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Article | June 21, 2013
Flexicon: Tubular cable conveyors
Flexicon’s FLEXI-DISC line of Tubular Cable Conveyors for the gentle transfer of friable food and non-food products complements the company’s line of flexible screw conveyors and pneumatic conveying systems, allowing conveyance of virtually any bulk solid material.
The conveyor moves material using high-strength polymer discs––affixed to a stainless steel or galvanized cable––that slide within smooth stainless steel tubing. This helps move fragile products gently, quietly and dust-free, horizontally, vertically or at any angle, through small holes in walls or ceilings.
The system can have single or multiple inlets and outlets, and conveys over short distances or hundreds of feet/meters.
The conveyors’ gentle handling makes them suitable for food products that are prone to breakage or degradation including: cereals, coffees, teas, dried fruits, frozen vegetables, grains, nuts, peas, pet foods, seeds, snack foods, and spices.
Typical non-food applications include bulk chemicals, minerals, chopped fiberglass, microspheres, regrind, pellets, tobacco, and other friable materials.
Modular system components in 304 or 316 stainless steel include tubing, drive wheel housings, tension wheel housings, metered and non-metered inlets, and discharges with and without valves, as well as accessories for wet or dry cleaning, including CIP sanitizing.
Available in unlimited configurations, the conveyor is offered as a stand-alone system, or fully integrated with upstream and downstream equipment such as inlet hoppers, bag dump stations, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag fillers, drum/box/container dumpers, weigh batching/blending systems, screeners, filling machines and storage vessels manufactured by Flexicon and other companies.
Free testing using supplied materials is offered at Flexicon test laboratories on full-scale Tubular Cable Conveyors and upstream equipment that simulate customer processes.
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