Food processors are pushed and pulled between the desire for greater production output and the need to reduce waste. Conveying technology for small and breakable foods like almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and walnuts, or similar delicate materials must be focused on minimizing material damage. Broken nuts, coffee beans, and cereals are much less valuable than fully intact materials, and the potential loss in revenue for food processors can easily reach thousands of dollars daily.

This is why Cablevey Conveyors has always been committed to “The Gentle Way to Convey.” Based on customer input and significant engineering, we have introduced a new unit that embodies this ideal: food and nut processing with minimum breakage.

Our new Variable Discharge Valve for our 4” (100mm) and 6” (150mm) systems can drop fractionated material from our system at multiple locations. This discharge valve comes equipped with a dedicated stepper motor and internal logic that can relay information about fractions and material drop points within the system through a communication cable. This new Variable Discharge Valve is the first of its kind to employ a teardrop shape for discharging. This teardrop shape minimizes shearing of nuts and other materials to prevent waste.

The Variable Discharge Valve works directly with Modbus/TCP. Users have the ability to set a value from 0 to 100 (set up as percentage of the entire discharge) to direct the conveyor to discharge varying amounts of material. This allows food processors to drop material in five or more machines, increasing packaging speed without potentially damaging valuable material. The metered action creates the ability for operators to drop multiple consecutive discharges into hoppers, bins, weigh-scales and packaging machines for continuous operation.

Cablevey Conveyors creates conveyor products that are reliable, sanitary, and most importantly, gentle. Our modular customized technology can accommodate a variety of layouts on varying planes, and has been installed over 30,000 times in 65 countries for over 1,000 different types of materials. Customers continue to choose Cablevey because they have come to expect our reliability, ingenuity, and friendly customer service, implementing scalable solutions, that generate great returns after new equipment purchase and installation.

Our tubular cable and disc conveyor systems come in a variety of sizes, and tube diameters, and can convey up to approximately 45,000 pounds per hour (assuming 40 pounds per cubic foot). We specialize in providing tubular drag cable and disc conveyor systems to customers who process fragile food, and other friable materials, worldwide.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Conveyor Systems, including our Variable Discharge Valve, please contact us today!