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New features for vibratory conveyors
Key Technology has introduced new features to their vibratory conveyors – Iso-Flo, Impulse, Horizon and Marathon – for food processing and packaging lines with the addition of a new grounding arm, label stand-offs, sanitary drives and Vector-Lock Gen 2.
Jim Ruff, General Manager of the Integrated Solutions Group at Key
The grounding arm is made of a single stainless steel structure in a design which Key claims enhances sanitation and improves durability. Mounted to Key’s StrongArm spring arms to dissipate static between the conveyor bed and frame, this grounding arm presents no horizontal surfaces where liquid, product or particulates can pool.
Key claims that label stand-offs are superior to traditional riveted plaques, which can trap bacteria, and adhesive stickers, which can peel off after repeated exposure to washdowns. Each conveyor’s identification, specifications and stroke indicator are laser-etched or stamped onto stainless steel and the colourful ISO safety pictogram labels utilise epoxy based baked finish over stainless steel.
The oil-free drives that can be used to power Key’s vibratory conveyors have been redesigned. A smaller footprint and a more open mount, which reduce the lamination area, make these maintenance-free drives more sanitary.
The new Vector-Lock Gen 2, used to secure removable screens and covers on Key’s vibratory conveyors, eases use and achieves better clamping. With a larger hook, a bigger radius and additional over-center latching for more positive engagement, this new Vector-Lock clamp enables quick release and quick closing while maximizing load carrying capabilities to secure screens and covers on even the heaviest conveyor systems that handle today’s highest capacities.
Iso-Flo Vibratory Conveyors
Iso-Flo is a versatile family of natural frequency vibratory conveyors with frame-mounted mechanical drives. Key offers Iso-Flo conveyors for product distribution on processing and packaging lines as well as product spreading, distribution, fines removal, scalping, dewatering, inspection, alignment, transfer, and other applications.
Impulse Vibratory Conveyors
Impulse vibratory conveyors feature frame-mounted electromagnetic drives. Designed for processing and packaging distribution lines that require precise metering and low maintenance, such as product mixing, ingredient feeding and scale feeding applications, Impulse starts and stops quickly.
Horizon Horizontal Conveyors
Horizon is Key’s horizontal motion conveyor, which features a mechanical drive. Achieving gentle, quiet and sanitary horizontal motion conveying, Horizon is ideal for many fragile, seasoned, coated and frozen foods. Its drive is powerful and efficient. Machine lengths can be up to 23 meters (75 feet) long.
Marathon Vibratory Conveyors
Based on the same operating principle used on Iso-Flo shakers, Marathon is a natural frequency vibratory conveyor designed to distribute bulk foods distances from 9 to more than 25 meters (30 to more than 80 feet) on one unit. Achieving a long run on one shaker maximises efficiency while this compact, well-tuned system optimises performance and offers installation flexibility.
To read more on Key’s vibratory conveyors, visit www.key.net/conveying-solutions
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Publication date: 9/13/2017
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