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Are Custom Drag Chain Conveyors the Secret Sauce for Improving Revenue at Food Manufacturing Facilities?

Cocoa beans and a conveyor for raw materials

The efficient handling of bulk raw material is vital to many industries, particularly for food manufacturing.

But this process faces some challenges. Maintaining the integrity and quality of bulk raw ingredients like cocoa beans and sugar products are paramount as they make their way through each stage of processing. This emphasizes the need for reliable material transfer to increase output and revenue for the operation.

For high-volume facilities, unplanned downtime from equipment maintenance not only halts production but can affect the quality of the product. This is where the right conveying systems make the difference in achieving production goals and improving your bottom line.

Increase Production with the Right Equipment

Food production is typically a fast, multi-step process. Manufacturers of chocolate products, for example, must transfer cocoa beans in bulk through several initial stages in the production process from the arrival of the raw material at the factory, through cleaning, roasting and cooling before they’re sent to packout. This makes interruptions from equipment downtime enemy number one in the facility.

Quick adjustments must often be made on the line, which is why durable equipment is critical to an operation’s success. Older or unreliable equipment forces many facility managers to conduct repairs they shouldn’t have to. This constant servicing can reduce the quality of the bulk material and even compromise the durability of the conveyors.

The best way to avoid such hurdles (and keep output high) during the initial production stages is with custom-built conveyors. Unlike a standard, cheaper variant, a custom conveyor is designed for the facility’s layout and the specific bulk material to be transferred.

With such systems in place, operations will be on the path to greater efficiency and output.

How Custom Drag Chain Conveyors Can Improve Your ROI

Managers at food processing facilities need equipment like custom drag chain conveyors that are durable enough for high-volume output, and save resources otherwise spent on repairs and maintenance.

CDM accomplishes this by applying three core principles for every installation:

  1. Apply material and environmental data before construction.
  2. Match internal components with the application and material being handled.
  3. Engineer the system for durability and to resist fatigue, corrosion and wear.

A lot of downtime at food processing facilities can be attributed to conveyors not being designed for the exact bulk material handling needs. By investing upfront in custom conveyors, you can avoid breakdowns that lead to increased expenditures and loss of revenue.

CDM Drag Chain Conveyors:

  • Designed and built for the facility
  • Most effective for moving raw bulk material
  • Dust- and weather-proof housing
  • Fully enclosed system
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Energy and space efficient

Conveyors are one of the most important equipment investments an operation can make. That is why implementing the right system to meet unique material handling requirements – backed by support from experienced industry pros – is the key to improving profitability.

Learn more about the CDM manufacturing process here.

Visit this page for CDM’s conveying systems brochure, including tech specs and material and design information.


About CDM

The CDM story is about understanding that every industrial operation is different—as are their conveying challenges. A custom-engineered conveying system is a cost-effective approach to any operation willing to have a partner who is vested in your success and one who stands by their product.

CDM has earned more than 91 percent repeat business because we’re more than just a conveying systems manufacturer—we’re a business partner.

For additional information contact:

Andrew Parker, President CDM Systems, Inc.  •