When it comes to conveyor manufacturing, the first thing that comes to mind is how to set things in motion. Everything that needs to move along a production line, requires a positive drive. Read more
The ‘CC’ has given way to ‘LF’ as Rexnord upgrades its popular case conveyor chains, the CC600 and the CC600TAB with new low-friction versions – the LF600 and LF600TAB.
The move to low friction conveyor chains has been gaining momentum in recent years, according to Troy Markland, National Product Manager for Power Transmission at Industrial Solutions Australia.
“The market is evolving. Every plant is looking for chains that last longer and wear less frequently. When you consider that a typical plant replaces between 500 to 1000 feet of conveyor chains per maintenance cycle, the cost savings become significant with longer-lasting chains,” says Troy.
The premium low friction case conveyor chains by Rexnord are manufactured in The Netherlands and are now available in Australia through Industrial Solutions Australia’s businesses – namely CBC, BSC and Webster BSC. “Our customers had heard about these chains being available overseas, and now we have them available locally across all of our branches,”
As the Paul Kelly song goes, from little things big things grow – and this perfectly describes the relationship that has formed between a large bakery operation and the CBC Braeside branch in southeast Melbourne.
Recently, the bakery undertook a maintenance programme, for which they required the Rexnord Marbett conveyor bearings. CBC State Sales Manager, Leon Stefanec says these bearings are designed to withstand washdowns – which is necessary in any food manufacturing operation. Read more
Marbett is one of several Rexnord global brands with production facilities in Italy offering a range of complementary conveyor components to meet a factory’s application requirements. Whether it is a chain guide, product handling, frame support, or balancing and supporting components, Rexnord has the parts to optimise a conveyor system.
When it comes to providing highly engineered products that improve productivity and efficiency for product-handling applications, Rexnord offers a portfolio of MatTop and TableTop conveyor chain and Marbett conveyor components. These solutions are designed to continuously improve productivity for customers in a variety of industries including automotive, food, beverage, warehouse/distribution and container handling. For instance, Rexnord’s FlatTop chain performance is maximised when used with low-friction, low-wear Rexnord Marbett chain guide-return solutions.
The Marbett product line can be split into application segments:
Chain guide components
• low wear for extended chain and wear strip life;
• low friction for low chain pull and energy savings;
• high-speed capability for increased productivity and optimised performance;
• bi-material return rollers for reduced noise and high-speed capabilities; and
• low total cost of ownership through reduced downtime, maintenance and replacement costs.
Product handling components
• low friction roller side guides increase efficiency by preventing costly container damage and discards due to product tippage;
• specific profile design to ensure product stability and throughput; and
• ideal for container, package and beverage handling applications.
Frame support components
• modular design eliminates need for welding, minimises assembly time and reduces conveyor construction costs;
• strong and rigid design with declared mechanical values;
• high-performance materials designed to meet the most demanding and unique applications;
• easy-to-clean design meets sanitation requirements; and
• high corrosion and chemical resistance.
Supporting and levelling elements
Different materials in plastic or steel, fixed or articulated, with or without gripper base and vibration absorbing feet.
Square, oval, pillow-block, side flange and multiple other variations, with open or closed options, waterproof housing, capable of compensating misalignment up to two degrees.
A range of fixtures and fittings, from hinges to locks to roller transfer plates.
Avoid unplanned downtime
Nothing costs a business like unplanned downtime. When a conveyor belt goes down, the entire operation grinds to a halt. Rexnord’s specialised components are built to withstand common issues like belt degradation, abrasive wear, and belt damage caused by high heat and sanitising procedures. Its conveyer products are designed to help users avoid unplanned downtime, improve energy and water consumption, maximise productivity, reduce waste, and increase safety. They are easy to install and operate, with the company’s highly engineered conveying solutions designed to extend the life of components, while offering smooth running conveying conditions.
Today’s food consumers’ preferences are constantly evolving. Ingredients, packaging and portion sizes mean an operation is constantly adjusting to meet demand.
What remains constant throughout this change is the need to reduce costs, achieve sustainable operational objectives and ensure rigorous food safety requirements are met.
With Rexnord, its KleanTop line of plastic modular belts is designed specifically for food processing.
Its team of industry experts is here to help users find the right product for their operation, enabling them to meet internal production goals and deliver high-quality food for their customers.
Each belt in the KleanTop line has been designed to give food processors confidence that the conveyor they install is safe and delivers high performance in food processing applications. Each product series within the line offers a unique set of benefits for a variety of food processing applications, including:
• Food-safe materials and colours approved for direct food contact, and ideal for longevity — even in harsh applications and frequent sanitation.
• Being designed to convey optimal loads in applications to maintain throughput levels with minimal product damage.
• Optimised rod retention designs that make assembly and disassembly faster, and keep the rod in place during conveyance.
• Reinforced designs to minimise risk of product contamination.
Corporate stewardship is a shared endeavour for everyone, according to Rexnord. Eliminating waste is an important element in any company’s quest for a more sustainable operation and to do its part in taking care of the planet.
Rexnord’s focus on engineered sustainability means companies can partner with them for products and support that guarantee optimal product handling while helping users meet productivity goals and minimise water and chemical usage.
The reliability and durability of the conveyor belting and components determine total uptime and cost to keep the line performance at required levels. Rexnord’s team of experts can help users upgrade their conveyors to increase productivity by using state-of-the-art designs and materials for the belts and components.
Minimise water and chemical usage
Sanitation is a critical part of food processing, but it also means more water and chemicals used to clean systems. Rexnord focusses on ways to help users reduce the need for excess water in sanitation through easily cleaned belt designs, or consultation on designing conveyor systems that reduce water usage overall.
Plastic modular belting
Each belting series in the KleanTop line offers a set of unique benefits to the food processing industry including reinforced edges, open hinge for ease in sanitation, and rod retention designs.
390 Series KleanTop
This unit has superior transfer capability suitable for applications with delicate baked goods, or any operation requiring careful handling of fragile products. It has a belt pitch of 8mm.
590 Series KleanTop
This belt has an optimal combination of ease in cleaning and transfer capability for the bakery, snack, fruit, vegetable, seafood, and poultry industries. It has a belt pitch of 12.7mm.
1010 Series KleanTop
This series has 60 per cent rod exposure for maximum sanitation. It is for applications in bakery, snack, fruit, vegetable and protein processing. It has a belt pitch of 25.4mm.
1090 Series KleanTop
The 1090 is designed for ease in cleaning and efficient maintenance to reduce downtime in bakery, snack, fruit, vegetable, seafood and poultry processing. It has a belt pitch of 25.4mm.