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Challenge

A multi-national petfood producer approached to UniTrak to help improve their dry pet food conveying at one of its facilities. The company was experiencing problems with a traditional conveyor where buckets were “popping” out, causing a large amount of wasted product due to spillage. A further consequence of the spillage was that the company was incurring unnecessary clean up and disposal costs… (Read More )

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Customerization

Following the test, UniTrak proposed, and subsequently supplied, an S-5 open frame TipTrak™ bucket conveyor for their dry pet food conveying application. UniTrak employed its unique customerization process to ensure that the conveyor was tailored to specifically address this facilities’ application challenges. Specific features that UniTrak supplied on this TipTrak™ unit included the following:

  • Stainless steel frame construction suitable for food-grade applications
  • A special bucket assembly with polypropylene buckets and joint strips containing a silver ion to inhibit microbial growth
  • Waterproof bearings to support washdown cleanability
  • Motor drip pans
  • USDA-approved food-grade lubricants …..( Read More)
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Outcome

A unique feature of TipTrak™ bucket conveyors is 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 interlocking buckets in the TipTrak™ supplied to this company greatly reduced the amount of product spillage, with a commensurate reduction the costs associated with wasted product and cleanup. The result: much less product breakage and greater throughput yield… ( Read More )