01

Challenge

The frozen fruit company experienced a particular challenge in processing frozen berries and cherries. Their production system employed an inclined belt conveyor at the end of the sorting line to lift the sorted product 14 feet to a bin which fed the packaging line. This conveying method resulted in significant spillage of product, with a consequent loss of throughput and productivity.

An estimated 3 percent of the product being conveyed was lost at this processing stage. ( Read More )

02

Customerization

Following a detailed application review of the company’s spillage problem on the sorting line, UniTrak proposed and installed an open frame S-2 model TipTrak™ bucket conveyor with all stainless steel construction. The TipTrak™ was equipped with clear polycarbonate covers, NSK Silverlube™ bearings with end-caps, bolt sleeves, and a discharge chute that was continuously welded inside and out, for food-grade applications. ( Read More )

03

Outcome

A unique feature of TipTrak™ bucket conveyorsis the presence of a flexible joint strip between each bucket in the bucket assembly. Unlike conveyor designs which feature overlapping buckets, the TipTrak™ joint strips serve to seamlessly interlock the buckets and prevent any product spillage as the filled buckets travel through the conveyor.

The TipTrak™ unit supplied to this company is capable of moving 240 pounds of product per minute, with an estimated 50percent savings per product bag due to reduced waste from spillage. Due to the improved throughput and productivity which resulted from the reduced spillage, the TipTrak™ conveyor supplied to this company, paid for itself within 6 months from the date of installation. ( Read More )