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December 31, 2019

How a Flexible Screw Conveyor Can Benefit a Bakery

One of the most important things you can do for your bakery manufacturing facility is to invest in automation. More and more, manufacturers and bakers alike are seeing the value in automated and machine solutions. Highly specialized equipment is being developed every day in the field – and to fantastic results. 

Gone are the days when most transportation and processing of baked goods had to be done by hand. There are plenty of solutions and machines you could use to make the process safer, cleaner, more efficient, and cost-effective. One of these solutions is the flexible screw conveyor.

What is a flexible screw conveyor?

A flexible screw conveyor or an auger conveyor is a machine used to transport dry bulk solids in any direction. It operates by rotating a screw-shaped auger inside a casing, and it is used to elevate powders and granular bulk materials into mixers, packing machines, or storage bins. 

This is perfect for bakeries and manufacturing facilities for baked goods, it optimizes handling powdered goods such as flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered sugar, and so on. 

Some important concerns

That being said, there are a number of considerations when it comes to selecting the right conveyor. For example, flour has several issues associated with it, given that it consists of fine particles. Hygiene, dust containment, blending, and batching are all concerns involved with the handling of flour. For standard floors, the round screw generally works best. 

The flexible screw spiral, on the other hand, can convey the flour as a mass even at an angle. Most units also come with a drop-out trap, quick release flanges, and a reverse bung for cleaning — making this a hygienic and clean option for the conveyance of flour. 

Powdered sugar has the challenge of being highly flammable. If it builds up in the air, it can create a possible explosion risk. A slow-moving conveyance system is then right for the job to prevent overstimulation of the particles. 

Speak to the provider about a materials trial

Manufacturers and providers of flexible screw conveyors are likely to understand the proper uses and limitations of their machines. As such, it is important to consult them about the possible uses that a flexible screw conveyor will serve in your manufacturing facility. 

If there is no definite answer, you can ask about a materials trial. You might be asked to put a sample of your materials through a number of uses, such as blending, mixing, and so on. 

Final thoughts 

When it comes to the growth and scaling of any business, be it a baker or any other kind of enterprise, it is important to invest in efficiency and productivity. This means using all the latest automated solutions and machines, such as the flexible screw conveyor. With the right flexible screw conveyor, you could remove a significant amount of manual labor needed in your business operations. 

If you’re thinking of incorporating a flexible screw conveyor in your operations, send us at Gough Econ a message. We have what it takes to help your business reach a new level in its operations. 

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