A new belt can help recycle product waste, claims Habasit Rossi

By Jane Byrne

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Food Recycling

The belt manufacturer said its new Habasit LINK M0870 Micropitch Flat Top 0.3” pitch system is most applicable to the conveying of delicate small footprint food products such as baked goods or confectionery between conveyor systems as the extremely tight transfer, enhanced tracking and product stability of the belt reduces gaps in nose bar transfers.

Andrew Randall, marketing communications manager at the company, told FoodProcuctionDaily.com that damage and loss can occur when delicate products are transferred between two conveyor lines but that the Micropitch system reduces the potential for wastage and thus provides cost savings.

Recycling of product

“A 7mm diameter nose bar eliminates the need for dead plates in a two conveyor metal detection and cooking system so the chance of products becoming pinched, falling, sagging into the clearance space or accumulating and knocking together on dead plates is significantly reduced,” ​he added.

According to Randall, items such as chocolate sprinkles, sesame seed toppings or grated cheese for products may drop through the transfer gap and be recycled for further use, while the larger sized products continue on the conveying system.

He claims the reduction in product waste enabled by the Micropitch can provide a manufacturer with a competitive edge in the current economic climate.

Impact resistance

Randall said that the belt is manufactured using high performance engineering polymer polyacetal polyoxmethylene (POM), has high strength and resistance to impact and can operate in temperatures of -40°C to 90°C, thus making it applicable to a wide range of food processing sectors.

He said the Micropitch can be used for the processing of meat, poultry and seafood where hygiene is a priority.

“The tightness of the belt’s structure means there are fewer catchment areas for debris, making it easier to clean that a lot of existing conveyor systems​,” claims Randall,

He said that the price of the Micropitch is comparable to belts currently on the market but that the efficiencies it offers results in added value for processors.

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