Luxme International has launched a food-grade tubular chain conveyor that is USDA-accepted for transporting large quantities of dairy, meat, and poultry.
Providing an enclosed, hygienic, certified solution for conveying all types of bulk food ingredients, the SaniLux Tubular Chain Conveyor adheres to the highest standards of food hygiene, the company said. The enclosed system is beneficial in keeping the product protected from atmospheric, airborne contaminants and other bacterial elements and maintaining a safe and sanitized processing system all the way to the packaging line, significantly reducing the risk of product recall, the company added.
Optional independent clean-in-place (CIP) technology is isolated from the upstream or downstream machinery and interlocked for operation. As well as ensuring the conveyor is sanitized to industry standards, the CIP technology precludes the dismantling and reassembly of equipment and is capable of cleaning the SaniLux system from dry to dry in just 60 minutes, the company said. The chain assembly for the CIP washdown application is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The conveyor itself comprises a fixed drive and tension assembly, which automatically tensions the chain continuously during the process and regulates it according to friction, product flow and variation in atmospheric/product temperature. Capable of 300, 500 or 1,100 ft3/hr capacities, the system is suited for the automatic conveying of all types of dry or wet food, from milk powders to raw meat, at any stage of receiving, processing and packaging.
By enclosing ingredients during the conveying process, the USDA-accepted SaniLux system reduces the risk of pathogen and allergen contamination, the company said, adding, the independent CIP technology ensures the conveyor is free from residues between batches without adversely affecting the product quality and efficiency of a factory line.
“As well as providing manufacturers with peace of mind that their system is microbiologically clean, machinery designed to a recognized standard such as the SaniLux Tubular Chain Conveyor typically requires less cleaning time, saving on water, product, labor costs, and energy,” said Luxme International President Navam Jagan