IPCO, previously operating as Sandvik Process Systems and now an independent company within the Sweden-based Wallenberg group, is the world’s largest manufacturer of steel belts and supplied its first bake oven belt for use in a continuously operating bake oven in 1925.
Today the company produces bake oven belts for industrial bakeries the world over, and works closely with oven builders to ensure maximum operational reliability and, in turn, productivity.
Among the key benefits of a solid or perforated bake oven is the ability to produce multiple product types on a single line. These include cookies, crackers, biscuits, pizza bases, part-baked bread, energy bars and more, enabling bakeries to broaden their ranges and expand into new markets.
IPCO’s manufacturing capabilities enable the production of bake oven belts from 800 mm to 3500 mm wide. This means that wide bake ovens can be used to increase production without having to invest in new facilities.
Solid and perforated bake oven belts also offer lower maintenance, easier cleaning and a substantially longer working life than other belt materials, and these production benefits are further enhanced by IPCO’s ability to offer process expertise and engineering support.
As well as supplying belts for new ovens, IPCO can work with OEMs to support oven upgrades, supplying a comprehensive range of conveyor accessories including tracking devices, tensioners and skid bars.
In addition to enabling a wider product portfolio, the upgrade to solid or perforated belts can also deliver savings in energy costs. These belts are lighter than mesh so take less energy to heat and to drive, perforated in particular, and the ability to achieve a reduction in carbon footprint is of increasing interest to environmentally conscious manufacturers.
Other highlights of the stand will include:
Its innovative salt-based QuickCleaner system offers a fast, easy and safe way of removing carbon residues and potentially hazardous acrylamide from steel belt conveyors used in bake ovens.
A combination of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and calcium phosphate is blasted onto the moving belt, removing the bulk of the residue without damaging the steel. The chemical action of the salt cleaner then attacks the organic residues at a molecular level, further enhancing the cleaning. A built-in suction hood removes the cleaning material from the belt as part of the same process.
IPCO food-grade stainless steel conveyor
IPCO will also be demonstrating its latest stainless steel conveyor unit, a food-grade system with applications across the entire food processing sector.
A stainless steel framework allows easy access for cleaning, with no narrow gaps or other hard-to-reach places. The conveyor belt is ‘endless welded’ to eliminate any trace of a joint and its smooth surface means there are no hidden gaps or recesses. All bearings are food approved and lubricated for life with food-approved lubricating grease. The motor is food-approved and has IP66 protection.
IPCO – Hall A6, Stand 131