Equipment/Technology, Processing, fries, chips

New lightweight conveyor belt for potato processing

Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced PacLite, a new lighter weight, flatwire conveyor belt with variable openings that is ideally suited for potato rock traps. Manufactured using a new proprietary process developed by the company’s engineers, PacLite is 30-50 percent stronger than a standard flatwire belt and weighs 10 percent less than its predecessor, PacTitan®. “Since our inception, Cambridge has excelled at working to continuously improve the design and durability of our conveyor belts to solve the operational challenges our customers face including safety and hygiene, cleaning and maintenance and energy efficiency,” said Bob Maine, Cambridge Director of Engineering. “PacLite represents our attention to detail in working with manufacturers to account for the total cost of ownership of conveyor belts used in their plants.”

PacLite’s weight, strength and open area allows it to work well for rock traps, where dirt, stones, stems and debris need to be separated from potatoes and other root crops (beets, carrots, turnips and others) at the early stages of processing.

According to the manufacturer, PacLite is available in both standard and heavy-duty versions and features Cambridge’s NokLokTM picket technology, a proprietary form of perfect and interlocking links that increases strength, durability and product stability and reduces belt stretch and distortion.

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