Mike Peach, Director of Business Development
Conveyors and belting systems play an integral role in maximizing the efficiency of meat and poultry handling and processing. They have to carry the weight of meat and poultry businesses, both literally and figuratively, as food products make their way from the farm to the table. Meat processing requires advanced technology and belting systems that optimize processes and yield while complying with the latest hygiene standards—all with the ultimate aim of providing safe food at reasonable costs.
As food processors seek to deploy conveyor belts that are durable and high-performing, they are pivoting from traditional products to plastic modular belt and homogeneous products like HP Compact Drive. Heavy-duty plastic conveyor belts allow processors to maintain high standards of integrity, quality, and stability and ensure food safety as they are corrosive-resistant and easier to clean. Nobody understands how these benefits play to the advantage of meat processors better than Safari Belting Systems.
Founded by Chris and Julia Smith in 2005, Safari Belting Systems offers advanced plastic modular belting solutions designed to withstand the harsh, demanding environments of the meat processing industry while adhering to stringent regulations. During his stint at a major belting manufacturing company, Chris realized that conventional belting systems fell short of customer expectations. This inspired him to establish Safari Belting Systems to address those unmet needs by developing ground-breaking belting designs and materials. Today, the company is leading the way to the future of conveyance by building a new standard for plastic modular belting with its novel Ultra-Tuff material. "We have developed products that address many of the typical industry issues, such as product release, impact, and chemical resistance, both from a design and material standpoint," says Mike Peach, the Director of Business Development at Safari Belting Systems.
In addition to meat and poultry processing plants, Safari Belting Systems extends its solutions to multiple verticals across the food industry, including baked goods, snack food, fruits, and vegetables.
Designed for Tough Applications: ULTRA-TUFF
ULTRA-TUFF is a revolutionary new resin whose unique performance profile offers manufacturers and OEMs across multiple industries a new solution for tough applications. A first-of-its-kind plastic modular belting material on the market, ULTRA-TUFF can simultaneously withstand high levels of drop-impact, prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals, and excessive wear from friction and abrasion.
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An "eco-friendly" polymer, ULTRA-TUFF's molecular structure consists of only carbons. "There are historically three standard materials used in belting systems to convey protein products, but those materials often don't perform to customers' expectations.
For instance, acetal's impact resistance is perhaps better than polypropylene, but its endurance to chemicals is not as good," explains Peach. On the other hand, ULTRA-TUFF maintains high impact strength for extended service life and operational stability (200% more than acetal) while also withstanding constant exposure to PAA, sanitation, and processing chemicals.With outstanding abrasion resistance, ULTRA-TUFF ensures double-belt service life with ZERO broken modules. All in all, the premier belting material empowers meat processors with dramatically lower TCO, little to no downtime, and excellent release properties to reduce trim loss.
Safari Belting Systems' exclusive, high-performance, ULTRA-TUFF product lines are also available in a Metal and X-Ray Detectable (XMD) formulation, which meets or exceeds the 1.5 mm ferrous equivalent standard, making them the premier detectable belting on the market. Since ULTRA-TUFF is detectable by both metal and x-ray detection equipment, it can be utilized across multiple applications in numerous locations, making standardization simple.
The ULTRA-TUFF and ULTRA-TUFF XMD product lines consist of an array of belt series and styles that are designed for different applications. While the Safari Series 250 ULTRA-TUFF belts can handle the daily 'punishment' of applications like boning tables and ham classifiers, the Safari Series 225 ULTRA-TUFF belts can handle a wide variety of applications, including bone transfers, loin lines, dip-tanks, and package handling without frequent module repairs or downtime. On the other hand, Safari Series 150 inherently repels materials like fats and oils, giving it unparalleled product release properties. With a 38 percent open area, the Safari Series 125 ULTRA TUFF belts provide a superior solution for applications like tortilla cooling lines and de-pan bakery applications where high heat tolerance is required. Next up, the Safari Series 500BHD ULTRA-TUFF belts combine the mechanical attributes of impact, strength, and abrasion with a robust knuckle design to provide unsurpassed performance in standard radius belts. The newest addition to the ULTRA-TUFF product line is the Safari Series 1100, providing tight, nose-bar transfers and small package handling options.
Safari Belting Systems manufactures and produces all its products in the U.S and leverages in-house injection molding, engineering, sales, and operations capabilities. By doing so, the company eliminates all possible disruptions in the supply chain and serves as a reliable partner that meets its clients' needs even during adverse situations. When most companies were scrambling to meet clients' immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Safari Belting Systems was going strong by sustaining highly reliable lead times and ensuring on-time deliveries for customers.
An Unwavering Focus on Customer Requirements
In addition to its unrivaled suite of solutions, Safari Belting Systems is known for its unique customer-centric engagement model. Unlike a typical conveyer belt provider, they go the extra mile to perform a facility walkthrough, where they analyze and identify the responsive, and intently listen to our customer needs and convert those learnings into solutions that deliver value to them."
We have Developed Products that Address Many of the Typical Industry Issues, Such as Product Release, Impact, and Chemical Resistance, Both From a Design and Material Standpoint
Safari Belting Systems also has elite customer service ingrained in its business model. With the help of its knowledgeable sales force and in-house support team, the company caters to customers' unique needs. The team is committed to delivering best-in-class customer service and providing winning solutions in all situations.
Steering ahead, the company aims to continue expanding its product line and emerge as a global brand to support customers with international operations. Safari Belting Systems will also help its domestic customers with offshore interests looking for a global supply chain. All in all, the company will continue to do what it does best— enable customers to achieve cost savings through operational improvements using Safari products.