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Drum motors rise to the challenge of cranberry production

20 May 2018

A producer of cranberries needed a solution to eliminate any risk of oil contamination from overhead conveyor drives. 

The original handling system included the use of elevated and overhead conveyors. The company wanted to eliminate any possible risk of an oil leak from an exposed overhead drive on its conveyor line which could pose a contaminating risk for the products on the conveyor below. Being difficult to reach, the conveyor line was also difficult to maintain and wash down.

?The Rulmeca Drum Motor TM 138LS, in stainless steel and with an IP69 rated sealing system, offered a good solution for this application, mitigating any risk of oil leaking. The drum motor, which houses a helical gearbox, is a very flexible component making it a good solution for use on high duty conveyors. It also has reversible operation capabilities.

The lower weight compared to geared motors and the centred mass of drum motors simplifies the design of self-supporting conveyor technology.

Rulmeca was awarded the contract to manufacture a custom Drum Motor in full stainless steel with IP69 rated seals and white lagging. This was completed and installed into the conveyor frame. Since installation it has provided a low noise, trouble free, hygienic solution which requires virtually no maintenance.

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