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PID Controllers

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

The PXU series of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers enables tighter, more reliable control over a wide range of processes, including temperature, flow and pressure, from a single model.

Rotary Screw Compressor

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

Company’s ASD rotary screw compressors series units are available in 25, 30, and 40 hp with flows from 106-194 cfm and pressures to 217 psig.

Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra | Articles | Comments

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

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Double C-Face Coupler Brake

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s double C-face coupler brake mounts on the drive-end of a standard C-Face motor, replacing the commonly used motor brakes mounted on the back of a special motor designed with a mounting flange and extended shaft on the fan end of the motor.

Mat-Style Conveyors

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Mat-Style Conveyors are designed for package and product handling versatility. They easily handle flexible packaging, plastic containers, cartons, cases and bundles.

External Frame Grabber for Imaging Systems

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

iPORT™ SB-GigE and SB-U3 external frame grabbers help imaging system manufacturers and integrators reduce costs, simplify cabling and speed time-to-market.

Field Potato Sorter

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

Field Potato Sorter (FPS) is a high-throughput optical sorter for unwashed potatoes, enabling processors and packer companies to lower labor and potato storage costs while raising product quality and yield.

Bulk Bag Filling Systems

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

Company's 3-A, USDA-, FDA- and BISSC-compliant bulk bag filling systems are engineered, fabricated and constructed to speed inspections, simplify integration and ensure qualification for startup into food processing and packaging operations.

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Stainless Steel Conveyor Belt

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

The basic version of the TwenteFlex™ belt is completely manufactured from high quality stainless steel. A hybrid version manufactured from stainless steel and modules of Acetal (POM) is also available.

Eccentric Disc Pumps

March 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

SLS Series, C Series, S Series and Micro C Series eccentric disc pump models are designed for use in product-recovery operations in food and beverage manufacturing and handling.

Batch Order Picking Work Station

March 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The UltraBatch™ dynamic batch order picking work station creates continuous automated batch picking operations that improve operator throughput up to 33% and accuracy levels to 99.99% or more in new and existing food processing fulfillment systems.

Shrink-Banding System

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s Model 75C-E shrink bander is adapted for the sleeving of fresh and frozen oysters. Product shrink sleeves at up to 400 cpm, depending on sleeve dimensions.

Pneumatic Vacuum Conveyor Pump

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

piFLOW®p together with company’s vacuum conveyors are designed for cleanability. Users benefit from ejector’s efficient design that saves on compressed air energy costs.

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Thermal Ink Jet Printer

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Videojet 8610 utilizes fast-drying inks, including MEK-based fluids. The system provides high-resolution print on non-porous packaging materials, including films, foils, plastics and coated stocks.

Ozone for Seafood Plant Sanitation

March 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Dr. James Brandt, Chairman, Ozone International | Articles | Comments

The growing use of ozone is making our food supply safer while improving processors’ bottom lines. Ozone is very unique due to its effectiveness as an antimicrobial and as a cleaning agent. It leaves no chemical residue, so it can be used continually for a consistent sanitation level throughout production.

Newly Relaunched InterBev to Co-Locate with PROCESS EXPO

March 25, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and NüernbergMesse announced they will co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the newly relaunched InterBev Process in Chicago, beginning in 2015. The two shows, along with additional co-location partner the International Dairy Show, will take place Sept. 15-18, 2015.

Free OEE Calculator Can Boost Food Manufacturer Efficiency, Savings

March 25, 2014 10:02 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

Peak efficiency, reduced downtime and maximized productivity and product quality. It’s a food manufacturer’s dream. The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence recommends its free new OEE Calculator for testing Overall Equipment Effectiveness to make that dream a reality.

Compact Palletizer

March 25, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s compact palletizer automatically accumulates and stacks plastic totes or returnable plastic containers (RPCs) to form interlocking pallet loads that are secure for shipping.

Bulk Bag Conditioning System

March 25, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Bulk bag conditioning system utilizes hydraulically actuated, twin heavy wall tubular steel pivoting conditioning arms.

Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part III)

March 24, 2014 9:00 am | by Christophe Venaille, CEO of Luceo Inspection | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

Bulk Handling System

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Fully automated, self-contained bulk material handling system manages material from the from the introduction stage through discharge and conditioning to downstream supply of finished material into manufacturing operations.

Variable Speed Compressors

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Variable speed VZH compressors provide superior efficiency at part-load conditions, can improve efficiency by more than 30% compared to fixed-speed compressors and offer precise cooling capabilities.

Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part II)

March 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rob Herrmann, Remote Solutions Manager, Sealed Air | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

EXPO PACK Guadalajara Adds New Pavilions

March 21, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced new pavilions for processing, pharmaceutical/medical devices and package printing, and new dates for the 2015 edition of its EXPO PACK Guadalajara. EXPO PACK Guadalajara will be held March 10–12, 2015.

Bin Activator

March 21, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Bin activator for bulk handling includes a dished head contour, forged hanger suspension system, pre-assembled mounting ring, beaded sleeve and oil-lubricated gyrator.

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