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Dry Conveying Option for Food Packaging

August 27, 2014
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The new System Plast NG Evo conveyor chain features a proprietary, low-friction FDA-approved material for dry conveying in food packaging applications. The new chain provides a higher breaking load, greater elasticity, lower coefficient of friction, and greater abrasion resistance than the original. NG Evo expands options for dry conveying to meet sustainability and water conservation goals.

The chain is an advanced, low-friction concept that can eliminate or greatly reduce wasteful water-and-soap lubrication typically used on food and beverage conveyors. It also reduces the costs and energy for water reclamation/treatment, and eliminates the wear paste buildup, noise pulsation, and hygiene issues caused by mineral-oil-based dry lubricants.
NG Evo chain is made of a proprietary thermoplastic resin that is suitable for high-speed and dry-running applications, where it lowers power consumption and noise, and increases the belt’s wear life. The companion Nolu-S wear strips and guides enable reduced-lubrication or lubrication-free, high-speed conveyor operation. They are made of a unique resin with a solid lubricant that reduces the coefficient of friction. Nolu-S helps reduce noise, energy consumption, squeaking, and chain pull/belt fatigue. The combination of NG Evo chain and Nolu-S wear strips can reduce a conveyor’s energy requirements by up to 30 percent, with service life as much as five times greater.
Plant engineers can determine their own potential conveyor cost savings using a new mobile app that calculates cost reductions from various choices of motors, drives, and flat-top conveyor chains, as well as quick changeover guide rails and elimination of water/soap lubrication. The free mobile app can be obtained from the mobile app page at www.emerson-ept.com.
For more information, visit Emerson Industrial Automation