Turkish poultry-producer Keskinoğlu had been using flat belts to transport cut-up chicken breasts from one area to another, but these tensioned belts created maintenance problems. They only lasted six to 12 months due to motor damage, took up to two hours to repair or replace, and frequently required new bearings. Keskinoğlu needed a long-lasting alternative to flat belts that wasn’t so high-maintenance.
As one of Keskinoğlu’s belting suppliers, Intralox stepped up to the challenge. Using their knowledge of the poultry producer’s processes, Intralox experts recommended ThermoDrive® Series 8050 belting in place of flat belts. Its zero-pretension operation ensures loose running of the entire conveyor system, resulting in extended belt life, reduced downtime, and increased efficiency. Plus, ThermoDrive belting’s solid thermoplastic structure eliminates bacterial harborage, facilitates effective cleaning, and reduces cleaning time and costs.
Intralox provided conveyor design consultation in addition to its products, improving the hygienic qualities of Keskinoğlu’s current setup. The company designed a new conveyor for the ThermoDrive S8050 belting after hygienic design training and intensive cooperation with Intralox experts.
Keskinoğlu has experienced not only greatly reduced maintenance needs and costs after the installation of their new conveyor and ThermoDrive belting, but also 50% less water consumption during cleaning, shortened cleaning time, and a significantly reduced swab count.
“We are very happy with the results of our work with Intralox,” says Mr. Ruşen Uzun, Maintenance Supervisor. “The ThermoDrive belt has exceeded our expectations, and the Intralox team worked with us to help us achieve a better, more efficient solution.”
More than 20 belts in Keskinoğlu’s plant have been retrofitted with ThermoDrive belting since this installation, and the company is looking for new projects to begin with Intralox.