Vegetable meat : choose a conveying system that respects your products

From a 3 billion USD turnover in 2013, the vegetable meat market should grow up to 6 billion by 2022. No doubt then that, in the years to come, manufacturers will have to design and install dozens of production lines specifically adapted to this kind of products. Working hard on R&D as well as on processes to offer meat substitutes capable of enticing the biggest carnivores amongst us, manufacturers also pay attention on conveying, a process stage that can be tough for their products and generate significant losses.
The first tests carried out with the LIFTVRAC elevation system on raw plant meat show that our elevator conveyor provides 

Preserving the texture of your products

Texture is for meat substitutes the feature on which manufacturers focus their R&D efforts. Yet, texture can be altered when passing in a feeder screw, since such a conveying system tends to warm up the material. It is a phenomenon we already encountered on the meat market : passing through the screw, minced meat looses fat. Such a phenomenon does not occur at all with the Liftvrac, the reason why it was chosen to convey products that are extremely fragile and highly sensitive to changes in temperature (See the testimony of the Boncolac Society on frozen raspberries).

Eliminate product losses

Raw meat substitutes are extremely sticky ; even more than meat from our experience. Any conveying system that is not, in a certain way, a « self-cleaning » one will necessarily generate product losses ; and feeder screws are probably the ones for which losses are the most significant. Eliminate such losses means increasing competitiveness ; and price is today an important improvement area for meat substitutes.
The reduction of losses is the number 1 argument of Liftvrac lift conveyor. Thanks to its patented wrapping and flexible scraper elevation principle, the  and 

Increase safety for your employees

According to several discussions we had with manufacturers on different markets that feeder screws still pose too much risk during cleaning procedures, and the memory of severe injuries presses site managers to find alternative solutions. Our Liftvrac is one of them. It can be fitted with protective casings that are locked into place in a few seconds. In order to install or uninstall these casings, the operator requires both hands, and safety is further enhanced by an automatic shut-down function which is activated as soon as any of the modules is dismantled.  and the memory of serious accidents lead the site managers to look for alternatives. The Liftvrac is one. It can be equipped with safety housings to clip on the structure in a few seconds. To mount or disassemble the housings, the operator must use both hands. The safety is further strengthened by an automatic shut-off system which activates as soon as one of the housings is dismantled.