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Food Safety Modernization Act – Conveyors Designed with FSMA in Mind Can Ease Your Worries

Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act has driven some conveyor manufacturers to start with a clean slate and design their food-handling conveyor systems from the ground up while keeping the ease of sanitation in mind. When considering the total cost of conveyor ownership, ease of cleaning has moved from an after-thought to a major consideration any time a conveyor will be in direct contact with food.

Guidelines for equipment design, including conveyor systems, have existed since the 1920s, when the 3A certification program for dairy processors was created. A broader hygienic view began coming into focus 15 years ago, when a working group of meat and poultry processors established 10 sanitary design principles

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Three Steps to Increase the Life of Your Next Belted Conveyor

Belted Conveyor

Belted conveyor systems are fairly simple machines. Generally speaking, it is not uncommon for a belted conveyor system to last 10 to 20 years, but by taking these three steps you can greatly increase that lifespan. Because conveyors are often thought of as a commodity item, it is common for people to buy a conveyor and run it at the maximum speed regardless of the product they are conveying.

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Buy a Conveyor or Not: When is it Time to Buy a Conveyor?

Buy a conveyorBuy a conveyor or not. Sometimes it is difficult to determine when the right time is to buy a conveyor. You may find it easy to justify an existing manual material handling process by saying “that’s how we have always done it”. However, if you review the scenarios below you will realize that buying a conveyor can improve employee morale, increase production efficiencies, prevent lost time accidents and reduce labor costs. If you have any of the situations listed below at your production facility, it is definitely time to consider adding a conveyor system as part of your material handling process.

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Three Food Conveyor Accessories That Will Optimize Conveyor Performance

Food conveyor accessories that add value to the conveyor system should be considered in the initial design of your sanitary conveyor system.  Accessory options are easy to overlook during the initial design of a new conveyor system. It is common to focus most of the design energy on the basic size and shape of the conveyor, such as height, width and overall geometry.

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