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8 applications of speed reducers in HORECA machinery

Speed reducers and gear motors play a major role in all sorts of machinery of the hotel & catering industry: industrial mixers, coffee grinding machines, cooling machines, etc. Proper design of their electrical actuators is critical for these HORECA machinery to achieve an optimal performance across different applications. Do you want to learn what role CLR’s actuators play in the HORECA sector?

CLR has extensive experience and a collection of success stories in the development of HORECA standard speed reducers. Furthermore, the company can develop custom-tailored solutions when standard speed reducers are not enough for the adequate performance of these machines. Often times, selection of a speed reducer implies following very specific selection criteria for each machine, criteria that should be complemented with quality controls during production and on-site operation testing.

Generally, the manufacturing process of machines for industrial kitchens should follow a number of regulations which require a thorough analysis in advance. In fact, some of these regulations may influence or limit the component selection. It is therefore interesting to choose suppliers that are highly experienced in this industry.

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On the other hand, it should be considered that the gear motor may have to work under harsh conditions, such as moisture, cold or high temperatures, which may affect its optimal performance.

As gear motor manufacturers, CLR faces each project with the goal of designing actuation mechanisms which offer the ideal motion and with a better knowledge of the regulations which govern each machine. 

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Industrial toaster ovens

The use of speed reducers in industrial toaster ovens of the HORECA sector provides solutions for operation of the conveyor in this type of machinery. They specifically allow adjusting the speed during operation to ensure a more uniform toast, without changing the temperature of the toaster.

The gearmotors in this type of toasters are capable of offering different speeds, or what is the same, they provide different roasting modes.

Also, its electric actuators detect when a product is placed on the conveyor to activate the unit; entering energy saving mode after a certain period of time.

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Industrial coffee grinders

Reducers are key in the better functioning of industrial coffee machines. Many of them need variable speed control and stage operation.

There are pre-crushing rollers and other parallels, with which different levels of control in the degree of grinding and pressing of coffee can be obtained.

Industrial juicers

Actuators to provide the rotational squeezing motion in cafeteria and HORECA machinery. This machinery requires great power and is also subjected to intensive use, which requires a robust and precise technology

Gear motors for this case should have quality components that can ensure an optimal motion throughout long periods of time without a decrease in performance.

The most updated technology in this case are masticating juicers, which grind fruit and vegetables, squeezing out the juice in the process. Unlike conventional juicers, masticating juicers can extract a greater amount of pulp from the fruit, generating less waste.

Speed reducers provide for the adequate operation of this machinery, adapting the motion speed to the needs of each squeeze.

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Industrial mixers

Depending on the process through which an emulsion, dry mix, or high-viscosity mix is to be achieved, there are many options to customise the operation of an industrial or home mixer.

There are double or triple-shaft mixers whose actuators can adjust the speed of the electric motor depending on whether solid or dry mixes are sought, which include foodstuffs such as sugar or flour, as well as homogenise and beat products such as mayonnaise or sauces.

Convection ovens

Convection ovens use a hot air circulation system driven by fans. This technology attains a more efficient operation for the oven, since heat is better distributed. Foods both on the lower and upper trays of the oven are cooked homogeneously

These fans, which are powered by electric actuators, may have different functions, such as changing the direction or speed of rotation. Speed reducers are an essential component in order to achieve the desired operation across the many temperature levels of the oven.

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Chicken rotisserie machine

Chicken rotisserie machines use a system that is similar to that of conveyor belt toaster ovens. The chicken spins very slowly to get cooked in front of a grill. Using this type of machine, meat is cooked more evenly.

Mixers for chocolate-making machines

This equipment prevents chocolate from standing still and having a layer form over it as it cools down. By keeping it continuously in motion, heat is transferred, which prevents it from getting burned.

CLR’s success stories in hotel & catering machinery

Soluble material dosage system

A Dutch multinational company dedicated to the development, provision and manufacturing of a wide range of beverage machines contacts CLR as an engineering partner to find a personalised solution for its machines. 

The standard speed reducer they were using was not yielding expected results. Specifically, they were looking for a higher quality standard that would not have supply issues and was available at a sensible price

CLR was able to cover all of the client’s needs, offering a speed reducer that improved on quality, design and price.  In this way, the company was able to design more competitive machines in the market and that offered better results to its customers.

Learn more about our success story of soluble industrial machines

Custom solution for controlling the density of crushed ice 

CLR’s team is currently at work to find a shaft-mounted reducer that offers the perfect movement in order to prevent ice chips from fully freezing, offering, in addition, the desired texture.

CLR’s engineering team has developed a custom speed reducer whose movement was perfect to avoid the complete freezing of slushies, also obtaining the desired texture.

In addition, the company needed to improve the control system to offer more efficient, reliable and quiet machines.

The CLR turnkey solution consisted of a gearmotor with customized features, which complied with safety and guarantees.

Learn more about our density control system for slush machines

Modular Cooking Machines

A company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of machinery for hotels, specializing in broilers of chicken, gas, electric and wood; faced a problem not being able to serve his orders on time, due to delays in deliveries.

The main challenge that arose in this project was to increase the resistance of the equipment to the high temperatures that came to be achieved for long periods of time.

CLR adapted one of its standard products to the particularity of this type of machinery, to ensure the life of the product for a series of hours, in an environment of high temperature. Finally, it offered a gearmotor with a temperature safety system that allows the system to be reset once the conditions that have activated it have passed.

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Industrial Juicers

A leading company in the design and manufacture of products for the hospitality equipment and catering sector in general, contacted CLR to find a way to optimize the operation of its equipment.

The company needed a solution for juice juicers, which were small and had a reduced cost. Another problem faced by this appliance was the difficulty of moving from alternating current to direct current.

The result was a customized solution that met the specifications and needs. All this with reduced manufacturing and delivery times and of the best quality.

Learn more about our success story of speed reducers for industrial juicers

Do you seek custom actuators for your projects of the HORECA machinery sector? At CLR, we can be your quality suppliers. If you have a design or operation problem with your machine for the hotel & catering industry, we can help you. Tell us about your goals, no strings attached.

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