How Do You Convey Seeds Without Breakage

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How Do You Convey Seeds Without Breakage?
The key to competing in a global market is providing services tailored to each customer’s requirements. Cablevey’s strategy for competing in the global market includes understanding and catering to each customer’s unique needs and concerns. Sunshine Produce’s concerns required a unique testing protocol to simulate their processes. They will take clean, dry, pumpkin seeds and place them in a mixer with a measured quantity of water so that the husk of the seed will soften and swell. After 6 hours of conditioning the seeds will be conveyed from the mixer to the husk remover where the heart of the seed is captured for use as a food supplement or snack food. From experience they knew that many types of conveyors would abrade or break some of the fragile seed hearts. Consumers expect to receive unbroken hearts with the natural green skin intact. Any visible flaw significantly reduces their value.

Pumpkin Seed Challenge
Sunshine Produce challenged Cablevey to use their test protocol to prove that a Cablevey would be superior to what cheaper competitors offer. Cablevey has several of their own conveyors installed in their facility to demonstrate how well customers’ materials will convey. Sunshine shipped test sample seeds to Cablevey.

Actions Taken to Evaluate Conveying Pumpkin Seeds
Three Cablevey employees worked for 2 days examining each individual seed until 80 lbs. of perfect seeds had been sorted. When Mr. Liyuan Chen, Managing Director of Sunshine, arrived in Oskaloosa he was able clarify test details before witnessing the tests. Seeds were weighed, the quantity of water to add was calculated, and they were mixed by hand in plastic tubs. After soaking the seeds for 6 hours they were loaded into the conveyor. Mr. Chen observed that the seeds conveyed very well and afterward he took a small sample of the seeds to examine. He inspected them very closely and concluded that very, very few were damaged.

Benefits of Eating Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are an ingredient in many Mexican dishes and their oil is prized for cooking in middle Europe. In the US, roasted seeds are often used as a healthful, high protein, snack food.

100 grams (3.5 oz.) of pumpkin seeds provides 54% of the daily requirement for protein and 16% of the fiber.

It is one of the best sources of plant-based Omega-3 fats that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL). This promotes clear arteries to prevent heart attacks and strokes. They also contain phytoestrogens that increase good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce postmenopausal symptoms.

It provides 80% of a day’s needed zinc which promotes both the immune system and prostate health. It also gives 214% of the manganese, 155% of the magnesium, 168% of the phosphorus, and 62% of the iron needed each day.

The seeds are rich in B-complex including 6% – 30% each of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9 vitamins. They also contain 8% vitamin C, 4% E and 4% K.

Research studies suggest that the seeds may block the hormone DHEA to reduce the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers. Animal studies suggest that they improve insulin regulation and reduce oxidative stress to decrease diabetic complications including kidney failure.

One animal study found that the anti-inflammatory effects of pumpkin seed oil worked as well as the drug indomethacin in treating arthritis.

Cablevey Technology

Cable & Tubular Drag Conveyor Systems
Cablevey tubular drag conveyor systems are designed to move materials in a safe, clean and efficient manner. Our cable and tube conveyors are ideal for moving materials and mixes in a dust-free, contamination-free way. And they’re ideal for conveying delicate bulk materials through all phases of the production and packaging processes.

How It Works
Our cable and tube conveyor technology features the combination of conveyance tubes with cables and discs attached at set intervals. This design serves to gently handle materials from inlet to discharge by holding materials between the discs within an enclosed tube. Materials are not blown about or forced around sweeps. They’re carried without bumping, battering, stress or friction. Breakage is thereby kept to a minimum. For fragile materials safe handling means the difference between profitability and loss.

Proven Results
We have installed tubular drag conveyor systems in over 65 countries around the world to move nearly 1,000 different types of materials. Whether you’re a food processor, pharmaceutical company or industrial business, Cablevey Conveyors can provide you the right conveying system for your needs and plant configuration. Our tubular drag technology systems are highly customizable and offer flexible layouts.

Cablevey Cable Conveyors
Size Matters. Available in 2″-6″ Diameter Tube Sizes

Cablevey Conveyors
Cablevey Conveyors is a leading world-wide tubular drag conveyor manufacturer based in Oskaloosa, Iowa. For over 45 years, we’ve engineered, installed and maintained cable and tube conveyors in over 65 countries around the world.