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When a Midwest snack food manufacturer was adding a new line to its production, it sought a system that could effectively portion and transport even amounts of bulk sausage pieces to its packaging line. With the underlying goal of increasing production capabilities, the customer needed a solution it could count on.
For gentle, accurate, and consistent metering and transportation of product, Triton deployed a stainless-steel duo: a metering hopper with a vibratory feeder mounted below. Once large totes of sausage pieces were bulk fed into the metering hopper, a manually adjustable discharge gate located at the base of the hopper allowed even portions of sausage pieces to dispense onto the tray of the vibratory feeder below. The vibratory feeder was adjusted to gently transport the even portions of sausage pieces to an incline conveyor for further processing and packaging. After integrating Triton’sinto its production line, the customer saw an increase in daily production capabilities by approximately 12,000 lb.
Triton’s metering hoppers execute portioning for optimized product flow rate and control. Doubling as in-process storage, metering hoppers contain high volumes of bulk products before accurate metering commences. High-volume production lines benefit from metering hoppers, as they prevent downstream equipment from being overwhelmed.
Vibratory feeders handle and transport a high throughput of bulk products with less force, reducing the risk and likelihood of product damage. Vibratory feeders are commonly found in conjunction with Hoppers and are arguably made more effective as controlled doses of product are steadily discharged.