For almost 40 years FlexLink delivers applications that improve the production flow with dedicated layouts and transport solutions. As in the case of FoodTech, dedicated to the food industry.
FoodTech systems and services are designed by FlexLink specifically to improve product flow in the Food and Dairy industry. The company’s technical team has a very good knowledge of the requirements that must be complied with in order to guarantee the safety and efficiency of the production line, as well as of the challenges that must be faced every day in order to guarantee product safety.
Ad-hoc designed solutions increase production effectiveness and are designed with food safety and operators in mind. The FoodTech series is characterised by compact layout and the equipment is easy to maintain and relocate. They provide accurate and gentle handling of products, thus minimizing contamination risks, as well as operating costs and production times.
The use of automated production lines significantly minimized human errors, ensuring output consistency as well as quality. FlexLink’s aim is to guarantee customers an increase by minimum 1% of their general efficiency index, and a faster return on investment.
Hygienic standards. A clean production environment, complying with high hygiene standards, is very important. Especially when unpacked food is handled in humid or dry environments. The non-observance of these standards can lead to product recalls or health problems of the final consumer, with terrible consequences that affect the brand image. A line equipped with conveyors complying with hygienic quality standards, with a simplified design that provides for ease-of-cleaning, contributes to reduce downtime and overall costs, with a positive impact on the bottom line.
The desing of FoodTech systems ensures product hygiene, reduces downtime and cleaning time up to 25%, and offers the possibility of installing clean-in-place modules (CIP). For its systems, FlexLink not only followed EHEDG (European Hygienic engineering and Design Group) design guidelines. It went even further, with its modular wide belt conveyor in stainless steel WLX: the only conveyor on the market with a 3A qualification.
Reduced times and floor space. Every minute of ramp-up time is a minute of lost production time. In order to have a correct ramp-up, an attentive planning is required to balance the transfer speed with the adequate product handling. FlexLink even saves floor space, with a clever line design and the use of compact equipment. In fact, compared to competitors, with FlexLink equipment, the floor space needed for a production line can be reduced by 20 to 40%, allowing to add more production capacity.
Additionally, operators are highly favoured by an open floor space in terms of accessibility and safety. Compact and modular production equipment allow to more easily relocate a production line or even redesign it completely. FlexLink’s offer is based on modular components, to the advantage of flexibility. The standardized components simplify system design. At the same time, clever line design makes the line easier to assemble and install. An extensive stock of spare parts is available in warehouses all over the world, to ensure shortest delivery time for new or existing lines.
Facts & figures. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, FlexLink has sales and engineering units in more than 30 countries and is represented in more than 60 countries. In 2017, the staff consisted of 1100 employees, and the number has been constantly growing since 1980. The company’s portfolio includes solutions for the different line handling and control steps. FlexLink is part of Coesia, a group of innovation-based industrial and packaging leaders, operating globally in the following sectors: advanced automated machinery and packaging materials; industrial process solutions; precision gears.