Between September and December, Südzucker AG's Offstein factory is extremely busy, processing the annual sugar beet crop by turning up to 16 000 metric tons of sugar beet into some 2000 metric tons of sugar and syrup each day. At the heart of the production facility is a conveyor belt that takes the sugar beet to the production process. In addition to preventing this component from breaking down at all costs, an overhaul of the belt conveyor was also essential.
Südzucker AG awarded the contract for the redesign work to Westa Fördertechnik from Göllheim, an expert in its field that has been a Südzucker supplier for many years. Right from the outset, everyone involved was aware of the particular challenge of this project. Availability and reliability were the top priorities. With a conveyor belt 132 meters long and the belt alone weighing nine metric tons, there were also numerous variables that could not be defined with any degree of precision – an additional headache.
Given these sensitive issues and the high level of production reliability required, only well-known, dependable suppliers were used. SEW‑EURODRIVE was the preferred partner for drive technology, in particular because of its long-lasting product quality, impressive reliability, rapid service and considerable experience with stationary conveyor lines the world over.
A drive design with a sufficient power reserve was first agreed on in consultation with SEW‑EURODRIVE. The calculated belt speed and the gear unit dimensioning were also increased to be on the safe side. Positive effects on the service life were an added bonus.