Liftvrac Conveyor

The Challenge

The Challenge

Developing a simple and sanitary solution for elevating sticky food products has always been the Holy Grail in the Material Handling Industry. Many food companies currently uses flighted conveyors, screw conveyors, bucket elevators, tote dumpers to elevate sticky and hard to release food products and these all come with a myriad of challenges. The biggest problem with flighted conveyors is how the product tends to stick to the belt and flights long after the drop points. This causes both sanitation issues and yield loss and there is no practical way to scrape the belt clean whenever flights are installed on conveyors. Screw conveyors are both unsafe and tend to degrade product quality and most food processors use them as a last resort. Bucket elevators are notoriously high in maintenance and suffer the same product release issues as flighted conveyors. Finally, tote dumpers are used in situations where conventional conveyors for agri-food industry are simply too impractical due to the aforementioned issues. None of these methods of conveying sticky and hard to release food products really work. Processors have grudgingly lived with these shortfalls but with today’s increasing focus on food safety and food waste, this is no longer an option.