Snack Foods – Convey Fragile Material

by Cathy Podevyn

Snack Foods – Convey Fragile Material

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Product damage caused by the transport of friable materials during processing is a huge — and costly — concern for manufacturers of many kinds of food, industrial and consumer products. Spiroflow has answered the call with its versatile line of enclosed cable conveyor & disc conveyor systems.

Proven to gently convey more than 900 different types of products, including coffee, cereal, nuts, beans and pet food, Spiroflow tubular drag cable conveyor and cable conveyor systems offer a reliable method for conveying food and industrial products with virtually no product separation or degradation.

We offer three volume-sized series of enclosed cable & disc conveyor systems that can be configured in multiple custom layouts to fit your plant configuration and specific material handling needs.

Our tubular drag conveyor systems are used by Fortune 500 companies and top-tier food processors globally, as well as a host of industrial businesses.

 

Best Conveyors For Gentle Handling Of Snack Foods

snack food gentle conveying

Snack foods such as pretzels, nuts, and others can be a challenging product to convey. Most snack foods are very delicate and must be kept in their original shape at the end of the conveying process and with many plants conveying more than one line of snacks the conveyor must be versatile enough to handle different products. 

Flexible Screw Conveyors:

Our flexible screw conveyor is made up of one moving part – the spiral inside a tube. Because of this, the flexible screw conveyor is a very versatile and low cost conveyor. Furthermore, the spiral continually mixes the blend as it conveys using the helical motion, this will allow you to maintain the batch integrity of the flavors as you convey. It is ideal for conveying blends of snack foods such as mixed nuts as it is easily cleaned using the quick release flanges so you can have a fast turnaround between flavor batches.

Aero-Mechanical Conveyors:

The Aero-Mechanical conveyor creates an airstream which moves the product up the tubes along with high-speed discs and a rope. This conveyor is a great choice for conveying snack foods as it offers total containment. So any dust created from the snack foods will be contained within the conveyor which reduces the risk of explosions caused by static build up on the combustible tea dust. This conveyor is airtight and runs quietly and with minimal energy, making it a superior choice for conveying snack foods such as pretzels and nuts.

Cable Drag Conveyors:

The cable drag conveyor operates in a similar way to the Aero-mechanical conveyor as it has evenly spaced discs connected by a rope, however, it drags the product along the tube rather than creating an air stream. If you are conveying fragile snack foods this is an excellent choice as it is extremely gentle at conveying friable products and will reduce degradation on your product. As this product does not use vacuums, air blasts, belts or buckets this would be the best choice if minimizing the degradation of your product is of top priority.

Spare Parts:

We have a dedicated after sales department to assist you with your spare and replacement parts with ex-stock being dispatched in 24 hours. If your product is abrasive we recommend having vital replacement parts in stock as abrasive materials can cause abnormal wear and tear to parts.  To read more about why we recommend having a spare parts strategy read our blog: Why We Recommend Having a Spare Parts Strategy

Replacement Tubes & Spirals

Are you looking to convey snack foods?

If you are looking for a suitable tubular drag conveyor, cable conveyor, or other gentle handling conveyor to convey your delicate snack foods then get in touch with us to discuss how we can help. At Spiroflow we have over 45 years in the solids and bulk handling industry and with the broadest range of products, we can help solve any conveying challenge.

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