The transport of material in the food industry, where a contamination-free conveyance is paramount, always offers us stimulating challenges that we face with high-quality engineering solutions
Customer: Vegan food company
Customer requirement: A UK manufacturer operating in a high growth market had a requirement to produce various individual Vegan product mixes to be used both for their in-house range of Vegan food products and to be sold to other companies requiring Vegan ingredients.
The customer required a full system to mix various recipes of Vegan powders, check screen after mixing and then to be packed into multiple bag sizes of 5 to 25kg using a semi-automatic system for maximum efficiency. The customer had a myriad of recipe mixes but needed production scale equipment to produce consistent products and pack for either use later on in other processes or for sale onto other companies producing Vegan food products.
Gimat solution: The GIMAT engineering team discussed the whole process with the customer, to understand their requirements and what additional equipment would be needed to deliver a fully contained production scheme, where the customer would mix, discharge (from the mixer), check sieve the products and use an inclined variable speed drive flexible screw conveyor to feed the bagging machine for the packing of the final blender products.
Customer: Convenience food producer
Customer requirement: A major UK manufacturer of convenience food sandwich fillers had the need to feed chickpeas into a new optical sorting machine automatically. The optical sorting machine would increase customer production and eliminate manual inspection of chickpeas prior to cooking, however the amount of space available for the platform mounted sorting equipment and the unloading system was both floorspace and headroom restricted.
Gimat solution: The GIMAT engineering team looked at the available space in which to incorporate a bulk bag unloading system and produced a bespoke low level bulk bag unloading frame with buffer hopper and twin flexible screw conveyors, one to elevate the product vertically and a second conveyor to transfer the product horizontally into the feed hopper for the optical sorting machine, due to the space limitations it was not possible to feed the optical sorting machine with a single conveyor.
This system provided a number of challenges to the GIMAT engineering team but we were able to product a tailored design to fit equipment into the limited space available and provide installation and commissioning to the customer.