If you’re in the process of adding a storage loader to your facility, be prepared to be amazed. While storage loader conveyors are similar to screw conveyors, they come with one feature that sets them apart: a top agitation system. The top agitator shaft prevents product from bridging, and it lends more surge capacity to ensure a continuous product flow to the lower screw agitation system. However, this isn’t the only noteworthy feature of storage loader conveyors. Familiarize yourself with your options, and you can be confident that you’re selecting the best storage loader conveyor for your facility.
Features of Storage Loader Conveyors
We’ve already discussed the top agitation system that most storage loader conveyors come with, but what are some other common features? Storage loader conveyors also have a thrust-bearing infeed end and a discharge chute to help funnel product. These two features ensure that your product flows at a steady, consistent pace. These machines also have one heavy-duty main shaft that does the bulk of the work. In addition, they should come with solid rod shaft ends and a shaft-mounted electric gear motor.
Sanitation and Safety Features
If you’ve shopped for any type of food manufacturing equipment, you know the importance of safety and sanitation. First of all, make sure you’re working with a manufacturer who constructs storage loader conveyors out of stainless steel. And remember, not all stainless steel is created equal. High-quality stainless steel, such as type 304, is ideal. This material can withstand thorough cleanings with hot water and most cleaning agents. Even after years of use, it won’t form dents or pits, which are breeding grounds for bacteria. To learn more about why this versatile material is such a great option, read our article about types of stainless steel used in the food manufacturing industry. In addition, go with a storage loader conveyor that has a clean-out hole at the infeed, all continuous welds, and a glass-bead-blasted finish for easy cleaning.
It is important to not skimp on safety features. To protect your employees, go with a storage loader conveyor with a welded safety grate on the infeed hopper. Your operators should also have complete control of the machine so they are able to stop it quickly in an emergency. One last important safety feature to mention is a hinged lid with a safety interlock. This prevents the lid from causing injuries.
When shopping for a storage loader conveyor, work with a company, like EnSight Solutions, that will allow you to customize your machine with extra features to increase your facility’s efficiency. If you work with thick, tough material, just say the word. EnSight can add a ribbon top agitation system and top break-up bar. Each EnSight storage loader comes with adjustable feet which will allow you to fine tune the infeed and discharge heights to meet your needs. You can also order a machine with a custom-size infeed hopper.
While there are many different storage loader conveyors to choose from, don’t settle for a basic design. By customizing your machine with the right features, you can speed up your facility’s production time while keeping your employees safe.
Now that you know how to select a food-grade storage loader conveyor, it’s time to start looking. Contact EnSight Solutions to get started. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the food processing industry, we are committed to finding creative solutions for our clients’ equipment needs. We offer a variety of food-grade conveyors, including storage loader conveyors, spreading conveyors, screw conveyors, and belt conveyors. When you’re ready to get started, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call at 1-855-736-2195, or find your EnSight sales specialist through our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!