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Key Technology Introduces Horizontal-Motion Conveyor

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The Zephyr horizontal-motion conveyor’s motion profile gently moves product with no segregation or stratification and at high capacities.

Featuring a patented direct drive with a counterbalance system, the Zephyr horizontal-motion conveyor’s motion profile gently moves product with no segregation or stratification and at high capacities.

Zephyr minimizes bounce, which reduces product damage, noise, and loss of seasoning and other coatings to maintain product quality.

“Designed for food processors who want gentle handling, our field-proven Zephyr conveyor offers higher throughput, reduced maintenance, and a modular design that’s more readily customized than other horizontal-motion shakers on the market,” said Jim Ruff, vice president of process systems and integrated solutions at Key Technology.

Zephyr is ideal for frozen bulk foods like potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry, as well as dry products like nuts and cereals. Powered by a counterbalanced direct drive, this high-capacity conveyor utilizes horizontal movement to gently slide and convey product without bouncing. With virtually no vertical loft, Zephyr reduces product breakage and the loss of coatings such as seasoning, batter, and certain types of oil while limiting system noise to 75 decibels or less. Its self-cleaning horizontal motion reduces the chance of product build-up and the counterweight drive minimizes floor vibration.

Offering up to twice the throughput of other horizontal motion conveyors, Zephyr moves product at rates of up to 40 ft/min.

Zephyr features robust construction with a stainless steel conveying bed and drive housing, sanitary grounding arms, long-life bearings, and scalloped flat bars, which together maximize sanitation, ease cleaning, and reduce maintenance. Every aspect of the system utilizes sanitary design and manufacturing principles. Carbon fiber springs with food-safe coating further improve lifespan and sanitation. Zephyr’s simple drive system is powered by an electric motor with few parts to ease maintenance – no timing set up is required. This horizontal-motion conveyor is available in four finishing standards, offering rotary polished beds, ground and polished welds, and more to meet a variety of different sanitation requirements.

Key Technology, Walla Walla, WA 509-529-2161 www.key.net

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