Cambridge Engineered Solutions, the world’s largest metal conveyor belt manufacturer, has introduced CamEDGE, a new cageless spiral system conveyor belt. Designed for original equipment manufacturers selling primarily to the baking industry, CamEDGE will debut at Anuga FoodTec.
Positively driven and low in tension, CamEDGE is the strongest, edge-driven spiral system belt available. According to Cambridge, CamEDGE belts utilise a robust, well-supported drive link on the outer edges that reduces component flexing during sprocket engagement. This results in an extended belt life and less chance of component fatigue. Furthermore, the stainless steel belt’s hold-down tabs eliminate “Christmas treeing” associated with traditional spiral designs which prevents the possibility of catastrophic failure.
Designed for cooling and proofing processes, but also functional for freezers and chillers, CamEDGE in combination with an edge-driven spiral system, allows plants to modernise and increase throughput. The cageless system and spiral belt reduces floor footprints and can be configured around structural columns and other places traditional spirals can’t be built.
Mike Truitt, Cambridge International Sales Director, says, “As manufacturing footprint optimisation becomes more important, bakers can choose spiral conveyors using CamEDGE that allow coils, fans and conditioning systems to be placed in the center of the conveyor. Ultimately, it means OEMs can decrease costs for customers by eliminating cages. This can also mean a lower cost-entry point for certain customers who have yet to purchase a spiral conveyor, but desire to do so.
"When using CamEDGE in a cageless system, baked goods can enter and exit on the same plane which eliminates the need for transfer equipment and accessories." Custom configurations are available, including round, oval, in-low/out-low and in-high/out-high. Belt widths are offered up to 1219mm. This also makes CamEDGE applicable for use in some protein food processing.
CamEDGE also delivers significant sanitary and maintenance benefits at a time when there is an increased focus on food safety throughout Europe. Tom Perdue, Cambridge Product Development Engineer, says, “Cleaning is quicker and easier since the belt represents 85% of the entire system, and no cage means there is no middle structure to clean and no bar caps to maintain. The belt’s edge-drive design eliminates bull chains or tooth segments to maintain, repair or replace, and there’s no overdrive to set, adjust or check.”
The family company, L J Fairburn and Son Limited, is ecstatic with a deal to supply all 77 Lincolnshire Co-op stores with Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs.
Fairburns are very proud to be going back to their roots, after a long history supplying co-operative societies. In the early 1960s Leslie James Fairburn supplied co-operative shops in the county with his freshly produced free range eggs. 53 years on technology and production methods may have changed but the retail partnership and family values haven’t.
Forming part of Lincolnshire Co-op’s Love Local Range, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range eggs only travel a maximum of 25 miles, ensuring the freshest eggs are packed for the Love Local Range. Fairburn’s are in control of every process from day old chick to the family fridge. This means that each great tasting egg is full of freshness and very local.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Supply Chain Manager Nicola Berry says: "We’re delighted to have added large Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs to our growing Love Local range as it gives our shoppers another choice when it comes to buying produce from the county.
“Supporting local family firms like L J Fairburn and Son is also really important to us and because the chickens live on farms in Lincolnshire, it means our customers can really identify with where the eggs are coming from.”
Sarah Louise Fairburn, Brand Director of L J Fairburn and Son Limited, says: “We take great pride in our family business and our eggs, just like our Grandfather did all those years ago. We are delighted that he is alive today to see us rekindle the relationship with the Co-op.
“Our Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Egg brand is proving really popular and we are so pleased to be supplying all Lincolnshire Co-op stores in the county. The Co-op is an amazing retailer to work with and we look forward to adding future additions to our range to support such a great sponsor of local produce.”