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In this December 2013 issue of Food Engineering, we cover how fruit is kept fresh through automation at Paramount Citrus as well as provide a tech update regarding QA/QC instrumentation.
The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.
Test results should be accurate and simple to understand.
Washing and spraying ensure effective good hygiene, without which food production would come to a standstill.
FPSA foundation also supported food-insecure communities through the DEFEAT HUNGER initiative.
Procedures should be explained and performance evaluated according to an objective, predefined measurement system.
Purging airborne microbes like yeast and mold is not easy due to their size.
The new system washes and sanitizes in addition to preventing contaminants or bacteria from reaching the food processing area.
Escalating sales volumes demanded higher throughput of the downstream packaging line.
Packaging manufacturers continue to push performance boundaries, but oftentimes little consideration is given to the impact on the recycling stream.
FSIS recommends refrigerated food be thrown out if left out for more than two hours.
Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.
Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.
A larger opening releases more aroma and flavor, and accomodates a straw.
Available with housing variants with up to 5 slots, the B&R industrial PC 910 allows the installation of up to 5 PCI or PCI Express cards.
Molex Brad SST actuator sensor interface modules connect Rockwell Logix control systems, including CompactLogix, MicroLogix 1500 and ControlLogix, to an AS-interface network; they provide an open Fieldbus solution for connection between the PLC backplane and simple field I/O devices such as actuators, sensors, rotary encoders, analog inputs and outputs, push buttons and valve position sensors.
The Parker Balston CAMTU compressed air microbial detection device tests for microbial contamination in compressed air that comes into contact with food and food contact surfaces.
Using no hydraulic oil, the PROVATEC 760E completely electric forming machine provides accurate weights and minimal leakage.
The NuTECtured patty fill system forms and assembles patties in random grinder-sized strands for heat transfer throughout the product for faster, more uniform cooking times.
Engineered for freezer maintenance, the JBT FoodTech Clean Safe customized internal decking system cleans any low-tension spiral freezer.
The AZCO Corp. 5D dispenser is compatible with all desiccants.
The Eagle Product Inspection FA720 bulk system analyzes fat to ensure processors supply meat at customer-specified chemical lean values.
Wilden EZ-Install TPE diaphragms have a convoluted shape that allows installation without inverting them. Available in Santoprene, Hytrel, polyurethane and Geolast options, the diaphragms are used in Wilden 1 1/2-, 2-, 3- and 4-in.
Chemical free, natural and environmentally friendly, RGF Photohydroionization advanced oxidation technology utilizes broad spectrum ultraviolet light rays in conjunction with a catalytic target.
Operating via an intuitive Human Machine Interface, the Bosch SVC 4020 flexible vertical packaging machine platform has sloped stainless steel surfaces for proper drainage and the prevention of food residue.
Anchor Packaging 6-in. square Crystal Classics 8-, 12- and 16-oz. black bowls have clear, flat or dome lid options that fit all 3 sizes.
The Yaskawa MV1000 medium voltage AC drive uses two 5-voltage step bridges per phase to generate a 17-level line-to-line voltage output delivered to the motor.
Dow Water & Process Solutions HYPERSHELL reverse osmosis elements feature state-of-the-art, spiral-wound, 8-in., high-rejection reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes encased in a polypropylene hard shell.
Operating at temperatures up to 850°F, the Grieve No. 902 electric walk-in oven has three 60- x 72-in. rollout steel shelves rated for 400-lb. loads. and 8-in. thick oven walls comprised of 2 in. of 1,900°F block and 6 in. of 10 lb./cf density rockwool insulation.
Providing real-time data collection of actual capping pressures made during can and bottle capping operation at full line speed, the Kurt Top-Load gauge allows capping system corrections and adjustments to be made on the fly, often without shutting down the system; it can also be used to capture the axial force during transit.
Producing a flat 1-in. wide airstream, the EXAIR stainless steel flat Super air nozzle has a blowing force of 9.8 oz. when mounted 12 in. from the target.
The Bimba Manufacturing SPCS-2 high-flow servo pneumatic control valve provides electric-like closed loop motion control when used with direct feedback pneumatic actuators.
With a center line diameter of 36 in., the Simplimatic spiral conveyor allows continuous product flow while changing elevations; it is adaptable for different products and permits customization through optional adjustable guides.
The Formax PowerMax slicing system features an independent drive system that adjusts to small variations within each log of beef, poultry, pork, fish and other food products.
Omega CNi-AL temperature/process limit controllers feature universal inputs, 2 relay alarm outputs, totally programmable color displays, built-in excitation, front removable plug connectors, a programmable digital filter, high/low limit and remote reset input.
The Key Technology ADR 5 automatic defect removal system inspects potato strips and automatically cuts out defects at production rates up to 16,200 lb./hr.
Designed to handle continuously moving pans, the Hinds-Bock 12-piston orbital servo-driven industrial depositor includes positive shutoff spouts for muffin, cupcake and cake batters; it deposits batters with or without particulates at speeds over 1,000 units/min., depending on pan configuration, deposit size and batter viscosity.
The seepex BWC food-grade progressive cavity pump is capable of a controlled flow rate of 11 gpm and a maximum pressure of 60psi; it conveys liquids containing suspended solids and slurries that are 40,000 centipoise in viscosity.
Processing up to 400 difficult-to-label 2- to 64-oz. containers/min., the PDC R-300C-TSCB shrink sleeve labeler handles a variety of package configurations, including containers with no taper, thermoformed packs with “flashing,” twin packs and a range of rigid packages.
Bredel F-NBR food-grade pump hoses meet FDA 21CFR177.2600, EC 1935/2004 and BfR XXI cat.4 regulations
Engineered for the food processing industry, Adam Equipment Warrior high-resolution washdown scales feature an IP66-rated, 304 stainless steel base, load cell, top pan, pillar and indicator.
Hapman models 30, 36 and 42 pneumatic vacuum conveyors have capacities up to 18,000 lb./hr.
Integrating with existing automation and control systems, GE Intelligent Platforms Proficy Workflow Version 2.1 software guides operators through the right steps to take at the right time; it helps organizations replicate their best practices within a single plant or multiple locations.
RoHS-complaint, Winco GN 753 metric-sized, plastic guide rollers move or guide smaller loads.
Equipped with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, the DIN rail-mounted Beckhoff CX9020 embedded PC is suitable for a range of PLC and motion control applications in small and medium-sized machines, systems or buildings.
Engineered for laminar flow processes such as blending a minor component into a viscous stream, the Ross interfacial surface generator static mixer repeatedly combines and subdivides fluids of different viscosities or densities into layers until a homogenous mixture is achieved.
Engineered for food production facilities, Eaglestone clean lockers are manufactured of galvanized steel and made to withstand full-pressure washdowns.
With the Rockwell Allen-Bradley compact PowerFlex 523 AC drive, a standard USB connection can be used to upload and download drive-configuration files; the drive also can be programmed through its built-in HMI.
Capable of producing 500 finished lb./hr. of batch fried potato chips of almost any style, the Heat and Control MasterTherm kettle fryer provides cooking oil that is heated uniformly throughout the unit by a thermal fluid heat exchanger immersed in the oil.
Intended for food warehouse storage and shipping applications, Detectamet detectable pallet wrap features metal detectability and a distinctive blue coloring for visual contamination identification.
Providing moisture protection, the Measurement Specialties KPSI 811 permanent vent filter for KPSI transducers has a stainless steel housing.
Effective with low-viscosity media such as milk, beer, soft drinks and vegetable oils, the GEA NT25M plate heat exchanger also is suitable for high-viscosity liquids including mustards, sauces and concentrates.
Fluke 700G Series Precision pressure test gauges feature pressure measurements ranging from 10 in.H20/20 mbar to 10,000psi/690 bar and 0.05% accuracy.