Innovative Options Encourage Efficiency
Dan Orehov, Frozen Food Europe
Companies active on the technological and logistical segment constantly come up with new products and solutions meant for food manufacturers, which are aimed at simplifying production, reducing costs, as well as at ensuring a more efficient logistic and time management strategy.
In order to reply to their customers’ demands, Ashworth Bros., Inc., the only conveyor belt company that manufactures and services both metal and plastic belting for lo-tension and stacker spirals, has recently introduced a new crate system for their self-stacking belts, which received the United States patent approval. Ashworth’s Rack & Roll™ Crate is an economical and efficient solution for storing and installing ExactaStack™, the self-stacking spiral replacement belt. With over 60 years of innovation for the future of conveyor belts, Ashworth continues to lead the market with the most conveyor belt patents in the food processing, can making, and material handling industries. Companies around the world depend on Ashworth’s products, service, and innovative solutions to maximize throughput and minimize lifecycle costs. Recently, Ashworth has received a patent for Rack & Roll™ Crate system, which is designed for easy crate handling and quick roll-out, roll-in belt replacements for self-stacking spirals. Food processors can now benefit from savings on both lower cost belting with ExactaStack™, and lower cost installations with Rack & Roll™.
Ashworth Factory Service installed a complete “change out” for the world’s largest producer of frozen potato specialties. The company’s plant engineer stated: “The technicians at Ashworth Factory Service are knowledgeable and provide very capable installation services. Ashworth is easy to work with and installed the ExactaStack™ belt to meet our plant schedule.” The combination of Rack & Roll™ and an ExactaStack™ Turn-key Belt Replacement from Ashworth Factory Service is an easy and cost effective solution for food processors to keep their stackers constantly running at peak performance. ExactaStack™ belts are delivered spooled onto Rack & Roll™ Crates; each crate has a footprint and height of less than 4-feet, making the belt easy to stack, store, and maneuver. Installation of a self stacking belt with the Rack & Roll™ Crate is simplified by rolling out the new ExactaStack™ belt directly from the crate to the in-feed of the stacker. The old belt is conveniently rolled into an empty Rack & Roll™ crate from the out-feed. “When we began manufacturing ExactaStack™ we faced the problem of storing, handling and installing the self-stacking spiral belts,” states Joe Lackner, vice president for Ashworth. He expands by saying, “We looked at the crates from the competition and theirs were 10-feet long and awkward to store, move and unload, which increased the risk of damaging the belt. We saw this as an opportunity to help our customers with a better solution.”