Leading the Industry in Gentle Conveyance

Look to the established leader in the food processing industry for gentle, reliable conveyance of friable materials. Cablevey’s enclosed, tubular drag conveyor systems are found in over 65 countries, used to transport more than 1,000 different types of materials. Our modular system relies on basic components such as discs, tubing, cables and sweeps that supply the flexibility and adaptability to accommodate a processing plant’s space and specifications. This flexibility easily enables customization to move materials in any direction, horizontally or vertically, from floor to mezzanine or between buildings, with minimal modifications to your facility. From powders to pet food, coffee and cocoa to cereals or snacks, Cablevey conveyors supply unique benefits that help widen profit margins. Drastically slash dust, minimize product breakage and conserve energy with disc and cable tubular conveyors from Cablevey.

Features and Benefits
Sizes and Capacities
Key System Components
Conveyor Layouts
Frequently Asked Questions
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System Features and Benefits

High-Volume, Gentle Material Handling
Gently convey delicate and friable materials through all phases of the production process. Our cable and tube conveyor design preserves product integrity to minimize breakage and loss.

Enclosed, Sanitary and Dust Free Environment
Enclosed tube conveyors improve plant safety and hygiene by drastically reducing dust while protecting against product contamination.

Operates on Multiple Planes
Layouts to fit any configuration or elevation for multiple inlets and discharges.

Easy to Clean
Wet and dry in-tube cleaning options reduce time between changeovers and preserve resources. Clean-in-place methods are also available to improve efficiencies and reduce downtime.

Low Impact Installation
The modular design lends the tubular drag conveyor immense flexibility and versatility for installation or upgrades as needed. Fits within floor space limitations, up (ascending) and down (descending) inclines or around corners (sweeps at 45, 60 and 90-degree angles).

Low Maintenance
Tubular drag style conveyors, designed to require simple pneumatic tensioning for the cables, require very little maintenance.

Blend Integrity
Disc system mounted on the cable keeps contents secure from inlet to discharge. Safeguard preblended mixes of varying bulk densities for accurate proportions to eliminate sifting or product loss.

Quiet and Energy Efficient
The engineered design requires lower horsepower motors, for lower energy requirements and quiet operations.

Size and Capacity Matter. We Have a System that Works.


8” Diameter Tube Conveyor Systems

Our newest introduction for tube diameters, the 8-inch system is designed to carry large volume of nuts, whole walnuts, pet foods, breakfast cereals and other materials.

  • Conveys up to 2,000 Ft3 (56.6 M3)/hour or 80,000 lbs* (Kgs)
  • High-volume capacity
  • Easy maintenance

*Lbs. per hour calculation depends on bulk density of the materials

Cable Speed Flow Rate
ft (m) / minute ft3 (m3) / hour lbs (kg) / hour
40 (12) 571 (16) 22,840 (10,360)
60 (18) 857 (24) 34,280 (15,549)
80 (24) 1,143 (32) 45,720 (20,738)
100 (30) 1,429 (40) 57,160 (25,927)
120 (36) 1,714 (48) 68,560 (31,098)
140 (43) 2,000 (54) 80,000 (36,287)

6” Diameter Tube Conveyor System

Offers high volume conveyance of specialty materials, foods and ingredients and movement from one plane to another, such as floor to mezzanine or an adjacent building.

  • Handling capacity of up to 1,240 Ft3 (35.4 M3)/hour or 49,429 lbs. (22,420 Kgs)*
  • Variety of cleaning methods available
  • Enclosed dust-free environment

*Lbs. per hour calculation depends on bulk density of the materials

Cable Speed Flow Rate
ft (m) / minute ft3 (m3) / hour lbs (kg) / hour
40 (12) 350 (10) 14,120 (6,400)
60 (18) 503 (15) 21,180 (9,610)
80 (24) 710 (20) 28,240 (12,810)
100 (30) 880 (25) 35,300 (16,010)
120 (37) 1,060 (30) 42,360 (19,210)
140 (43) 1,240 (35) 49,420 (22,420)

4” Diameter Tube Conveyor Systems

Our most popular size conveyor system, dubbed the “workhorse,” the 4-inch system gently conveys whole bean roasted coffee, raw peanuts, seeds and grains.

  • Conveys up to 525 Ft3 (14.87 M3)/hour
  • Gentle material handling
  • Easy to clean and maintain

*Lbs. per hour calculation depends on bulk density of the materials

Cable Speed Flow Rate
ft (m) / minute ft3 (m3) / hour lbs (kg) / hour
40 (12.19) 150 (4.25) 6,000 (2,722)
60 (18.29) 225 (6.37) 9,000 (4,082)
80 (24.38) 300 (8.5) 12,000 (5,442)
100 (30.48) 375 (10.62) 15,000 (6,803)
120 (36.57) 450 (12.74) 18,000 (8,163)
140 (43) 525 (14.87) 21,000 (9,524)

2” Diameter Tube Conveyor Systems

The smallest diameter for our conveyor systems, the 2-inch system was originally designed to move mash and grain mixes, now commonly used for reclaimed materials including coffee chaff, cookie crumbs, seeds and ground coffee.

  • Conveys up to 75 Ft3 (2.12 M3)/hour (3,000 Lbs)
  • Customizable to fit your specifications
  • Quality construction and engineering

*Lbs. per hour calculation depends on bulk density of the materials

Cable Speed Flow Rate
ft (m) / minute ft3 (m3) / hour lbs (kg) / hour
40 (12.19) 30 (.85) 1,200 (544)
60 (18.29) 45 (1.27) 1,800 (816)
80 (24.38) 60 (1.70) 2,400 (1,088)
100 (30.48) 75 (2.12) 3,000 (1,361)

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Modular Components Allow for Flexbility and Easy System Integration

Select a numbered area on the image to learn more.

Drive Unit

The cable is pulled through the drive unit by an electric gearmotor mounted to a stainless steel frame. The cable can enter and exit through either tube port as required for your layout.


Funnels are used to discharge material from rotary discharges and/or cleanouts. Funnel outlets are available in a wide variety of sizes and connection types to fit your needs.

Inspection Section

The Inspection Section is a food grade plastic tube that allows you to see the product conveyed and observe the cleaning process. These sections can be installed in the vertical or horizontal runs as desired.


Sweeps change travel to any desired direction. Sweeps are available in many angles from 0-90 degrees and in several different radius dimensions (45, 60, & 90 degrees) to fit restricted spaces.

Compression Coupler

The coupler’s food grade rubber gasket ensures a good seal against air, water and dust. The coupler holds the tubes together in perfect alignment to provide the discs a smooth path.


Inlets are available in a wide variety of lengths to accommodate various needs. The sides of the inlets are available in different slopes to accommodate different material flow properties. Multiple inlets may be used if desired.


The turnaround contains a sprocket that facilitates reversing cable direction from the return side of the system to the product conveying side. The sprocket is mounted on a mechanism designed to provide proper cable tension.


The discharge has the ability to be open or closed allowing materials either to pass through or exit the conveyor at that point.

Brush Box

A Brush Box is a housing that the cable and discs pass through. The Brush Box contains two roller brushes mounted above and below the cable and discs. As the cable moves through the discs turn the brushes removing any clinging particles into a waste chute for disposal. This mechanical process operates without additional power requirements.

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Flexible Tubular Conveyor Layouts and Design


HVH layouts carry materials from point-to-point and at varying altitudes.

Horizontal Corner

Horizontal corner layouts, typically 90,75, or 60 degrees, can be customized to a 24”,36”,48” and 60” radius.


Loop layouts move materials in a tight or pre-defined space and allow for multiple inlets.


Inline layouts are the simplest installations for point-to-point conveyance.

Horizontal Transfer

Horizontal transfer layouts allow for long runs and can accommodate multiple inlets.

Horizontal-Vertical Horizontal 3D

Horizontal-Vertical-Horizontal layouts carry materials from point-to-point and at varying altitudes.


U-Shape layouts move materials in tight or pre-defined spaces and allow for multiple inlets.

Vertical Transfer

Vertical transfer layouts are often used to move materials to and from mezzanines. Vertical transfers also commonly blend ingredients via multiple inlets.

Customize a Layout for Your Facility. Call Cablevey Today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

With cable and tubular drag conveyors, how far can materials be moved?
We have conveyed materials up to 300 ft (91m), however the maximum conveying distance is ultimately determined by the type of product to be conveyed, the capacity required and the number of sweeps (directional changes) needed for the intended configuration.
What kind of products do you move?
Cablevey tube conveyor installations span the globe, to convey over 1,000 types of materials moved in over 65 countries. Our equipment services many of the largest food processing companies both in the United States and abroad.
Are cable conveyors custom configured for every facility?
Yes. We always include custom conveyor engineering in our quotes as production processes and facility size and configurations are highly variable. We pride ourselves in being sticklers about efficiency, savings and safety.
What tube size is right for my operation?
We offer a range of tube diameters from two to eight inches. Recommended tube sizes vary by particle size and capacity requirements. Our engineers will design a system customized to your needs.
How do you clean the conveyor?
Each facility develops their own cleaning protocols based on the sanitation regulations and the challenges of their products. There are different methods offered to clean and sanitize your Cablevey conveyor depending on the material being moved. Our systems can accommodate a range of cleaning options including wet, dry and clean in place.

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