Thursday 03 October, 2013
Although every bulk materials handling project has its own unique characteristics some undoubtedly present more of a challenge than others. In the food industry, for example, flakes, granules, powders, pellets and pills must all be transported routinely without physical degradation or contamination, to preserve their value and the reputation of the company. Arguably, hygienic transport is even more critical in the pharmaceutical industry, where stringent clean in place (CIP) and sterilise in place (SIP) requirements, alongside the need for absolute product containment, add to the exacting design criteria. Both industries bring new products, with unknown flow characteristics, to market, and handle cohesive powders that can be especially challenging to convey. Buying off-the-shelf, standard conveyors is rarely an option.
Guttridge Ltd is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of bulk materials handling systems and has an established track record of delivering reliable right first time solutions to the food and pharmaceutical industry, and many other sectors. The company’s food grade hygienic stainless steel range includes conveyors, elevators, big bag handling systems and feeders and is designed and manufactured to a precise specification. Machines are constructed in either 316 or 304 stainless steel, to avoid corrosion/contamination, and are TIG welded to a high standard of finish. Optional specifications include crack and crevice-free construction, electro-polished or mirror finish surfaces and rounded corners. Quick and easy clean down is a defining characteristic and ATEX zoned machines are available. However for certain applications only a truly bespoke machine will suffice.
With design, specification and manufacture all under one roof, Guttridge is able to successfully meet the need for bespoke solutions in an efficient and cost-effective way. A team of experienced and knowledgeable engineers optimises each machine design, which is then constructed by highly skilled craftsmen in the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing workshop. In-house powder testing provides supportive data for hard to handle new materials, giving the engineers with the skill to interpret the data a scientific edge when it comes to refining their designs. Control over every aspect of a project brings benefits to every customer but is particularly important for those facing the most demanding materials handling tasks.
With a foundation of 50 years of experience, Guttridge is a flourishing company, globally respected for delivering well-engineered, reliable materials handling solutions that continue to anticipate dramatically changing industrial needs.