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New hygienic ThermoDrive vertical scoop belting

20 May 2011

There is now an option to eliminate modular plastic belts in vertical conveyor applications with new ThermoDrive sprocket driven hygienic vertical scoop belting. This is only available on Dorner’s AquaPruf conveyor line.

It is a homogenous thermoplastic belt with no pins, hinges and link joints to catch and foster bacteria growth. There is a remarkable reduction of in-process bacteria proliferation, and in-place cleaning is completed in just a fraction of the time required for modular belt cleanup, not to mention the reduced drying time at change over time and after sanitation.

ThermoDrive belting has been tested and validated by the world’s leading meat and poultry processors. The results are in. In a side-by-side test against modular plastic belts, Thermodrive uses 65% less water during sanitation. This reduces both your water usage and energy consumption for sanitation with this homogenous belting, not to mention water reclamation costs.

In addition to minimising bacteria counts, the hinge-less design all but eliminates the broken piece contamination and lengthy shut downs needed to find missing pieces of modular belts, should they fracture. Expensive product waste caused by the risk of belt contamination is eliminated.

After thoroughly cleaning both a modular belt system and the ThermoDrive system, a large poultry producer performed a side-by-side swab test over the course of a production run. Bacteria growth on the modular belt increased from zero to 1,300 CFUs (colony forming units) in six hours. Over the same period, the ThermoDrive belt showed only 10 CFUs.

An independent lab in Europe coated both a modular belt and a ThermoDrive belt with a meat slurry and ran them through a series of wash cycles. After two passes, the ThermoDrive belt showed a zero bacteria count. It took an additional 18 wash cycles for the modular belt to show the same zero bacteria count.

More information on these new food grade conveyor belts is available from the Automation Supplies website.

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