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2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Plant of the Year

Plant of the Year: Excellence and efficiency abound at Blue Diamond Growers

April 8, 2014

 Built from a foundation of emerging collaboration tools and a unique, cross-functional, interdisciplinary approach, Blue Diamond Growers achieves its manufacturing goals with its new “dream” plant. 


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Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

April 8, 2014
Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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Sanitary Equipment Design

Sanitary Equipment Design

April 8, 2014

Depending on the application and the country, design rules and standards can vary, causing headaches for machine builders as they try to make designs more universal.


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Food Safety

Is preparing for third-party audits an oxymoron?

April 8, 2014

 It can be dangerous for a company to prepare for an audit— if it decides to rework its procedures. 


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Editor's Note

Same old label needs an update

April 8, 2014

 I’m an avid reader of food labels. On a typical trip to the supermarket, I get some of my most useful reading accomplished. When buying a new food or beverage product, I always check the total number of calories per serving and per container, as well as the trans fat, fiber and sugar levels.  


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Dry Processing Technology

The right blend of automation

April 8, 2014

  Increased production capacity demands lead dry seasoning processor to more efficient and flexible product transfer system.


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Food Packaging

‘Bone’ appétit!: New advances for pet food industry

April 8, 2014

 A pet peeve for some dog owners is not being able to feed their pets a warm meal. But that problem is being addressed with a heated, moist supplement for dry food in a package familiar to the world of single-serve soups, pastas and snacks. 


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Field reports

Craft brewer makes quick, safe connections

April 8, 2014
Powering up or down equipment in a wet environment can be dangerous and tedious, without the right connection equipment.
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Major change to WIC program includes fresh foods, whole grains and yogurt

April 8, 2014

 USDA has finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC. Among the changes is a new emphasis on fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. It’s the first major revision to the program since 1980. 


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Regulatory Watch

Vilsack says funding cut won’t compromise meat safety

April 8, 2014

 US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a cut to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal will not hamper the agency’s meat, poultry and egg inspection responsibilities.  


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Field reports

Microbrewery puts a new face on its flooring

April 8, 2014
Equipment and chemicals are tough on bare cement, but a layer of polyurethane gives the floor a new life.
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Field reports

The tools to scale up the perfect batch

April 8, 2014

 Lab-based, inline pasteurization system and hygienic filling/closing bench allow exotic beverage processor to experiment with small beverage quantities. 


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Field reports

Equipment track record justifies placement in new facility

April 8, 2014

After a conveyor proved itself in an existing facility, choosing a unit for a new plant was a no-brainer.


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Field Reports

On-demand steam meets pet food production requirements

April 8, 2014
The new steam generator also satisfies California’s tough emission regulations.
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International Powder Bulk & Solids Event

Powder and bulk show preview: Program to focus on safety, solutions and compliance

April 8, 2014

 Educational forum and exhibition floor allow attendees to envision solutions in action. 


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Food Packaging

Curve appeal

April 8, 2014

Last year, some members of the dairy industry thought it hip to be in square packaging. But Dean Foods, Inc. is taking a more circuitous route. Its Land O’Lakes brand sour cream and cottage cheese products are appearing on retailer shelves throughout the upper Midwest in curved packaging.


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Food Packaging

Coffee stick makes a stir

April 8, 2014

 Make a perfect cup of coffee—or tea—in about 30 seconds. Might sound too good to be true, but Australian inventor Dave Hopper may have enabled you to do just that with the development of Quikstix. 


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Manufacturing News

Nutrition facts label overhauled

April 8, 2014

 First Lady Michelle Obama introduced major proposed changes to the nutrition facts label on behalf of FDA at an event held at the White House on February 27, 2014. The updates are designed to reflect the latest scientific information on the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. The announcement focused on changes in label requirements that highlight new information such as calories and serving sizes. 


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Dry Processing

A good egg requires gentle handling

April 8, 2014
Powdered egg manufacturer saves more than $150,000 annually by implementing pneumatic conveying system.
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Manufacturing News

Industry & People News: April 2014

April 8, 2014
Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.
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Manufacturing News

Plant Openings & Expansions: April 2014

April 8, 2014

 Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.


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Dry Processing

Bulk bag discharging system

April 8, 2014

The Material Transfer portable Material Master bulk bag discharging system features a forklift-loaded bulk bag lifting frame and an adjustable-height upper frame.


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Dry Processing

Dried fruit grinder

April 8, 2014

 The Modern Process Equipment Dried Fruit Gran-U-Lizer grinder uses a roller-style method.  


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Dry Processing

Tubular drag conveyer

April 8, 2014

 The Hapman tubular drag chain conveyor is engineered to maintain the integrity of blended product and eliminate segregation.  


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Dry Processing

Air filtration systems

April 8, 2014

 Airflow Systems TH-280 Series industrial air filtration systems provide high-efficiency, ambient filtration.  


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Dry Processing

Touch screen controller

April 8, 2014

 The Camfil APC dust collector controller is equipped with a touch screen interface and built-in differential pressure sensor to monitor primary filter pressure drop.  


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Dry Processing

Bin activator

April 8, 2014

 The Spiroflow Systems bin activator has fully adjustable blades for the repeatable control of solids flow.  


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Dry Processing

Pneumatic conveyer

April 8, 2014
Volkmann pneumatic conveyors utilize a Multijector vacuum pump to drive the system and Venturi nozzles for a level of vacuum as low as 28 in. Hg.
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Dry Processing

Screw conveyors

April 8, 2014

 Sodimate screw conveyors transport dry powders between 2 points, without altering feed accuracy or damaging product particles.  


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Dry Processing

Hydrostatic precipitator

April 8, 2014
Used for wet dust collection and capture, the AAF International Type LVN RotoClone hydrostatic precipitator cleans the air with the combined action of centrifugal force and the intermixing of water and dust-laden air.
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Dry Processing

Multi-lane filling system

April 8, 2014

 Spee-Dee multi-lane filling systems feature a cantilever design to open the machines for tool changing and cleaning; group tooling allows the removal of multiple funnels to accommodate changing applications.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Coding/verification unit

April 7, 2014

 An integrated system for carton serialization, the MG America ACE-CT400 coding and verification unit handles cartons ranging in size from 20 x 20 x 80mm to 120 x 80 x200mm at a maximum speed of 400/min.  


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Level 4 impact gloves

April 7, 2014

Delivering ANSI Level 4 cut and abrasion resistance and Level 5 puncture resistance, Magid TRX540 impact gloves have a 13-gauge shell comprised of HPPE, polyester, glass and nylon fiber.


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Zero ground clearance ovens

April 7, 2014
Engineered for areas where forklift use is unacceptable, Benko Sahara zero ground clearance ovens can be accessed with a pallet jack.
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Fully powered stackers

April 7, 2014

Available in a fork-over design for use with open-bottom pallets or an adjustable version with solid steel straddle legs for use with closed-bottom pallets, Presto Lifts PowerStak fully powered stackers have a turtle speed setting that reduces drive speed by 50%.


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Resealable tape

April 7, 2014
Essentra Re:Close resealable tape withstands repeated use, allowing consumers to keep product in the original pack; a large finger lift area runs along its entire length.
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Evaporative cooling retorts

April 7, 2014
Allpax evaporative cooling retorts process up to 3,200-lb. batches or 50- to 800-gal. kettles of raw product.
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Electromagnetic flow meter

April 7, 2014

Engineered for swirl and other flow disturbances in the line, the McCrometer FPI-X dual-sensor electromagnetic flow meter achieves +/-0.5% accuracy.


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Portable sanitary mixers

April 7, 2014
Designed to customer specifications for mixing viscosities from 1 to 50,000 cps, Sharpe portable sanitary mixers are USDA approved and ASME-BPE compliant.
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Horizontal flow wrapper

April 7, 2014
Designed for confectionery, snack foods and bakery products, the WeighPack Sleek 65 horizontal flow wrapper incorporates 3 servo motors and servo drives; no chains, gears or lubrication is needed.
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FDA-approved papers

April 7, 2014
Created for the meat, dairy, bakery and snack industries, PPI FDA-approved papers are used to separate hamburger patties, cheese, steaks, cookies, poultry, pork and deli foods.
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Digital power monitor

April 7, 2014
The NK Technologies APN Series digital power monitor measures 3 phases of current and voltage and computes 14 values to track power usage in the RS485 Modbus RTU format.
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Clamp coupling

April 7, 2014
Designed for conveying fragile food products or those requiring a high degree of sanitation, the Schenck Quick Clamp No-Ledge coupling delivers a machined tolerance joint for proper alignment and a ledge-free interior environment on connection points.
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Inkjet case coder

April 7, 2014
The Linx TJ725 thermal inkjet case coder includes internal dynamic barcode generation, an anti-ink-bleed feature, 600dpi printing, rotated text fields and Arabic language support.
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Dot peen marker

April 7, 2014
Suitable for handheld applications and on-machine integration, the Kwik Mark dot peen marker offers a 1- x 2 1/2-in. marking field.
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Submersible pressure transducer

April 7, 2014

Providing a 4 to 20mA output, the APG PT-500 submersible pressure transducer is available with Modbus, as well as 0 to 5VDC and mV/V.


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Customizable pallet labeler

April 7, 2014

 The Domino M220 pallet labeler can be configured to suit different applications to meet the tertiary labeling requirements within a range of packaging lines 


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Open metal conveyor belt

April 7, 2014

Intended for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers, the CES DURAFLEX EDGE open metal conveyor belt is approved by the USDA Dairy Grading Branch.


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Streusel target depositor

April 7, 2014

The Hinds-Bock Model 5A-SD moist streusel target depositor provides target scaling of high-fat streusel.


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Mat-style conveyors

April 7, 2014

Available in 12- and 18-in.wide configurations, MCE mat-style conveyors handle flexible packaging, plastic containers, cartons, cases and bundles.


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Proportional valve module

April 7, 2014

The WAGO 750-632 proportional valve module simplifies the connection of hydraulic or pneumatic valves to the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750.


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Direct-drive component

April 7, 2014

The Weiss HP70 60mm-wide pick-and-place direct-drive component achieves over 100 cycles/min. with a repeat accuracy of 0.01mm.


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Rod end bearings

April 7, 2014
RoHS compliant, Winco WN 648 inch-size rod end bearings are suitable for high-load, low-speed applications with hanging angles that require linear, rotational or oscillatory motions.
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Hand pallet trucks

April 7, 2014
Designed for low clearance openings, Toyota Material Handling low- and ultra-low-profile hand pallet trucks have a 5,000-lb. load capacity.
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Laboratory homogenizers

April 7, 2014
Manufactured from 316 stainless steel material, Omega HMG-10 Series laboratory homogenizers have a 144W, high-torque motor with a variable speed adjustment and separate on/off switch.
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Optical sorting system

April 7, 2014

 Used with diced and small fruits and vegetables, the TOMRA Iris II optical sorting system uses top and bottom sensor banks to view each object “in flight” with a combination of LED illumination in the visible and near infra-red spectral zones. 


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Pressure-sensitive labeler

April 7, 2014

 Handling up to 120 cpm, the NJM Model 126 Trotter W pressure-sensitive labeler provides wraparound labeling of foods and nutraceuticals packed in cylindrical containers from 1- to 8-in.  


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Energy flow monitor

April 7, 2014

The Clark Model DNEM energy flow monitor measures energy transfer in heating/cooling systems, heat recovery applications, efficiency measurement/verification systems and other applications.


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Radar level transmitter

April 7, 2014

 With multi-echo tracking algorithms and functions to suppress interference echoes, the Endress+Hauser Micropilot FMR5X free-space radar level transmitter measures the level or volume of liquids and bulk solids products in metal or plastic tanks, stilling wells or other vessels up to 131-ft. high with accuracy up to +/-0.078 in. 


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Cartridge magnets

April 7, 2014
Eriez cartridge magnets remove tramp iron from dry, free-flowing materials in vertical pipelines.
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Accumulation belt conveyor

April 7, 2014

 Eliminating the need for cardboard trays under shrinkwrapped packs, the Emerson System Plast low-back pressure accumulation belt conveyor provides support for a variety of containers.  


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Online gas analyzer

April 7, 2014

 Intended for modified atmosphere packaging-equipped thermoforming and tray-sealing machines, the Dansensor MAP Check 3 Vacuum online gas analyzer can be used with meat, poultry, fish and baked goods.  


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Pressure switches

April 7, 2014

Available with NEMA 4 watertight and NEMA 7 explosion-proof housings, Ashcroft pressure switches come in a range of sizes and configurations.


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Touch screen rheometers

April 7, 2014

 Operating in both controlled stress and controlled rate modes, Brookfield RST touch screen rheometers test for viscoelastic modulus, yield stress, viscosity vs. shear rate, thixotropy calculation, creep behavior, recovery after flow and temperature sensitivity.  


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Plane bearing insert

April 7, 2014
The EDT Poly-Round Plus plane bearing insert has a stainless pin on the outer diameter to facilitate drop-in installation into bearing housings.
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Mixing skid system

April 7, 2014

Designed for automatic ingredient additions and mixing, the Ross Solids/Liquid Injection Manifold automated powder feeding and high-speed mixing skid system is piped to a 400-gallon jacketed tank and mounted on a compact skid.


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Linear motor stages

April 7, 2014

Kollmorgen MMG ultra compact linear motor stages have an integral anti-creep linear guideway that eliminates the homing moves to reset standard crossed roller bearing retainer cages.


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Biomass to biogas system

April 7, 2014

 The BCS AFC2 advanced fluidized co-digestion and co-generation biomass to biogas system provides up to 90% conversion of organic feedstock solids with no residual sludge.  


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Hazardous area indicator lights

April 7, 2014

Featuring ATEX and CSA approvals, Banner EZ-LIGHT K30L and K50L hazardous area indicator lights are available in intrinsically safe, encapsulated and non-sparking models.


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Inverter scroll compressors

April 7, 2014
Danfoss variable-speed VZH inverter scroll compressors operate at part-load conditions.
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Relay system

April 7, 2014
The Phoenix Contact RIFLINE Complete modular ice cube-style relay system is available as either a completely assembled module or individual components.
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Insulated curtain wall

April 7, 2014
Intended for applications where temperature separation or control with some fire resistance is desired or required, the Rite-Hite Zoneworks TZF insulated curtain wall offers enhanced flame resistance.
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Internal gear pumps

April 7, 2014
Engineered for sweetener transfer applications in the ice cream industry, Maag EnviroGear seal-less internal gear pumps handle viscous liquids such as corn syrup and less-viscous media including fructose, sucrose and sorbitol.
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Bag-opening suction cups

April 7, 2014

Designed for opening bags in the food industry, Piab F26 and F33 suction cups provide a secure grip on plastic film material.


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Robotic pallet wrapper

April 7, 2014
The ITW Muller GW-4100 robotic pallet wrapper with a 40-in. carriage operates at speeds up to 60 loads/hr.
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Full-bottle inspection system

April 7, 2014
The METTLER TOLEDO CI-Vision full-bottle inspection system for the beverage industry inspects filled bottles at high production line speeds for proper fill level, cap position (missing, incorrect, skewed and under- or over-torqued cap) and tamper-band integrity.
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F/F/S machine

April 7, 2014

Designed for dairy and baby food producers, the Bosch TFC 5532 thermoform, fill and seal machine is intended for liquid and viscous food such as yogurts, desserts and fresh products that require extended shelf life.


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Low-temperature chillers

April 7, 2014

Available with operating temperatures from -20°F to 0°F and with nominal capacities up to 12 tons in both air- and water-cooled condensing, Mokon Iceman LT low-temperature chillers are suitable for jacketed vessels, reactors, laboratory, sanitary and other industrial applications. 


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Metering ball valve

April 7, 2014

Combining a micrometer control mechanism for gases and liquids with a sealing mechanism, the HAM-LET MBV metering ball valve incorporates metering and shutoff functions in a single unit.


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Mid-range network appliance

April 7, 2014

Advantech FWA-3230 network appliance scales from entry-level performance using Intel Celeron and Pentium processors to the mid-range segment using Intel Xeon E3 series processors.


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Micro drive

April 7, 2014

Used in a broad range of applications from augers, mixers, pumps and fans to conveyors, the ABB ACS250 micro drive has a voltage range from 1 to 115V in/3 to 230V out to 600V in/out.


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2-stage linear blower

April 7, 2014
Used to produce PET containers, the Siapi SDxx 2-stage linear blower comes with 6 to 20 cavities, arranged on 2 parallel presses that operate in synchrony.
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Handheld barcode readers

April 7, 2014
Cognex DataMan 8050 Series handheld barcode readers tolerate harsh factory floor conditions.
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SPC software

April 7, 2014

Hertzler version 8.3 GainSeeker Suite statistical process control software includes OEE charts that help manufacturers learn how assets are being used, determine if more can be produced during scheduled production times and spot problem areas and times.


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Reporting/analytics software

April 7, 2014

Rockwell FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI v5.0 software offers prototyping capabilities and reporting functionalities.


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HMI/PLC/motion control system

April 7, 2014

 Equipped with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU with access to 1GB internal DDR3 RAM memory, the Beckhoff CP26xx multi-touch panel PC has TwinCAT automation software that makes the unit an all-in-one HMI, PLC and motion control system.  


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Display data transmission technology

April 7, 2014

B&R Smart Display Link 3 digital display data transmission technology allows a maximum distance of 100m between the PC and panel to operate HMI devices.


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PLC control platform

April 7, 2014
Enabling the control of robots entirely through Rockwell Automation ControlLogix and CompactLogix programmable automation controllers, the Motoman MLX200 Robot Gateway PLC control platform provides a full-featured robot teaching and maintenance HMI for Allen Bradley PanelView.
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Pump grinding system

April 7, 2014
Engineered for processors of sausage and other meat and poultry products, the Weiler VersaGrind 11 pump grinding system includes variable speed control on 3 separate drives and a positive displacement pump that eliminates roll back and the overworking of raw materials.
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Mobile iPad application

April 7, 2014
The T&B Mobile 2.0 iPad application enables users to retrieve catalogs, brochures, videos and other support tools.
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iPad solution

April 7, 2014

The Alchemy Systems SISTEM Coach mobile app helps conduct safety and productivity observations on the plant floor and validates safety training and compliance with standard operating procedures.


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Rigid couplings

April 7, 2014

 Offered in a variety of configurations and sizes, Stafford rigid couplings come in 1-, 2- and 3-piece designs, with or without keyways, to connect the supported shafts in mixers. 


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Inline twin-screw blender

April 7, 2014
The Spiroflow inline twin-screw, continuous proportional blender has an adjustable blend ratio to facilitate the addition of flavorings, seasonings and other food ingredients for mixing applications.
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Blending/mixing equipment

April 7, 2014
Ampco dry blending and powder mixing equipment is used for applications from the simple reconstitution of milk powder to the addition of starches or stabilizers.
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Sanitary pipeline mixer

April 7, 2014
Providing inline processing and cleaning, the Greerco sanitary pipeline mixer features a skewed turbine/stator unit that operates at tight tolerances for continuous high-speed, high-shear processing to achieve product uniformity in applications involving homogenization, mixing, dispersion and emulsion.
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Liquid filtration housings

April 7, 2014
Designed for the filtration of process water, mineral water, beer, wine, soft drinks, juice and other liquids, Donaldson P-FG series 304 stainless steel liquid filtration housings are used for applications with flow rates up to 1,000 gpm.
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Modular process technology

April 7, 2014
Used for mixing and dispersing in food and beverage processing sanitary applications ranging from pasteurization to low-pressure homogenization, SPX APV Cavitator modular process technology takes a fluid into the machine housing, where shockwaves are produced from the collapse of “controlled cavitation” bubbles.
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2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
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