Although similar in the functionality for food processors, tubular chain and cable drag conveyors have distinct differences in components and operation. A closer look at these systems will help food manufacturers better understand which system would best support their dry food processing requirements.

The infographic below sources data and research to provide the pros and cons of cable vs. chain in cost, food safety, system operations, and cleaning options.

Tubular Drag Conveyors: Cable vs. Chain
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Here are additional insights on tubular drag cable & disc conveyors:

  • Tubular drag conveyors are flexible and designed for versatility in gentle material handling operations. Modular components allow changes in conveyor routing, length, and the number and position of inlets and outlets.
  • Tubular drag conveyors can move material vertically, horizontally, around corners, and at an angle at conveying speeds of up to approximately 42.4 m3/h.
  • Tubular chain conveyors can move up to 36,287 kg/h throughput of a dry food product
  • Tubular cable conveyors can move up to 36,200 kg/h throughput of a dry food product. Note: cable conveyors result in product degradation practically eliminated, a key advantage over chain conveyors.
  • Tubular systems (cable and chain) create a dust-free environment and prevents foreign substances from contaminating the product stream and keeps dust from the transported product from escaping into the production environment, reducing both health hazards and the potential for dust explosions.
  • Three benefits of cable compared to a chain system:
    • Efficiency: Increased potential for system uptime.
    • Food Safety: Minimal direct contact with food.
    • Performance: Improved performance for food safety, sanitation, and changeovers.

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