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    WHAT BURNS PROFITABLE OPERATIONS?

     

    • MAINTENANCE HEADACHES
      Faulty equipment, part wear and harsh conditions demand increased maintenance.
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    • WASTED PRODUCT
      Improper belt selection can impact safety and production, wasting dough and time.
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    • SAFETY RISKS
      Grease is gross, unless its used for baking. Roller-chain drives require lubrication, creating unnecessary clean-up.

     

    BAKERY FACILITY MIX-UP:

    EXTENSIVE MAINTENANCE

    Planned maintenance at bakery facilities is a must. Yet heavy maintenance schedules limit opportunities for optimizing efficiency. With HVAC running 24/7 at most bakery operations, drains on time and energy can be significant. At some bakery operations, as much as 55% of labor hours are spent on preventative maintenance.

     

    THE RESULT? AVOIDABLE EXPENSE
    Average maintenance of 1 hour every two weeks, or 26 hours of downtime (per drive, per year) can cost as much as $312,000 annually.

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    INNOVATION FUELED BY MATERIALS SCIENCE:

     

    Engineered with the latest in advanced technology and materials science expertise, Gates Power- Grip GT4 delivers the highest power-carrying capacity of any belt in its class. Gates Powergrip GT4 is the only synchronous belt made of ethylene-elastomer with a temperature tolerance up to 284°F (intermittently). The PowerGrip GT4 requires ZERO lubrication and re-tensioning maintenance. PowerGrip GT4 is made-to-order in multiple locations throughout the world.

    Not only can Powergrip GT4 withstand the heat, it can also save on costs.

    In the baking area, air handlers, sometimes referred to as blower drives, are found above the ovens, where they take in the hot air and disperse it to cool down the ambient air in the bakery. This equipment is typically driven by v-belts, which may be constructed with ethylene-elastomer to withstand high temps. All to say, high temperatures require a belt that can stand the heat.

     

    This is where PowerGrip GT4 is in a class by itself as the only synchronous belt made of ethylene-elastomer with a temperature tolerance up to 284*F (intermittently).

     

    Why upgrade a v-belt to a synchronous belt? Energy efficiency, which translates to cost savings. Additionally, synchronous belt drives require less maintenance, adding to the cost savings for the bakery.

     

     

    GT4 Case Study

    Keep dough on the rise

    INCREASE ENERGY SAVINGS WHILE REDUCING MAINTENANCE COSTS

     

    Energy Savings on V-belt to Synchronous Conversions: By converting V-belt drives to synchronous belts on fan and pumps, Gates can typically offer bakery manufactures more than 5% energy savings. V-belt slippage in drives can range from 3%-12% (before audible noise is heard) depending on the how often the drive is maintained and re-tensioned. Synchronous belt drive systems operate with positive tooth engagement, which means they negate the common forms of energy losses (slip, torque loss, friction/heat, and lower bending stresses). The typical efficiency loss of a synonymous belt system is 2%.

    BENEFITS

     

    • Increased productivity due to less downtime
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    • Lowered cost of ownership
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    • Reduced carbon footprint
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    • Reduced day-to-day maintenance costs
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    • Reduced electrical costs
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    • Achieved objectives for sustainability

    WE UNDERSTAND FOOD INDUSTRY PROCESSING.

     

     

    With decades of experience developing synchronous timing belt systems, Gates TPU Food Belting is the next generation for food processing belts. Gates TPU Food Belting is high-performance, high-quality, easy-to-clean, and allows customization options to meet your specific food processing needs.

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