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Dual-Shaft Mixers

August 11, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dual-Shaft Mixers enable efficient powder dispersion and convenient batch temperature control in the manufacture of low to high viscosity formulations.

Labeling System

August 8, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New labeler achieves label orientation on handled containers with offset spouts up to one gallon in size. Ideal for vinegar and other foods, the servo-driven labeler offers high speed wrap-around labeling with high operating efficiencies.

Magnetic Separator

August 8, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The spherical pipeline magnetic separator is used for powder processing. The product houses a high-intensity magnetic element with flux strengths ranging from 10,000 gauss to over 12,000 gauss in larger models.

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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle SA, maker of the Haagen-Dazs brand, experienced decreased sales in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss Franc weighed on the bottom line. A stronger franc shrinks earnings in dollars and other currencies when those earnings are restated in francs.

PRODUCT VIDEO: Vibratory Conveyor

August 7, 2014 7:45 am | by KeyTechWW | Product Releases | Comments

Iso-Flo is a versatile family of natural frequency vibratory conveyors with frame-mounted mechanical drives that operate with high amplitude, low frequency movement. 

Form, Fill, Seal Machine

August 7, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Phaser XP offers a number of machine options including a package support with eject, ultra-low profile frame design, fiber optic print registration, polyethylene film seal jaws, hole punch, tear notch, flavor injection, pre-zippered reclosable and package solutions.

Linear Scale

August 6, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

This heavy duty scale system weighs free-flowing and semi-free flowing products including sugar, salt, ground meal, seeds, grains, rice and more.

Palletizing Machine

August 6, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The fully automated bag palletizing machines are primarily used for handling bags in the food and pet food industries. Machine stacks bags that are made of various materials and filled with a wide range of dry bulk products to form compact bag stacks.

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Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

Reusing Water in Food, Beverage Facilities

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Nate Maguire, Business Unit Director, Xylem | Articles | Comments

Water reuse, including reclaimed and recycled water, is one method food and beverage facilities can employ to alleviate business risk, enhance sustainability practices and safeguard water quality standards by decreasing the plant’s dependency on external water sources.

Circle Flexibag Si-500

August 5, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Circle Flexibag Si-500 is designed to package thin to viscous liquids, pastes, powders or granulated products. Speeds up to 1400 packages per minute can be achieved depending on package size and packaging material to be used.

Transfer Modules

August 5, 2014 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Transfer modules can be powered independently to provide precise speed control. Product replaces fixed deadplates by providing smooth product transitions between conveyors and other equipment.

PRODUCT VIDEO: Alpine Conveyor

August 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Multi-Conveyor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpine-style systems use elevation changes to send product inclining in a small footprint area. You'll typically find accumulators in food, dairy and beverage packaging applications that require mass-flow production.

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Dairy Energy From Acid Whey

August 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lauren Toretta, President, CH4 Biogas | Articles | Comments

The need for environmentally sound disposal solutions for acid whey has created mutually beneficial opportunities for the dairy industry, yogurt producers and manufacturers of biodigesters. With tax credit from the government, these industries can reap all the benefits.

Horizontal Flow Wrapper

August 4, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The wrapper produces packages for a wide range of applications such as bakery, confectionery, frozen foods, snack bars, school lunches and sandwiches.

VIDEO: Colbert Pokes Fun of Vessyl Digital Cup

August 1, 2014 8:45 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the invention of a digital cup, Vessyl, that tracks and identifies all beverages. This cup can not only tell you what's inside, but it can also stand upright on a table. Can your cup do that?

PRODUCT VIDEO: Syrup Sprayer

August 1, 2014 8:40 am | by Unifiller | Product Releases | Comments

Syrup Sprayer automatically sprays portion controlled liquid products on to cake layers by the use of a product sensor and single shot timer. 

Packaging for Convenience: On-the-Go's the Way to Go

July 31, 2014 9:06 am | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

Whether they want portion control, quick-step cooking or easy handling, consumers are increasingly seeking out food and beverages that cater to their on-the-go lifestyles. For brand owners, that means investing in the equipment and materials that enable new package formats. 

Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

PRODUCT VIDEO: Pie Pusher Conveyor

July 30, 2014 7:50 am | by Dorner Conveyors | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers developed a pusher conveyor that accepts pies from a line on one end. After four pies enter the pusher, they are moved onto the infeed of the oven in a row four across for a total of eight pies across the conveyor — maximizing the oven's capacity.

LED Signal Light

July 30, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Signal light is a compact design providing versatile status change indication for wide-ranging industrial applications such as conveyor lines, automated guided vehicles, machine tools, robots and warehousing.

3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M | News | Comments

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

Light-Weight Can End

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The easy-open end will look and function like any other easy-open end consumers have come to rely upon when buying their favorite canned foods. However, it will be fashioned from light weight metal, making it 20 percent lighter than comparable ends and the lightest-weight easy-open end of its kind in the U.S.

Air/Gas Flow Meter

July 28, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The air/gas flow meter, which measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases and air in small line sizes, is ideal for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs.

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