Tray sealing specialist Proseal has developed a new ultra-hygienic conveyor, complimenting the hygienic design of their tray sealers, to help food manufactures meet the highest food quality and safety standards.
Hygiene remains a prominent factor in the design of Proseal’s tray sealers, a vital requirement in the food packaging sector, as they feature a robust stainless-steel construction able to withstand frequent and rigorous cleaning, with full chemical specification machines available for applications requiring a chemical washdown. An additional key focus of the design is the avoidance of spaces where food could become trapped or bacteria develop, while electrical components are well insulated for maximum protection during washdown.
The next generation OC Conveyor incorporates a number of unique features with an enhanced design that avoids those potential food traps and ensures fast and thorough cleaning during wash down.
The new fully folded construction of the conveyor has removed any potential food trap areas such as box sections or tubing. In particular, sealed tubes have the potential for bacteria to develop if the integrity of the tube is breached in any way, for example, through a small hole or crack in the weld, as the inside of the tube cannot be cleaned.
Similarly, open wiring looms have replaced the more common wire bundles, removing another potential food trap and providing easier access for the cleaning of individual cables, whilst, the replacement of moving belts with a new wash-through chain transport system speeds up cleaning as well as eliminating belt maintenance costs.
This latest version of Proseal’s proven OC Conveyor retains all its existing benefits including a modular design that allows customers to specify length, width and tray pitch for precise integration into the production line. It is capable of up to 60 packs per minute in single-lane configuration and 120 packs per minute in twin-lane, providing the ideal complement to Proseal’s GT range of tray sealing machines and their various speeds as part of a fully automated line. A user-friendly, menu-driven control panel ensures ease of operation as well as swift set-up and changeovers.
The introduction of the new model reflects the trend towards increasingly stringent legislation and retailer standards in terms of food quality and safety, as well as more demanding consumer expectations.
“Hygiene has always been a critical part of our equipment design, and we are always seeking ways to develop this further,” explains Proseal Director Rob Hargreaves.
“The conveyor is a vital but often overlooked element of the food packaging line. By further enhancing the design of our OC Conveyors, we are providing manufacturers with the reassurance of a fully integrated tray sealing solution that enables them to deliver the consistently high-quality foods that consumers have come to expect.”