and loss. Cablevey Conveyors technology will help you handle your materials extremely gentle and prevent the degradation of your product. Also, we offer various cleaning mechanisms for dry and wet cleaning to help your materials remain uncontaminated.

                                                   

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