NORTH CANTON, Ohio—Got Flour Power?
Timken Co. does, in the form of its new specialty belts designed for flour milling machines, known as the "Flour Power" roller mill belt.
The manufacturer of engineered bearings and power transmission products on June 1 launched the new belting line designed for automated flour milling machines.
"In the USA, flour mills run 24/7, producing hundreds of millions of bushels of flour each year," said Matt Steffens, an account manager for Timken's belts and chain businesses. "This presents an incredible opportunity for our USA-made Flour Power roller mill belt as a rugged and reliable aftermarket alternative engineered to withstand the abuse of this demanding environment."
Used in food processing to separate parts of grain and grind them into flour, roller belts rotate at varying speeds and in opposite directions. The grains are sheared as they pass through a gap by this counter-rotating mechanism, which requires a double-sided roller mill drive belt.
There are three different Flour Power belt designs available, the combination of which will serve the majority of the various milling machines used in the industry.
One configuration features high-torque synchronous teeth on one side and V-ribbed grooves on the other. Some machines use dual-sided synchronous belts, also offered by Timken.
Timken produces other products in power transmission applications in the food and beverage industry as well.