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Internal Gear Pumps

October 29, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Pumps have been used for more than 100 years on low-hazard foods like chocolate, confectionery, oils and sweeteners, and are now available in truly hygienic models suitable for dairy, egg, meat and processed foods.

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. 

Hygienic Rotary Valve

October 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Company's ZRD Hygienic Rotary Valve is specially designed for sanitary, pharmaceutical, food and chemical applications where contamination is a constant concern, and frequent disassembly and cleaning is required. 

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Three-Compartment Containers

October 28, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The containers are perfect for pre-packaged salads with the protein and toppings in their own sections. This new package keeps the food looking fresh and appealing while segreating flavors until your customer is ready to eat.

Center Drive Conveyors

October 27, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Company now offers Center Drives for their line of modular conveyor systems. The Center Drive option allows customers greater flexibility for conveyor layouts and conveyor function. 

Metal Detector Conveyor

October 27, 2014 7:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

DynaClean food processing conveyors expands its line with Eriez Xtreme Metal Detector option. The metal detector includes enhanced features, greater sensitivity, intuitive operation and exceptional reliability.   

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.

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date For Efficiency

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive.    

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Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Brittingham | Articles | Comments

Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.    

Brazilian Companies Raise Chiquita Offer

October 23, 2014 2:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.     

Detection Laser Scanner

October 23, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Potential applications include detecting protrusions or obstacles over large area, collision avoidance on overhead monorails, detecting small overhangs such as damaged pallets, monitoring entryways and exits, controlling the height of pallets on palletizers, and verifying empty, full, or overfilled cartons on conveyors.

Fill Tube With Fume Eliminator

October 22, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The new simultaneous Fill Tube assembly incorporates a one piece closed system fill tube design with a built in vent chamber that controls filling and eliminates fumes.

A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

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Hydropneumatic Tank

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

This 5,000-gallon carbon steel tank is designed, fabricated and stamped for 100 psig in accordance with ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 latest edition. 

Bulk Bag Filler With Densification

October 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

High output filling system features a Power-Lift system for powered fill head height adjustment and an easy-load rotary bag hanger system. 

Palletizer

October 16, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 72A palletizer is a top performing palletizer with features for ultra-smooth case transit, perfect load positioning, and rapid product changeover. 

Case Sealer

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

This case sealer's stainless steel frame is welded and bolted for strength, and the upper operating mechanisms are secured to the frame by a solid rack and gear system. 

Bulk Bag Discharger

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

Low headroom bulk bag discharger is designed for discharging pet food product. 

Partition Inserter

October 14, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 70 partition inserter automatically opens and inserts multi-celled lightweight chipboard partitions into RSC, HSC or Tablock cases utilizing efficient servo technology that ensures positive, high speed reliability.

Depalletizer

October 13, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Packagers seeking improved technology in depalletizing will find advances for maximizing their packaging productivity with the Model 108 depalletizer. The depalletizer runs plastic, glass, metal and composite containers interchangeably.

Compactor

October 13, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The industrial trash compactors are ideal for handling packaging materials, wooden skids, crates and process scraps in warehouses, transfer stations and large retail outlets, as well as heavy industrial and institutional uses. 

October 2014: Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.  

Spiral Conveyor

October 10, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The new Helix Spiral Conveyor provides a compact solution to gently elevate or lower a variety of products in a production line.    

High-Speed Camera

October 9, 2014 7:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The rising demands of industrial image processing for automization and quality assurance increasingly requires cameras with the highest possible resolution, very high frame rates and global shutter technology.

VKD Software

October 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

VKD Software reduces batch feeding errors by up to 50 percent. The process is known as bumping and it follows the philosophy of running a dry material feeder at full speed, stopping it prior to the batch set point and controlling the helix motor.

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