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High Efficiency Gearboxes Optimized for Food and Beverage Applications

September 26, 2013 8:13 am | by Mike Mitchell, Business Development Manager, STOBER Drives, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Gearboxes are high wear items, transforming power from electric motors (high speed, low torque) to the requirements of the load application (lower speed and higher torque). There is a general assumption in power transmission: “Speed is cheap, torque is expensive.”

Scalable Servo Drive Solutions

September 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

With the recent additions of the AKD® PDMM and AKD® BASIC to its servo drive family, Company offers a complete suite of high-performance and scalable motion solutions that enable OEMs to simplify the design, reduce the size and improve the performance on nearly any machine.

Batter Applicator and Multi-Zone Fryer

September 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The batter applicator and multi-zone fryer system can process more than 35,000 finished lbs/hr (16,000 kg/hr) of batter-coated french fries.

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Temperature/Process Meters with Alarm Outputs

September 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The user-friendly Dpi-AL series is a simple-to-configure meter with alarms. The series offers flexibility in process measurement and alarm applications.

IP65 Rated Step Motors

September 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

NEMA size 23, 24 and 34 stepper motors with IP65 ratings are designed for operation in severe environmental conditions.

Super White Washdown Duty Motor

September 23, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Super White Washdown Duty motor is designed for humid and moist environments in the food and beverage industry where motors receive sanitary washdowns on a regular basis.

Waterjet Cutting Machines

September 23, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The MAXIEM 1530 JetCutting® Center cost-effectively cuts high-quality parts from most materials, including metal, plastic, ceramic, stone and composites within a 10' 2" x 5' 2" X-Y cutting travel area.

The Future Of Energy-Efficient Compressor Technology

September 20, 2013 11:17 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

IMPO magazine talked to John Senay, Product Marketing Manager with Atlas Copco Compressors about the latest in energy-efficient compressor technology, NEMA Premium Efficiency requirements and the future of energy efficiency in manufacturing plants.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Non-Contact Product Distribution, Booth C-1900

September 20, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Transver SDP product distribution system features a modular depositing pullnose station designed for fully automated format changeovers and simple adjustment to product-specific characteristics.

Grease-less Bearings

September 19, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Solution® line of severe service bearings now includes Type E bearings. These units have high load capacity and the same dimensional footprint of industry-standard Type E tapered roller bearings.

Centrifuge System with Refrigeration

September 19, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Sorvall RC BIOS centrifuge system is designed for high-speed, high-volume batch bioprocessing applications.

Chipotle Knocks Food Industry in New Ad

September 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Chipotle | Videos | Comments

In a new web advertisement for restaurant chain Chipotle, the company takes aim at industrial food processing techniques. The ad, which is already garnering critical acclaim, presents a dystopian world in which all food production is controlled by "Crow Foods," while a scarecrow protagonist works to thwart the company.

Shorter Breading Applicator

September 18, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has reduced the length of its latest breading applicator without reducing performance.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Dairy Industry Looks to Optimize Production

September 17, 2013 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Globally, milk production is expected to reach 827 million tons in 2020 —19 percent over 2010 — and dairy product sales are expected to reach $494 billion in 2015. The need for efficiency has been driving that growth, according to a new study.

Digital Pressure Gauge

September 17, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The DPG8001 series of all stainless steel, general purpose digital pressure gauges features a 5 digit LCD display with large digits.

Preventing Glass Contamination in Food Processing

September 16, 2013 9:15 am | by Erin Noonan, Marketing Communications Manager, Shat-R-Shield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A number of recent news stories have focused on glass contamination in leading global food processing facilities. Entities such as OSHA and the FDA have strict mandates requiring facilities to provide protective coverings for exposed glass within food processing areas.

DC Motor

September 16, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The BI-05 Series slotless brushless DC motor is designed for maximum precision and performance.

PACK EXPO Coverage: Slewing Ring Bearings, Booth S-5552

September 16, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

iglide® PRT slewing rings use self-lubricating, low-friction sliding elements in place of ball bearings.

Lease vs Buy: Making Key Equipment Acquisitions Decisions

September 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Paul Frisch, Senior Vice President, Business Head, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, Direct Markets | Articles | Comments

Over the past several years, the economic recovery has presented a multitude of challenges for businesses across the U.S. These challenges have been significant for those in the food and agribusiness sector. Crop, feed and fuel price volatility has impacted margins and has been difficult to hedge and manage.

High Velocity Freezer

September 13, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The High Velocity Freezer (HVF-Freezer) is an improved freezer concept based on existing impingement freezer technology.

Exploring Precision Agriculture

September 12, 2013 9:32 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

We take a look at new innovations in precision agriculture equipment, which is helping producers optimize yield to feed a growing population. Recent advances have seen equipment with driverless steering and more robust data collection systems.

Brainstorm: Filtration (Part III)

September 12, 2013 9:26 am | by Michael Guelker, Product Manager of Actuators, Air Supply and Accessories, Festo Corporation | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What safety factors should food manufacturers consider when implementing filtration systems in their facilities?

PACK EXPO Coverage: X-Ray Inspection System, Booth 615

September 12, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Eagle™ Pack 430 system utilizes the advanced dual energy technology 'Material Discrimination X-Ray' (MDX), allowing food manufacturers to detect and remove contaminants in mid-sized, packed products with complex density levels such as pre-packed salads, snack items and frozen vegetables.

Deep Groove Ball Bearings

September 12, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

MRC® brand HNCR deep groove ball bearings offer corrosion resistance to withstand harsh operating conditions encountered in a variety of food and beverage processing applications.

PACK EXPO Coverage: Classroom Sessions Teach Innovative Technologies

September 11, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Attendees at PACK EXPO 2013 can learn firsthand about innovative technologies to improve production processes — such as line integration, cloud computing and mobility on the plant floor — in classroom sessions in Las Vegas, September 23 to 25.

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