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Woven belts, especially of the truly endless type, have a very unique way of behaving whilst in use. Because they have a woven construction and are predominantly made from high proportions of natural fibres (cotton/flax), they have a natural tendency to change over time during use as they adapt to their operating conditions. Whilst this is perfectly normal and should be expected, it can present certain challenges which mean that the successful running of the belt can be dependant on the level of skill and experience of the line operators.
The customer felt that the existing belt set-up was becoming a burden and asked the Arville team for their input on any general improvements that could be made.
The customer was looking for ways to reduce product waste caused by incorrectly formed or incomplete biscuits. Reject rates from internal quality controls were high and the extra production time taken was having a knock-on effect, delaying other work scheduled to go through the plant.
The customer required a way of visually marking the belt in an acceptable way so that it could be quickly and easily identified both on-the-shelf in stores and when fitted on the line by the line operators, engineers, line mangers or any temporary staff employed within the bakery who may not have had the same level of experience or training as other staff.