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like ‘glue’ in corners and crevices. With the Flexicon flexible screw conveyors no sticky, gluey residue remains, production workers are able to wash the conveyors by merely removing the clean-out cap, reversing rotation, then flushing with water. Monday morning setups go faster says the powder line leader. The new plant configuration, which has been kept within the confines of the original space of 15m x 22m, has brought about dramatic results, production has doubled from 6 metric tonnes/day to 12 metric tonnes/day, profits improved as the increased production decreases the cost per case plus there is improved consistency of quality. Also the new flexible layout has revitalized the powder department to become the fastest growing in the plant at a 10-12% increase per year. For more information contact Flexicon on tel: 01227 374710 or visit: www.flexicon.co.uk


and bottling lines for continuous production, cutting downtime by 30-40%. In the powder department, the flexible conveyors move product from station to station in steep, space-saving inclines in a tight area. The material is moved through a 12mm diameter polyethylene outer tube enclosing the flexible stainless steel screw. The gentle rolling action of the screw prevents separation of blended products. Since the powder material is contained within the conveyor system the risk of product contamination is eliminated. Flexicon have designed their system with no cracks, crevices, filters or bearings which could trap particles or prevent thorough cleaning.


The conveyors’ ease of cleaning and handling help attain high consistency of quality. Previously eight or nine extra workers cleaned the heavy stainless steel auger conveyors on a monthly cycle over a weekend, the malted milk product stuck


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