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Case Study: Fast Food Made Even Faster by High-Speed Doors

April 24, 2015 8:20 am | by Michael Watkins, Vice-President – Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

Door speed and reliability ensure that every doorway is ready to handle high volume, 24/7 traffic for major food distributor.

180° Rotation Lift & Seal Hydraulic Drum Dumper

April 9, 2015 7:45 am | by Material Transfer and Storage | Product Releases | Comments

System safely inverts drums, then empties the materials into an existing process. MTS hydraulic...

Bulk Material Blending System

March 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This fully automated, self-contained, bulk material mixing system blends a combination of five,...

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 16, 2015 10:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and...

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RPA Issues Best Practices to Strengthen Safety of Reusable Plastics in Food Supply Chains

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Reusable Packaging Association | News | Comments

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has issued comprehensive and science-based protocols to help ensure the continued safe use of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh and perishable products in the supply chain. The guidelines encompass the washing, handling, storing, packing, displaying, and collecting of RPCs in the supply chain.

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling in 2015

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

Case Study: Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Drive-in rack system helps Coloma Frozen Foods expand, cut costs and improve safety.

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5 Ways High-Speed Doors Pay Off For Food Quality, Energy Savings

February 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Michael Watkins, VP Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.

5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

January 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

Bulk Bag Unloader

January 30, 2015 1:25 pm | by Volkmann, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

This Bulk Bag Unloading Station (BBU) optimizes dust-free material flow from the bag to the vacuum conveyor and downstream processes without any contamination of the material or work environment.

Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

5 Food Processing Industry Trends for 2015

January 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Todd Allsup, VP, Food & Beverage Facility Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Each new year carries a fresh set of trends, opportunities and challenges. To celebrate the start of 2015, Todd Allsup of Stellar has forecasted five trends he expects to drive food manufacturing in the months ahead.     

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Bulk Bag Discharger

December 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This unit features the exclusive Flo-Master bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow. The product includes a round bag spout access chamber with "gull wing" doors for easy operator access.

Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

Bulk Bag Material Conditioner

November 20, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Discharging bulk bags containing material that has solidified, hardened, or agglomerated can cause serious operational bottlenecks. Conditioning and emptying bulk bags can be dangerous if the proper equipment is not utilized. 

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall | News | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.

Weight Belt Feeders

October 29, 2014 7:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Weigh Belt Feeder is a relatively simple, extremely reliable gravimetric feeder providing high feeding precision and efficient process monitoring. 

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

Bulk Bag Discharger

September 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag discharging system is designed for discharging whole grain organic flour.

Cookie Dough Depositor

August 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Cookie dough depositing systems produce everything from individual, preformed cookie dough portions to tubs of bulk dough. The depositor features a powerful, positive displacement double-screw pump that provides the highest levels of portioning accuracy. 

When it Comes to How Pizza Looks, Cheese Matters!

August 27, 2014 8:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A study published by the Institute of Food Technologists evaluated the pizza baking performance of different cheeses in conjunction with a new quantifiable evaluation technique to see how their composition and functional differences affected browning and blistering.

Circular Vibratory Screener

August 13, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Round Vibratory Screener is suitable for scalping of bulk food products such as sugar, salt, flour or starch.

How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms | Articles | Comments

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

ON-Delay Industrial Timer

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ON-delay DIN rail mount industrial timer is designed to provide high-accuracy timing control within OEM and industrial applications.

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