State Of Conveying 2023 Report


Rice, as one of the world’s staple foods, has a complex supply chain, but Cablevey Conveyors stand out as a leader in rice conveyor solutions. Our state-of-the-art tubular drag conveyors have been instrumental in streamlining rice processing operations globally. Stick around to learn more about Cablevey’s tubular industrial conveyor belt for food and how it works in practice.

What Are Tubular Drag Conveyors?

In essence, a tubular drag conveyor is a sophisticated mechanical system tasked with transporting materials from one point to another. It’s composed of a tube-like structure housing a chain-driven flight system that gently pulls the material along the tube. 

Unlike traditional systems that can damage sensitive materials, Cablevey’s tubular drag conveyors bring a gentle touch to handling delicate materials like rice. They are designed to minimize damage and ensure the integrity of the grain throughout the entire process.

Why Are Tubular Drag Conveyors Optimal for Rice Handling?

Tubular drag conveyors, particularly those designed by Cablevey Conveyors, bring a unique set of features that make them exceptionally suited for handling rice. One of the essential elements is the system’s custom conveyor belt, meticulously designed to offer gentle handling of delicate paddy grains. Besides design, the enclosed system provides a sanitary environment for the grain, reducing the risk of contamination that could compromise the rice’s quality and safety.

Rice Is a Staple Cereal Grain Around the Globe

Paddy is a cereal grain, a staple food for more than half of the world’s population, and is considered the second most important cereal crop globally. While many consumers are familiar with white, long-grain rice, it is available in different types and varieties, each with unique properties, tastes, and texture. 

In the US alone, 20 different varieties of rice are grown commercially. In the 2021/2022 crop year, worldwide consumption of rice equaled just under 510 million metric tons. Rice can be sold as:

  • Raw or in wafers, 
  • Flakes, 
  • Puffed or canned or used in the starch and brewing industries.

What Are the Key Advantages of a Conveyor Belt System?

Cablevey’s tubular drag conveyors have emerged as game-changers in the rice processing sector. There are several reasons why they have become an indispensable tool in this industry:

Gentle conveying

These conveyors are designed to minimize product degradation and breakage – a common issue in rice processing. This gentle approach ensures that the paddy grains reach the consumer in the best possible condition, maintaining both their nutritional value and visual appeal.


From long-grain and short-grain to exotic varieties like wild paddy, Cablevey's conveyors can handle it all. This versatility makes them a preferred choice for processing companies handling a diverse range of rice types.


Cablevey's conveyors are designed for efficiency. With low energy consumption and high throughput, these systems significantly optimize processing time while keeping operational costs at a minimum, contributing to the profitability of the operation.

Easy maintenance

In an industry where hygiene and cleanliness standards are paramount, Cablevey's conveyors stand out with their easy cleaning and maintenance design. This not only ensures the safety of the food product but also extends the lifespan of the equipment itself.

Efficient Yet Gentle Conveyance Preserves Rice Quality

Paddy grain is considered a fragile or brittle good and, when roughly or improperly conveyed, can suffer from product degradation. The conveying system that is best for the gentle yet efficient transport of brittle materials is the tubular drag conveyor from Cablevey Conveyors. 

The flexible, coated stainless steel drag cable features solid circular discs attached at precise intervals to push the product through the conveying tube without air or excessive force. This system and method of conveying preserves the product integrity of delicate materials such as rice and its by-products. 

The enclosed tubing prevents contamination, preserves sanitation, and upholds food safety standards while restricting dust. With Cablevey tubular drag conveyors, you’ll get to gently convey rice, mixes, blends, puffs and flakes, and other rice products.

The Impact of Tubular Drag Conveyors on the Future of Rice Processing

As the world’s population continues to grow and urbanize, the demand for efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable food processing technologies is more significant than ever. Tubular drag conveyors, with their advanced design and operational benefits, are poised to play an increasingly crucial role in the future of rice processing. 

These systems enable the handling of delicate materials like paddy grain with minimal damage, reducing waste and ensuring a higher quality end product. Their high throughput and energy efficiency also make them an ideal solution for meeting escalating rice demand in a sustainable way. 

Furthermore, their versatile design allows for handling a broad range of rice varieties, opening new possibilities for diverse and innovative products in the market. In the video below, you can check how Cablevey Conveyors is testing rice conveying:

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Revolutionizing Rice Processing With Cablevey Tubular Drag Conveyors

As the demand for rice continues to grow, the need for efficient and effective processing techniques becomes more apparent. The tubular drag conveyors at Cablevey offer a practical, reliable, and cost-effective solution, elevating the rice processing industry to new heights. Contact us and check why our belt conveyor system is the best for your business.

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Why Are Tubular Conveyor Systems Used in Rice Processing?

Tubular conveyor systems are used in rice processing due to their gentle handling of the product. These systems reduce breakage and degradation, which is crucial in maintaining the quality and appearance of paddy grain.

Tubular conveyor systems, like those from Cablevey Conveyors, have multiple safety features designed to protect both the operators and the product. These include enclosed designs that prevent product spillage and contamination and reduce the risk of injuries by keeping moving parts out of reach. 

Inside the tubular conveyor, a chain-driven flight system pulls materials through the enclosed tube, moving them from the inlet to the discharge point. The enclosed system ensures that there is minimal product spillage and keeps the product free from contamination. 

Yes, tubular conveyor systems are highly efficient. They are designed for low energy consumption and high throughput, optimizing processing time and reducing operational costs, especially with bulk material handling equipment.

Absolutely, tubular conveyor systems can handle a variety of rice types, including long-grain, short-grain, or wild paddy, thanks to their versatile design.

The capacity of a tubular conveyor system can vary based on the specific model and the type of material being transported. However, these automation conveyor systems are known for their high-capacity capabilities, making them ideal for large-scale operations like rice processing.

The gentle handling of the rice by the tubular conveyor system helps to reduce breakage and degradation. This ensures a high-quality end product and can also increase yield, as less grain is wasted through breakage.

Yes, like all mechanical systems, tubular conveyors require regular maintenance to ensure they continue to operate efficiently. Cablevey’s conveyors are designed for easy cleaning and maintenance.

In addition to rice, tubular conveyor systems can transport a wide variety of bulk materials, including grains, beans, seeds, and even some chemicals and minerals. The specific types of materials a system can transport will depend on its design and the manufacturer’s specifications.

Yes, tubular conveyor systems are environmentally friendly. Their enclosed design minimizes dust emissions and spillage, and their high efficiency means they use less energy than many other types of conveyor systems.

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