Conveyor technology ensures delicate handling of ingredients

Vacuum solutions designer Piab has unveiled its Piflowt conveyor that is dedicated to the gentle handling of ingredients and products such as confectionery, nuts, seeds and beans.

Featuring “groundbreaking” new technology, which is patent pending, Piflowt will revolutionize the automated handling of fragile goods, according to Piab.

“A controlled low speed, guided entry into the conveyor and the elimination of all sharp edges are the keys to our success, ensuring that products are handled with great care in our conveyors,” says Jarno Tahvanainen, vice president of Piab’s material handling division.

“There will be no more chipped candy in plants using Piflowt.”

Suitable for transporting up to four million items per hour, the Piflowt conveyor can be used to transport any fragile goods within a processing plant. For the food industry this is said to enable the safe handling of coated sweets and candy.

Piab says Piflowt can safely transfer ingredients and products between the various processing units, such as tablet presses, coating drums and packaging lines, avoiding the risk of damage.

At the centre of Piflowt is the Pigentle technology (patent pending) that maintains a gentle flow by regulating the feed pressure of the pump, ensuring that fragile ingredients or products are handled as delicately as possible.

Piflowt is an extension to Piab’s range of Piflow conveyors for powder and bulk materials and has been developed to meet the stringent demands regarding operational safety and hygiene within the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

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