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A new way of moving

09 December 2019

Find out more about a Food Processing Award winning conveying solution which offers an infinitely configurable transport solution and also benefits from EHEDG approval. 

Increasing productivity and offering ever more diversified product ranges, while adhering to stringent food safety requirements poses a huge challenge for food and beverage manufacturers today. 

Because food safety in the factory environment relies on the control of contamination, when it comes to moving products around the plant, transport systems can be a cause for concern as micro-organisms can easily accumulate in the many different components that make up a conveyor line. 

A 2019 Food Processing Award winning product offers an innovative solution to moving product around a production areas, with hygienic design firmly in mind.  

The eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff caught the eyes of the Food Processing Award judges due to the fact that it is based on a simple concept – well, actually two concepts – firstly the possibility for every mover on a track to glide independently; along with a combination of rotary and linear elements to create a customisable track. 
Combining the benefits of linear and rotary drive principles in a single mechatronic system allows infinitely configurable conveying solutions along with the ability to undertake rapid format changes to enable the conveying line to become more flexible to meet changing requirements.

No restrictions
There are no length restrictions for the entire path and the number of movers can also be customised. The only limitation is the available computing power of the industrial PC.

On the track, movers can be positioned in different parts of the belt and travel independently; each having its own speed, acceleration and motion pattern. Alternatively, movers can be combined into couples or clusters to create hoops that travel together at a chosen speed. 

Importantly for the food and beverage industry, the XTS is now also available in the Hygienic version – a stainless steel model that combines the benefits of the transport system, with improved cleanability and resistance to harsh detergents and disinfectants which are often used during washdown operations. 

The XTS is European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) compliant and meets the requirements for system certification according to EL Class I AUX. It has a protection rating of IP69K, so can therefore cope with surfactants, acidic and alkaline cleaning agents as well as with different types of alcohol, disinfectants and even hydrogen peroxide.

The stainless-steel body of the transport system ensures a high resistance to delamination, while an absence of edges or undercuts prevents soil accumulation and facilitates cleaning. 

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