Following increased attention on hygiene in the food and dairy industry, FlexLink launches the second generation of its modular hygienic conveyor concept. The unique design establishes new levels of hygiene and productivity in filling and packaging lines.
The new conveyor is a development of FlexLink's successful hygienic concept having doubled sales in the past year. The innovative design features open and self draining surfaces, it eliminates lubrication and allows for the highest chain conveyor speeds in the marketplace.
The equipment has been verified by leading international dairy groups as being crucial for plant efficiency in strictly hygienic environments.
The new design, materials, close tolerances and speed control make the conveyor lubrication-free, which prevents contamination of the products conveyed and saves costs for lubricants and their supply systems. The new chain, combined with improved conveyor rigidity allows for conveyor speeds up to 100 metres per minute, still maintaining the stability of the products conveyed. Speed control has been integrated into the drive units, allowing dynamic buffering and soft start and stop.
The stainless steel conveyor is prepared for easy attachment of an optional automatic Cleaning In Place system, which reduces consumption of hot water by 50%, detergents by 80% and increases line uptime by up to 5% by eliminating the industry standard manual hose-down cleaning procedure.
Operator safety and the working environment will be significantly improved by the conveyor design itself and the absence of lubricants on the plant floor. The equipment is fully CE compliant and has been designed in accordance with the guidelines of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group. The equipment is covered by FlexLink engineering tools and is available as pre-assembled modules in order to safeguard short project and lead times.
FlexLink is a leading global supplier of innovative automation solutions to assembly and manufacturing industries. FlexLink, based in Göteborg, Sweden employs 540 people in 25 companies and is represented in 50 countries. In 2004, group turnover was MSEK 1,137.