State Of Conveying 2023 Report

Pet Food

When it comes to transporting bulk materials, especially in specialized industries like pet food manufacturing, choosing the right conveyor system is crucial. One of the most efficient systems in this context is Cablevey’s tubular drag pet food conveyor system. Here’s a detailed look at what these systems are and why they are beneficial in this industry.

What Is a Tubular Drag System?

A tubular drag system is a type of conveyor that uses a cable or chain-driven flight mechanism enclosed within a tube to move material from one location to another. They are designed to transport a wide variety of materials, ranging from powders to larger particulates, in a gentle and enclosed manner.

How Does It Work?

In the realm of material transport, the traditional industrial conveyor belt system and the modern tubular drag system stand as symbols of industrial evolution. The former, with its wide, flat surface, has been a stalwart in assembly lines and production facilities for decades, transporting goods with straightforward simplicity. On the other hand, the tubular drag system, a newer entrant, encapsulates innovation. This being said, let’s check how it works:

  • Mechanism – At the core of a tubular drag system is a continuous chain or cable with flights (attachments), which is pulled through a sealed tube. As it moves, the flights help to drag, push, or pull the product through the tube.
  • Drive assembly – A sprocket drive powers the chain (or cable), ensuring consistent movement. This can be driven by various types of motors depending on the application and required power.

Inlets and outlets – The system usually has multiple inlets and outlets, making it flexible for different operations and plant layouts. Materials can be loaded into the system at various points and can be discharged at any desired location.

Pet Food Varieties Proliferate as Pet Ownership Grows

Pet parents are dedicated to their animal companions, as illustrated by the rise of specialty pet foods and the overall market increase for foods and treats, expected to post a 5.8% CAGR for the next few years. Quality also partners with convenience as consumers look to customized blends and mixes designed for specialized diets, tailored meal plans, or healthy treats. 

Among those customized products, organic and vegan varieties continue to rise in popularity, topping $22 billion in 2020. This is attributed mainly to millennials, the largest segment of pet owners, mimicking their own personal eating habits.

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Why Are Tubular Drag Systems Beneficial for Pet Food Conveyors?

Tubular conveyors enhance the efficiency of production, ensuring consistency and accurate nutritional balances in treats, meals, and various other items – qualities highly valued by buyers. 

In keeping with sanitation requirements, Cablevey Conveyors offers a system built to withstand repeated sanitary cleaning procedures and washdowns that are standard in pet food processing. The system design transports products over long distances while preserving part and piece integrity, an essential quality characteristic in the finished product.

  • Gentle conveying – These materials often consist of delicate ingredients that can be damaged with aggressive conveying. The slow, steady, and gentle nature of a tubular drag system ensures that the materials remain intact and don’t break or crumble.
  • Enclosed and clean – Tubular drag systems are enclosed, which means they prevent contamination. This is essential in this industry, where hygiene and cleanliness are paramount.
  • Flexibility – These systems can be designed in various layouts – horizontal, vertical, or a combination of both. This is particularly helpful in pet food manufacturing facilities where space and layout can be constrained.
  • Low maintenance – With fewer moving parts and a simplified design, tubular drag systems often require less maintenance than some other types of conveyors.

Energy efficient – Due to their slow-moving nature and efficient design, they typically use less energy compared to other conveying systems, resulting in cost savings in the long run.

Cablevey Tubular Conveyors Can Handle a Variety of Foods

There is a wide variety of pet foods available on the market, and Cablevey tubular drag conveyors are designed to handle a variety of foods used within the industry. This includes everything from seeds or pellets to kibble and nutrients. Our conveyor belt for a warehouse moves pet food products from mixers and blenders to packaging or other processing within the production facility. 

Experience the Revolutionizing Pet Food Conveyor With Cablevey Conveyors

In an industry where precision, hygiene, and efficiency are paramount, Cablevey Conveyors stand out as a beacon of innovation. With their gentle handling, minimal waste generation, and energy-efficient operation, Cablevey Conveyors ensure that every morsel of pet food retains its nutritional integrity and pristine quality.

Beyond the technical prowess, what truly sets a good conveyor belt for food apart is its commitment to elevating industry standards. So, don’t wait any longer and contact us at Cablevey Conveyors and learn all about our bulk material handling equipment.

Cablevey Conveyors Offers a Gentle Way to Convey

Enclosed, sanitary, dust free environment
Enclosed tube conveyors improve plant safety and hygiene by drastically reducing dust while protecting against product contamination.
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.
Quiet & Energy Efficient
The engineered design requires lower horsepower motors, for lower energy requirements and quiet operations.


What Are Pet Food Conveyors Used For?

Similarly to a belt conveyor system, a pet food conveyor is used to transport raw materials, semi-processed ingredients, and finished pet food products within a manufacturing facility.

Gentle conveying ensures the pet food retains its shape, nutritional value, and doesn’t crumble, maintaining product quality.

Yes, many systems are designed to be hygienic, enclosed, and easy to clean, ensuring product safety and preventing contamination.

Depending on the design, conveyors can handle both dry kibble and wet canned or pouched pet food.

Modern conveyors are designed to be energy-efficient, reducing operational costs and environmental impact.

Consider factors like your product type (dry/wet), production volume, facility layout, and specific processing requirements when selecting a conveyor.

Yes, many conveyor systems can be tailored to meet specific requirements of a manufacturing process, from design to material. For example, Cablevey has a custom conveyor belt that ensures efficiency, safety, and reliability in material handling and transportation.

To maintain ingredient quality, tubular conveyors prioritize gentle movement, controlled temperatures, and enclosed systems.

They’re typically made of stainless steel or other food-grade materials, ensuring durability and hygiene.

It varies by model and usage, but regular maintenance checks are recommended for optimal performance and longevity.

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