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Linear module

Rexroth’s MKR hygienic linear module has a smooth aluminum profile to prevent build-up of liquids and foreign debris, and a stainless steel strip cover for the drive and guide elements; the combination eliminates residual liquid in food processing machines or other environments with water spray. 
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Case packer

ESS’s Bergami Model K 15 automatic horizontal case packer has a true “balcony” design and rear drive that meet cGMP standards and allow complete access for product changeover, inspection and maintenance.
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Servo drives

Parker’s servo drives are enabled with Ethernet Powerlink high-speed, digital motionbus technology that connects a motion controller to multiple drives and I/O points using standard Ethernet networking hardware.
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Portioning system

Capable of cutting tapered strips, nuggets or chunks, portions with nuggets and portions with strips, JBT’s DSI 714 Accura portioning system can also be used for precision fat trimming.
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Food series robots

Available on a variety of robots for packaging and palletizing applications, KUKA Food Series option includes a robot arm IP65 protection rating, food-grade oil in the robot reducers, USDA-certifiable white robot coating that withstands common industry sanitizers and a stainless steel robot control cabinet.
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Heat exchanger

Alfa Laval’s Frontline15 Automatic sanitary plate heat exchanger for pasteurization and general heating/cooling of dairy, beverage, brewery and food products offers increased throughput and heat recovery with a smaller footprint; increased throughput is made possible by 6-in. ports and connections. 
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Conveyor belting

Designed to be easily spliced with Kwik Connect rods, Cambridge’s Duraflex food-safe, open metal belt has wide openings for easy cleaning without compromising strength and durability. 
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Optical sorters

Key’s G6 optical sorters come with an FMAlert feature to track and control foreign matter.
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Inspection equipment

Loma’s X4 X-ray inspection equipment incorporates a quick belt release, image archiving, modem support and mass weight inspection.
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Speed reducer

Intended for food and beverage processing and packaging applications requiring equipment that can withstand frequent caustic washdowns, Boston Gear’s stainless steel 700 Series worm gear speed reducer has an integral input worm and shaft made from high-strength, case-hardened alloy steel. 
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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