Drive components for food industry

Couplings and other drive components for the food industry must meet special requirements with regard to the choice of the materials involved in the on-going equipment cleaning process.

Orbit Antriebstechnik provides a comprehensive product portfolio tailored to these requirements. This starts with actual food production and processing and ends with the packaging of the finished manufactured products.

Intermediate shaft coupling for precise synchronisation in multi-axis filling equipment

>>Oldham couplings with steel hubs are used in automated portion handling and most accurate portioning of meat products. In the beverage filling process, multi-axis systems are used to meet high output levels. In so doing, it all depends on how accurate and precise axis synchronisation is. For this purpose, intermediate shaft couplings of the >> CD coupling are used. Intermediate shaft, hubs and other components are made of stainless steel in the appropriate grade.  For fastening components and as axial retaining means, shaft collars are often used in machines. With regard to this, Orbit Antriebstechnik offers one-piece or radially mountable two-piece >>clamping collars made of stainless steel. 

FDA-compliant shaft collars

Shaft Collars are frequently used in machines to fix components and as axial securing devices. For example, in filling plants, machine parts are permanently subjected to cleaning processes. >>Wash Down shaft collars, made of stainless steel and additionally encapsulated, are the right solution here. Their smooth, uninterrupted surfaces can be easily high-pressure cleaned. All the materials used are FDA-compliant.


Corrosion-resistant safety clutches

>>Corrosion-resistant safty clutches are used in many stations when components or machine parts are to be protected against overload. The backlash-free safety couplings DSS/SG Niploy provide the solution for these applications. Its high-quality surface coating, a chemical nickel plating process with a high phosphorus content, provides a corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant coating.
With the >> 5000 series bevel gearboxes , Orbit Antriebstechnik provides angular gearboxes specially adapted for the food and beverage industries. Their housings and shafts are made of 1.4401 stainless steel, thus meeting the high requirements in this industry.


Backlash-free couplings for exact dosing in tubular bag machines

At the end of a process, products are packed and tagged in appropriate units of measure. In cardboard container erectors, CD couplings do their precise job. Then they are filled with products. This is often the case of vacuum grippers which grab the products and place them in a cardboard box via a pick-and-place procedure. Also >>CD couplings are used here due to the high-precision requirements which must be met in intermittent operation. Tubular bag machines and machines for filling them via metering screws are further examples - in this case for food in a powdery consistency such as ready made soups.

Sensors monitor the flow with great accuracy at any point of the processes. Beam couplings >>Beamflex are used in this case as encoder couplings. They are partially made of stainless steel.

Other stainless steel products and drive components tailored to the industry are available in Orbit Antriebstechnik portfolio, such as:

  • Stainless steel rigid couplings
  • Bellows couplings with stainless steel bellows and stainless steel hubs in a welded design and more.


Please talk to us about your application. Jointly with you, we will gladly tailor our couplings and drive components to your specific application case.
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