Water and energy saving System Plast conveyor adds versatility with new components at Brau Beviale

Special for Brau Beviale 2012. See Emerson in Hall 7, stands 7-518 and 7-617

FLORENCE, KY, November 6, 2012 - Emerson Industrial Automation introduces new options for water and energy conservation in packaging and bottling with additions to its System Plast™ line of conveyor components. New components in the line include 34-mm flattop mini-one-track belt with smooth surface or rubberized grip-top. It is ideal for use in packaging machines and for handling corrugated material. Both belts now have radiused undersides for high performance with nose-bar transfers. The grip-top chain is available in low-friction acetal, while the smooth surface chain is available in both LF acetal and Emerson's dry-running System Plast NG™ chain. Other additions include side flexing LF and NG belts now with rubber grip-top surface, a perfect solution for curves located on inclines or declines.

System Plast NG chain is an advanced, low-friction concept in flattop conveyor that addresses beverage industry needs for resource reduction and sustainability. NG chain can eliminate or greatly reduce wasteful water-and-soap lubrication typically used in food and beverage processing. It also reduces the costs and energy for water reclamation, and eliminates the wear paste buildup, noise pulsation and hygiene issues caused by mineral-oil-based dry lubricants. At the bottling operation of Canadian winemaker Vincor, System Plast conveyor chain, combined with Nolu-S™ wear strips, paid for itself in less than six months after a changeover to the new material.

According to Dick Overtoom, Emerson Vice President of Sales & Marketing for System Plast in Europe, Middle East and Africa, traditional conveyor lubricated with soap and water can consume two to three times more water in processing than goes into the finished product. “By changing to dry running operations, these plants can save money on water, water reclamation, and soap, while improving worker safety,” said Overtoom. “System Plast chain and wear strips are a proven solution for water reduction being used globally by an increasing number of food and beverage processing plants.”

NG chain is made of high-performance PBT thermoplastic that is suitable for high-speed and dry-running applications, where it lowers power consumption and noise, and increases the belt's wearlife. Nolu-S wear strips and guides enable reduced-lubrication or lubrication-free, high-speed conveyor operation. They are made of a unique compound of UHMW-PE with a solid lubricant that dramatically reduces the coefficient of friction. Nolu-S helps reduce noise, energy consumption, squeaking, and chain pull/belt fatigue. The combination of NG chain and Nolu-S wear strips has a coefficient of friction of just 0.13, reducing the conveyor's energy requirements by up to 30 percent, with service life sometimes as much as five times greater.

Brau Beviale visitors can determine their own potential conveyor cost savings at the System Plast booth (Hall 7, stands 7-518 & 7-617), using a new mobile app that calculates cost reductions from various choices of motors, drives and flat-top conveyor chains, as well as quick changeover guide rails and elimination of water/soap lubrication. The FREE mobile app can be obtained from the mobile app page at www.emerson-ept.com.

Emerson produces System Plast conveying chain and a variety of other drive components that reduce maintenance and water consumption in the food and beverage industry. These include products from SealMaster, Browning, Morse and McGill. To learn more, visit www.emerson-ept.com or contact an Emerson application engineer. A free mobile app available at the iTunes store, entitled “Power Transmission Solutions Product Library,” allows searches across multiple product lines and placing information on a personal bookshelf. Interactive page-flip versions of the catalogs can also be accessed at www.emersononlinecatalog.com.