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Battling food factory health and safety challenges

By Gwen Ridler

At the fore of every well operated food and drink factory is a strong culture of health and safety, but what are some of the challenges still plaguing manufacturers and how as the spread of COVID-19 affected the way we keep employees safe?

Easy-clean food conveyor features removable belt

Easy-clean food conveyor features removable belt

By Rick Pendrous

To enhance hygiene during manufacture and protect against cross-contamination, Gough Engineering has developed an easy-clean conveyor with a removable belt – as recommended by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) – that allows...

Warburtons was fined £1.9M for safety failings

Warburtons fined £1.9M for trapped arm

By Gwen Ridler

Warburtons has been fined £1.9M for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was trapped against a running conveyor belt – its second fine of more than £1M this year.

Horticultural firm, William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd, was fined for safety failings

Safety failings cost horticultural firm £30k

By Gwen Ridler

A horticultural firm was ordered to pay more than £30,000 by Bolton Magistrates court last week (June 27) for safety failings at two of its sites, after investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

New test lab for tubular transfer

New test lab for tubular transfer

Materials handling specialist Flexicon has built a new test laboratory for Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors and integrated bulk handling equipment, allowing its customers to tailor systems to their particular needs.

High-speed moves for cereal maker

High-speed moves for cereal maker

A further high-speed carton conveyor system has been supplied to an unnamed UK cereal manufacturer by materials handling specialist Astec Conveyors, following the success of previous installations.

Baxters was fined £6,000 for safety failings

Baxters fined £6,000 for worker’s accident

By Michael Stones

Soups, sauces and spreads manufacturer Baxters has been fined £6,000, after one of its workers suffered serious injury when his hand was caught between a conveyor belt and roller.

Cageless spiral conveyor for bakery duties

Cageless spiral conveyor for bakery duties

A new cageless spiral system conveyor belt called CamEdge, designed for equipment used in bakery applications, has been introduced by metal conveyor belt manufacturer Cambridge Engineered Solutions. It is designed for cooling and proofing processes, but...

Hygienic food conveyor

Hygienic transfer of bulk foods

A new sanitary belt conveyor for transporting bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines has been introduced by Key Technology.

Interrol to show drive systems at Foodex

Integrated drives for energy efficiency

Integrated drive systems such as drum motors for belt conveyors, DC-powered and non-powered rollers and the latest controls for unit-handling conveyors, will be demonstrated by Interroll at this year’s Foodex.

Fish processor invests to meet customer demands

Detector streamlines wet fish processing

Grimsby-based Whitefish processor Kirwin Brothers purchased its first Fortress ‘Phantom’ metal detector to fulfil the production requirements of a new customer.

Fish processor invests in new slicing line

Fish processor enjoys next generation drum motor

Fish processor Meralliance is using the new Interroll synchronous drum motor in its new smoked salmon slicing line. The line incorporates AB Process slicing machines with PU belt conveyors driven by synchronous drum motors to provide sequential transport...

Intersnack invests to meet demand

High-level spiral system cuts costs

Astec Conveyors designed and installed a high-level case conveyor system to help Intersnack meet increasing demand for its product.

Pie manufacturer invests in new line to meet M&S demand

Way to convey M&S pie packaging

When Tamar Foods bakery - part of the Samworth Brothers group - won a contract to produce a range of Marks & Spencer (M&S) savoury pies it invested in a new conveyor system to handle M&S’s green totes

Multivac to showcase meat and sausage packs at IFFA

Marking systems for meat and sausage products

Multivac Marking & Inspection will be showing its marking systems for trays, thermoformed packs and vacuum packs of meat and sausage products at the IFFA 2013 meat trade show, which takes place in Frankfurt from May 4 to 9.

Two systems fill better than one

Two systems fill better than one

A new dual bulk bag filling system from Flexicon integrates two swing-down bulk bag fillers with a Flexicon pallet dispenser and powered roller conveyors, enabling safe, high-capacity filling of bulk bags of all popular sizes. Programmable controls enable...

Cleaning and sanitation of conveyors should be measured in minutes not hours

Top ofthe line

By Freddie Dawson

The new faster, more efficient conveyors are good for the top line, says Freddie Dawson

A duty to discharge

A duty to discharge

By Bob Brooks

While the handling of raw materials has improved in recent years, hygiene and explosion hazards still exist, as Bob Brooks discovers

Smooth movers

Smooth movers

Moving through every part of the factory, from raw material intake to final product packaging, today's conveyors have to meet the same standards of hygiene as other parts of the process. Mike Spear describes what's new

No weak links in the chain

No weak links in the chain

By Susan Birks

Whether cutting labour or improving process speeds, conveyors play a crucial role in reducing bottom line costs. Susan Birks looks at developments that will move goods round the factory more efficiently

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