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Bottling manufacturers have sought to move to dry running conveyors in order to enable the line to operate smoothly without the need for external lubricants that attract dust and require periodic wash off. These issues cause interruptions to productivity and require additional labor, materials and water. The cleaning process also generates wastewater that requires proper disposal.
While dry running can minimize or eliminate dust, periodic sanitizing is still required. Additionally, the conveyors require a material with slip properties that can ensure a low coefficient of friction (COF) that remains constant over time.
Testing has shown that Regina’s conveyor chains and belts made with this material can reduce energy consumption on a high-speed bottling line up to 40%, extend the useful life by up to 40% and lengthen time between line maintenance cycles.
The surface slip performance of this unique material allows bottles to move smoothly along the conveyor line to preserve the bottles’ clarity, haptic properties and shelf appeal.
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Moving to a “dry” running conveyor belt system in the bottling industry will reduce maintenance down time and amount of wastewater than requires proper disposal. DuPont and Regina have developed an innovative conveyor solution that reduces energy consumption and extends useful life.