Cambridge Unveils Two Highly Customizable Spiral Cage Conveyor Belts for Baking and Packaged Foods Industries

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Engineering advances create customer-defined equipment adaptable to specific products

Cambridge Engineered Solutions' Variable DuraLite® Spiral Cage Conveyor Belt

This variability allows our customers to configure the belt to increase balance and air flow and specify the support they desire. It eliminates excess metal and therefore reduces energy cost and time during cooling and freezing processes.

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, the world’s largest manufacturer of metal conveyor belts, has unveiled Variable Cambri-Link® and Variable DuraLite®, two of the most highly customizable conveyor belts available for spiral cage applications to proof, cool and freeze baked goods such as bagels, breads and pizza shells as well as packaged foods, including ice cream and frozen entrees.

The two patented products – both adaptations of existing fixed-size Cambridge belts – allow end-users to specify desired opening widths during Cambridge factory production to achieve the correct support, air-flow and strength-to-weight ratio for specific products.

Opening widths for Variable Cambri-Link – a 1.08-inch-pitched belt (27.4 millimeters) for relatively small products – can be expanded to desired sizes up to 3 inches (76.2 millimeters). Variable DuraLite – a 1.3-inch-pitched belt
(33 millimeters) – is also customizable and opening widths can be closed as low as .75-inches (19 millimeters). Variable DuraLite is 18 to 20 percent lighter in weight than Cambri-Link. Both belts can be tailored to any application.

“This variability allows our customers to configure the belt to increase balance and air flow and specify the support they desire,” said Bob Maine, Cambridge Director of Engineering. “It eliminates excess metal and therefore reduces energy cost and time during cooling and freezing processes.”

Maine says no other spiral cage belt achieves a higher-rated strength-to-weight ratio or similar energy efficiency.

Variable DuraLite was originally designed in cooperation with equipment manufacturer I.J. White Systems for Aunt Millie’s Pretzels. It was subsequently installed on spiral cage conveyor systems for Bimbo and Pepperidge Farms, and Cambridge is now making the variable capability available for all its customers.

Cambridge will debut the belts to the baking industry at the International Baking Industry Exhibition (IBIE 2016). Samples will be displayed at Exhibit Hall C-5.1, Booth #9934.

“We are proud to showcase an industry first at IBIE,” said Crystal Willey, Cambridge Director of Market Development. “This variable design concept demonstrates our willingness to work directly with customers to develop customized solutions that address the challenges they face to increase throughput and reduce operating costs.”

Variable Cambri-Link® Specifications

  •     Belt Pitch: 1 in/2.5 cm
  •     Turn Ratio: 1.0 to 4.0 X belt width
  •     Tension Rating: Up to 300 lbs (136 kg) for T316LSS and T304SS; 400 lbs (181 kg) for WRSS
  •     Widths up to: 60 in (1524mm)
  •     Speeds up to: 130fpm (40mpm)
  •     Material: T316LSS, WRSS, T304SS

Variable DuraLite® Specifications    

  •     Belt Pitch: 1.3 in./3.3 cm
  •     Turn Ratio: 1.15 to 2.8 X belt width
  •     Tension Rating: Up to 300 lbs (136 kg) for T316LSS and T304SS; 400 lbs (181 kg) for WRSS
  •     Widths up to: 60” (1524mm)
  •     Speeds up to: 130fpm (40mpm)
  •     Material: T316LSS, WRSS, T304SS

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About Cambridge Engineered Solutions

Cambridge Engineered Solutions is the world's largest metal conveyor belt manufacturer and a global leader in filtration screens. For more than a century, Cambridge has developed dynamic solutions, revolutionizing industry automation and plant operations. With more than 15 exclusive product lines and over 50 patents, our team of dedicated engineers and experts continually devise new methods to make lines run smoother, faster and handle more product weight. For information visit http://www.cambridge-es.com.

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