Food and beverage companies looking for an effective conveyor system to move or transfer containers rapidly along the production line have a choice between two operating systems. Many older processing plants have a mechanical or belt-driven system of conveyance while a more modern design option involves pneumatic or air-operated conveyors.
Our air conveyor systems are designed to move cups (containers) as they are formed from one station to the next. An air conveyor is typically placed in the line immediately after the die cutting machine and the first stamping of the cup as it is formed from a flat sheet of either metal or plastic. The air conveyor transports the cups from the die to the cumulating table, prior to redraw or forming machines.
Air conveyor offers the operator several advantages over mechanical or belt-driven systems. They increase speeds, save time and labor and realize an impressive return on investment—advantages that multiply over time due to the durability and quality built into every machine.
Companies can realize greater production speeds and thereby increased efficiency with an air conveyor. Able to work up to three times faster than a standard belt system, air conveyance can move up to 350 cups per minute, depending on size, material and setup. Operators can adjust the speed to adapt to individual line conditions.
Belt-driven conveyor systems require regular maintenance and can easily break down. Production lines must be shut down when changing belts or bearings. Air conveyors eliminate belt and bearing changes or maintenance to eliminate downtime and help fatten up slim margins.
Small Plant Footprint
The air conveyor occupies a small plant footprint, offering greater efficiencies for fillers and the potential to set up more lines to increase production and profitability.
The combination of higher speeds and the small plant footprint translate into a swifter return on investment for this type of conveyance. Convey more product in less time and in less space with an air conveyor compared to a mechanical system.
Depending on plant layout and design, our air conveyors can be installed with a horizontal or more vertical layout to route the containers/cups to any point along the production line. This lends flexibility in tight spaces when processing operations require a smaller footprint for the conveyor system or for unique routing situations. Our team can visit your site to determine the best pathways for our air conveyor systems within your operations.
Increased Safety and Hygiene
An air conveyor requires little to no interaction with your labor force, increasing worker safety and efficiencies. The stainless steel construction and lack of moving parts, belts and bearings facilitate easy clean-in-place (CIP) operations, for a more hygienic operation than mechanical conveyors.
FDA and Regulatory Compliance
Food and beverage companies must comply with stringent regulations regarding food safety, with differences dependent upon each country’s public health and safety standards. Our air conveyors are constructed of sturdy stainless steel to conform with FDA requirements and to meet food safety standards in any country around the world.
Our air conveyors transport all standard sizes of cup formations, typically formed from aluminum or plastic anywhere from 3” to 4” in diameter.
Quick Set Up
Our air conveyors are easy to install and set up. Installation typically takes less than two hours and immediately starts running cups along the production line.
Air Con Tech air conveyors can be found in almost every country in the world. Contact us to learn more about our standard air conveyor systems and how our team can build a custom configuration to meet unique specifications.