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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.

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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.

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. 

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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. 

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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.

Bulk Bag Filler

October 8, 2014 7:35 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.

Double Planetary Mixer

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

Double Planeteary Mixers are ideal for processing a wide range of applications including viscous pastes, dough-like recipes, powder blends and granulations. 

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.           

Fume Hood

October 6, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SE AireStream Fume Hood is a high performance fume hood that maximizes user protection and energy savings. Product is constructed entirely of chemical resistant, flame retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials.

Improve Loading Dock Safety: 6 Key Tips

October 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

You do not want to lose production time due to an inefficient loading dock. You also cannot sacrifice safety for speed. Follow these loading dock safety tips to keep your dock safe and your products moving efficiently.        

Manufacturing Day Gains Momentum Across the US

October 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

As part of the third-annual Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country are opening their doors and displaying the exciting, technology-driven operations that make manufacturing among the most rewarding career options available.

Bulk Bag Discharger

October 3, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Patented system designed for discharging dehydrated vegetables. Unit features the exclusive Flo-Master bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow. 

Food-Grade Spray Lubricant

October 2, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

 Non-Toxic Food Grade Spray Lubricant is ideal for bearings, slide ways, conveyors, cams, hinges and other locations that see repeated use.

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