Bakery saves costs by converting to Gates' belt technology

Thursday, 20 January, 2022 | Supplied by: Gates Australia Pty Ltd

A bakery was using a v-belt drive system in its air handlers above their ovens, which was contributing to high energy and maintenance costs. The belt slipping resulting in decreased energy efficiency through torque loss and the v-belt required constant re-tensioning and replacement, resulting in high maintenance costs.

With the help of Gates technical experts, it was determined that the bakery could save on energy and maintenance costs by switching the v-belt drive system to a synchronous belt system. Due to the air handlers’ location above the ovens, a belt with high temperature tolerance was necessary, making the PowerGrip GT4 the suitable solution.

The PowerGrip GT4 can withstand temperatures of up to 184°C (intermittently). Synchronous belt drive systems operate with positive tooth/groove engagement, which negates many of the issues causing energy loss such as drive belt slip, torque loss, bending loss and friction, and this ultimately saves on energy costs. Additionally, the GT4 doesn’t stretch nor does it require re-tensioning, which can save the bakery in maintenance and replacement costs.

Benefits include: increased productivity, lowered cost of ownership, reduced electrical costs, reduced day-to-day maintenance costs, sustainability and reduced carbon footprint.

Case study 2: Bakery increases production, safety and cleanliness

In another example, a bakery that was using roller chain drives on its conveyor was not running smoothly, resulting in buns falling off the conveyor in numerous locations; this caused production safety and cleanliness concerns for the bakery.

Gates technical experts found the jumping teeth on the roller chain was to blame. The roller chain was replaced with the PowerGrip GT4, which prevented the belt from skipping. This resulted in increased production at the bakery, as well as safety and cleanliness due to the buns no longer falling off the conveyor.

Top image credit: ©Сергей Васильченко

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