Kraken’s KTHS-100 Bulk Product Handling System is a motion-controlled delivery system to transport product from a filler to a case control and loading system. The presentation of the product from the filler to the transport system and the delivery/loading of cases are both profiled, intermittent motion actions; the product transport from the filler area to the case loading area is a continuous motion system.
The quick-connect Tube Chute Module accepts 10 vertically-oriented tubes in 5 pairs from the intermittent motion filler at 50 cycles per minute. Each lane of the chute is configured to match the required pitch of the racetrack train pockets.
The Racetrack Module, constructed on a high-pressure, washdown-rated stainless steel frame, contains 2 Horizontal Racetrack Conveyors – each 56” long and 10” wide. One train per axis contains 5 pockets per. Pockets are pitched to accept 4 tubes per pocket for a total of 20 tubes per train from the Tube Chute Module. The train presents the 20 tubes to a split bucket on the continuous motion Tube Bucket Conveyor Module, distributing 4 tubes per bucket conveyor pocket.
The Tube Bucket Conveyor Module is a high-pressure, washdown-rated stainless steel continuous motion bucket conveyor with 3” tall bucket flights. The TB conveyor transports tubes deposited by the Tube Racetrack Module to the Tube Drop Gate Module. The conveyor’s flight pitch, configured in a repeated fashion every 4”, routes through a series of straight sections, one vertical incline, and then level to a pivot section at the Rotary Drop Gate Module. A pivoting discharge section allows tubes to be loaded to the Rotary Drop Gate Module at different heights per case variation.
The Rotary Drop Gate Module, a stainless steel transfer system, receives tubes (wide side leading), contains, delivers, and evenly deposits the transferred tubes in groups of 20 to a carton below. The transfer system is mechanically integrated with the Continuous Motion Bucket Conveyor to provide a single point of height adjustment that will accommodate variations in case construction to within +/- .75”.
The Case Loading Module, a stainless steel conveyor system, delivers open and formed cartons (wide side leading) to the Load Tubes position underneath the Rotary Drop Gate Module. Once the prescribed number of tubes are deposited, the Case Loading Module indexes the filled case towards the downstream closing system.
The load indexing segment of the module is configured with a dual strand 2-inch wide conveyor to positively drive each empty case to a pair of stop pins. The stop pins are timed with the sequence to hold the empty case at the pre-load stop pins position until the case in front, on the loading conveyor, exits (when filled, towards the downstream closing system).
The Case Handling System Module receives empty cases from the case former and collates them between Lane E and Lane F based on demand. Cases are presented to the loading zones via multiple pneumatic devices.
The Case Handling System Module receives empty cases from the case former and collates them between Lane E and Lane F baa
Each lane of the bulk handling equipment has its own metal detector used to detect metal contaminants within the bucket conveyor (external or internal to the yogurt tubes).
If metal is detected, the bulk material handling system has an automatic reject at the rotary drop section. Because many bulk product handling systems package food products, the metal detection system is a must-have add-on to prevent contaminated product from shipment and eventual customer possession.
sed on demand. Cases are presented to the loading zones via multiple pneumatic devices.
The following features are purpose-designed into the Kraken KTHS-100 to ensure the line exceeds sanitary requirements:
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