Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Inc, USA, mills a range of flours, meals and cereals 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. They had a time-challenge with the difficult cleaning and refitting of their traditional clamp-and-sleeve connectors when switching product runs. They were also searching for a solution to the dust leaking from the connectors into the factory. Since installing BFM® fitting to their production line, they’ve managed to significantly reduce downtime and improve overall production efficiency and hygiene.
The ChallengeEach machine is designed to package more than one product, requiring thorough cleaning between product runs. The connections from the vibratory screener’s discharge to the auger feeder inlet can be difficult to access and the traditional clamp and sleeve connectors took considerable time to remove, clean and re-install during product change-overs. This not only caused significant downtime, and operator safety issues, but if incorrectly installed, could become dislodged, causing product loss and bag-metering inaccuracy. Even when installed to the proper position, they would often leak product, requiring constant cleaning to maintain hygiene.