Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Machinery: a bespoke modular plastic belt conveying system

Why installed: to integrate new packaging equipment for crumpets in production halls

How it came about: Honeytop Speciality Foods wanted Astec Conveyors to design a conveying system from the discharge of the flow-wrappers in the production hall, through to the warehouse for packing into baskets or cases ready for hand-palletising

What it does: wrapped product can be discharged from the flow-wrappers down a chute to a low level conveyor, then transported through the machines, up an inclined modular belt conveyor and on to the warehouse via overhead modular plastic slat conveyors. On entering the warehouse, product is conveyed to low level, where it is transferred into a checkweigher, prior to being packed into plastic baskets or cases for hand-palletising

Tech spec: the stainless steel, food-quality modular plastic belt conveying system combines a series of 11.5cm (4.5-inch) slat conveyors plus 90° and 180° bends

Problems solved: the system allows the conveyors to change speed, depending on the production conditions; as one FlexPicker can handle the total production if required, the conveyor system automa-tically adjusts speed to suit


Supplied by: Astec Conveyor