Contact Surface Range.
As we work with so many different product types we need to make sure that we have the right contact surface to make sure we move your products efficiently. As all our machinery is customised to your requirements, we can build any of our machinery with the contact surface which is right for you.
We also need to guarantee that our conveyors are easy to hygiene and will last over many years.
You can see our contact surface range below:
- Mirror Polished
- Plain 2B Finish
- Bead Blasted
- Electropolished for slurry & sticky products
- Serrated edge
- Wedgewire for contraflow and inline directions
- V corrugations
- Polypropylene for inline metal detectors
With our expertise and experience, we can guarantee you that we will move your products. If you are not sure, then get in touch with us and we will trail your products at our dedicated trials centre. Book in your trial
Wherever possible we eliminate a ‘home for the bugs’ as we design out edges, crevices, and shelves. Quite simply, if we cannot get a welding torch into a space – we won’t manufacture that design. We also test cleaning solutions on our conveyors to ensure there is no degradation even if concentrated chemicals are used in error occasionally.
Effectively automating the handling of fresh wet sticky products
Products that are difficult to move with conventional vibratory conveyors, Cox & Plants powerful 23Hz electromagnetically driven vibrators with a unique an array of surface finishes ensure your product is conveyed hygienically, efficiently and minimise drag debris.
Are there any food grade solvents that can be used to help the cleaning process, particularly with products containing sugar?
Yes, there is a product available through our Life Cycle Services Team called Elephant Oil that is great for sticky product build-up. This product was designed for this purpose. Just make sure that you do not spray the product on while machine is in motion.
Are there any special maintenance tasks for a dusty product such as porridge oats, flour, cake mixes?
There are no particularly special tasks. They should be the same on all machines however, keeping them clean could require a higher frequency of cleaning due to an increase of dust.
Which lasts longer: a Teflon coated contact parts or a bead blasted finish?
We have found that non-Teflon coated pans last longer, however some Teflon coating can last for up to 12 months as it’s the product in motion that removes the coating. This is something which doesn’t happen with bead blasting which will look as it did Ex-Works in 25 years’ time. Bead blasting is the preferred finish as it has very high endurance as it comparable to abrasion resistant.
Which conveyor surface is the most expensive?
Generally, the Teflon coatings are the higher end of the costs spectrum however, these wear off in time which means your customers are eating this coating in the food stream. We haven’t used this coating in over 15 years preferring the highly successful electro polished which we’ve had excellent results with even for wet, sloppy slurry.
When would a polished conveyor surface be required?
It is dependent on the product handling characteristics, for dusty, dry, grainy products the last surface finish you would have been rigidized, the majority of our surfaces are bead blast however, snacks and cereals very often are specified with a polished surface.
Which conveyor surface would you use for fresh meat?
Our unique serrated edge material which is hand machined in the design of the tide turning waves has allowed outstanding results with fresh poultry – breasts, legs, wings, and legs. Recent success has been sliced fillet steak strips which eliminated the bug ridden creviced belt conveyors from high care.