Manufacturers are looking for equipment that reduces product contamination on the the line. They are also looking for easy-to-clean equipment as stricter food safety regulations have increased the need for frequent wash downs.
Habasit's M5060 flat top 2" belt uses fewer links than other competiting products, reducing the possibility of residual build-up from products, the company claims.
Foods such as meat and poultry are most susceptible to contamination from bacteria forming from trapped debris on belts. Hasbasit said it redesigned its existing plastic belt with oblong holes.
The design allows for more efficient cleaning of the belt hinges than the circular holes used in competing belts, the manufacturer claims.
Habasit claims to use stronger links than those used in competing products, which reduces the risk of disruption and breakage, especially through impact. Such impacts cause gaps in belts to widen.
The belt underside uses dynamic open hinges and offset hinges, which allow for easier cleaning from below, Habasit claims.
The rods holding the links can be easily cleaned and removed, without the needing to dismantle the entire belt, disrupting production, claims the company.
The M5060 is available in polypropylene, polyethylene and polyacetal.
Habisit is based in Switzerland and produce belts for worldwide customers.