Automatic cleaning of dairy line

The manufacturer wanted to increase capacity and reduce the risk of getting packages damaged during production.

Automatic cleaning of dairy line

Need for flexibility and good hygiene

The customer required high flexibility between fillers and packers. They wanted to increase the capacity, renew their old conveyor system and improve the hygienic conditions in the filling area. The factory’s old manual system was expensive and only possible to clean after finalizing the filling. Therefore, the new system had to be automatic and focus on good hygiene, low maintenance, and high accessibility.

Customized washing program

FlexLink designed a conveyor system combined with a washing program customized for specific hygienic needs. Ensured a short production stop, conveyor sections were pre-assembled in FlexLink’s workshop, which allowed the assembled conveyors to be lifted into the factory. A technical challenge in this project was the limited space in the factory. FlexLink designed a compact solution, installing the conveyors on many different levels to save floor space.

Decreased damages of products

A frequent problem in the dairy industry is damaged containers during production. FlexLink applied dynamic control of the conveyors’ speed to decrease backpressure from the packages queuing up on the conveyor. In the old system, they used water and soap to reduce friction and backpressure. But with this new solution, that was unnecessary, and it was more cost-effective.

A clean conveyor system

The result of the cooperation was rewarding in many ways. The renewing of the old conveyor system led to higher reliability of supply, where the production was ready on time. It has also created more space for better access, which generates a better working environment. The cleaning process is now faster and more effective than before, which leads to lower production costs. This investment has made the customer far more competitive.