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Food & Beverage - Industry Articles
IP69K for water protection rating - 5483
Viewed 167 time(s) since Nov 13, 2018 - Clutch and Brake, Mechanical Power Transmission
BDI Pulls Chicken Farm Out of a Messy Situation - 155
Viewed 557 time(s) since Oct 6, 2014 - Bearings
A chicken processing plant conveyor was continuously exposed to high-pressure wash down, which compromised the conveyor bearings. See the attachment below for details. Read More
Food Production Line Was Down Constantly - 5207
Viewed 64 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
Customer was experiencing ball bearing failures every 4 – 6 weeks on their production conveyor line. Regular high pressure wash-downs led to corrosion, seal damage and grease wash-out, resulting in regular maintenance and production downtime. NSK rev... Read More
World’s Largest Pop Can Producing Now Producing at High Speeds - 5206
Viewed 53 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
The world’s largest can manufacturer (soft drinks, isotonic drinks, beers, etc.) was experiencing regular, unexpected, production stoppages due to premature bearing failures in their spray head coating machines. This was causing production disr... Read More
Leaf Harvester Machine Was Costing Thousands - 5205
Viewed 54 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A processor of food products harvests baby leaf products for sale to leading supermarkets. Their leaf harvester machine had a variety of low cost mounted unit bearings to support shafts of various sizes. During the harvesting season, the machine was ... Read More
Bakery Having Issues with Linear Guides No More - 5204
Viewed 40 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A bakery was experiencing regular failures on their band cutter linear guides. The existing linear guides were Armoloy coated and used food grade grease however, not holding up to the required performance standards. The bakery was looking for a linea... Read More
Ingress of Contamination of Bearings in Vegetable Plant - 5203
Viewed 54 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A vegetable preparation manufacturer in the UK was experiencing frequent bearing failures within a rotary screen. Two Deep Groove Ball Bearings were mounted within each wheel, with two wheels per rotary screen. On average the bearings failed every 6 ... Read More
Vegetable Wash Application a Washout - 5202
Viewed 52 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A premium vegetable processing company was experiencing frequent bearing failure on a vegetable wash application. Failures caused significant downtime and reduced production. NSK carried out a bearing failure analysis revealing ingress of contaminati... Read More
Linear Guides on Cereal Bagging Machinery was Failing - 5201
Viewed 47 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A cereal manufacturer was experiencing regular failures with the Linear Guides on their cereal bagging machinery. NSK reviewed the application and found that this was due to cereal dust entering the guide carriage and causing lubrication contaminatio... Read More
Confectionary Manufacturer was Experiencing Short Service Life - 5200
Viewed 31 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A confectionary manufacturer was experiencing short service life (only 3 months) from deep groove ball bearings used in a Dürr Head Wash application. Due to the high water levels used in the process, water ingress into the bearings caused premature ... Read More
Vegetable Processing Plant was having issues with Ball Bearings - 5199
Viewed 51 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A vegetable processing company was experiencing repeated ball bearing failures on their transport systems. NSK was asked to investigate the problem and offer a solution. It was determined that a large amount of water was entering the bearings and was... Read More
Premature Bearing Failure in Drink Plant - 5198
Viewed 53 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
An international drink producer had repeated problems with mounted-unit inserts failing prematurely. Cleaning the equipment with water and chemicals was destroying the bearing seals and washing out grease. As a result, the mounted-unit inserts had to... Read More
Damp Food Manufacturer with only 6 Month Life on Bearings - 5197
Viewed 53 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
An internationally renowned Italian Food Company was experiencing problems with its fixed tail drum conveyor bearings. Operating in a very damp environment bearings life was only 6 months. The company asked NSK to analyze the application and propose ... Read More
Meat Slicer Bearing Meltdown - 5196
Viewed 57 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A leading producer of pork products was facing repeated bearing failures on 14 Meat Slicer Machines. Monthly bearing changeouts were necessary, leading to high maintenance costs and lengthy machine down time. NSK investigated the problem and determin... Read More
Main Make-Up Conveyor Bearing Failures No More - 5195
Viewed 42 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A customer experienced repeated bearing failure in conveyor rollers. They were changing approximately 36 bearings annually and failures were taking place about every 6 weeks. Investigations by NSK showed the failures were caused by the ingress of wat... Read More
Grainy Bearings Causing Replacement in Bewery - 5194
Viewed 49 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A supplier for a major UK Brewery was experiencing regular bearing failures in their grain stirrer application. Bearings needed to be replaced regularly resulting in high replacement costs and loss of production. NSK reviewed the application and advi... Read More
A Bearing Failure in a Chewing Gum Factory - 5193
Viewed 49 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A large producer of chewing gum was experiencing repeated bearing failures on their Dip Tank Conveyor Nose Roller. Bearings were needing changed approximately every 7 weeks which involved high maintenance costs and regular unplanned machine down time... Read More
Cake Cutting Units Not Cutting Costs - 5192
Viewed 49 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A customer was experiencing repeated bearing failures on their blade saw pulleys within the cake cutting units. Bearings were failing every 4-6 weeks with approximately 20 bearing sets being changed annually. Investigation by NSK showed the failures ... Read More
Snack Food Producer was experiencing Bearing Failure - 5191
Viewed 89 time(s) since Jul 27, 2018 - Bearings
A major producer of snack foods was experiencing frequent bearing failures on their cutter line. NSK investigated and found that grease wash out following the line wash down process was a factor in the failures. Routine planned maintenance was carrie... Read More
Sugar Producer Enjoys Extended Bearing Life with simalube - 5156
Viewed 110 time(s) since Jul 17, 2018 - Bearings, Chemicals
Since installing simalube into their machinery, a sugar producer has not needed to replace any bearings for 2 years.This article is only available in English. Read More
Meyn Deboning Machines Causing Multiple High Costing Problems - 5120
Viewed 100 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Bearings, Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Multiple bearing failure on a deboning machine can cost customers thousands of dollars to replace.Timken - EDT has an ideal solution to avoid these costs.This article is available in English Only. Read More
Vanmark Potato Peelers Have High Corrosion Damage - 5119
Viewed 97 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Potato starch is highly corrosive to steel roller bearings. Additionally, the constant water wash-downs dilute the grease in the bearings.Timken - EDT has a solution that will save $8,236.80. This article is available in English Only. Read More
Wolverine Oven Bearings Downtime Costing Hundreds - 5118
Viewed 116 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Bearings, Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Ball bearings supporting oven rollers required change-out every 3 months. A typical change-out also required repairing 12 journals at a cost of $150 each.Timken - EDT has a solution that will save $4,346.38 per roller. This article is available in En... Read More
Cooling Tunnel in Meat Plants Are Hard To Maintain - 5117
Viewed 105 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Bearings, Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Cooling tunnels in meat plants have wet environment demands, including bearing replacement at least once a year. This is difficult and time consuming, often requiring an outside contractor with a crane for a couple of days.Timken - EDT has a solution... Read More
Conveyor for Whole Chickens Causing Major Water Bill - 5116
Viewed 100 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Problems with the old drive system in a wash down environment made clean up difficult, which made meeting FDA regulations difficult as well. Gates has a solution that can reduce water usage 30%, which equates to over $50K in annual water savings. Thi... Read More
Meat Packing Freezer Causing High Energy Bills - 5115
Viewed 103 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Mechanical Power Transmission
A meat packing freezer with belt slippage and breakage can cause expensive downtime and high energy bills.Gates has a solution to extend belt life and lower energy bills.This article is available in English Only. Read More
Ham Line’s Chain Drives Wearing Out Due to Lubrication - 5113
Viewed 135 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Chemicals, Mechanical Power Transmission
Corrosion was causing serious problems on the chain drives of a packing plant’s ham line conveyors. Gates recommended a solution that operated for years without issues. Click on the attachment to learn more. Read More
Constant Down Time For Meat Blender Costing Plant Thousands - 5112
Viewed 138 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
The attached article details how the chain on a meat packing blender was constantly breaking, costing hundreds in downtime, parts, labour.Gates came up with a solution that has saved the plant over $1,000 in downtime alone.At this time, the article i... Read More
Martin Sprocket & Gear Improves Customer’s Conveyor System - 5109
Viewed 126 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
A meat processing company experienced ongoing maintenance costs with a screw conveyor. The Martin Gear field support team uncovered a viable replacement, posting substantial savings for the company. Documented Cost Savings - $5,982.00   Read More
Martin Sprocket & Gear Improves Customer’s Efficiency - 5108
Viewed 125 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Mechanical Power Transmission
The Martin field support team visited a customer location and uncovered opportunities to improve conveyor efficiency.  By converting conveyor drives, the customer saved on energy costs. Documented Cost Savings - $1,105.00 At this time, the article is... Read More
Poultry Barrel Chain Wearing Costing Plant Lots in Maintenance - 5111
Viewed 150 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
A roller chain was rusting and the sprockets were wearing, requiring regular replacement. The roller chain and sprockets component costs were high, not to mention the downtime for maintenance. The customer was looking for a maintenance-free alternati... Read More
Major Savings at a Poultry Processing Plant - 5110
Viewed 161 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Mechanical Power Transmission
The attached article discusses a plant that processes 250,000 chickens per day, seven days a week. The competitive V-belts that operated their machines could not stand up to such heavy use and failed within four weeks of operation.  Since installing ... Read More
Gates Belt Drive for the Bottle Rinsers in the Bottling Industry - 5164
Viewed 87 time(s) since Jul 17, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Chain wear, stretch, and vibration resulted in significant production loss for this bottle rinser. With Gates Poly Chain, the company saved over $175,000 in the first year alone.This article is available in English Only. Read More
Gates Belt Drive for Conveying in the Bottling Industry - 5163
Viewed 75 time(s) since Jul 17, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
A bottle conveyor’s chain stretched unevenly, causing bottles to pile up and break. The Gates drives eliminated stretching so speeds were consistent, which in turn eliminated scrapped product and downtime.This article is available in English On... Read More
Gates Belt Drive for the Food Processing Industry - 5162
Viewed 86 time(s) since Jul 17, 2018 - Mechanical Power Transmission
A sugar mill was experiencing inconsistent V-belt drive operation. With Poly Chain, the mill saved $34,000 in the first year after reducing the number of belts needing to be replaced and expensive maintenance time.This article is available in English... Read More
Gates Belt Drive for Air Handlers in the Food & Beverage Industry - 5161
Viewed 99 time(s) since Jul 17, 2018 - Mechanical Power Transmission
Air Handler V-belts needed to be replaced frequently, required significant maintenance, and were inefficient. Replacing these belts with Poly Chain resulted in annual savings of $14,500.This article is available in English Only. Read More
Metal on Metal Wear Causing Frequent Replacement In Poultry Plant - 5114
Viewed 96 time(s) since Jul 11, 2018 - Material Handling, Mechanical Power Transmission
Metal on metal wear was causing frequent replacement. The mess associated with the chain was not acceptable in this application in a food plant.Gates has a solution that will last and not cause contamination issues. Read More
Klean Gard Bearings - The Food and Beverage Solution - 2479
Viewed 214 time(s) since Mar 7, 2017 - Bearings
Klean Gard Bearings - The Solution for the Food and Beverage Industry Read More
Snack Food Plant Cuts Grease for a Healthier Operation - 2585
Viewed 255 time(s) since Mar 22, 2017 - Bearings
A snack food manufacturer was exploring cost-saving ideas. They teamed up with SKF to put a trial in place.Using extreme temperature bearings resulted in cost savings of over $24,000 annually. See the attachment below for details. Read More
Bearing Switch Yields Maintenance Savings - 104
Viewed 1395 time(s) since Sep 19, 2014 - Bearings
A major food manufacturer was using 15 bearings per quarter on a filling line. Each bearing took half an hour to replace. Fully loaded maintenance cost was estimated at $250/hour. BDI recommended changeover to the RBC ATF-10-T8. Although it is nearly... Read More
Formsprag Indexing Clutch for a Food Conveyor - 1788
Viewed 74 time(s) since Jun 3, 2016 - Clutch and Brake
Looking for an indexing clutch for a washdown environment?See the attachment below for details. Read More
What You Need to Know About FSMA and Lubrication - 2831
Viewed 190 time(s) since Jun 16, 2017 - Chemicals
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is focused on preventing, rather than responding to, contamination in the U.S. food supply.There are various ways FUCHS helps food manufacturers to prepare their lubrication program to develop and meet the lub... Read More
Food-Safe Bearings from Carter - 2944
Viewed 553 time(s) since Aug 23, 2017 - Bearings
While parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have already gone into effect, some of the more stringent guidelines took effect in August of 2017. The attached information from Carter Bearings details new products that will keep customers pr... Read More
Cost-Cutting Solutions for Continuous Baking Ovens - 2584
Viewed 718 time(s) since Mar 22, 2017 - Bearings
Continuous baking ovens quickly burn up conventional bearings. SKF’s self-lubricating, drip-free, high-temperature bearings eliminate the need for constant lubrication and replacement..The PDF below outlines how a major wafer producer upgraded ... Read More
Universal Joint for Poultry Processing Equipment - 2234
Viewed 203 time(s) since Dec 14, 2016 - Bearings
One of the world’s largest poultry plant was losing production caused by replacement of an industry-standard stainless steel pin & block joint.The case study below shows Belden Universal’s solution.See the attachment below for details... Read More
Bread Oven Conveyor Solution - 2183
Viewed 322 time(s) since Nov 4, 2016 - Chemicals
The Simalube Automatic Lubricator provides the following advantages:Avoids manual lubricationContinuous lubrication during productionProvides optimal lubrication volumeCleans the chain while lubricatingIncrease chain life Read More
Bio-Circle Parts Washer Fits Right In at Dairy Co-Op - 1327
Viewed 541 time(s) since Sep 10, 2015 - Chemicals
The maintenance shop at a dairy co-op plant was located in the middle of the production area. Regulations mandated they could not have a parts washer with solvents anywhere near the product. BDI recognized that this was a perfect application for Bio-... Read More
Universal Joints in Food Applications - 2041
Viewed 308 time(s) since Aug 29, 2016 - Mechanical Power Transmission
The Belden Universal solution provided a customer with a completely washdown-safe universal joint, eliminating corrosion, contamination, burnout and joint seizure.See the attachment below for details. Read More
Fuchs CASSIDA Food Grade Lubricants - 1607
Viewed 387 time(s) since Feb 24, 2016 - Chemicals
Review how energy savings can be achieved with synthetic oils versus standard food grade lubricants.See the attachment below for more details. Read More
Capping in Milk Production Facility - 1148
Viewed 311 time(s) since Jun 8, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
A regional milk producer had been using Federal clutches on its capping machine for years. They would rebuild the units on a monthly basis to extend their life. The rebuild process was long and tedious, though much cheaper than buying new backup unit... Read More
Capping Solutions for the Bottling Industry - 1253
Viewed 642 time(s) since Jul 20, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
One of BDI’s beverage customers was installing three new bottling lines from the original equipment manufacturer. The lead time for the capper heads was 12 weeks. The customer asked if BDI could provide them in a shorter lead time, so that they... Read More
iwis Pin Oven Chains--Reliable and Long Lasting - 1437
Viewed 398 time(s) since Nov 13, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
The attached article highlights iwis Pin Oven Chains, created specifically for handling delicate empty cans.  Read More
Avoiding Contamination in Food Manufacturing - 1182
Viewed 261 time(s) since Jun 24, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
This Gates-produced video demonstrates how Gates belting helps avoid contamination in food- and medical-device manufacturing settings.  Read More
Hydraulic Upgrade Gives New Life to Bakery Plant Dough Dumper - 350
A large commercial bakery in the Southeastern U.S. was using vintage dumpers to unload thousands of pounds of dough from a mixer into   a roll-around vat.  The plant was experiencing two-to-three-hour weekly downtime to maintain them, plus regular e... Read More
Replacing Linear Guides with Stainless Steel - 1373
Viewed 302 time(s) since Oct 16, 2015 - Linear Motion
Linear Guides on a band cutter were being replaced every 3 weeks causing excessive maintenance, downtime and lost production. Existing linear guides were ArmoloyTM coated and used food grade grease but they were not holding up the performance standar... Read More
BDI Devises a Unique Tabletop Conveyor Solution, Saving a Vegetable Packing Plant Time and Money - 339
Viewed 733 time(s) since Dec 4, 2014 - Mechanical Power Transmission, Material Handling
Changing productions lines from dry-fill to wet-fill (and vice-versa) at a major midwest vegetable packing plant caused a 36-hour shut down. BDI introduced System Plast conveyor system which combined both wet and dry; eliminating changeover downtime.... Read More
Snack Food Manufacturing Requires Washdown - 1158
Viewed 800 time(s) since Jun 10, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
View this video to see how Gates can drive savings when washdown is required.  Read More
Savings Potential in Poultry Plants - 1162
Viewed 461 time(s) since Jun 15, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
Check out this video from Gates. Your BDI representative can help you explore each of the suggested potential cost savings. Read More
SmartLUBE Delivers for Midwest Bakery - 343
Viewed 1008 time(s) since Dec 4, 2014 - Bearings, Chemicals
A Chicago-area commercial bakery was replacing the tray support bearings in its ovens on a reactionary basis. Their weekly inspection cycle was resulting in two mechanics spending an average of 20 labor hours per week to replace failed bearings. The ... Read More
Gearbox Solutions - 1130
Viewed 465 time(s) since May 29, 2015 - Mechanical Power Transmission
A BDI customer was constantly rebuilding a gearbox and variable speed drive used on a cap sorter. Imported from France, the gearbox was costly to repair and replace. Because the gearbox was bolted directly to the equipment, the customer wanted to mak... Read More