01 - challenges
This customer 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.
Picture 1 shows product spillage accumulating in the bins below the inclined conveyor. An estimated 3 percent of the product being conveyed was lost at this processing stage. Again in picture 1, the inclined conveyor jerry-rigged with plastic sheeting to prevent the product from spilling during conveying.