Conveying Cereal: Choose the Right Conveyor

by Dave Hesketh

Challenges When Conveying Cereal:

One of the biggest challenges faced when conveying cereal is the degradation of the final product. No matter the core ingredient cereal is often shaped into puffs or loops so ensuring they arrive undamaged into the packaging is of top concern. 

Conveying Cereal

Another challenge which must be overcome when choosing a conveyor system for cereal is cleanability. The conveyor system must be easy and quick to clean due to many productions changing batches in one production line. During production all time is valuable and any time spent disassembling and cleaning a conveyor is wasted time.

Finally, contamination can be another major challenge that must be overcome. Traditional bucket elevators and belt conveyors are not enclosed systems and dust or any other material could find its way into the cereal causing serious contamination issues. With the rising awareness of allergens, contained systems are becoming more and more important within the food industry.

Choose the Right Conveyor:

Flexible Screw Conveyors: They can convey in any direction from horizontal to vertical, routed around fixed obstacles and equipment, and from one room to another. They are ideal for lifting materials from bag dump stations or storage bins and conveying products at ceiling height to feed a line of processing or packaging machines – as multiple discharge points can be placed along horizontal sections. It is very quick and easy to clean because of the quick release flanges and drop out tray. The downside to the flexible screw conveyor is the turning metal screw can cause damage to the product so it is inadvisable for friable materials.

Pneumatic Conveyors: When moving powder and granules there is a great need for a solution that is hygienic, safe and prevents product damage. Spiroflow offers a complete range of vacuum conveyors to meet these requirements and at the same time provide high capacity with a small machine footprint. Our vacuum conveyors use air pressure levels to move the material and can handle granules up to 50 mm. The benefit to pneumatic conveyors is that they are very gentle on the materials with minimal dusting but it is the most expensive way to convey cereal.

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Aeromechanical Conveyors: Our Aeroflow aeromechanical conveyor has a tubular design where a cable assembly, with evenly spaced polyurethane discs, move at high speed.  The cable assembly runs in specially designed sprockets at each corner and each end of the conveyor.  The action of the cable assembly traveling at high speed creates an air stream running at the same velocity.  As the material is fed into the airstream, it is fluidized and conveyed to the outlet where it is centrifugally ejected. This conveyor is a great choice as it can move large volumes of cereal very quickly.

Tubular Drag Cable or Chain Conveyor: Cableflow Tubular Cable Drag Conveyors are a further development of our best in class Aeroflow aeromechanical conveyors operating with reduced clearances and at reduced running speeds. Cableflow conveyors are designed for gentle material handling and for conveying in multiple planes. They can provide complete material batch transfer of bulk products from single or multiple in-feed points to single or multiple discharge points with little or no damage.

Conveyor Comparison Chart

View our full Conveyor Comparison Chart to view speed and capacity, cleanability, dust control, and price.

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