A Clear View
The new Hygienic Design weigh-belt feeder from Brabender Technologie allows a unobstructed view yet provides a full enclosure.
Brabender Technologie unveiled its latest innovation at the Anuga FoodTec in March. The weigh-belt feeder has been completely re-designed to be more hygenic. The many windows with blue seals are the first details to catch the eye. Head of Sales Klaus Plien explains what this is all about: “We have incorporated PETG windows on three sides of the weigh-belt feeder to enable the operator to perform visual checks of bulk material flows at any time. The blue seals and bearings are made of plastic, which complies with EU Regulation 1935 / 2004 and the FDA standard for plastic components.”
Removable housing sections for ease of access
The redesigned device’s improved sight lines as well as enhanced access are real benefits. The top and front faces are housing sections that can be removed entirely. “The operator now has full access to all components that come into contact with the product”, Klaus Plien explains. Brabender Technologie offers different cover safety interlocks to match whatever accident prevention regulations the customer has to comply with. No-tool access as well as no-tool cleaning are standard. “The Design Engineering and Sales teams sat down with one of our biggest international confectionery customers to discuss their requirements and these needs were then incorporated into this new hygenic design.”
Componets are easily removable
A lot has changed particularly in terms of cleanability. The entire design focuses on easily removed components which can be dismantled bit by bit and then wet cleaned. This also applies to the inlet and the product side baffles. The belt tensioner can be locked in a raised position to enable the untensioned belt to be easily removed. “All components are now wet cleaning-compatible”, Klaus Plien emphasizes. This therefore allows us to use the weigh-belt feeder in more applications.
All metal components are made of stainless steel – including the load cell, which has an IP67 rating. The stainless steel terminal box is separated from the housing by a spacer – also a hygiene detail. The aseptic motor does not have cooling fins or fan, thereby meeting hygienic standards too.
What’s also new is the weighing frame for loss-in-weight feeders, which is now used on all food equipment. It features stainless steel machine feet, sloped surfaces to enable liquids to easily run off and polished weld seams, which are almost undetectable.
Initial reactions from customers show that the new design fully meets their needs. “We have already received inquiries for the new weigh-belt feeder“, Klaus Plien confirms. It was an eyecatcher at the trade fair too. “However we didn’t demonstrate the easy disassembly at the show – we shall save this for face-to-face meetings in our Technical Center.”
(published in FLUX 1/2018)