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Motorized Pulleys for food processing and unit handling applications

Rulmeca offers a complete range of Motorized Pulleys for various food processing and unit handling applications. Our state-of-the-art Motorized Pulleys are used in applications such as package sorting, security scanning equipment, bakeries, meat, fruit, and vegetables processing.  Since we supply conveyor drives, customers ask us,

  • “How do I calculate required belt pull and power to move packages on my horizontal conveyors?”  To watch our tutorial answering that question Click here. 
  • “How do I calculate required belt pull and power to move packages on my inclined conveyor?”  To watch our tutorial answering that question Click here.

Our stainless-steel food grade Motorized Pulleys adhere to the IP69 DIN 60529 sealing standard for high pressure wash-down environments. This sealing system is standard on all stainless steel food/unit Rulmeca Motorized Pulleys and allows for thorough cleaning without risking damage or compromising on cleaning practices.

  • Another important question we hear is, “Why does my conveyor motor keep burning up?”  For suggestions on how to address that problem, Click here.

Rulmeca Motorized Pulleys also adhere to NSF/ANSI 3-A 14159-1 -2014 Hygiene Requirements for meat and poultry conveyors on Motorized Pulleys from 80mm to 165mm diameter.

Rulmeca also has the capability to match most belt profiles by offering custom shells with knurled faces, section groves, various rubber lagging, acetal sleeves, keyed sprockets, or shells machined for positive drive profiles.

Rulmeca’s attention to quality, hygienic designs, and customizable shell designs make our Motorized Pulleys perfect for your next conveyor project. Click here to view product resources and catalogs.

“Food conveyor drive systems are subjected to some of the harshest operating conditions imaginable. While maintaining a hygienic exterior surface, these drives must endure frequent high pressure, high temperature wash downs. That’s why Rulmeca’s hermetically sealed, internally powered, drum motors are the drive system of choice for conveyor operators and designers worldwide. We offer our customers The Rulmeca Advantage, but what does that mean to food processors? Enclosing the drive motor and all mechanical parts within the pulley shell keeps these items out of harm’s way. However, maintaining an effective hermetic seal long-term can be a challenge in food processing, especially at the interface between the stationary pulley shaft and the rotating end housing. Recognizing the need to specify a seal’s ability to withstand high pressure wash down, the international electro technical commission introduced the classification IP69.

To pass the IP69 test, a seal must be able to resist infiltration while subjected to four 30-second tests with a water spray at 1500 PSI, at a temperature of 180°F, at a rate of four gallons per minute, at a distance of 4” to 6” at four different angles. Rulmeca engineers developed, tested, and refined the seal system shown here.

Generally used with stainless steel drum motors intended for food processing applications, the Viton double lip seal, the PTFE fluoropolymer deflection seal, and the roller-burnished shaft are the secrets to success. Preventing water infiltration under these conditions guarantees that the Rulmeca drum motor, with our IP69 sealing option, will yield a long, reliable service life, even in harsh food processing operating conditions. Our drum motors have been known for their reliability for more than 60 years. Reliability is a big part of The Rulmeca Advantage. Contact us and allow us to put The Rulmeca Advantage to work for you.”

Food Processing & Unit Handling FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

For our food processing and unit handling Motorized Pulleys, the seals are recommended to be changed after 30,000 hours of service and the synthetic or FDA synthetic oil is recommended to be changed once every 50,000 hours of operation.

Rulmeca has set up a network of over 50 authorized service centers across North America. Please click here to find the closest service center to you.

Two years from ship date. Please contact us for our full terms and conditions.

Lead time varies based on the requirements. For our standard offering with parts in stock, we can ship in a few days.

The Motorized Pulley speed is set from the factory based on specifications. However, with a VFD the speed can be adjusted within a recommended frequency range.

Yes. Our Stainless Steel unit and food Motorized Pulleys, diameter 80mm to 165mm, come standard with an IP69 rated seal for high pressure wash-down applications. Also, the ambient operating temperatures range is -13°F to 104°F (-25°C to 40°C).

Yes. We can provide a variety of solutions to accommodate almost any belt profile. If we know the belt profile, we can offer lagging, acetal sleeves, keyed sprockets, and shells with a machined profile. Click here to view some of the custom shells we have done in the past.

Please send us an inquiry at or give us a call at 910-794-9294.