Crevice-free monolithic design cuts time of pesky debris removal

Habasit Cleandrive™ proved more cleanable than a vented modular belt for nearly $15k in savings.

A food processor was conveying a variety of beans through a series of washdown conveyors, equipped with vented modular belts, to remove natural debris from the harvesting process. Portions of bean skin would become caught in the crevices between modules or in the vent slots. During cleaning cycles, the sanitation crew required more time and water than desired to dislodge the debris from the tops and bottoms of the belts.

To solve the lengthy sanitation challenge, the customer required a food-safe belt with a more cleanable top and bottom design and an open area pattern that captured less debris while permitting dewatering of the product. Habasit satisfied this requirement with Habasit Cleandrive™ CD.M25, which features a perfectly smooth top-side design. The bottom side consists of hygienically designed drive bars that capture less debris and are easily cleaned. To support dewatering, Habasit engineering designed a suitable pattern of 1/8" circular perforations.

Once installed, the perforated Habasit Cleandrive™ belt reduced sanitation time and water consumption.

Overall, the monolithic style belt and calculated perforation pattern created substantial benefits:

  • 175,000 gallons of water saved annually
  • 10-minute reduction in sanitation time per installed belt
  • Annual sanitation labor reduction of more than 300 hours
Total annual savings approached $15,000.

Though gallons of water cost processors mere pennies, Habasit supports green initiatives and environmentally-friendly conveying solutions, and while short-term water savings can seem small, multiyear water costs can reach many thousands of dollars.