The CM100FBS eliminated frequent belt replacements to save the customer over $78k.
A midwestern bakery of specialty breads endured frequent castrophic belt failures, requiring constant and costly replacement purchases and maintenance. The high-temperature and oily environment caused belt shrinkage, which resulted in wrinkles and tears on the numerous 2-ply TPU belts tested. Belt strain was further increased by the tight nosebar at the oven infeed, accelerating belt wear.
To combat the detrimental shrinkage, the bakery required a food-grade belt suitable for high temperatures, oily environments, and tight nosebars. Habasit satisfied this requirement with the CM100FBS, which features a non-woven carcass for resistance to shrinkage and a food-grade cotton for temperature stability. The thin one-ply design achieves nosebar suitability, and the latex impregnation provides oil resistance.
Once installed, the CM100FBS lasted several times longer than previous options, easily enduring the constant high temperatures and moisture. Overall, belt shrinkage was eliminated, despite the added tension of a tight nosebar.
The bakery experienced substantial benefits and savings:
- Dramatically improved belt life, up to 12 months
- Annual belt replacement savings over $30,000
- Maintenance labor savings around $48,000
The Habasit representative identified and corrected a previously unseen problem—a bread board bumping into the belt during loading—demonstrates Habasit's expertise and superior diagnostic abilities.