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Industrial Baking Focus: Is Carryback a Problem on Your Belt Conveyor That You Choose to Accept?

Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time in industrial baking facilities and confection factories. The one thing I always notice is how GREAT the smells are. Think about it. What is better than the aroma of fresh baked bread or fresh baked cookies? And what about the scent of fresh chocolate being molded into our most delicious, favorite indulgences? Delicious!

While working with people who spend their complete workday in these amazing factories filled with mouthwatering scents, I often ask them if they enjoy the smell of the bakery/confectionery. The most common answer I receive is that they do not even notice the aromas much anymore. The wonderful smell is in the background, along with the hum of the conveyors.

Carryback: A simple problem we simply accept

Is this what carryback looks like at your facility?

Having this thought made me realize that there are likely many small things that people working in these environments no longer notice. They have just dealt with them and accepted them as seemingly minor annoyances.

Conveyor belt carryback issues caused by ineffective homemade or OE-made belt scrapers are a perfect example. Carryback causes a multitude of residual issues including conveyor belt tracking issues, clean up issues, conveyor sanitation issues, worker safety issues, and the list goes on. Yet almost every industrial baking facility we visit experiences this same issue. Moreover, most are utilizing the same ineffective solutions.  

A simple solution to solve your carryback problem 

A fully engineered, tested, and proven solution would save these companies several thousands of dollars per year. The great news is that they no longer need to fight the battle alone. Flexco has developed high-quality solutions for most belt scraping problems.  

The Flexco FGP Food Grade Precleaner and FGS Food Grade Secondary Cleaner are highly-engineered belt cleaning tools available to solve the problem of conveyor belt carryback, today!

Designed to be effective at removing troublesome carryback and easy to clean and maintain, the FGP and FGS belt cleaners from Flexco help solve an industrial baker’s carryback-related issues. And the effects of eliminating carryback also extends the belt and splice life while reducing clean up, allergen cleansing, and sanitation times, and also increasing the quality of the product produced.  

Several major global industrial baking companies agree with the effectiveness of the FGP and FGS belt cleaners from Flexco. Here are some examples:

FGP Cleaner in action.

A simple change to your belt conveyor can make all the difference

If you knew one change to your conveyor could generate the numbers we just ran through, you would jump at it. It might actually make you a hero during these tough times with tightened budgets and decreased work force to see a reduction in maintenance time for clean-up and blade adjustments.

So what will you do to get the ball rolling on increasing your productivity? Schedule a demo of the FGS Food Grade Secondary Cleaner today.

Authored By: Todd Stewart, Industry Manager

Stewart has been with Flexco for almost 30 years, working in various roles from customer service, to manufacturing, to training and new product development. As Industry Manager, Stewart thoroughly researches target industries, creating programs to support each industry and identifying customer issues, as well as potential product solutions. Stewart currently leads the development of the Parcel Handling Industry Program and is responsible for ensuring that Flexco is positioned to serve the needs of our global customers. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a B2B specialty from Davenport University.

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Published Date

December 17, 2020

Product Group

  • Belt Cleaning Systems


  • Food Processing
  • Industrial Baking


  • Carryback
  • Downtime
  • Maintenance
  • Sanitation