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Laser coder

Incorporating scribing laser technology and large marking fields, the Videojet 3020 entry-level, 10W CO2 laser coder marks and codes paper, cardboard, plastics and other materials.


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Depositor

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.


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Air monitoring systems

EMD Millipore MAS-100 series microbial air monitoring systems detect airborne microorganisms that may be hazardous to sensitive products.


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Manufacturing automation drive

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.


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Emulsifier/wet mill

The Quadro Model HV Series inline emulsifier/wet mill provides high-shear energy and precise process scaling from lab formulation to pilot testing and full production processing.


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Servo case packer

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.


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Mezzanine platforms

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.


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Interlock switch system

The Tapeswitch multigate SCU-1 control unit monitoring system guards machinery where monitoring for a guard is required but locking is not; it monitors up to 30 HE Series interlock switches.


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Dual-shaft mixer

The Ross Model CDA-30C portable dual-shaft mixer has a working capacity of 10 to 30 gal. An air/oil hydraulic lift raises and lowers the agitators, 3hp 2-wing anchor and 5hp high-speed disperser.


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Pallet layer former

Engineered for package handling, the Intralox ARB pallet layer former provides flexibility for creating customized pallet layer patterns for a variety of package types.


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Blending conveyor

With load cells that measure the delivery of each ingredient, the Heat and Control FastBack blending conveyor maintains a blend accuracy better than 1.5% per constituent, depending on the product.


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Aseptic filling system

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.


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Drive system

The Siemens Sinamics S120 drive system includes Profinet, Ethernet TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP connectivity for single-plant network industrial Ethernet communication.


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Horizontal f/f/s

Combining an inverted and long-dwell flow wrapper, the Bosch Pack 301 horizontal form/fill/seal machine provides gentle product handling and hermetically sealed seams.


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Robotic palletizer

The Schneider E3 ROBOX robotic palletizer provides a portable robotic end-of-line palletizing solution, handling multiple SKUs, often without any mechanical changeover.


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NSF H1-registered lubricants

Klüberfood NH1 CH 2 Plus synthetic high-temperature chain oils provide reliable lubrication at high temperatures and high oxidation stability for optimized relubrication intervals.


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Valve systems

Rexroth compact, lightweight Advanced Valve AV03 valve systems can be positioned close to acutators, allowing the decentralized arrangement of pneumatics.


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Speed reducers

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.


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Washdown turntable

With its sorting, accumulation and directional change capabilities, the Eaglestone Series 1600 washdown, sanitary turntable is intended for the food manufacturing, bottling and canning industries.


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Inline scanning system

The JBT FoodTech DSI J-Scan inline product scanning system sends corrective feedback upstream from the inspection process to DSI portioning or slicing systems.


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Rotary ring stretch wrappers

ITW Muller Octopus “S” automatic rotary ring stretch wrappers have a load stabilizer, load lift conveyer and No Touch No Tail seaming device, an alternative to heat seal pads or wipe down systems.


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Glue extrusion system

A fully automatic, recipe-driven hot melt applicator for roll-fed labeling, the B & H glue extrusion system produces void-free glue patterns while eliminating vacuum drum re-padding.


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Pulsed-light sanitation

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.


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Non-contact safety sensor

Used on interlocked gates and hatches, the ABB Jokab Eden non-contact, non-magnetic safety sensor has built-in diagnostics and a quick disconnect.


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Tabletop combination scale

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.


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Air nozzles

EXAIR Super Air nozzles meet the safety, health and environmental standards of the European Union.


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High-speed robot

Used for high-speed picking, packing, cartoning and kitting applications, the Yaskawa delta-style Motoman MPP3 robot operates at a rate of 150 cycles/min.


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Capping system

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.


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Corundum stone mill

Used to process foods, the FrymaKoruma MK 320 corundum stone mill achieves particle sizes between 40 and 150 micrometers.


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Case erector

Capable of case erecting at speeds over 30 cases/min., the A-B-C Model 330HS case erector utilizes a liftoff case feed with a self-adjusting indexing mechanism that runs warped or band-marked cases.


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Turnkey platform

The Oden platform for complete turnkey liquid products packaging lines helps manufacturers avoid critical integration issues when the process is attempted at the plant level.


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Checkweighing system

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.


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Camera/laser sorter

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.


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Heat shrink gun

The Ripack 3000 heat shrink gun features 283,000 BTUs of power and a 360° nozzle, with extension wands to increase its reach.


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Color-changing sealant

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.


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4-axis robot

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.


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Vision system

The Agr Pilot Vision inspection system mounts inside a blowmolder to detect random-occurring defects during the production of PET bottles.


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Sanitary conveyor

The Nercon sanitary conveyor has a stainless steel, Sanitary Level III, all-welded, bead-blasted, sealed tube design.


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Stainless steel enclosures

Rittal TS8 modular enclosures come in single-door freestanding and double-door floormount models in stainless steel rated to the UL Type 4X standard.


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Shrink packaging machine

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.


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Machine-mount I/O

Processing 1,000 instructions within 150 microseconds, the WAGO Speedway 767 I/O-system takes controls directly to conveyor lines and machinery.


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Pressure-sensitive label

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.


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Scalable solutions

Rockwell Automation scalable solutions work within a single, convergence-ready control platform and design environment.


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Hybrid palletizers

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.


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Continuous ink jet system

The EBS 6500 small-character, continuous ink jet system has a touch screen display that prints multi-lingual alphanumeric text and barcodes for inline product and package coding.


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High-speed feeder

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.


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Servo actuator

The B&R ACOPOSmulti65 servo actuator unites a motor, positioning sensor, precision gear box and servo drive into a single compact unit.


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Scale/bagger

Designed for fixed weight food packaging applications, the APS semi-automatic scale and bagger presents a horizontal row of pre-opened bags ready for automatic loading.


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Fluid bed dryers

Witte vibrating fluid bed dryers and coolers permit unimpeded access to the entire drying system; 1-handed C-clamps release the exhaust cover from the conveying surface.


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Turbine meter

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.


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Eco-friendly films

Environmentally friendly for fresh and dairy applications, Amcor Light films reduce packaging weight while retaining visual appearance and sealing integrity.


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Electro-graphite base material

FDA approved for use in food contact applications, Metallized Carbon Corporation Metcar Grade M-58 electro-graphite base material is used in dry running, food mixer seals.


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Plug-seal closures

Made from high-density polyethylene, Portola GreenLyte plug-seal 38mm closures have a 1-piece design that eliminates the need for a liner.


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Non-metallic peristaltic pump

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.


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Dye addition pump

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.


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Packaging liners

ThermoPod ThermoKeeper insulated box liners provide thermal and cushioning protection for extended timeframe shipping.


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Container filling system

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.


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Lift truck

The Nissan Forklift Platinum II Nomad lift truck rides on solid pneumatic tires, allowing it to handle material between inside operation and outside storage facilities.


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Microwave tempering systems

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.


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IPPE 2015

The 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Jan. 27-29. More than 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry representatives attended the event to interact with the 1,288 exhibitors on the show floor that covered more than 490,000 net square feet. At the show exhibitors demonstrated innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by firm in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products.

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