It was the intervention of the Habasit Cleandrive™ (CDM50) that saved the day at a leading frozen potato product manufacturer’s UK facility.
Problems on the hash brown production line began when a third party’s Plastic Modular Belt (PMB) began to show signs of premature failure.
“It was predominantly pin and belt module failures caused by the transition point on the belt at the incline of the Swan Neck Conveyor,” says Graham Jones, Development Manager for Spirals & Conveying at Habasit UK Ltd.
“At the point where the straight running belt’s angle changed for the incline, the pins and belt modules were forced to flex and over time this bending motion caused them to fail.”
There was also a problem with the flights wearing away in the central section of the belt from the PMB’s return path. These are injection-moulded plastic protrusions that cover the full width of the belt.
“The client was looking for a permanent solution to these issues and we offered them the Habasit Cleandrive™ because it’s made of aramid reinforced monolithic TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) rather than moulded plastic so is flexible and can withstand incline transitions without failing,” adds Graham.
“And most importantly it’s a more hygienic belt. It has a smooth surface free of cavities, joining rods and crevices found in hinged belts, so it’s easier to clean, which is crucial in food manufacturing of course. This also prevents the product breaking down the material over time as on the PMB.”
The Habasit Cleandrive™ belt is designed to withstand the most aggressive cleaning protocols and chemical agents, and to operate in a wide temperature spectrum.
Habasit Cleandrive™ belts are made from aramid reinforced monolithic TPU, that will not fray, break off and get into food posing a food safety risk.
Plus, it’s a lighter belt which means it’s easier to handle and has a lower power consumption leading to energy savings.
The Habasit Cleandrive™ is clearly an excellent solution for several complex conveyor applications, thanks to its reliable sprocket engagement and non-slip pulley drive, combined with high lateral stiffness and excellent durability. It’s ‘quality you can trust’ backed up by continuous product improvements.
So when it comes to breakfast, Habasit Cleandrive™ conveying ensures the egg, bacon, sausage and mushrooms are topped off with crispy golden hash browns. (LC)