Eliminate Additional Costs with AquaTrue Planetary Gearheads

Revolutionary, corrosion-resistant and watertight gearheads for demanding applications

AquaTRUE gearhead combines the high performance and torque capacity of the True Planetary gearheads with features specifically designed to meet the strict requirements of applications such as food and beverage handling, packaging and dispensing. The AquaTRUE’s IP66/IP67 and IP69K protection is able to handle caustic cleaning chemicals as well as high pressure washdown. Until now, manufacturers have been unable to use gearheads in many applications involving harsh environments because there was not a product available that met those needs.

The gearhead’s 304 stainless steel housing eliminates the concern for rust or any type of corrosion. The AquaTRUE has a laser etched permanent product label and a smooth, round external housing that is designed without any external seams or corners for bacteria to collect. This makes the AquaTRUE very easy to clean and a perfect fit in any washdown environment.

The AquaTRUE is engineered to be placed anywhere in the application’s design, regardless of environmental factors. This eliminates the cost of additional components such as enclosers, shielding or mechanical transmissions.

Tri-Phase Automation is a Thomson/Micron distributor in Wisconsin
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Sensors in Singulation with Odd Surfaces

Intellifeed, a manufacturer of high-speed automation equipment, has a machine that singulates small packages for the food and beverage industry, so they can be inserted into another package.

Singulation, the process of separating and aligning side-by-side or overlapping products on a conveyor, allows items such as cereal box giveaways and juice packets to be correctly packaged. Since all products are different (shiny, clear, flat, colored) and are moving at high speeds, a solution is needed that will reliably detect the distance between products on a conveyor. The machine, which separates product before it reaches a case packer or pick-and-place robot, is inadequate without an effective sensing solution.

For this application, the SICK W18 Photoelectric Sensor with foreground suppression was used. The foreground mode allows the sensor to be taught one of the rollers as the background. To sense foil pouches, irregularly shaped objects and any other hard-to-detect objects, an output is given when the background is changed.

The OES3 technology is simple to setup and has the ability to suppress reflections from the machine (machine is all SS). Plus, it complies with IP69K for wash down applications.

Eliminate Additional Costs with AquaTrue Planetary Gearheads

Revolutionary, corrosion-resistant and watertight gearheads for demanding applications

Challenge
Thomson/Micron’s  AquaTRUE gearhead combines the high performance and torque capacity of Micron’s True Planetary gearheads with features specifically designed to meet the strict requirements of applications such as food and beverage handling, packaging and dispensing. The AquaTRUE’s IP66/IP67 and IP69K protection is able to handle caustic cleaning chemicals as well as high pressure washdown. Until now, manufacturers have been unable to use gearheads in many applications involving harsh environments because there was not a product available that met those needs.

Application Solution
The gearhead’s 304 stainless steel housing eliminates the concern for rust or any type of corrosion. The AquaTRUE has a laser etched permanent product label and a smooth, round external housing that is designed without any external seams or corners for bacteria to collect. This makes the AquaTRUE very easy to clean and a perfect fit in any washdown environment.

Benefits
The AquaTRUE is engineered to be placed anywhere in the application’s design, regardless of environmental factors. This eliminates the cost of additional components such as enclosures, shielding or mechanical transmissions.

Tri-Phase Automation is a Thomson distributor in Wisconsin
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Wash-down Application Woes? Bison’s™ New SANIMotor Keeps Your Equipment Running

Application solution from Bison

bison-washdown-woesChallenge:
Eaglestone is a custom conveyor and equipment manufacturer specializing in solutions that are safe for food processing and packaging. Designed to not only reduce accumulation of foodborne bacteria but also to improve productivity with reduced need for cleaning and maintenance, Eaglestone’s equipment has been integrated into a multitude of different food processing applications. Recently, they collaborated with Apex Industrial Automation and Bison Gear and Engineering on a new stainless steel product conveyor used to transfer baked and frozen goods down the production line. Bison was able to recommend a newly designed stainless steel gear motor that would provide long-lasting operation while maintaining a clean and bacteria-free environment.

sanimotorApplication Solution:
After reviewing the design specifications and working with Bison Gear’s application engineers, Eaglestone selected their new SANIMotor™ IP69K-rated gear motor. The SANIMotor™ features a smooth outer exterior encased in 304 grade stainless steel; ensuring clean, hygienic food processing while easily enduring moisture, heat and harsh cleaning solvents. To promote long product life and operation, the internal electrical components are encapsulated in epoxy resin to tolerate temperature extremes up to 40°C. Ideally suited for food service equipment, conveying, wash stations and chemical applications, the SANIMotor™ was a natural fit for Eaglestone’s conveyor.

Benefit:
Once installed, the SANIMotor™ performed very well in the harsh environment created by the wash-down process and provided reliable operation of the transfer conveyor without any maintenance issues.

SANIMotor – IP69k Rated Stainless Steel Gearmotors

sanimotorBison Gear’s innovative SANIMotor™ line of stainless steel gearmotors were designed to meet the IP69K extreme washdown rating established by the European IEC for equipment exposed to temperature extremes, constantly wet environments, and the use of harsh cleaning agents.

To ensure long, trouble free life, all electrical components are encapsulated in thermally conductive epoxy resin, allowing use in up to 40°C (104°F) ambient temperatures. The encapsulation optimizes heat conductivity within the motor, allowing TENV construction. The encapsulated assembly is enclosed within a 304 stainless steel tube and investment castings front and back. Output shaft sealing is done with a two part rotor-stator style seal, providing three sealing surfaces. Electrical termination is done with a stainless steel, modular, multi-pin power connector that is IP69K rated. The three-phase 230 volt inverter duty SANIMotor™ gearmotors employ Bison’s Verdant Duty™ design for increased energy efficiency and are available in two frame sizes (88.4 and 127mm dia.). Each frame size is mated to 7 standard gearing packages offering fixed output speeds from 345 RPM to 8 RPM and rated torques ranging from 7 to 500 in-lb (0.8 to 56.5 N-m).

Benefit:
SANIMotor™ is ideally suited for food, chemical, and pharmaceutical processing applications as well as foodservice equipment, packaging machinery, factory automation, conveying, car wash, and a wide variety of demanding applications where gearmotors are exposed to harsh environments and/or frequent washdowns.

This application success story is from Bison
Tri-Phase Automation is Bison distributor in Wisconsin.
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