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Industrial conveyor chain for special applications

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BMG’s range of power transmission components includes ZMC industrial conveyor chains, that it says offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production.

“BMG’s ZMC solutions for the food and beverage sector extend from the processing of raw ingredients, to baking, bottle washing, packaging and safe distribution,” said Gavin Kirsten, Product Manager, BMG.

“Our team of specialists advises customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components that are manufactured in food-compliant materials – like stainless steel – for highly-specialised and safety-critical applications in food manufacturing and preparation.

“Advantages of stainless steel components include corrosion and thermal shock resistance, durability, resistance to powerful cleaning detergents and the ability to withstand a wide temperature range – from cooking to freezing. What’s critical, is that food is unspoiled by non-toxic stainless steel components.”

Kirsten said stainless steel chains are also recommended because this material has low magnetic permeability and is highly resistant to both alkali and acidic environments.

The ZMC portfolio comprises standard chains and chains for special applications, which are manufactured in Italy to stringent quality specifications and are available from BMG in a wide range of dimensions, mechanical characteristics and geometry.

These metric and imperial chains are available with solid, hollow or extended pins, with bushings, rollers or bearings mounted at the centre of the links, or with holes in the links, specially designed for the subsequent assembly of the necessary components. BMG also supplies sprockets, with or without a hub, for each type of chain.

BMG specialists advise on suitable materials and coatings for specific working conditions –load, speed, temperature, humidity and contact with process fluids or steam.

The company also offers a measuring service, which makes it possible to assemble the chains on the system by matching them, to ensure maximum precision and uniformity of length. This prevents product waste by aligning dual strand conveying systems.

The main applications for ZMC stainless steel conveyor chains in the agri-food industry are in machines used to select fruit and vegetables according to size, weight and for processing and packaging products.

Other applications for ZMC chain are for conveyors in complex assembly lines in automotive manufacturing plants, cement production and in timber and sugar mills.

BMG’s Power Transmission division also supplies and supports other leading brands of chains, including Fenner, Tsubaki, Webb and Rexnord.

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