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Side Seal System

January 2, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Versa Seal requires no air and has very few moving parts for ease of operation and minimal maintenance.  There is no need for the operator to adjust temperature with speed changes. 

W.O.W. Bucket Conveyor

December 23, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ultra-sanitary and tool-less W.O.W. Conveyor with a Bucket Uplift version gives food manufacturers another option.

C3572 Checkweigher

December 19, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new C3572 checkweigher features production monitoring and control features to help optimize the checkweighing process and increase production efficiencies. Higher production rates, better accuracy, and less downtime improve overall system performance and lead to increased OEE.

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Reading Bakery Systems Expands Oven Manufacturing Facility

December 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Reading Bakery Systems | News | Comments

The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will double the existing Oven Works manufacturing facility to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will also include a 480 square foot, environmentally controlled paint booth.

High-Efficiency Air Dryers

December 18, 2014 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Removing moisture and particles from compressed air is critical for manufacturing food products and other processes requiring clean, dry air. A new range of desiccant dryers, Hydra-D, outperforms traditional dryers by using pressure swing adsorption to increase dryer efficiency and simplify operation.

CM3530 CombiChecker

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CM3530 CombiChecker provides both accurate checkweighing and metal detection at speeds of up to 400 packages per minute. It features a compact footprint to fit virtually anywhere in the packaging line.

Aseptic Pouch Form-Fill-Seal Machine

December 16, 2014 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering product-specific filling systems with high filling accuracy, the SAS 20/30 FFS Machine can produce stick packs from 60-225mm in length, 26-80mm wide and at volumes of up to 250ml. It can produce as many as 24,000 stick packs per hour.

Tank Washing Nozzle

December 16, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The smaller-sized tank washing nozzles are designed to fit through openings as small as 2 inches, while maintaining a slow and controlled rotation speed.

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

Meat Packing Software

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy, or SIMBA, is designed to provide food, meat and poultry processors the ability to process, label and track their products from receiving to shipping. 

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.

5 Ways to Reduce Preventive Maintenance Costs in Food Processing Plants

December 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Steve Hawkins, VP, Stellar Refrigeration Services | Articles | Comments

While equipment upkeep and parts replacements are necessary, there are ways you can reduce your preventive maintenance costs without decreasing your food processing facility’s operational efficiencies.             

Vehicle Restraint

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

This exclusive, new restraint uses a patented "shadow hook" design to secure traditional trailers, as well as intermodal container chassis and trailers with rear-impact guard obstructions.

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Powder Injection Mixer With Hopper

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

Typical solids dispersed using the SLIM include CMC, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, alginates, pectin, calcium carbonate, starch, carbomers, sugar, salts, dye powders and other additives or fillers. 

Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Labor Department has proposed fining the MInnesota-based company $30,900 for violations found after the June 19 death.

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.        

Continuous Ink Jet Printer

December 9, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Building on the heritage of the i-Tech range, this highly resilient printer is designed for challenging production environments and comes wrapped in an IP55 marine grade stainless steel cabinet, with IP66 sealed electronics enclosure. 

Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System

December 9, 2014 7:45 am | Eastern Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System is a gravimetric meter used to dynamically measure the bulk density of flowable solids while in process. 

Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

70' Long Shuttle Conveyor

December 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel constructed plastic belt conveyor is designed for accumulating flat or low-in-height products. This particular product was designed for raw foods but the concept can be used for many applications. 

CentriFlow Meter: Gravimetric Solids Flow Meter

December 5, 2014 7:45 am | Eastern Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The mass flow metering device is for measuring almost any dry solid and is perfect for applications involving weighing, mixing, blending, batching and ratio-control. 

VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive | News | Comments

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

Low Maintenance Cooling Simplified

December 4, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's new Pivot Clean design allows the end user easier access to the external heat sink fins for cleaning. Across industries, thermoelectric coolers are a low maintenance choice for remote and hard to access areas.

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 3

December 3, 2014 12:10 pm | by Arlan Purdy, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation | Articles | Comments

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

Compressed Air Filters

December 3, 2014 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

These filters remove 99.9999+% 0.01 microns of oil, water, rust, bacteria, and other viable organisms from compressed air and other gases that can affect the taste, appearance, and shelf life of food product.

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