Cablevey Mobile ‘Smart Cart’ Automates Food Conveyor CIP

The company also plans to bring traveling demonstration smart carts to customers by September free of charge so they can try out the units. Food processors who like what they see may be able to purchase the demo unit used in their facility, with hands-on training immediately available.

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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2023 – 12:00

“The standard system required port hookups to water lines and installing piping. The processor also had to make decisions such as which water temperatures to use, or whether to use a cleaning solvent—and the correct amount to add manually,” says John Adair, engineering and quality director for Cablevey Conveyors, an Iowa-based conveyor manufacturer that has designed, engineered, and serviced enclosed cable and disc tube conveyors for 50 years. Cablevey is in more than 65 countries.

The use of easily executable recipes ensures a superior, repeatable clean that essentially error-proofs the process. This is particularly important when a technician may be new or less familiar with the production equipment.

“The disc washer sprays high-pressure water directly on the discs, so it acts like an automatic car wash. At the push of a button, the discs and cable are run through and spray cleaned, which reduces CIP time and eliminates the need to manually clean the discs,” says Adair.

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According to Adair, Cablevey’s mobile smart cart is available for pre-order now, but will be officially unveiled at Pack Expo, a premier packaging and processing show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 11–13, 2023. The event features full-scale setups of machinery in action.

Cablevey’s smart cart is a fraction of the size of similar carts on the market, making it much more mobile.