BFM Global, the team behind the BFM fitting snap-fit flexible connector, Has released a new product enhancement that offers a quick, easy access option for in-stream metal detector testing and product sampling.
The Quick Access Port is a new add-on option that can be inserted in the BFM Seeflex 040E or 060ES range of flexible connectors. It gives easy access to product flow to perform metal detector drop-testing, take product samples, or even add small-volume ingredients.
Fast, Easy Access Without Spillage
The Quick Access Port consists of a 56-mm polyurethane thread port hole with a stainless steel screw in plug. The port can be inserted in the sidewall of BFM fitting connectors made from the Seeflex 040E and 060ES materials.
The plug can be unscrewed and re-screwed easily without interrupting product flow and without spilling product. This means customers don’t need to remove a flexible connector to do testing or access difficult pipe hatches or doors where there is potential for product loss.
Easy Metal Detector Testing, Product Sampling
The concept for the Quick Access Port came about from a discussion about the difficulty some customers had accessing product flow for metal detector testing.
“They were having to remove the connector each time they tested – which in some cases was hourly - and this was a significant interruption to production,” said Matthew Bailey, BFM Global’s technical lead.
By adding a port in the wall of the fitting connector, it serves as both the chute for product to pass through the detector and as the testing access portal, without product loss or any significant downtime.
It’s taken quite a bit of development to get this new product modification to market, and the team is excited about the application possibilities. “It’s great we’ve managed to solve the initial challenge for use in metal detector testing,” said Bailey. “The new port option also means that BFM fitting flexible connectors can act as easy access hatches for in-stream product sampling and for adding small volume ingredients during processing which is a bonus.”
The Quick Access Port is now available as an optional extra to add to any Seeflex 040E and Seeflex 060ES flexible connector of 150 mm-/6-in.-diam and length. Both materials are compliant with FDA, USDA, and EU food safety regulations.
BFM Global Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9 482 3395 www.bfmfitting.com