Having celebrated its 70th anniversary in June, Heat and Control has marked another milestone – the 25th anniversary of FastBack, the horizontal motion conveyor.
Tony Caridis, president for Heat and Control, commented: “I’m always searching for ways to improve our solutions for our customers, and the FastBack technology fit well into our Heat and Control family of brands. It has grown into a product line that is leading the way in conveying and product handling arena.”
Until the 1990s, vibratory conveyors were widely adopted by the industry. Blake Svejkovsky, general manager – product handling systems at Heat and Control, was working in the food industry, and recognised the need for a conveying solution gentle enough to avoid product breakage, segregation and loss of coatings. Together with his father, they created the FastBack horizontal motion conveyor in 1995, and looked to transform the conveying and product handling industry.
After overcoming issues pertaining to horizontal motion, FastBack quickly grew. Caridis saw an opportunity to enhance Heat and Control’s family of brands and move to the next level, and had FastBack to join the Heat and Control family. They then introduced horizontal motion technology to the food processing industry, and it continues to provide gentle, sanitary, and dependable distribution and seasoning solutions.
“I think there are two main contributors to FastBack’s success,” Svejkovsky pointed out. “The first is Heat and Control’s philosophy that ‘better-and-better beats better-and-best’, which means that as individuals and as a company, we’re never to consider our work being done or a solution as the best that we could possibly produce. So then, we’re always innovating, always looking to improve our service and products to keep our customers operating at the cutting edge of performance.
“I’d say that the second contributor to FastBack’s success is simply Heat and Control’s culture of listening to the customer. As with the genesis of the FastBack, Heat and Control develops solutions based on our customers’ feedback, whether it be improvements that we could make to our existing product line or something entirely new. So, the voice of the customer is at the heart of our ever growing and improving product line, and I’m always excited about what we’ll learn next.”
With more than 30 patents and over 20,000 units worldwide, FastBack technology will continue providing solutions that improve distribution efficiency throughout the entire plant.