Interroll announces USDA equipment certification and acceptance for its Drum Motor

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interroll announced today that its Asynchronous Drum Motor (models 113i, 138i, 165i and 217i) has gained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for compliance with the guidelines for sanitary design and fabrication of dairy processing equipment. The certification is based on equipment review and an examination of engineering drawings, with the participation of design engineers.

The adoption of certain hygienic standards at dairy plants helps the operators to manufacture safer dairy products. Only dairy products manufactured, processed and packaged in a USDA approved plant may be graded or inspected and identified with official USDA identification. Interroll has created the most hygienic conveyor drive available on the market to ensure that food manufacturers are in compliance with strict food safety and material handling regulations. Typically, conventional gear motors are bulky, difficult to install and, most importantly, non-hygienic and unable to be cleaned. In contrast, the Interroll Drum Motor is compact, easy to install and can be cleaned and disinfected regularly using high-pressure water, steam and chemicals. This helps food manufacturers achieve the highest possible hygiene standards and provides for the lowest possible levels of Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and other harmful microorganisms in the production environment.

“Hygiene is extremely important to us and that’s why we rely on the Interroll drum motor,” said Jeff Evers of Butterball LLC. Butterball uses Interroll drum motors in food production and is one of the largest global turkey providers in the world, exporting over 100 million pounds of products annually to more than 50 countries.

“We understand how critical food safety is in processing environments,” said Tim McGill, President of Interroll North and South America. “For this reason, we continue to evolve our products so that our customers can focus on their business without worrying about the dangers of operating in a potentially unclean environment. Extensive research and development have been put into the Interroll Drum Motor and our participation in the voluntary certification process speaks to the confidence we have in it.

Key features of the Interroll Drum Motor include:

  • USDA Equipment Acceptance Certificate issued March 11, 2014

  • approved for models 113i, 138i, 165i, 216i and 217i

  • configured to drive all modular belting applications

  • complies with Part 21 CFR for US Dairy Equipment Guidelines

  • IP66 – protected from dust and against the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15cm and 1 meter.

  • FDA Rated Vulcanized Lagging

  • leak escape feature in shaft.

  • surface finish less than 30 micro-inches on shell and shafts.

Interroll Profile

Interroll Group is a worldwide leading producer of high-quality key products and services for internal logistics. The company offers a broad product range in the four product groups “rollers”, “drives”, “conveyors & sorters” and “pallet & carton flow” to around 23,000 customers around the world. Core industries are courier, parcel and postal services, airports, food processing industry as well as distribution centres and other industries. Customers are amongst others well-known global brands such as Amazon, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Coop, DHL, FedEx, Peugeot, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Walmart or Yamaha.  Interroll is engaged in global research projects for logistics efficiency and actively supports industry associations in developing standards. Headquartered in Sant’Antonino, Switzerland, Interroll operates a worldwide network of 31 companies with around 1,600 employees. The company was founded 1959. Interroll Group has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and included in the SPI index since 1997.

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