Sakata – PepsiCo – A Tale of 12 Floveyors

As a division of Smith’s Snack Food Company, Sakata is part of Australia’s largest producer of a diverse range of food products. Established in Melbourne in 1995, their operations depend upon rapid, safe conveying of powdered and granular food grade products.

In an enduring partnership began in 1997 with the purchase of an F3 Floveyor, we have risen to the challenge of adapting our conveyors to meet Sakata’s changing needs over a series of plant expansions and changes in regulatory requirements.

The challenge

As the following chronology shows, Sakata has trusted Floveyor’s reliable, versatile conveyors to help grow their business in rapidly changing times.

The solution

Over a fifteen year period Sakata has added twelve Floveyors and two screw feeders to their increasingly complex production line.

1997   Sakata’s first Floveyor elevates corn flour, rice and sesame seeds over 4500 mm in a highly labour intensive, manual operation

1999   Two additional 5.5 m and 9.7 m Floveyors and a screw feeder are added to support a more automated production line delivering an increased product range.

2000   Six new Floveyors ranging in length from 3 m to 13 m and another screw feeder distribute products to multiple process lines as part of a massive product expansion.

2003   An additional 6m Floveyor helps Sakata to keep pace with change.

2005   Global food giants PepsiCo acquire Sakata’s parent company Smith’s heralding the introduction of new production and regulatory standards. Fortunately, Floveyor’s modular design makes it easy to adapt to new demands including:

  • Replacing carbon steel parts with stainless steel
  • Adapting product contact areas to meet new hygiene and cleaning requirements
  • Extending the length of the units to align with new process layouts

Floveyor’s distinctive aero-mechanical technology and simple design saves Sakata significant time and money as they don’t need to install additional venting and filtration equipment essential in alternative systems. Finally our long history of exporting 70% of our conveyors to countries requiring ATEX compliant equipment for hazardous environments means we already meet PepsiCo’s international safety standards.

2012 PepsiCo add two more 5.5 m and 9 m F3 Floveyors to Sakata’s production line.

The results

Floveyor’s unmatched versatility and high transfer rates have helped Sakata develop a complex multilevel production line without sacrificing efficiency or compromising product safety and integrity. All raw materials travel from multiple bulk bag unloaders at ground level to multiple roof level inlet points for processing, cooking and coating. Our conveyors move high volumes of powders and granules through this multistage transfer without dust, or product degradation.

Like many of our longstanding food industry customers Sakata is currently considering adding our polymer coated x-ray and metal detectable rope assembly to their long line of innovative upgrades.