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.
U S food processors face increasing energy-efficiency and sustainability demands from regulators, market competition and consumers interested in purchasing products from environmentally friendly companies.
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.
Preserving freshness is the most important attribute for overall product satisfaction, followed by easy-to-carry and easy-to-reclose, according to MeadWestvaco (MWV) Corp.’s annual consumer satisfaction study.
More than 1,500 food safety professionals gathered at BNP Media’s 16th Annual Food Safety Summit (FSS) last month in Baltimore, MD to learn about the latest FSMA updates and how they will affect their companies’ businesses.
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°.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.