In the food processing and packaging industries, the key challenges operators face are linked to securing operational efficiency and food safety in the harsh operating conditions in their factories. High operating temperatures, sticky products, moist and oily environments, the risk of belt edge fray, and the effects of chemical and/or mechanical cleaning, all have an impact on belt lifetimes and output, as well as on product contamination and waste.
In response to growing industry demand, Habasit is launching the first eight items in a new and improved belt line: Habasit Premium TPU food belts. These enhanced polyether-based belts offer four new features, each extending important benefits, particularly to customers running applications in the dry food industry:
The new belts perform at temperatures of up to 110 °C / 230 °F continuously admissible. Particularly in bakery applications, this means a significantly extended belt service life, with a lower risk of joint damage. Higher temperature resistance also eliminates delamination, thus improving food safety.
Enhanced resistance to hydrolysis and better chemical resistance are achieved with a new TPU formulation. This results in better resistance to humidity, improved belt service life, and better food hygiene.
A combination of spun fabrics and non-fray knitwear making up the belt design limits the risk of tearing long fibers out of the coating layers, which substantially improves belt service life and food safety. This combination is also nosebar suitable, permitting use with tight transfers
A new impregnation formula for the reverse/running side ensures very low ingress of water and oils, which improves processing hygiene and prevents microbial growth on the belt running side.
In order to fully meet all food belt application needs, Habasit has also developed a range of profiles and other auxiliaries with matching chemical resistance that can be welded to belt tops and reverse sides using high-frequency welding and hot air tools. The new range of Habasit Premium TPU food belts comes with matt, glossy and waffle surfaces in white and blue, at widths of 2400 mm.
Habasit strives to help customers in improving the reliability, quality and productivity of their equipment and processes, providing them excellent conveyor and power transmission products, systems and services. Established in 1946 in Basel, Switzerland, the family-owned company has a global presence in over 70 countries with more than 3,500 employees in affiliated companies and service centers worldwide. Habasit provides customers with highest quality products and comprehensive, tailor-made solutions from the extensive range of fabric-based conveyor belts, plastic modular belts and chains, power transmission belts, monolithic and timing belts.
In North America the company headquarters are based in Suwanee, Ga.
For more information on Habasit visit www.habasit.com or call 1-800-458-6431.