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2014-04-06

FlexLink: Clean, safe conveying - the new wide belt solution release efficiency

At Interpack, FlexLink (http://www.flexlink.com/) unveils its latest
innovation for safe, clean and efficient handling in primary and
secondary packaging for the food industries.

Sustainable packaging concepts are important contributors in the
reduction of losses in the food production and supply chain. The
latest development from FlexLink, the new wide belt conveyor,
addresses some of the higher hygienic requirements associated with
primary and secondary packaging.

Hygiene and safety are priorities

For operators, the cleaning process is fast and easy and the new wide
belt stainless steel conveyor, WLX, sets new standards for cleaning
results and cleaning process time.

"We are extremely proud of this design, because we've succeeded in
optimizing both product safety and hygiene to a very high level,
following the industry requirements and regulations. For instance,
flat surfaces have been eliminated and there are no hollow bodies or
crevices where bacteria will grow", comments Tommy Karlsson,
Innovation Manager at FlexLink.

The new conveyor is safe, silent and ergonomic and it is easy for
operators to lift the chain for cleaning. Operator safety has been
served for by a thorough design work resulting in minimal openings to
prevent pinch points, and absence of sharp points and edges. Finally,
the noise level is comfortably low to the benefit of the factory
environment.

Reduce the cost of ownership

With the innovative design and the refined standardization, factories
will benefit from good hygiene and a trouble-free operation. The
total cost of ownership is considerably reduced by features of the
new design and sophisticated solutions.

A good example is the quick and efficient cleaning process which saves
substantial amount cleaning time and releasing more time for
production. The easy lifting of the chain and good access to the
interior with clean surfaces makes a difference and the cleaning time
can be reduced by as much as half.

The lead time from design to installation is very short thanks to the
standardized and modular design combined with FlexLink`s global
distribution network and short delivery time. Once installed,
downtime is minimal due to the robust design, and there is minimal
power, water and detergent consumption. All this helps lowering the
total cost of ownership.

Versatile

The WLX wide modular plastic belt conveyor is available as components,
modules or a complete system. The system is available in three widths
and is well suited for the handling of pouches, standing pouches,
liquid carton packaging, cases, bundles, trays or smaller products in
mass flow. The belt easy to clean and available in 304 mm (12 inch),
456 mm (18 inch) and 608 mm (24 inch) widths.

"Feedback from the industry is genuine and customers are very pleased
with our new wide belt conveyor system in stainless steel. We have
reached a fully modular design that not only supports operators in
more easily performing their daily tasks, but also increases
available production time. Furthermore, as the WLX is a standardized
conveyor platform, you always know what you`ll get and how to
maintain it. In the next development we will meet requirements on
hygienic design for direct food contact", concludes Tommy Karlsson.

FlexLink AB

Klas Ålander
Communications Manager

+46 (0)31 337 2499
klas.alander@flexlink.com

FlexLink is a leading provider of automated production flow solutions
- giving improved production efficiency to industry. Headquartered in
Göteborg, Sweden, FlexLink has operating units in 27 countries and is
represented in more than 60. In 2013, FlexLink had 840 employees and
the turnover was SEK 1,664 million.

FlexLink is part of Coesia, an innovation based Group consisting of 14
companies specialized in automated machinery and industrial process
solutions. For 2013, the Coesia Group had a turnover of Euro 1,370
million (forecast) and 5,800 employees.

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