As we put together this enormous January issue, the Food Engineering staff was also putting the final touches on the program for the 2013 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference (FA&M), scheduled for April 12-15 in Naples, FL.
When the 2012 Farm Bill stalled in the US House of Representatives this fall, dairy processors doubled down in their opposition to a key provision—the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, under which the government could act to keep milk prices from falling below certain levels.
Designed for the bakery industry, the servo-driven Unifiller multi-station piston depositor can be used with stiff batters, batters with particulates, heavy cake mixes and liquids such as egg, custard and tres leches milk; it also handles light mousses or chunky fillings without breaking the pieces down or causing damage.
Providing comprehensive control across complete machines, the Control Techniques Unidrive M800 manufacturing automation drive utilizes the CoDeSys programming environment with standard IEC 61131‐3 programming languages and standard Ethernet for communication across drives, I/O, HMIs, PLCs and other industrial devices.
Engineered for the partitionless packing of products made with glass, aluminum, PET or other materials, the Standard Knapp 939 Versatron servo case packer with soft-placement module reduces the amount of material in packing.
Designed for food and beverage processing and packaging companies, Cubic Designs food-grade platforms meet the requirements for sanitary design and good manufacturing practices, as designated by AIB International.
The GEA Procomac aseptic dual filling system is used for bottling high-/low-acid still beverages that have pulps, fibers and pieces of fruit or cereals; it is also suitable for products with densities that do not allow the consistent distribution of the pieces.
Capable of meeting the demands of heavy-duty conveyor systems or any large shaft mount application, Boston Gear 752 size worm gear speed reducers have hollow output shafts with a 5.25-in. center distance and an output torque up to 12,250 lb.ft.
Utilizing an intense pulse of full-spectrum light emitted from a xenon lamp, the Claranor pulsed-light sanitation system destroys microorganisms through the photochemical effect of the ultraviolet spectrum and the photothermal effect of the intense flash of the visible spectrum.
Able to achieve a maximum combination speed of 30 packs/min., the Yamato TSDW-205 semi-automatic tabletop combination scale combines and discharges products as one group; it selects an optimal combination closest to the target weight and discharges it automatically.
A fully automated system that applies and torques closures onto containers used in the food industry, the BellatRx Magna Capper capping system works with containers up to 8-in. wide by 16-in. high or 8 in. in diameter by 16-in. high and for closures from 22 to 120mm at speeds up to 60cpm.
Designed to be used with a range of light-weight, smaller-sized and unusual-shaped high-value packages, the Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed Starweigh checkweighing system delivers milligram inspection accuracy at throughputs up to 400ppm.
A 1000mm wide machine that inspects products in free fall, the BEST OPUS NIR camera/laser sorter recognizes different types of products and uses hyperspectral imaging to identify a unique fingerprint for each type.
Designed for heat-seal applications, Rollprint Chameleon coextrusion-coated, color-changing sealant can be applied to any thermally stable web including polyester, nylon and polypropylene or onto any Rollprint ClearFoil barrier structures to enhance product security and help deter counterfeiting.
Specifically for the high throughput requirements of end-of-line and bag palletizing applications, the ABB Robotics IRB 460 4-axis, 110kg payload, 2.4m reach robot utilizes a FlexGripper Clamp end-of-arm tool for the secure handling of heavy cases or products not compatible with vacuum handling techniques; the function package controls robot cell operation.
The Cermex VersaFilm shrink packaging machine without a sealing bar offers a diagonal infeed system, pin-gating selection, pneumatic selection channels and a regulated flow selection system for product collation.
Designed for meat packaging applications, the Avery Dennison Shrink PS pressure-sensitive label withstands the vacuum-shrink process without wrinkling; it is applied to vacuum shrink bags prior to filling, sealing and shrinking.
Designed for reduced secondary packaging applications that require gentle handling, Intelligrated Alvey 950 series hybrid palletizers combine robotic arms with a conventional high-speed palletizer to increase pattern flexibility.
Featuring quick stop and high conveying speed capabilities for packaging, weighing, batching and bagging operations, the Eriez HS-8 vibratory feeder can be used in conjunction with a variety of weigh scale and packaging machines.
Available with an optional pulse output, the Omega FTB-630 turbine meter features a non-resettable mechanical totalizer; 2-, 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-in. pipe sizes; and a cast iron and epoxy-coated construction.
The Vanton portable, non-metallic Flex-I-Liner rotary peristaltic pump evacuates drums and totes containing acids, caustics, salts, chlorides and reagent grade chemicals, without corroding the pump or contaminating the fluid.
The Watson-Marlow 520 dye addition pump is suitable for a range of applications including low-shear feed for contamination-free metering of dye, flavor and vitamin additions; the fluids do not come into contact with the pump mechanism.
Featuring large port openings, a stainless steel conveyor and a variety of spouts, the Hinds-Bock 4P-64 container filling system is suitable for products with high concentrations of large particulates such as soups, antipasto or fruit fillings.
PSC TMW microwave tempering systems heat frozen meat blocks to a precise temperature prior to slicing, grinding, forming and other operations; they maintain a temperature variation of less than +/-2°F within the block exiting the system.