Food Engineering

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The May 2014 issue of Food Engineering covers food safety and how to protect the food supply. Also covered: filling equipment and metal detection & x-ray equipment, ultra-efficient plants, and the refinement of H-1 lubricants.

Field Reports

DIY: Automating a donut line

Mel-O-Cream Donuts designed a simple yet robust automated packaging and labeling line to replace a manual system.
Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, IL, Mel-O-Cream International manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.


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Industry & People News : May 2014

Brett Wood, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America, has been appointed to serve on the 2014-2015 manufacturers board of advisors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association and the MHI 2014-2015 board of governors.


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Field Reports

Perfect frozen pizzas: It’s a wrap

Palermo’s new high-speed shrink wrapping line can side-seal 150 frozen pizzas per minute compared to the old sealing machine’s rate of 90 pizzas per minute.
Based in Milwaukee, WI, Palermo’s Pizza was started by Sicilian immigrants Gaspare and Zina Fallucca who opened an Italian bakery on Milwaukee’s east side in 1964.


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Clean compressed air system is green, too

The last thing a processor needs is oil-contaminated food. Oil-free air compressors fill the bill while conserving energy.
Kolak Snack Foods Ltd. is a leading UK manufacturer of crisps (potato chips) and snacks. Its brands include Kolak Diamond Crisps and Snacks and Dylans Hand Cooked Crisps.


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Technology Sourcebook

Direct printing system

Providing digital direct printing, the Krones DecoType printing system transforms a picture template into a printed image; variable data-like barcodes or best-before dates can also be integrated.


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Table top chain conveyor

Used for product routing in wipedown sanitary applications, the Dorner AquaGard 7100 Series stainless steel table top chain conveyor can twist and turn into tight spaces; it also can be configured for inclines and declines up to 30°.


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Filling/portioning depositors

NuTEC C-frame depositors are used to deposit fillings for stuffed sandwiches, quesadillas, calzones, sandwich wraps, cordon bleu, burritos, egg rolls, hamburgers, meat pies and stuffed seafood shells.


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Single-axis drive/controllers

Designed for electric actuators, Tolomatic ACS single-axis drive/controllers automatically configure all performance information about the actuator and motor system.


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Thin enclosures

Constructed of stainless steel, Comark NEMA 4X thin client enclosures come with a 15-, 17- or 19-in. LCD and support most off-the-shelf thin clients.


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Oxygen permeation test

Designed for food producers that need to test packaging structures for oxygen permeation, the MOCON OX-TRAN Model 2/22H system is suitable for all types of barrier materials. 


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Cellular gateway

Offering secure connections to remote devices, the ProSoft ICX30-HWC industrial cellular gateway allows remote site access and communication to PLCs, RTUs, and other Ethernet and serial devices where WiFi may not be available.


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Batch feeder system

The MULTI-FILL batch feeder system provides a metered, continuous, first in/first out flow of bulk products such as cooked pastas and rice, cut vegetables, fruits, meats and salads to the hopper of its volumetric cup filler; product can be fed with a post dumper, conveyor or chute from a second floor or high platform.


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Vibratory conveyor

The tna roflo 3 high-throw vibratory conveyor transfers sticky confectionery and difficult products through increased vertical motion; the conveyor incorporates a reaction base design, combined with an intelligent microprocessor.


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Mobile application

The WAGO-WebVisu-App mobile application allows a smartphone or tablet to access equipment status, process data and production levels.


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Explosion-proof pressure transducers

CSA approved for use in hazardous areas, Gems 31EP/32EP Series explosion-proof pressure transducers feature sputtered thin film-sensing technology, 17-4 PH stainless steel wetted parts and ASIC-controlled thermal compensation and signal conditioning.


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Vertical X-ray beam system

Using a single vertical X-ray beam and high-sensitivity detector technology, the METTLER TOLEDO Safeline X33 series X-ray inspection system allows the integration of a low-power X-ray generator.


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Stretch film

DUO PLAST DDK stretch film has a double edge that surrounds individual pallets for increased stability.


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Inspection software

Cognex In-Sight Explorer 4.9 software offers a set of inspection tools and a communications suite featuring the iQ Sensor Solution network. 


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Metallized film

A metallized, surface-printable monoweb solution, Jindal Metallyte MM688 OPP film has a broad seal range and operating window for high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal packaging.


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X-ray metal detector

Using image processing and multiple concurrent detection algorithms, the Raycon X-ray metal detector identifies a variety of metallic and non-metallic contaminants in packaged and unpackaged products; it also detects agglomerated, deformed, broken and missing items.


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Butter unwrapper system

Designed for use with butter bulks entering a processing line, the SPX butter unwrapper system also can be utilized for a variety of other heavy packaged products. 


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Temperature controllers

Omega CN38S series temperature controllers feature an input for a thermocouple, RTD and thermistor; a sensitive touch keypad; and programmable password protection. 


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Chamber belt machine

Available in a variety of versions and configurations for the automatic packaging of products in film pouches, the MULTIVAC B 210 chamber belt machine has an electric chamber lid mechanism and an automatic transport conveyor in the chamber for conveying out the products; the height of the transport conveyor can be adjusted with the press of a button.


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12-piston depositor

Continuously moving pans at high rates of speed, the Hinds-Bock 12-piston, orbital, all-servo-driven industrial depositor deposits flowable batters for muffins, cupcakes, cakes and cheesecakes, with or without particulates.


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Metal detector

Made for food processing and packaging applications, the Eriez Xtreme metal detector features a user-friendly interface, full QWERTY keyboard, auto setup and dedicated reject log. 


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Automated identification unit

Providing automated, secure identification, sorting and targeting of items, the CSB-Eyedentifier unit uses image analysis to check and enter the relevant details during the production and packing process.


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Refrigeration systems

Featuring soft starting compressors, Advanced VSR40 and VSR99 refrigeration systems are intended for small to medium-sized, new or remodel projects with refrigeration requirements from 10 to 99hp. 


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Inverting filter centrifuges

Heinkel HF & F inverting filter centrifuges feature an axially movable filter cloth that is inverted while under rotation to discharge the solids; the filter cloth is left free of residual heel while a totally enclosed, gas-tight system is maintained.


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Cylindrical ribbon blenders

Available in sizes from 1/2- to 1,000-cu.-ft. working capacity, Ross Model 42C cylindrical ribbon blenders mix dry powders, wet granulations and paste-like materials with densities up to 100 lb./cu. ft. 


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Bulk bag filler

Utilizing a cone table densification system, the Spiroflow CTE Cone Table Elite bulk bag filler fills 30 to 40+ bags/hr.


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Evaporators

Caloris Concentrix MVR evaporators evaporate up to 12,000 gal. of water per hour at an efficiency of up to 20 gal./kW. 


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Inspection controllers

Advantech AIIS-1240 and AIIS-1440 PoE and USB3 camera controllers are used with automated optical inspection devices for applications such as the inspection of packaging, labels, wafers and alignment. 


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Seal support vessel

Engineered for food and beverage seal support systems, the AESSEAL EasyClean seal support vessel has a detachable lower section and quick-release clamp to simplify the inspection and cleaning of the unit. 


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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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