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In the food processing industry, thermoforming packaging provides a fast and hygienic method of sealing food products before they are sent to the retailers. Any reliability issues with the packaging machines can cause a significant reduction in production efficiency. This is why Tsubaki Europe offers a retrofit, 'Gripper Chain' solution which offers the most reliable performance on the market for thermoforming machines.
Maintaining food production lines requires expertise and specialist products to ensure efficient and reliable operation. For a popular chocolate manufacturer, there was one production line that was experiencing chain elongation and contamination of the chain lubricant that was causing loss of production. Switching to Tsubaki Lambda Lube Free chain resulted in considerable savings in maintenance costs as well as improved production reliability.
The efficiency and reliability of a chain driven system highly depends on the interaction between the chain and sprocket. Just the smallest discrepancy in size can lead to stress damage to the chain, while low quality materials can cause the sprocket to wear and require early replacement. The Tsubaki range of sprockets has been manufactured from high quality steels to integrate seamlessly with all standard chain sizes and ensure a long and reliable service life.
The latest conveyor chains offer both operational cleanliness and cost savings in packaging applications
Tsubaki is a leading global manufacturer of drive and attachment chain. With a wide product offering which is available as direct replacement for BS or ANSI specification chain, Tsubaki has a number of innovative designs that provide reliable solutions for drive, conveyor or attachment applications which meet pharmaceutical as well as food and beverage industry standards.
Technological innovation is currently seen as a major driving force towards achieving improved efficiency - and therefore improved overall performance - in the packaging industry. There are many companies involved in the manufacturing side of the packaging industry and many potential products, from aerosols and pharmaceuticals to food and beverage, but one thing is certain, they can all benefit from improved reliability in their production lines
Technological innovation is currently seen as a major driving force towards achieving improved efficiency, and therefore improved overall performance, in the packaging industry. The manufacture of tubes, cans, bottles etc. is a huge sector; as is the business of filling them. There are many companies involved in this side of the packaging industry and many potential products, from aerosols and pharmaceuticals to food and beverage, but one thing is for sure, they can all benefit from improved reliability in their production lines.
Tsubaki's industry leading 'Gripper' chain is ideally suited for any form, fill and vacuum seal wrapping applications. While many conventional gripping attachments open vertically, Tsubaki's range includes an innovative, 'side swivel' feature which provides a larger opening for improved loading and decreased risk of jamming. The innovative chain attachment is available with many of Tsubaki's high-quality, long-lasting chains, which is ideal for food packaging or other hygiene critical applications.
With so many companies claiming expertise in manufacturing roller chain products that do not require any external lubricant throughout their lives, Tsubaki, the original creators of lube-free chain explain how it is done and detail some surprising real world benefits...
There are a number of ways of achieving non-lube performance of drive chains. These vary with the load capacity and life requirements of the transmission medium. Today engineering plastics, especially self-lubricating acetyl types, play a part but, in the main, these type of chains suit applications where corrosion resistance and weight saving are more important than load capacity. Where conventional externally lubricated steel roller chain is normally used power transmission capacity and wear life are the main criteria for selection and an all steel lube-free chain is required.
Specialist packaging machine manufacturer BWI Dawson have designed and installed a new depalletising machine for New Zealand Milk using 'Lube-free Water Protected' drive chain from Tsubaki UK. The lambda WP chain has enabled BWI Dawson to design a completely corrosion resistant machine for the first time, one that has to survive a daily washdown using hot brine in a food safe environment.
New Zealand Milk, manufacturers of the Anchor butter brand import over 26,000 tonnes of butter into the UK every year. The butter is wrapped in 25 kilo blocks, stacked five layers deep and frozen for transportation. The butter arrives on pallets holding 50 blocks each, it is then thawed, salted and processed for retail packaging on-site at their Swindon depot. The throughput at Swindon amounts to 120 tonnes per eight hour shift and previously involved six lines of labour intensive unpacking.