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Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

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SmartPace Conveyor

November 12, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. The conveyor uses HMI interface to control the spacing, speed and orientation of products.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

Powerhouse Enclosure Cooler

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

For enclosure cooling, this company has introduced a powerful new thermoelectric air conditioner. The AHP-690 Model features compact dimensions and 55 percent more cooling capacity than coolers of similar size. 

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

Automatic Film Splicer

November 7, 2014 2:36 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The product, an automatic web splicing system for printed sleeve films, will increase line efficiency in sleeved packaging operations by eliminating film roll change downtime. 

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Firmware For Meters, Controllers

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

Newly added Gas Select Composer permits finer control of changing gas mixtures for food packing. 

Digital Color Printing System

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

The 2600 Series upgrade brings several value added benefits to the Digital Color Printing System, including faster speeds and improved print resolution. 

TKO VertiCool Door

November 4, 2014 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TKO VertiCool door is designed to work in conjunction with vertical storing dock levelers. 

Ultra-High Shear Mixer

November 4, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Sample applications include beverage and flavor emulsions, nutritional supplements, fiber dispersions, sauces, dressings, condiments, creams, purees and confectionaries. 

Dust Collector

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

The MCF is built to handle heavy dust loads including abrasive materials, and comes in configurations to fit most industrial air quality applications.

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Sorting System

October 31, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

TOMRA Sorting Food's Genius 640 3-way optical belt sorter is suitable for sorting fresh cut produce, vegetables, nuts, fruit, seafood and potato products. 

Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a mixture of organic spices and botanicals that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and extend the life of quickly perishable produce, is featured in the week's segment of The Lempert Report Innovation Series.

Waste Heat Recovery System

October 30, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Helix uses well proven rotate screw technology, conventionally used in the production of compressed air, developed and patented for expansion. Using the twin rotary screw principle, Helix Expanders can use the pressure reduction step in steam distribution circuits to generate clean electricity.

PRODUCT VIDEO: L-Bar Sealer

October 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by Texwrap Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

Built to the same exacting standards as our high speed wrappers, these versatile units are capable of wrapping up to 50 pieces per minute when combined with the proper infeed. Applications include frozen pizzas, cakes and a wide variety of other baked items. 

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. 

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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