A guide to diagnosing and eliminating problems

Here is an overview of essential maintenance designed to minimise wear and tear and keep a Floveyor in sound working order.

Please note that these maintenance instructions and information regarding repairs, which can be completed on site, are not a substitute for expert technical advice.

Schedule preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is essential for long term operational success of any mechanical equipment.
Unplanned, reactive maintenance costs on average, three to nine times more than planned maintenance.

These costs are incurred on every level; disrupted production, time lost responding to emergencies and diagnosing faults and higher costs for parts and shipping.

Control costs by planning maintenance so that equipment shut down coincides with production downtime. Organise all required parts, supplies and personnel prior to shut down to minimise the down time for any repairs. These measures decrease the total cost of the maintenance.

Top Tips

Keep your high performing Floveyor in top condition by:

  • Conducting preventative maintenance on time and on schedule
  • Providing comprehensive training for operational personal
  • Watching for the tell-tail signs of early wear
  • Understanding the rope assembly as a consumable
 And last but not least…… never drop strange objects into the Floveyor.

Minimise cleaning with total batch transfer

Floveyors deliver total batch transfer with negligible product residue within the system.

For example conveying 15m3 of cake mix to a packaging line produces just a handful of residue within the Floveyor post transfer.  This uniquely hygienic attribute means Floveyors can process a series of different materials without time consuming strip down and cleaning between batches.

Some materials with particularly ‘sticky’ characteristics may increase the Floveyor’s susceptibility to accumulating internal residue.  We recommend product testing these materials to identify the best method for residue removal.

Clean Three Ways

Floveyors accumulate minimal residue. This makes for straightforward cleaning using the options best suited to specific materials and applications.

Dry Cleaning

We recommend installing simple dry cleaning accessories to significantly reduce any residue remaining after transfer.

These include:

  • Strategically placed air nozzles within the housings and tubes to purge any settled product back into the stream
  • Scraper and brush discs added to the rope assemblies
  • Easily removed access covers to inspect the system

Inert Purging

This simple efficient form of cleaning is an excellent alternative to wet washing.

We recommend planning your production run to end with a small batch of neutral product to purge any residue film from earlier materials. For example conveying a batch of flour last will purge the residue from food products with a variety of additives. Alternatively inert materials such as granular salt or broken rice will also flush out residue film and are very effective for cleaning purposes.

Wet Wash-down

Floveyors handling materials such as: allergens, various spices, bacterially susceptible powders and hygroscopic materials may require wet wash-down. This is an effortless process due to the Floveyor’s ability to convey liquids at a high speed. Here is the simple 5 step process:

  1. Blank off the discharge chute with a Washing Plate Cover
  2. Rinse the system with warm water and drain via the drainage plugs
  3. Add a washing solution and recirculate within the Floveyor to flush the internals
  4. Drain the liquid via the drain plugs
  5. Rinse and allow to dry or accelerate the process by blowing compressed dry air into the system or running the Floveyor empty

We can supply a variety of cleaning solutions from full Clean in Place (CIP) solutions, to simple bolt on washing plate covers.