01 - challenges
The customer approached UniTrak to help solve a particular conveying challenge within their manufacturing facility: moving sticky product. In this particular application, the product to be conveyed was granola base, soy granola clusters, toasted coconut, bulk crisp topping, toasted oats and crisp rice.
Effectively conveying sticky product is a challenge for food producers as the product often adheres to the conveying equipment surfaces. This results in lower throughput yields and build-up of product, necessitating downtime to clean the equipment and improve material transfer.
In this particular application, warm product had to be taken from an oven and vertically conveyed over 20 feet. Any equipment supplied had to be capable of operating continuously, 24 hours per day, 6 days per week, 365 days per year.