Running rows of chocolate bars ready to be packaged in their shiny foil wrappers. Cans of freshly-cut vegetables moving forward to the labelling section.Lines of glass bottles taking their turns to be filled with milk, fruit juice, energy drinks, or alcoholic beverages. Ready-to-cook chicken cuts being transported quickly to the freezer section.Cupcakes passing under a shower of candy sprinkles.Clean, safe, and good food is now more accessible, thanks to constant developments in the food manufacturing process. A typical consumer is now presented with a wide selection of fresh-cut produce, ready-to-eat items, and processed food largely because producing them has become faster, easier, and cheaper.
People may take it for granted, but the selection of food items in the neighbourhood supermarket wasn’t always as abundant or varied. It was only due to accomplishments in food processing technology that shoppers can now buy different kinds of food, at constant quality and quantity, all year-round. One of the most important technologies that was developed and is constantly being enhanced is the modular belt conveyor. In this conveyor model, the belt itself is the modular part. Instead of being a whole piece as with some standard models, the belt is made up of smaller individual components that fit together to form the entire unit.
Factories, processing plants, and agri-business units prefer this conveyor system as its design is favourable for product lines that require high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Maintenance personnel can easily separate the parts for a more thorough cleaning and sanitation process. Since each nook and cranny can be accessed, the possibility of product contamination is decreased or eliminated. Moreover, modular belt conveyor designs typically have features or mechanisms that promote airflow and increased drainage, further ensuring superior sanitation standards.
Later models of modular belt conveyors are optimised to carry higher loads, with secure belt tracking and mechanisms that eliminate roller spillage. These conveyor belts can also run in reverse directions, allowing for more adaptable and flexible loading and discharge methods. Depending on the food processing unit’s needs, the height, width, length, speed, and drive option can be customised for maximum efficiency.
In case the business starts to grow or transfer to a different location, new technologies allow later modifications, such as expansion of a unit, addition of a component, or integration of an upgraded model, without the need for discarding the existing conveyor. This way, food companies can easily develop their products and product-making procedures with minimal delays in their production, ensuring demands for their goods are faithfully met.
With the development of modular belt conveyor systems, food manufacturers can ensure product safety while increasing their productivity and profit, while consumers can enjoy access to food items that are safe, nutritious, and easily accessible.