Adapting to individual delicacies, piGENTLE® ensures gentle automated conveying of food.
Taby, Sweden – Dedicated to the gentle handling of fragile goods, Piab's piFLOW® conveyor uses patent pending speed control technology to ensure delicate items stay intact. The key to the success of Piab's conveyor, piGENTLE® promises to revolutionise the automated conveying of the food industry's most delicate ingredients and products, such as candy, whole nuts and seeds, and nutraceutical tablets and capsules. piGENTLE® sits at the core of the piFLOW®t conveyor, where it adapts the conveying speed to suit individual products, ensuring that they are not damaged or chipped.
"The secret of careful vacuum handling lies in a controlled low and constant speed as items are transferred from one place to another. piGENTLE® has been specifically designed to ensure that a continuous and gentle flow of goods is maintained throughout the entire conveying system," explains Jarno Tahvanainen, Vice President of Piab's Material Handling division.
A patent application has been filed for the piGENTLE® technology that regulates the feed pressure of the pump by sensing the vacuum level in the system. As items fill up the pipe line, the vacuum level increases, triggering an increase in feed pressure. piGENTLE® will regulate the feed pressure between 2 and 6 bar.
A low start pressure allows goods to be picked up at low speed. The start level can be manually adjusted to suit specific products, according to their size, shape and weight. The piFLOW®t/piGENTLE® technology has undergone extensive testing at Piab's experimental facility in Taby, Sweden. Excellent results have been achieved for several different types of candy, food, and nutraceutical tablets and capsules.
piFLOW®t is an extension to Piab's popular and high quality range of piFLOW® conveyors for powder and bulk materials, and is specially developed to meet the stringent demands regarding operational safety and hygiene within the food (piFLOW®f), pharmaceutical (piFLOW®p), and chemical (piFLOW®i) industries.
Established in 1951, Piab designs innovative vacuum solutions that improve the energy-efficiency, productivity, and working environments of vacuum users around the world. As a reliable partner to many of the world's largest manufacturers, Piab develops and manufactures a complete line of vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors and suction cups for a variety of automated material handling and factory automation processes. Piab utilizes COAX®, a completely new dimension in vacuum technology, in many of its original products and solutions. COAX® cartridges are smaller, more energy efficient and more reliable than conventional ejectors, and can be integrated directly into machinery. This allows for the design of a flexible, modular vacuum system. In 2016, Piab completed two strategically important acquisitions, Kenos and Vaculex. Piab is a worldwide organization with subsidiaries and distributors in almost 70 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden.
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