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14.05.2018 Weigh-belt feeder meets strict hygiene requirements

Brabender Technologie, Duisburg, Germany, has completely redesigned its weigh-belt feeder in accordance with stringent food industry norms. PETG windows on three sides of the unit enable the operator to perform visual checks of bulk material flows at any time. The blue seals and bearings are made of plastic, which complies with EU Regulation 1935/2004 and the FDA standard for plastic components. The top and front sections can be removed entirely. “The operator now has full access to all components that come into contact with the product”, said general manager Horst Vohwinkel. Brabender offers a choice of cover safety interlocks to match whatever safety regulations the customer has to comply with. No-tool access, as well as no-tool cleaning, are standard.
The entire design focuses on easily removable components which can be dismantled piece by piece and then wet cleaned. This also applies to the inlet and the product side baffles. The belt tensioner can be locked in a raised position to enable the untensioned belt to be easily removed. All components are now wet cleaning-compatible, allowing the weigh-belt feeder to be employed for a wider range of applications. 
All metal components are made of stainless steel – including the load cell, which has an IP67 rating. The aseptic motor does not have cooling fins or fan, thereby meeting hygienic standards too. “Concerning hygienic design we profit from our membership of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG)”, explained Vohwinkel. Also new is the weighing frame, an innovative design which is now used on all the company’s food equipment. It features stainless steel machine feet, sloped surfaces to enable liquids to easily run off and polished weld seams.
Brabender Technologie’s redesigned weigh-belt feeder was unveiled at Anuga FoodTec earlier in the year

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