By Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor
When you have an application that moves bottling and packaging, but that also requires the conservation of water and energy, the System Plast line of conveyors may meet the application needs. This line includes new options for water and energy conservation. The components include a 34-mm flattop mini-one-track belt with smooth surface or a rubberized grip-top, which is suited to handling corrugated material. Both versions have radiused undersides for performance with nose-bar transfers. The grip-top chain is available in low-friction acetal, while the smooth surface chain is available in both LF acetal and Emerson’s dry-running System Plast NG chain. Other additions include side flexing LF and NG belts with rubber grip-top surface, for curves located on inclines or declines.
The chain is a low-friction concept in flattop conveyor that can reduce or eliminate wasteful water-and-soap lubrication used in food and beverage processing. It also reduces the costs and energy for water reclamation, and eliminates the wear paste buildup, noise pulsation, and hygiene issues caused by mineral-oil-based dry lubricants. The combination of NG chain and Nolu-S wear strips has a coefficient of friction of 0.13, reducing the conveyor’s energy requirements by up to 30%, with service life sometimes as much as five times greater.
You can determine the potential conveyor cost savings using a new mobile app that calculates cost reductions from various choices of motors, drives and flat-top conveyor chains, as well as quick changeover guide rails and elimination of water/soap lubrication. The free mobile app can be obtained from the mobile app page at www.emerson-ept.com.
Emerson Industrial Automation
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