Jonesboro, AR -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/10/2015 -- Hytrol Conveyor and Integration Partner WEPCO work together to help Utz Quality Foods, Kindig Lane facility, Hanover, PA suggested that food safety means nothing but product in every bag of potato chips, pretzels, cheese curls, tortilla chips, popcorn, and party mix. As the volume of products shipped increased, so did Utz's concern about ensuring the integrity of every bag of snacks. Food safety became an issue for us," reported Jeff Fuhrman, vice president of engineering. Utz needed a way to ensure that products were completely free of foreign contamination.
WEPCO, Inc., in collaboration with Hytrol Conveyor Company, equipment suppliers, and the customer, devised the solution using new X-ray detection and innovative automation technology. The system conveys finished cartons through an X-ray system which detects the proper product weight and quantity of each SKU. The X-ray step improves both food safety and product quality. Fuhrman explained, "We are looking for foreign objects, missing product, seasoning conglomerates, and incorrect weights. DC managers are alerted when the X-ray system rejects a carton so employees can correct and reintroduce them into the system prior to the X-ray detector."
WEPCO is known for its innovative way of solving material handling challenges. Working with Hytrol, they devised a way to solve Utz's food safety problem and improve product quality, and streamline operations, free up DC floor space, and improve productivity. Chris Paulsen, CEO of WEPCO, Inc., explained. To preserve available floor space, chose to elevate much of the conveyor systems, even locating the X-ray equipment on a structural mezzanine leaving the floor below for the palletizing operation. And for clean, quiet operation above the packaging floor, utilizing Hytrol Conveyors EZ-24 low voltage powered roller technology.
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Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. (http://www.hytrol.com) designs and manufactures advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions for customers with processing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution needs. For over 65 years, Hytrol has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to understanding the unique material handling needs of businesses. Hytrol is focused on creating innovative, customized conveyor solutions that help companies achieve their goals.
Hytrol's consistent growth is strengthened by its Integration Partner Network, with over 100 locations worldwide. Hytrol's Technology Center is the birthplace for many industry-changing solutions, such as EZLogic® accumulation conveyors and the E24™, an energy efficient, motor driven roller conveyor series. These technologies are complemented by Hytrol's sortation offerings, the ProSort 400 Elite series high speed shoe sorter, as well as the ProSort MRT series narrow belt sorter.
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