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Symetix: Belt conveyor

A sanitary belt conveyor improves safety for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers.

A sanitary belt conveyor improves safety for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers.
A sanitary belt conveyor improves safety for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers.

Symetix’s new sanitary belt conveyor is for bulk tablets, capsules, softgels, and powders as well as ingredients on regulated and OTC pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement manufacturing and packaging lines. Featuring a positive drive urethane (PDU) belt, stainless-steel frame and components, open construction, and other sanitary features, the belt conveyor eases cleaning to reduce labor, speed changeover, and increase uptime while improving equipment hygiene to maximize product safety.

The conveyor is ideal for conveying ingredients to blending and mixing, in-process products on manufacturing lines, and finished products to packaging. Belt conveyor comes in “dog leg,” cantilever, flat, and inclined configurations that can be mounted to the floor, on casters, or suspended. Belts can be designed with a flat surface or a variety of shaped flights and/or flexible sidewalls to contain the product in pockets while elevating it.

The FDA-compliant belting is thermoformed to meet the needs of the application, providing a homogenous and seamless belt. The smooth PDU belt resists bacterial attachment and features no seams or crevices to harbor bacteria. Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers and contract packers can use Symetix’s belt conveyor to improve sanitation and achieve the same rise in elevation as bucket conveyors.

The surface of the sanitary belt is uniform, making it very easy to clean. The tool-less, collapsible take-up system, which releases tension from the belt, along with the fastener-free, snap-in-place carry-ways, enable the belt to be quickly removed for sanitation. By streamlining cleaning, the sanitary belt conveyor reduces labor and downtime associated with sanitation and product changeovers.

The positive drive can further enhance sanitation when equipped with an optional motorized pulley. This eliminates shaft-mounted motors and gearboxes, which can trap product. Open construction and cleaning slots in transitions provide easy access for sanitation. The head- and tail-rollers, bearings, gearbox, and motor are made of stainless steel to resist bacterial growth.

The versatility of this modular conveyor allows Symetix to accommodate virtually any required throughput from less than 2,000 lb to more than 60,000 lb of product/hr.

The sanitary belt conveyor complements Symetix’s complete line of Smart Shaker® vibratory and horizontal motion conveyors: Iso-Flo®, Impulse®, and Horizon™. Symetix is the pharmaceutical group of Key Technology, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and processi

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