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Ray Rotar - Intralox:

Conveyor solutions supporting fruit and vegetable handling and processing applications

Headquartered in the US, Intralox is a specialist in conveyance solutions, offering direct service for a broad range of industries in more than 100 countries. As the inventor of Modular Plastic belting, Intralox specializes in innovative technologies, including Modular Plastic Conveyor Belting, ThermoDrive® technology, DirectDrive™ Spiral Systems, and Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB™) equipment.

The company has its solutions installed at a large number of Australian and New Zealand fruit and vegetable producers.

"The plastic components that are used to build Intralox conveyance solutions are molded at our HQ in New Orleans, USA. These components are then custom assembled into specific conveyor belting solutions at our Assembly Centre located in Melbourne, Victoria, from where they are shipped to our customers in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the South APAC region," explains Ray Rotar, Food Industry Account Manager for ANZ at Intralox. "These are typically purchased by conveyance OEMs who mount them on their conveyors and install them at end-user sites. For some complex applications – especially those that involve handling packages between packing and palletizing- Intralox often manufactures specialized conveyor equipment. Intralox's solutions can be spliced into existing lines while also being installed as part of newly built lines."

Intralox has a comprehensive range of conveyor solutions supporting a wide range of fruit and vegetable handling and processing applications, including naked food and vegetable conveying, blanching, elevating, washing, cooling, freezing, etc. The company's product movement solutions are custom-designed based on product and process parameters identified by Intralox experts at the specification stage in consultation with the user. As long as the full range of products has been factored in at the specification stage, Intralox solutions allow for significant flexibility in product types handled. In fact, Intralox's package handling solutions often allow for handling a much wider range of package sizes and formats compared to many conventional technologies.

"While we don't currently offer our own robotics solutions, we work closely with food producers, robotic equipment suppliers, and integrators to provide customized product movement solutions that support the automation and robotic solutions they deploy. For example, Intralox package sorting solutions are routinely utilized to efficiently feed boxes and crates to robotic palletizing cells, which stack the boxes/crates into pallets for shipping."

Costa utilizes Intralox's box sorting technology to feed its robotic box palletizers efficiently, gently, and reliably in a limited footprint.

Intralox focuses on the entire complexity of food safety beyond solely 'easy to clean.' The Intralox® FoodSafe™ System is a comprehensive system utilizing products, services, and training to help food producers achieve their uptime, throughput, and food safety goals. 'Industry Dedicated' Intralox experts work with food producers to curate customized solutions combining products and services to help them reach their throughput, quality, and yield objectives.

"While specifics on labor saved vary by situation, our solutions help optimize product movement and thereby remove or reduce unnecessary or redundant labor from the process, including those engaged in product movement, maintenance, reliability, cleaning, etc. The specifics on ROI also vary by situation- many customers have experienced an ROI of 50% or better utilizing Intralox solutions. Intralox's analysts can work with interested food producers to develop paybacks and evaluate projects that incorporate Intralox solutions. Users of these solutions routinely experience quantifiable benefits in terms of throughput increase, labor reduction, waste reduction, maintenance reduction, downtime reduction, and other savings that contribute to attractive ROIs."

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