Full system cooling conveyor systems design and a turnkey package
We were approached by Silvery Tweed Cereals to replace a cereal cooling conveyor system with aims to reduce pre-pack temperatures, reduce floor waste, simplify cleaning and remove the danger of long-term breakdown. The remit for FEG was to undertake a full system design and deliver a turnkey package.
A multi-disciplinary project
Several disciplines were required from product conveying, refrigeration, product cooling, PLC and line control through to dust extraction and filtration whilst complying with ATEX requirements and boundary noise level limits
25% increased production, exceeding client expectations
Silvery Tweed were extremely satisfied with the outcome which exceeded their expectations and they went to press recognising our comprehensive input and stating the benefits were evident immediately after the cooling conveyor systems were put into service. The benefits included increased output, drastically reduced wastage, improved worker productivity and significant pre-pack temperature reduction. The project has surpassed the savings expected in the project charter.
What are cooling conveyor systems?
Cooling conveyor systems cool are a step in a production line that allow a product to cool before moving on to the next stage – e.g. prepping or packing. Without sufficient cooling, heated items can not only cause damage to packaging and result in a poor quality final product, but can also present a hazard to equipment and employees. Although this project was for a food factory, cooling conveyors are used in the production of a number of different types of product, for example cosmetics, candles, pharmaceuticals and car parts.
Cooing conveyor systems can be designed in a number of different ways, depending on factors such as product type, cost constraints and factory layout. A popular method is to install a series of internal or overhead fans which use cool air to cool the product as it passes along the production line. Alternatives include water bath tanks, which use water to rapidly cool parts, and temperature-controlled air. It is also possible to integrate cooling conveyors with other stages of the production process, for example parts washing and drying equipment.
The key thing to bear in mind when sourcing cooling conveyor systems for your facility is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s important to consult specialists who can advise you on the most appropriate solution for your requirements to ensure the cooling conveyor is cost-effective and suitable for your product.