The Dutch company said improvements to its Prorunner mk5 vertical conveyor have reduced the number of moving parts, which has simplified assembly and cut maintenance costs.
Customers can now choose to have the system delivered fully assembled or in modular sections, Nedpack sales manager Jaco Hooijer told FoodProductionDaily.com.
“We redesigned the elevator to have less moving parts and more simplified assembly, both resulting in a lower price,” he said. “Before, we sold the column only for €6,800 but now we’ve included the infeed and outfeed conveyor with full safety fencing at the price of €6,750.”
The new modular delivery could also allow the system to be fitted in tight spaces, added Hooijer.
With a capacity of 2,000 products per hour, the Prorunner mk5 offers the speed and capacity of a continuous conveyor for the price of a discontinuous system, said the company. The machine can lift all products – be they boxes, cases, trays or bags – to whatever height is required, without any critical product transmissions. It ensures they remain horizontal at all times and allows clients to utilise a single elevator system for both the ascending and descending product flows. It can be used as a vertical sorter.
“We made it possible to use the mk5 as a vertical sorter by making the in and outfeed conveyors movable so we can retract them out of the system,” explained Hooijer.
The system is durable thanks to its minimal moving parts and enclosed drive system. The machine generates less friction and therefore cuts energy consumption. It can also operate at a low motor capacity due to its ability to keeps itself in balance, resulting in “considerable savings” compared to other elevator systems, said Nedpack. The products are furthermore kept outside of the drive system, ruling out the possibility of any product contamination.
The company said it will be showcasing the Prorunner mk5 at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany from 28-30 September and at Emballage, in Paris, from 22 to 28 November