Fresco Systems Australasia have added a mobile hopper loader to their range of conveyors. The mobile hopper loader is designed to be easily movable between conveyors and plant equipment. Mounted with either, two fixed and two swivel/lockable castors or four swivel lockable castors, the mobile hopper loader can be moved and then locked into position by a single operator.
The mobile hopper loader enables the operator to refill elevated hoppers including dusting and topping coaters from the floor without climbing stairs and standing on small access platforms while carrying bags of product. This reduces potential risks such as operator injuries and accidental product spillage onto the equipment and product below. The hopper, screw and interface can be sized to suit each application. Increasing hopper capacity also allows for extended running times without the operator continually refilling the hopper and therefore interrupting their regular work. The secure hopper lid prevents dust escaping to atmosphere and product contamination from foreign objects.
The mobile hopper loader can handle products including blends, granules, fine or coarse powders without risk of degradation or separation. With through-put rates up to 7.5m³/hr the mobile hopper loader can keep up with most production lines. The screw consists of only one moving part (the screw) driven from the bottom by an electric geared motor. The bottom mounted cleanout cap fitted with a safety switch allows for fast cleaning expediting product changes.
The conveyor can also be quickly dismantled for wet washing and full inspection, allowing one unit to be used for numerous applications including allergen and non-allergen products. The hopper can be fitted with flow promotion devices including agitation, vibration and fluidisation to suit the application and product. Full stainless steel construction including high grade stainless steel and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene contact parts means the system is suitable for food and dairy applications.