Processing Magazine

Tubular cable conveyor moves bulk materials gently, dust-free

December 6, 2013

Flexicon Flexi-Disc Tubular Cable ConveyorThis conveyor makes use of polymer discs affixed to a cable to “slide” bulk materials found within stainless-steel tubing. It moves fragile product — quietly and dust-free — horizontally, vertically or at any angle, often through small holes in walls or ceilings.

As it conveys fragile product gently, it does so without separation of blended materials containing particles of disparate sizes, shapes and bulk densities, says Bethlehem, Pa.-based Flexicon Corp. It maintains material temperature and moisture, contains dust and prevents contamination. Modular components allow changes to conveyor tubing length and routing, cable and disc assembly.

The system can have single or multiple inlets and outlets and convey over short distances or hundreds of feet with high efficiency using low-horsepower motors. Modular inlets and outlets can be added, removed or relocated, and the circuit lengthened, shortened or re-routed.

The gentle handling offered by this conveyor, says its manufacturer, makes it suitable for food products prone to breakage or degradation, including: cereals, coffees, teas, dried fruits, frozen vegetables, grains, nuts, peas, pet foods, seeds, snack foods and spices. Typical non-food applications include bulk chemicals, minerals, chopped fiberglass, microspheres, regrind, pellets, tobacco and other friable materials.

Accessories include for wet or dry cleaning, including CIP sanitizing.