Array of precision engineered steel belts ready for exposition

Sandvik will show their specially designed steel belts and processing systems at Interpack, held later this in Düsseldorf

Among the systems and products being highlighted at Interpack (May 4 – May 10) are Sandvik’s triple layer chocolate moulding line with a capacity of up to six tonnes per hour, a new food-quality steel belt conveyor, and many different applications for the company’s solid and perforated steel belts.

The Sandvik SGL Technology MCC 1500 is a multi-layer chocolate chips/drops moulding line offering up to three times the capacity of other systems of the same length. This is achieved by ‘stacking’ three depositors one above the other, with each feeding a separate cooling/solidification line within one overall unit.

Combining three production lines delivers a forming capacity of between four and six tonnes per hour – depending on chip size. It also allows the production of different recipes or product shapes and sizes.

“Producers are looking for ways to increase productivity without having to invest in infrastructure, so the addition of this system to our portfolio allows us to satisfy a key market requirement,” explains Lennaert van Dijk, managing director at Sandvik SGL Technology.

“This high capacity, multi-layer line allows us to offer up to three times the through-put from the same footprint, so producers are able to meet ever-growing market demand without having to build new factories.”

Sandvik will also highlight the breadth of applications for its precision engineered, hygienic steel belts. First used for cooling chocolate drops at an American confectionery in the 1930s, the steel belt qualities – durable, easy to clean, outstanding thermal properties – have seen the technology used across a range of applications.

These include zoned conditioning systems; slab and bar casting applications (e.g. caramel and sugar mass); freezer lines; drying units; chocolate melt reclamation; finishing operations (e.g. cutting, folding, layering); and in bake ovens for products as diverse as cookies, chocolate brownies and cakes.

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