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Feb 2, 2013

Designing Safe Conveyor Systems

In-motion conveyors are designed to be a cost-effective means to move product down your plant’s production lines. Installing the correct conveyor system that fits your operational needs will increase your production time and reduce labor costs.

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Choosing safety features for a conveyor is as important as choosing the conveyor itself. A conveyor that may damage product or is a safety hazard to plant personnel will not do. Here are some of the more common safety features you should ask for when choosing a conveyor system:

Guides are an low cost safety feature designed to help prevent product from falling off the conveyor or employee’s loose clothing or hands inadvertently getting caught in the conveyor belting. Guides are a safety measure that can prevent unnecessary down time or lost labor costs.

Gear and Belt Covers designed to protect personnel and prevent articles from falling in and jamming the conveyor’s gears. Exposed gears and belts are dangerous and can cause severe harm such as dismemberment to plant personnel; be sure covers are used during operation and caution is used during maintenance.

Enclosing Circuitry to protect it from the environment and employees from electrical shock. Not only can exposed circuitry cause harm to employees or other equipment that comes in contact with it, but contact can also short out the conveyor causing damage and unnecessary down times. Be sure your conveyors circuitry is enclosed and protected from any mishaps.

These are just a few of the important safety features available on conveyor systems. As with any mechanical system, there are hazards that you need to be aware of, so Vande Berg Scales is offering you this free conveyor safety fact sheet promoted by the New York Committee For Occupational Safety and Health: Safety Fact-sheets: Hazards of Conveyors

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Jan 21, 2013

6 Ways Food Grade Conveyors Work For Your Plant

In a well managed plant, a food grade conveyor is designed to control common elements or tasks such as: space, safety, product handling, and maintenance.  A well designed in motion food grade conveyor will reflect a processors’ need for safety and sanitation, keep maintenance at a minimum, promote product integrity, and at the same time reduce down-time and waste.

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Food grade conveyors are designed to move any raw product, ingredient, ready-to-eat, or finished packaged product down your plant’s production lines.  Here are 6 ways in motion food grade conveyors can work for your plant:

Safety and sanitation: in motion food grade conveyors mean fast cleaning and are designed with safety and sanitation features that protect your product and personnel.

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Reduce maintenance and down-time: labor saving maintenance and cleaning steps are implemented into in motion food grade conveyors to reduce costs and downtime.

Preserves product integrity: in motion food grade conveyors promote the gentle handling of your product in order to enhance quality and reduce waste.

ROI: If you are looking for space saving equipment designed for faster installation, easier maintenance, and labor saving performance that gives you the ability to do more with less, an in motion food grade conveyor is what you need!

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Jan 20, 2013

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Easy-To-Clean Conveyor Systems

No matter what industry you are in when looking for an easy-to-clean conveyor system, you should consider these tips from the food industry.

Cost: you need to know why an easy-to-clean conveyor system is right for your sanitary food environment or clean room. Once you understand the ‘why,’ then you will be able to evaluate how installing the right easy-to-clean conveyor system can dramatically improve your productivity and decrease your cost of ownership.

Flexibility: your production needs changed regularly. Be sure that the easy-to-clean conveyor system you are considering is configurable and can be upgraded as your needs change. In other words, how flexible is the system and can it be easily upgraded at little cost?

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Wash-down requirements: be certain that all points on the easy-to-clean conveyor system are easily accessible and meet your cleaning requirements. Exposed threads, stainless steel angle design and belt lifters are some of the features to consider when you choose the right easy-to-clean conveyor system.

Specifications: be clear that the easy-to-clean conveyor system fits your needs.  Make certain the size and speed of the conveyor system are right for your application.

Stainless Steel: stainless steel is applicable for most food safety and clean room requirements.

Inspections: Food safety and clean room are two of the most regulated industries, a quality built easy-to-clean conveyor system will pass most of your state’s and federal government’s requirements.

Maintenance: requires that the belts be easily accessible and removable as well as the motors. Replacement parts can make or break your downtime reports. Make sure of quick turnaround times.

Choice of belting: be cautious when choosing the belting for your easy-to-clean conveyor system. Outdated belts or belts that wear easily eventually break down, costing you extra cleaning and sanitary steps along with additional cleaning supplies and labor hours. By choosing belts that deliver the latest technology, you will save yourself a headache in the long run.

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Modular Plastic Belting makes replacing sections very easy – In addition, cleaning is a breeze.

Sustainability: Stainless steel (see free report) is recyclable and gives you the best ROI when it has outlived its usefulness. A non-bushing 1/3 to 1 hp variable frequency drive (or VFD) wash-down motor is energy efficient and helps your plant ‘go green’ and lessen the impact on the environment.

ROI: know that a quality easy-to-clean conveyor system will deliver for you. They will help reduce labor costs, lower energy consumption; can be flexible and upgradeable at relatively little cost.

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Jan 13, 2013

Easy-To-Clean™ Conveyors

Conveyors have come a long way since the days they were first designed to move bulky, dirty materials from mines and pits!

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Since conveyors are now essential to most food manufacturing facilities we have devoted a tremendous amount of attention to conveyors that help keep food clean and safe.

Our side rails are channeled in shape and feature large openings in the channel to facilitate vigorous cleaning.

To help prevent water from pooling, we are careful to ‘under-bend’ angles to less than 90 degrees. 

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Easy-to-clean Conveyor

Optional lift-able ends allow cleaning crews to easily slacken the belt and open up the conveyor to inspect for cleanliness.

A sprayer attachment that cleans sprockets while the conveyor is running is a popular option.

Imagine the improvement in your sanitation program that come from having spray nozzles aimed directly at your conveyor sprockets!

Not only do we offer USDA-approved materials for food grade conveyors, including modular plastic belting, but we can also go the extra mile by building conveyors with homogenous thermoplastic belting.

These last two approaches have been very successful in a number of direct food contact applications, including transporting food up steep inclines at high throughput levels.

When the incline conveyor is handling food that is slightly sticky, such as bacon bits or sliced pepperoni, our customers usually specify homogenous thermoplastic belting with one seam.

When the requirement is to transport an emulsified food item with higher levels of moisture content, we recommend a seamless belt.

The key to getting the right conveyors for your plant is to choose quality first, then customize your conveyors with the features and options that allow you to reach your production goals without compromising cleanliness or safety!

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Jan 11, 2013

What Type of Conveyor System do you Need?

There is a wide variety of conveyor systems available for movement of various products.

You may have a containerized product or have a food product which is being manually moved from one location to another.

Even though there might not be a high volume of product requiring such movement, this can obviously transfer into ongoing safety and labor cost considerations affecting the bottom line.

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You may have previously thought your area was insufficient in size for conveyor utilization, but that may not be the case.

Although some readily available conveyors may not meet your needs, a custom built conveyor may be more economical when all things are considered.

When dealing with raw food, or ready-to-eat food products, this type of conveyor design and construction needs to be focused on hygiene and environmental durability.

Stainless steel frame construction and plastic belting provide the most desirable aspects for longevity and cleanliness.

In addition, easy access for inspection and simplistic cleaning are attributes highly desired for such applications.

Additionally, options such as belt washers and a belt lifting apparatus greatly enhance sanitation efforts and reduce cleaning times.

You may wish to review the configurable design of “Easy to Clean” conveyors!

Perhaps you need to convey machined or boxed products in a dry environment.

This need could possibly be filled by a conveyor constructed of either steel or aluminum.

The need may be to move a product on an inclined conveyor using friction top belting, or a decline area where rollers are utilized with the force of gravity.

In some situations, powered rollers may be the desired choice for conveyor product movement.

As you can imagine, the belting or method of conveying products can accomplish a great amount of work.

Transferring a product from one place to another can introduce other requirements.

For example, items may need to be specifically positioned or spaced. 

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There are various types of conveyor belting which can accomplish such actions when implemented correctly.  You can even establish a small sortation area by using two side-by-side conveyors moving in opposite directions with roller top belting. Even if you’re transferring boxes or product only a short distance, consider the efficiency of a conveyor and the medical expenses of back problems!

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