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There are many paths toward reducing energy and utility usage at plants—some are obvious, but some are not and require the help of consultants and suppliers.
Lift trucks have taken their own special direction in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.
A new range of contaminants, product defects and packaging imperfections are being spotted by the latest styles of multi-beam X-ray systems and optical inspection technologies.
In the process, it widens the window of product types treatable by the same unit.
No man or woman, and no department or job title, can function as an island in today’s competitive food and beverage manufacturing environment.
Greek yogurt maker FAGE USA is expected to begin construction on a $100 million expansion that will double the plant’s output.
Ted Masters was appointed president and CEO of HART Communication Foundation, the standards foundation for communication technology in process automation.
As more consumers snack more often, brand owners provide products in portable, single-serving packs to appeal to these grab-and-go consumers and the retail outlets they frequent.
The Pop Up Bowl’s wider mouth, sturdier sides and transparent top and bottom provide a stable serving “dish.”
With -20°F to 20°F operating temperatures and nominal capacities up to 12 tons in air and water-cooled condensing,
Used for blending powders or other solid raw materials with a bulk density of 35 lb./cu. ft. or less, Ross 42B Model ribbon blenders come with stainless steel wetted parts polished to a 60-grit finish, a solid-shaft double ribbon agitator for center discharge, knife gate discharge valve and Teflon braided packing.
Engineered for the high-volume production of poultry, meat, prepared foods and bakery products, Heat and Control spiral ovens are available with an internal, integrated system to enhance product color.
Designed for harsh/damp environments, the Thomas & Betts Reznor VC series stainless steel heater can be used in clean rooms, such as food processing areas, to keep workers warm.
Able to be custom engineered for food production operations, Radio Frequency Macrowave post-baking dryers utilize radio frequency energy that preferentially heats and dries the moist areas of cookies, crackers and snack foods.
Bird-B-Gone Bird-OFF oil-based, nontoxic clear gel is made from all-natural, environmentally safe ingredients that also are safe for humans, birds and animals.
Orkin Actizyme floor and drain cleaner uses naturally occurring enzymes and beneficial bacteria to break down grease and grime buildup in pipes, cracks and crevices.
Witte vibrating fluid bed dryers and coolers feature an optional motorized hoist system that automatically raises the cover and reveals the entire drying or cooling system interior.
Offering a choice of up-flow, down-flow or dynamic airflow control air through the belt stack, the JBT Stein GYRoCOMPACT (GCO) II-1000 spiral oven suits a range of product and process requirements.
The QComp 5G compact palletizer has a robot with a rate of up to 20 picks/min.; the robot can handle loads over 100 lb.
Available in metric sizes, Winco GN 6321.1 seating pins are RoHS compliant and fabricated of tempered, hardened steel.
Capable of low differential pressure measurement in high-static, wet-wet media applications, the Ashcroft Type 5503 differential pressure gauge is equipped with wetted materials of 316 stainless steel or Hastelloy C.
Applying case labels based on automated visual case identification, the RedLine vision system prints up to 5 individual labels for a single box or stacked box configurations.
The Hydramotion XL7 online process viscometer stores all instrument-specific data on the transducer.
Adhering to damp, wet or frozen surfaces, FOX IV AquaGrip labels can be applied to room temperature or frozen products, film, plastic and corrugated surfaces through water and in temperatures as low as -8°F.
The PPM Technologies pellet frying system fries pellet snacks from rings to screws to 3-dimensional potato/starch-based products.
FasTest FasMate FX connectors provide connections to SAE and NPT external thread profiles.
Designed for food and beverage washdown areas, canning or bottling process lines and conveyor systems, TPC DEFENDER antimicrobial cable contains a silver ion-based antimicrobial additive to eliminate more than 99% of bacteria and fungi within 24 hrs. of exposure.
Blending automation and IT protocols, the WAGO ETHERNET 2.0 750-885 media redundancy controller features 2 redundant networks backed by dual, independent Ethernet interfaces and 1MB of data memory.
Suitable for all peanut butter formulas, the Hinds-Bock 6P‐64H peanut butter filler automatically fills plastic and glass containers ranging from 8 to 64 oz.
The E Instruments AMI300 indoor air quality testing instrument monitors CO, CO2, temperature, humidity, airflow (vane and hot wire), air velocity (Pitot tube), current and voltage.
Omega WSS stainless steel washdown AC motors are constructed with windings that are doubled dipped and cured in polyester insulating varnish.
Able to detect foodborne Salmonella, the DuPont BAX system has been certified as Performance Tested method #081201 by the AOAC Research Institute.
The FCI ST100 flow meter has an enclosure that is ATEX and IECEx certified as flame proof and protected from dust ignition.
Providing energy management that can withstand harsh industrial environments outside of electrical cabinets, the Beckhoff EP9214 power distributor box provides the ability to supply up to 4 NEC class-2 circuits via typical M8 plug connectors.
The General Monitors Model IR400 Point IR combustible gas detector features a 3-second T90 response time to the presence of combustible hydrocarbon-based gases.
Compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act, SLIDEWAYS metal- and X-ray-detectable components for conveyor and food processing equipment provide detection levels that exceed FDA requirements.
Washdown safe with components to NEMA 4X specifications, the A-B-C Model 72AGSS stainless steel palletizer is suitable for harsh plant environments with high humidity or moisture or corrosive factors caused by some foods, beverages, chemicals and feeds.
Designed for turbulent flow applications where a high degree of mixing is required in a compact space, the Chemineer Kenics UltraTab static mixer features an integral wall injector upstream of the mixing element that forces flow stream additives through the high-energy dissipation region created by the mixing element.
Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.
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