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Within just five years, Swiss Can Machinery has established itself as a leading manufacturer of fully automated packaging systems for powders and dry products. To comply with the stringent hygiene requirements of the food industry, the Swiss company uses wash-down-optimised drive technology from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS.
"Our machines have to be reliable and flexible. Because of this, we use drive technology from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS", says Michael Grabher, who manages the company together with his brother Marc. "With its modular system and extensive range of products, NORD convinced us from the very start. Essential advantages are the wide range, scalability and flexibility of the products" explains Marc Grabher, Technical Manager and also Proprietor of Swiss Can Machinery. "With NORD we had the possibility of combining motors, gear units and electronics so that we could achieve a uniform, hygienic solution". At Swiss Can Machinery, NORD drive units are used in two areas: for transporting cans and for feeding and mixing the products at the filler.
The demands on hygiene and cleanliness in the food industry are exceedingly high. The requirements on drive technology are correspondingly strict. For Swiss Can Machinery, hygienic design of the plant is absolutely essential. Because of this, the conveyor belts are equipped with NORD IE4 geared motors with smooth surfaces, including motor-mounted NORDAC BASE SK 180E frequency inverters to reliably transport the cans. NORD smooth surface motors (0.75 kW) are specifically designed for easy cleaning. They have a wash-down-optimised aluminium housing and wherever possible, they have flowing transitions between surfaces. Thus, cleaning liquids and foam can wash off easily. This protects the motors and shortens cleaning times. They are also fanless, so they do not contribute to the spreading of germs. Thanks to protection class IP66 they are optimally protected against the entry of dirt (dust-proof), contact and strong water jets from all directions. Use of energy-saving three-phase motors with efficiency class IE4 also enables high efficiency with low operating costs.