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Sanitary Bulk Bag Filler With Metal Detection

November 26, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel, sanitary Bulk Bag Filler is equipped with an integral metal detector/separator that detects metal in the free-fall stream of material entering the filler, and then ejects it through a chute that discharges into a removable drum at the rear of the unit. 

Finding Hygienic Designs that Work for Equipment Starts With One Voice

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.” The guidance document establishes a framework, including risk assessment, to determine equipment design for wet- and dry-clean environments. 

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 2

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the second installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Handheld Readers For Traceability

November 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The DataMan 8600 Series of handheld direct part mark (DPM) barcode readers provide unparalleled barcode reading performance for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs.   

Digital Label Printing Press

November 24, 2014 8:03 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The CDT 3600 Series is the newest digital print system to join the Production class family. The printer is a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet technology. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: Flexible Chain Conveyor

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Customers in the packaging and food industries know it's smart to have their equipment be flexible. The new 2200 SmartFlex is the newest flexible chain conveyor platform that provides maximum flexibility.

Wrap-Around Case Packer

November 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SetLine Wrap-around Packer is a multi-functional, versatile end-of-line packaging system that enables a wide variety of packaging solutions for a variety of products. 

Compatible Bore Sizes

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

These gearmotors are compact in size, energy efficient and sealed for life. Additionally, each model comes with a long-lasting protective paint coating whose electrostatic application assures a consistently tough, chemically-resistant coating designed to withstand especially harsh production environments. 

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Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

Vacuum Conveyor

November 20, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor really does suck... and that's a good thing! The company's 2200 Series Vacuum Conveyor is perfect for securing parts in transit on an incline conveyor or for critical applications such as inspection, assembly and accurate feeding.

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. 

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Supercritical Fluid Extractor

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

Supercritical Fluid Extractor is designed to perform a variety of extractions in supercritical fluid and is engineered to meet the day-to-day rigors of the research lab. Additionally, the system may be used for small scale pilot processing. 

Rotary Encoders

November 17, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Magnetic absolute rotary encoders are next-generation encoders that combine precision and high-speed resolution in a compact design.

Voice Command/Audible Alarm Systems

November 14, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Alert is an audible alarms system used for commercial, manufacturing and industrial settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation. 

PACK EXPO 2014 Attendance Tops 2012 By 6.5 Percent

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, the show owner and producer PMMI anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012. 

Air Filter Cartridge

November 13, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This air filter cartridge allows operators to realize substantial cost savings in their total plant ownership by reducing power consumption, enhancing efficiency and doubling the time between change-outs. 

Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

SmartPace Conveyor

November 12, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. The conveyor uses HMI interface to control the spacing, speed and orientation of products.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

Powerhouse Enclosure Cooler

November 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

For enclosure cooling, this company has introduced a powerful new thermoelectric air conditioner. The AHP-690 Model features compact dimensions and 55 percent more cooling capacity than coolers of similar size. 

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

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