Maximizing Throughput on Conveyor Lines

A strong sanitary conveyor platform has a hygienic design that not only minimizes product debris but also allows fast and effective sanitation.

conveyor_line

Today, food manufacturers are producing more SKUs than ever before – and they’re often doing it on existing infrastructure. This means their equipment, including the conveyor systems, needs to be versatile to handle different product lines and designed for fast cleaning.

To accomplish higher production rates, processors need to gain an understanding of how sanitary conveyor systems interact with other machinery and equipment. As equipment becomes more complex, the key is to understand the relationship between each component to best maximize the overall throughput and improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). 

- There’s a perception still lingering that the rate of production is determined by individual machines, says John Kuhnz, vice president – engineered solutions for Dorner Mfg. Corp.

- You want to produce 120 products per minute? Just crank up the speed and let it fly, right? Not exactly.

When looking at the overall food manufacturing process, Kuhnz says, system throughput isn’t decided by the individual machines. Rather, it’s decided by how well you can get product in the right orientation, with the proper spacing, at the precise time to properly hand it off to the next machine in the line.

- By doing this, the entire processing/packaging line will run efficiently and at peak performance, he states.

To accomplish this, food companies are not just looking at conveyors to see where they can make improvements, but analyzing the entire processing/packaging line to increase efficiency and OEE.

In the era of FSMA, sanitary conveyors are no longer an afterthought, says Kuhnz.

- The key is to select the right sanitary conveyor for the application.  A strong sanitary conveyor platform has a hygienic design that not only minimizes product debris but also allows for fast and effective sanitation.

Engineering developments in conveyors like removing small nooks, crevices and fasteners that can become catch points for water, food particles and other particulates may seem small, but can go a long way toward reducing breeding environments for bacteria. Other features, like rounding squared edges to allow water and particulates to run off, also contribute to a conveyor’s hygienic design.

According to Kuhnz, it’s important to note a misconception that all stainless steel conveyors are sanitary.

- Stainless steel is certainly the right material to use in applications that call for regular washings with light chemical cleaning agents, but it’s not necessarily sanitary.

 

www.profoodworld.com

 

 

Applications | 14.6.2017

Latest articles

AMS Device Manager software adds support for the Beamex MC6 documenting calibrator, simplifying compliance

Emerson has updated AMS Device Manager asset management software to support the Beamex MC6 documenting calibrator, adding electronic workflows that eliminate up to 50 percent of time spent on each calibration.

Applications | 16.5.2018

Caverion to be in Charge of the Monitoring and Maintenance of the Second-largest Open Data Centre in the Nordics

Caverion and Telia Finland have signed a contract covering the control room operator services and property maintenance of the new Telia Helsinki Data Center. The open data centre to be built in the Pitäjänmäki district in Helsinki will be the most secure, energy efficient and environment-friendly data centre in the Nordic countries.

Asset Management | 11.5.2018

EU Agency for Safety and Health at Work Launches Europe-Wide Awareness-Raising Campaign on Dangerous Substances

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its 2018-19 EU-wide campaign, Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

HSE | 25.4.2018

Ensuring a Smooth Transition from OPC CLASSIC to OPC UA

Now, more than ever, industrial firms need to make sense of vast quantities of data having a critical impact on their performance. To support the variety of applications necessary today, information must be delivered with context so it can be understood and used in various ways by a variety of people. Growing adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 is also driving requirements for open and secure connectivity between devices and edge-to-cloud solutions.

Cmms | 30.3.2018

Is Your HMI/SCADA Network as Secure as You Think It Is?

Network security frequently makes the news, often when some new viral attack is discovered or, worse yet, is successful. HMI/SCADA networks can be as susceptible to these unlawful break-ins as any others, unless the proper precautions are taken. Many software and hardware vendors have made their own attempts to stay ahead of online criminals, while others have combined forces to thwart such attacks.

Partner Articles | 30.3.2018

Examples: Using Ultrasound and Infrared for Electrical Inspections

Ultrasound and infrared technologies are a perfect match when conducting inspections of electrical equipment. At any voltage, thermal anomalies and sources of ultrasound such as tracking and arcing can occur. Corona can also occur at 1000 volts and greater. Any of these conditions threaten the reliability of the equipment being inspected.

R&D | 29.3.2018

Maintenance: A Necessary and Important Function in the Future

Euromaintenance 2016 will take place in Athens at the end of May. It is the ideal moment to reflect on maintenance in a European context. Euromaintenance is known as the summit for all involved in maintenance across Europe, it’s the place to be. The conference, with the support of the EFNMS, is the only commercially independent conference covering the topics we deal with in the maintenance world.

EFNMS | 20.5.2016