Lopez Foods

Intralox Drive Unit Eliminates Downtime and Expenses on Sausage Line


Once you’ve invested in the Intralox Drive Unit, it’s much less expensive the next time you need to do anything. We’re hoping to make this same change elsewhere in the plant.

Ron Schwarz, Lopez Foods Assistant Engineering Director

Lopez Foods supplies meat products to a major quick-service restaurant chain from a 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. A bi-directional feeder conveyor on the sausage patty line had been causing problems, as its drive system could not withstand heavy product loads. The system—which often skipped, slipped, or burned out—had to be repaired about once a month at a cost of approximately $3500 each time. This meant Lopez was spending upwards of $40,000 per year to maintain the system. Downtime, jams, and product rollback were common, and contamination risks were elevated. 

Lopez chose to replace its previous drive system with an Intralox® Drive Unit. An easy-to-install, pre-engineered belt drive solution, the Intralox Drive Unit delivers reliable and predictable food safe belt conveyance. It eliminates mistracking and downtime and ensures longer belt and component life. 

The new drive unit was installed between production runs in 2017 and has operated problem-free since then. Plant officials have experienced zero downtime due to the application and no longer worry about line stops or other drive-system issues. The $40,000 in annual repair costs have been eliminated, as have concerns about jams, rollback, or sanitation. “Once you’ve invested in the Intralox Drive Unit,” says Ron Schwarz, Lopez Foods Assistant Engineering Director, “it’s much less expensive the next time you need to do anything. We’re hoping to make this same change elsewhere in the plant.”