The food industry is one of the UK’s largest sectors in manufacturing forming part of a complex and diverse supply chain. In this fast paced and evolving industry environment, important factors to consider are productivity and efficiency. Instrumental in aiding these factors is the conveyor system, there are many types of conveyors and in this blog, we look at the advantages of the roller conveyor.
Design and transportation
Roller conveyors move by a shaft that sits beneath the rollers and are designed to produce a smooth and continuous movement to ensure there are no delays or interruptions in the production line. This is ideal for the food industry in efficiently transporting raw ingredients, food products, boxes and cartons along the conveyor line from one point to another.
Versatility and handling
In certain areas of food manufacturing products such as baked goods and fragile produce require careful handling to prevent damage and breakages. The rollers on the conveyor are low friction and minimise contact with the product which reduces the risk of damage and allows for high quality maintenance of the goods.
A key advantage of the roller conveyor is their flexibility and versatility allowing for the bespoke design to meet the customer’s needs. They can be customised in different lengths, widths and heights to be easily integrated into existing systems which reduces disruption and production downtime.
One of main priorities of food production is hygiene. Roller conveyors are typically made from stainless steel or food grade thermoplastics, these materials are smooth and easy to clean preventing the build-up of bacteria and debris and are resistant to corrosion. Their design helps reduce the risk of contamination and ensures compliance with food safety regulations.
The durability and long lifespan of the roller conveyor make them a cost-effective choice and long-term investment for food manufacturers. They are a low maintenance conveyor and have a robust construction which results in reduced repair costs and production downtime. Also, as they can be easily integrated with other equipment and systems improving overall operational efficiency.
Asmech Systems Ltd offers a bespoke design service, and in our recent case study we highlight how with the flexibility of a roller conveyor alongside our expert team we managed to install and integrate a custom-built roller conveyor system within a short window of time.