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Mettler-Toledo ICS226 Compact Checkweigher

May 16, 2014 4:40 pm | by Mettler-Toledo | Videos | Comments

When your process requires you to checkweigh or portion food or other products, your scales have to be precise, fast, ergonomically designed and easy to use. The ICS226 Compact Checkweigher by Mettler Toledo is designed for efficient out-of-the-box simple weighing applications, and optimized for easy and fast checkweighing.

Pin/Centrifugal Impact Mill

May 16, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

This 24-inch (610 mm) diameter Pin Mill model CIM-24-MS grinds, sizes, de-agglomerates and homogenizes friable or other materials into controlled particle sizes, from coarse to fine (400 mesh). Product is equipped with a stationary outer disc and a rotating inner disc, both of which are precision-machined and studded with impactor pins.

Vertical Blenders

May 16, 2014 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s vertical blenders feature a conical vessel and a slow-turning screw that can thoroughly agitate a wide variety of materials including powders, granules, pellets, slurries and pastes. The screw turns on its own axis while being rotated around the vessel by an orbital arm.

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Rotary Tables for Accumulation and Unscrambling

May 16, 2014 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

One of the earliest designs for accumulation or unscrambling is the rotary table. Both configurations can handle multiple container sizes and materials. The rotary design is flexible and effective. Typical diameters are 30", 36", 42” and 48”.

Asynchronous Deposited Bag Conveyor

May 15, 2014 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

This 2:1 mild steel constructed conveyor system merges over 100 products per minute from two lines into a single line (doubling the product/minute production rate) to feed an automated case packing machine. Individual baggers deposit on both lines at predetermined speeds providing minimum gaps between product in order to complete the vertical merge.

Supercritical Fluid Extractor

May 15, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Model SFT-110XW has a restrictor valve with integrated micrometer allows for very precise flow control, which is essential for demanding applications. A completely removable oven lid and large side panel allow the user easy access to the high pressure vessel(s).

Oven Chain Lubricant

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's formulated Ovenworx™ H1 Syn Chain Lubricant (4061) combats the demanding conditions present with oven chain applications, including those at food manufacturing plants.

Acetal Wear and Friction Compounds

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s APWA Plus™ compounds utilize a proprietary polymeric alloy to improve wear and friction resistance, resulting in moving and sliding parts with longer lifecycles and reduced maintenance costs

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Nano-Ceramic Grease

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

DayLube high-performance nano-ceramic, food-grade grease extends the service life of lift truck wheel bearings for frozen food processing and handling facilities. Previously, maintenance personnel greased wheel bearings weekly, but still experienced significant failures within 7 days.

Lidding Film

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

LumiLid® brand of FDA-compliant, dual-ovenable polyester lidding films has been enhanced. All LumiLid films are now FDA-compliant for use with oven temperatures of up to 400°F for 30 minutes.

Butter Unwrapping Machine

May 7, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Butter Unwraper is designed for butter bulks entering a processing line, but can also be utilized for other heavy-package products. Once de-boxed, the new SPX Butter Unwrapper machine takes away the manual lifting associated with removing the plastic covering around the large blocks of butter.

Vibratory Conveyor

May 7, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

roflo® VM 3 high throw vibratory conveyor conveys fresh produce and sticky confectionary that often suffer from clumping and tend to stick to regular vibratory conveyors, which can slow or stop product distribution.

Infographic: My Boss is Going to Get Someone Killed!

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Product Design & Development asked engineers about their day-to-day woes and delved deep into the psyche of its readers. This infograph categorizes the most pertinent concerns of engineers and displays them to symbolize their weight and realm of concern.

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Coupling

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quick Clamp No-Ledge coupling delivers a machined tolerance joint, unlike a compression coupling, which can have frequent pipe misalignment during installation. This ensures proper alignment and creates a ledge-free interior environment on connection points.

Evaporative Cooling Retort

May 5, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Retort for evaporative cooling of large batches of raw product eliminate transportation and refrigeration expenses of traditional cooling. Ideal for foods like potatoes, soups, sauces, fruits, chickpeas, vegetables, and some meat products.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

Count on Accuracy: Selecting the Right Scale for the Job

May 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Simone Zimmerman, Market Manager, METTLER TOLEDO Industrial | Articles | Comments

When it comes to counting scales, a common misconception is that high internal resolution directly impacts accuracy. Some manufacturers say their counting scale achieves up to 1 million internal resolutions or more. The fact is that internal resolution is unrelated to achievable counting accuracy.

Pump Grinding System

May 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The VersaGrind® Pump Grinding System increases productivity and enhances product quality.

Mixers with HMI and SCADA Packages

May 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's mixers now are offered with HMI and SCADA Packages for data entry and recipe selection from a color touchscreen.

IP68-Rated Cables

May 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo-Trex® 500-Plus 12 AWG Cord Sets are designed with a tear-resistant silicone jacket and fully-bonded silicone head providing an IP68-Rated seal against moisture.

Food Former

April 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The 720 Food Former easily adapts to changing production requirements with some simple tooling changes.

Data Management Software

April 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

ProdX is an advanced connectivity software program that allows centralized monitoring, control and data documentation for a company's checkweighers, metal detectors and X-ray systems, whether operating in one location or multiple facilities.

Optical Sorter for MOG Removal

April 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

VitiSort™ is an optical sorter for removing MOG from red wine grapes. The two-stage system combines a mechanical MOG removal shaker and optical sorting with an integral juice recovery system.

Pick-and-Place Direct-Drive Component

April 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The HP70 Pick-and-Place direct-drive component is thinner (60mm wide) than any linear motor or pneumatic module currently available.

Sodium Analyzer

April 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Sodium Analyzer specifically measures the concentration of sodium to provide simple, fast and accurate results so laboratories and manufacturers can improve the taste of products and comply with recognized standards.

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