Key Technology Introduces New Standard Iso-Flo® Vibratory Conveyors
July 11, 2013 – Key Technology introduces a new standard Iso-Flo® conveyor and hygienic options for all other Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors at its Pack Expo Las Vegas booth #S-6911. Featuring dozens of enhancements that improve equipment sanitation and reduce maintenance, implementing these innovations on the popular Standard Utility Shaker enables Key to offer affordable pricing and fast four week delivery while helping customers maximize food safety and reduce the cost of maintenance.
New hygienic features that enhance the Iso-Flo conveyor’s sanitary design include oil-free electric vibrating motors, an innovative patent-pending vector lock screen clamp, elastomer isolators, scalloped flat bars, plate frame design, and a unique internal ground arm. Established features that continue to be incorporated on Iso-Flo conveyors include a choice of stainless steel bed finishes that resist bacteria growth and are easy to clean and long-lasting StrongArm™ spring arms that minimize maintenance.
“Iso-Flo has long been recognized as the premium vibratory conveyor for its superior sanitation and reliability. By further improving the hygienic design, it’s even easier to clean and there is less to maintain,” said Tyrone Foster, Process Systems Product Manager at Key Technology. “These enhancements will help processors reduce the risk of product contamination, improve sanitation, meet rising government guidelines for food safety, and decrease exposure to product liability claims, all while reducing the cost of maintenance.”
Key’s Standard Utility Shakers are ideal for processing fruits, vegetables, potato strips, and potato chips. The new hygienic features, standard on the Utility Shakers, are options on other Iso-Flo conveyors, which are used for conveying, grading, product distribution on processing and packaging lines, product alignment, fines removal, scalping, inspection, and more in plants producing meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, confectionary, snack, and bakery products as well as cereals, grains, and seeds in addition to fruits, vegetables, and potato strips and chips.
Iso-Flo’s new energy unit is an oil-free electric vibrating motor that, compared to traditional mechanical drives, eliminates the gear box, drive belts, and motor oil from the process. This new out-of-balance motor inherently improves equipment hygiene by eliminating the oil that can inadvertently contaminate product, especially when the equipment is mounted over other equipment. The new energy unit also reduces maintenance.
Key’s new vector lock screen clamp features a unique hybrid design that enables it to perform multiple functions simultaneously. This patent-pending mechanism, used to secure an Iso-Flo conveyor’s screen in place, is easier to open and close. It allows an operator to lock and unlock a screen with one hand and no tools to swap out screens more quickly and easily. Compared to traditional locks, this hybrid does not lose pressure over time – it won’t rattle, even when in the open position, or leak. It helps keep floors dry to improve worker safety and enhance sanitation.
Other new Iso-Flo features eliminate laminations and enclosed hollow bodies that can harbor bacteria. Scalloped flat bars are continuously welded, replacing skip welding. The new plate frame replaces traditional tube frames and elastomer isolators replace coil spring isolators that can trap product and rust. The new isolator-brackets feature an “easy slide out” capability that enables the processor to remove isolators during maintenance without a forklift. The new internal ground arm replaces a traditional ground strap that is prone to breakage and can cause product to hang up. Equipment stickers, which can flake and fall into product zones, are eliminated.
Key’s Standard Utility Shakers, which include all of these hygienic improvements, are available in two sizes, 24-inch (61 cm) and 36-inch (91 cm) wide, both 72 inches long (1.8 meters), and with or without screens. The Model 2472 offers 10 square feet (0.93 sq meters) of screen area and the Model 3672 offers 15 square feet (1.4 sq meters) of screen area. These standard shakers feature geometry that enables multiple shakers to be nested in a line maximizing the versatility of the two standard shakers to meet the needs of each application. The shakers with screens include drip pans to capture water or fines. Key offers customized Utility Shakers in other sizes and configurations.
All Iso-Flo conveyors, including the Standard Utility Shakers, are backed by Key’s industry-leading five-year warranty that assures equipment reliability while limiting the processor’s total cost of ownership. All standard Iso-Flo conveyors feature the CE mark and UL certification.
For more information on Key’s Iso-Flo conveyors, visit www.key.net/products/smart-shaker/default.html.
About Key Technology, Inc.
Key Technology, an ISO-9001 certified company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. With worldwide sales representation, the company maintains demonstration and testing facilities at its headquarters and manufacturing divisions in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; and at Key Technology BV in The Netherlands and Visys NV in Belgium. The company's common stock trades on the Global Market tier of The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol KTEC.