Spiroflow’s remodelled T2 bulk bag discharger, which stops dust from settling on the machine and food items in the bakery and snack sector, will make its debut at FoodEx in March.
The firm manufactures equipment for handling dry bulk solids and ingredients and claims the discharger stops dust from accumulating and causing contamination in food products.
“We are displaying a bulk bag discharger, where the framework is angled so no dust can settle,” said Ben Ayrton, marketing manager, Spiroflow.
“Product dust almost always gets into the atmosphere and can rest on any flat surface. If it is not cleaned thoroughly, bacteria thrives, and affects both the quality and safety of the product.
“The Spiroflow T2 discharger does not have any horizontal flat surfaces making dust settlement very difficult.
Ayrton said this saves time in clean down, and offers customers reassurance in an industry where product recalls can be very costly to a manufacturer.
“Hygiene standards are strictly monitored in the food industry and factories are measured on this,” he added.
The mechanics of the T2 are the same as Spiroflow’s other bulk bag dischargers, which include the low loader, integral hoist and multi-discharger models.
Spiroflow makes equipment to handle dry bulk ingredients in powder (such as sugar, flour and spices), granule, flake or bean form; or a finished product such as breakfast cereals.
The company can make custom order machines.
“Everything we do is completely bespoke. Clients need to think about how much they want to convey, what speed and what the product is,” said Ayrton.
The company has a test facility in Lancashire, UK, and clients can come in with their products and see machines in action.
“That’s a really big part of our business, because everything is bespoke,” he said.
FoodEx is at the NEC in Birmingham, from March 24-26.