Variegate Feeder
Rich caramel, fudge and jam are popular ingredients in ice cream. With the new Hoyer Addus VF 1000 F variegate feeder from Tetra Pak Hoyer, the addition of such high-viscosity ingredients is more cost-efficient. The Hoyer Addus VF 1000 F hopper is suspended on weighing cells and the control system is similar to the Hoyer Addus FF Fruit Feeder. Production parameters are constantly displayed and can be stored in the computer memory for next production run of the same product. The 3-A-approved pump provides a constant, non-pulsating flow, ensuring a high level of dosing accuracy and uniform product appearance over time. — Tetra Pak Hoyer Inc., 753 Geneva Parkway, Lake Geneva, Wis., 53147, phone: (262) 249-7400, fax: (262) 249-7500, e-mail: hoyerusa@tetrapakhoyer.com, Web site: www.tetrapakhoyer.com
Formulation Software
The new Mettler Toledo FormWeigh formulation software combines inventory consumption and batch, calibration and user data into one software package for manufacturers. The system aids end users to close the information flow between warehouse and dispensing systems, and better track weighing and calibration activities, while streamlining validation procedures. The FormWeigh software is also Ethernet enabled, allowing for the connection of scales, balances, printers and barcode readers over a standard Ethernet LAN. — Mettler-Toledo Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio, 43240, phone: (800) 523-5123, e-mail indinfoi@mt.com, Web site: www.mt.com/us
Listeria Detection Plate
Designed for use in food process­ing plants, the new 3M™ Petrifilm™ Environmental Listeria Plate method is faster, easier and more informative than current methods of Listeria detection. This easy-to-use method delivers results within 31 hours of sampling and provides three powerful ways to interpret results. The new plates require no enrichment, making them a safer method for testing. Other methods such as chromogenic agars and immunoassay tests can take more time and may require more steps. — 3M Microbiology, 3M Center, Bldg. 275-5W-05, P.O. Box 33275, St. Paul, Minn., 55133-3275, phone: (651) 733-1213, fax: (651) 737-1994, e-mail: microbiology@mmm.com, Web site: www.3m.com/microbiology
Heavy-Duty Counter Brushes
The Supply Corp. offers Rolmar heavy-duty counter brushes with soft or medium polyester bristles. These brushes are excellent for dusting shelves, cartons or conveyors, and removing flour, sugar, crumbs or scraps from counters and tables. Available with white, red, blue, green or yellow bristles, Rolmar counter brushes feature a sanitary white foam block with a hang-up hole. Applications include food-processing plants and anywhere dust or debris accumulates. — The Supply Corp., P.O. Box 100, Lake Geneva, Wis., 53147-0100, phone: (800) 558-2455, fax: (800) 325-9404, Web site: www.supplycorp.com
360-degree Printed Labels
Ameri-Seal offers 360-degree graphics enhancing promotional and shelf appeal for food and beverage products. Used as tamper evident as well as promotional applications, Ameri-Seals promote consumer confidence while creating outstanding shelf appeal. PVC/PETG/OPS clear and printed heat-shrinkable labels promote thousands of products and are available as neckbands as well as full body sleeves. The company also offers design services to help customers create their own product sleeve. Printed and clear seals come in a wide range of lay-flat sizes, rotogravure printed in up to nine colors. Colored film is also available in a wide variety of shades. Ameri-Seals are perfect for manual applications, as well as those calling for automatic and high-speed machinery. — Ameri-Seal Inc., 9631 Topanga Canyon Place, Chatsworth, Calif., 91311, phone: (800) 220-7981 or (818) 700-9036
Newly Designed OK Supertaper
O/K International Corp.’s newly designed OK Supertaper 1X is a top and bottom case sealer with extended side belts and an integrated case forming and pack station. The machine provides an efficient and ergonomic solution for the forming, packing and sealing of regular slotted container cases. The machine is also available without a top structure, making it suitable for semi-automatic case forming and bottom taping. The OK Supertaper 1X is suitable for demanding applications, provides increased flexibility and minimizes operator handling and fatigue. — O/K International Corp., 73 Bartlett St., Marlborough, Mass., 01752, phone: (508) 303-8286, fax: (508) 303-8207, Web site: www.okcorp.com
Inkjet Milestone
Domino reached a significant milestone at its award-winning Cambridge, U.K., factory, producing its 50,000th A100 A-Series continuous inkjet printer since the first machine was produced in 1998. Domino’s A-Series printers provide the essentials for reliability, quality and easy maintenance with minimal operator intervention. The stainless-steel cabinet construction is suitable for use in a wide range of general manufacturing environments. Each features an easy-to-read backlit display and user-friendly keyboard. The A-Series printers offer a range of inkjets and are capable of printing such as automatic serial numbering, message storage, real-time information, lot numbers and best-before dates. — Domino Amjet Inc., 1290 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee, Ill., 60031, phone: (847) 244-2501, fax: (847) 244-2501, Web site: www.dominoamjet.com
Patent-Pending Warning System
Sweco has announced the development of the Sweco SentryScan, a patent-pending warning system that notifies operators of poor screen performance by using microwaves to detect most breaks, holes or tears in a separator’s wire-mesh screens. This early warning enables processors to avoid the costs associated with reprocessing off-spec product, contamination of downstream equipment and product recalls. — Sweco, P.O. Box 1509, Florence, Ky., 41022-1509, phone: (859) 283-8400, Web site: www.sweco.com
Remote Process Monitoring
The Visulex Ex Camera system is specifically designed for observing and inspecting processing operations, even in explosion-hazard locations. With L.J. Star’s integrated ISO 9001 video system, images can be directly viewed or downloaded to a PC for further analysis. The Visulex camera mounts on any DIN 28120 or similar sight glass, in an overhead observation location, in either new or retrofit applications. — L.J. Star Inc., P.O. Box 1116, Twinsburg, Ohio, 44087, phone: (330) 405-3040, fax: (330) 405-3070, Web site: www.ljstar.com
Continuous In-Line Monitoring
In-line sensors from Optek-Danulat provide continuous in-line monitoring of process lines for immediate detection of product interface, control of centrifugal separators, BOD monitoring, heat exchanger leak detection product identification and standardization, cow water reclaim and other applications that save money and recover product. Rugged and sanitary, these unique and reliable in-line monitors provide real-time valve and pump control through the plant’s PLC. Data can be recorded on an internal data logger or directed to an external data logger or chart recorder through a 4-20 mA output. Optek’s photometric monitors utilize light absorption principles, and this real-time technology provides immediate information about processes and has been proven to recover profits by reducing product loss and drastically reducing BOD emissions, thereby avoiding associated municipal citations. — Optek-Danulat Inc., Germantown Technology Park, N118 W18748 Bunsen Drive, Germantown, Wis., 53022, phone: (888) 814-4288, fax: (262) 437-3600, e-mail: stoplosingmilk@optek.com, Web site: www.optek.com/dairy
Bulk Containers
Meese Orbitron Dunne’s heavy-duty Ship Shape bulk containers safely stack up to three high when filled and covered and nest empty up to seven high without locking to maximize available space between the top rack and ceiling. Rotationally molded from durable
polyethylene in a single piece, the rigid Ship Shape containers accommodate up to 1,500 pounds each, permitting taller, more secure stack heights and the use of additional rack levels than are possible with wooden pallets. Available in seven different designs with capacities ranging from 32 to 40 cubic feet with two- or four-way lift access. Ship Shape containers are weatherproof and resist heat and cold, enabling shipping and storage of dry, bulk chemicals and pharmaceuticals, plastic resins, automotive and machinery components, scrap and recyclable materials and other non-regulated products. — Meese Orbitron Dunne Co., 4920 State Road, P.O. Box 607, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004, (800) 772-7659, (440) 998-1202, fax: (440) 992-4667, Web site: www.modroto.com
Color-Monitor Control System
Kemco’s Monarch 5000 color-monitor control system will automatically observe temperatures, tank levels, pump operations, valve positions, stop/start controls and utility consumption data. From either the main screen or a remote location, the operator can select and view screens as well as the controls system. Monitoring software is utilized to convert system data to operational information for the user. System components operation is indicated on the display screens by colored status symbols which automatically change, noting the specific operation of the component. Remote communications can ease trouble shooting by allowing Kemco or corporate engineers from remote locations to quickly view and adjust the system operation, thereby minimizing downtime. — Kemco Systems Inc., 11500 47th St. N., Clearwater, Fla., 33762-4955, phone: (727) 573-2323, fax: (727) 573-2346,
e-mail: ksisys@aol.com, Web site: www.kemcosystmes.com
Grease for Food-Grade Applications
With a unique combination of an aluminum complex thickener, white lubricating solids and other additives, Molykote® White Bearing Grease reduces friction, prevents metal-to-metal contact and minimizes wear in food-grade applications, even under high-surface pressures and marginal lubrication conditions. Because the raw materials have been selected to be used in mechanisms where incidental contact with foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products are possible, Molykote White Bearing Grease can be used as lubrication in dairies, beverage, meat processing and pharmaceutical plants; process machinery; and canneries. The grease has been reformulated and meets FSA Regulations 21 CFR 178.3570 and USDA H1 classification and is available in NLGI consistency class 2. Molykote White Bearing Grease has a service temperature range of 1 to 302 degrees F and a drop point of 518 degrees F. It can be applied by hand packing, hand-operated grease guns, automatic greasing equipment and central lubricating systems. When stored at or below 90 degrees in the original unopened containers, the grease has a 60-month usable life from the production date. — Dow Corning Corp., Box 0994, Midland, Mich., 48686, phone: (517) 496-6000, Web site: www.dowcorning.com
High-Speed Shrink-Sleeve Label Applicator
Axon® Corp.’s EZ-Seal® 300SL high-speed shrink-sleeve label applicator is capable of applying labels in excess of 300 containers per minute. This applicator is the latest addition to Axon’s EZ-Seal® line of heat-shrinkable sleeve label applicators. The new machine provides high production rates at minimal costs for most full-body sleeve applications. Setting a new standard for value, simplicity, reliability and ease of operation, the EZ-Seal 300SL will be on exhibit at Expo Pack, June 22-25, in Mexico City. — Axon Corp., 1341 Express Drive, Raleigh, N.C., 27603, phone: (919) 772-8383, fax: (919) 772-5575, e-mail: info@axoncorp.com, Web site: www.axoncorp.com
Scraped-Surface Heat Exchanger
Alfa Laval is launching Contherm Flex, a new flexible retrofit model of
the Contherm® Scraped-Surface Heat Exchanger designed to replace comparable competitor models. The Contherm Flex provides cost-effective replacement with fast and easy installation and minimum downtime. It utilizes much of the existing equipment including drive castings, horizontal mounting frame, motor belts and pulleys. New product features increase productivity and enhance product quality. The Contherm Flex offers long-lasting durable blades including metal-detectable versions that can improve product quality and food safety and security. — Alfa Laval Inc., 5400 International Trade Drive, Richmond, Va., 23231, phone: (804) 236-1298, e-mail: joyce.bergh@alfalaval.com, Web site: www.alfalaval.us
Close-Coupled Pump Drive
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell’s Tru-Fit™ close-coupled pump drive is designed to free up critical plant space, resolve alignment issues and increase process productivity. With a 20 to 25 percent average reduction in overall pump length, Tru-Fit has a smaller footprint than traditional coupled pumps and is available with a right-angle gear reducer to conserve even more space. Tru-Fit’s unique self-aligning shaft eliminates the need for couplings and guards as well as the high-maintenance costs associated with shaft misalignment. The pump drive’s maintenance-friendly adapter and compact and open base design allows for easy cleaning. Unique features for Tru-Fit for the dairy, beverage and food industries include more than 70 gear ratios for each size, 1/5 to 60 horsepower motors, optional stainless-steel base and three-bolt mounting to minimize pump change-out time. — Waukesha Cherry-Burrell, 611 Sugar Creek Road, Delavan, Wis., 53115, phone: (262) 728-1900, fax: (262) 728-4904, Web site: www.gowcb.com
Metric-Design Cartoners
Created for global markets, the metric-design Meridian large-center cartoners by R.A. Jones offer optimum flexibility. It's available in 9- or 12-inch centers, right- and left-hand configuration and small footprints. Overall base frame measures no longer than 16 inches in both configurations. Features include Allen Bradley ControlLogix controls, Ultra 2000 drives, Panelview 700 Plus color touch-screen HMI, servo-driven flap closers, Nordson Pro-Blu 7 hot-melt glue system and straight-in bucket conveyor including guide buckets. Meridian cartoners can reach speeds of 200 cpm with a 9-inch center and 160 cpm with a 12-inch center. Carton sizes for the 9-inch center model range from 4 to 8 inches long, 1/2 to 6 inches wide and 4 1/2 to 12 inches deep; sizes for the 12-inch center range from 4 to 11 inches long, 1/2 inch to 6 inches wide and 4 1/2 to 12 inches deep. Options include automatic transfers, code date, tuck closing, open flap inspect and reject, loader reject conveyor, color and pendant-mount HMI, NEMA 4 electrics, CE mark capability and Siemens controls. — R.A. Jones & Co. Inc., P.O. Box 485, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45201, phone: (859) 341-0400, fax: (859) 341-0519, Web site: www.rajones.com
Rubber Goods Testing Services
Saf-T-Gard International offers rubber goods testing services for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E-compliant products. Saf-T-Gard’s Voltgard Test Labs offers full service testing and recertification of rubber gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, hoods and jumper cables. NFPA Standard 70E addresses procedures and recommendations for protecting against arc flash and all electrical hazards. — Saf-T-Gard International Inc., 205 Huehl Road, Northbrook, Ill., 60062, phone: (847) 291-1600, fax: (847) 291-1610, e-mail: saftgard@saftgard.com, Web site: www.saftgard.com
Protection Seals
SKF Motion Technologies has introduced Nilos-Ring steel disk seals to protect grease-lubricated roller bearings in applications where wash-down or regular exposure to liquids may be required. The disk seal design incorporates a Viton gasket, which enhances sealing performance when liquids are in permanent contact with bearings. The all-metal non-contact labyrinth rings are ready-to-install and compact, and feature a 4 mm-high profile. Manufactured from stainless steel, these seals are available in a wide range of sizes. — SKF Motion Technologies, 1530 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, Pa., 18017-2266, phone: (610) 861-3712, Web site: www.linearmotion.skf.com
Stroke Rate Controller
Fluid Metering Inc. introduces the V200 stroke-rate controller for precision control of all FMI V-Series variable-speed metering pumps. The V200 is designed for accurate fluid metering in laboratory research and development, test stand, pilot plant, process and production applications. The V200 Controller allows pump speed settings to be adjusted either manually in 0.1 percent increments using a convenient on-board digital potentiometer, or through an electronic 4-20mA interface. — Fluid Metering Inc., 5 Aerial Way, Suite 500, Syosset, N.Y., 11791, phone: (516) 922-6050, fax: (516) 624-8261, e-mail: pumps@fmipump.com, Web site: www.fmipump.com
Air Filter Guide
Airguard’s Air Filter Guide is an easy-to-use tool for comparing filter options, including pre-filters and final filters, for specific applications within a process facility. Included are HEPA and ULPA filters, antimicrobial filters, disposable panel filters, extended surface pocket filters, special media, gas phase absorbers and filters for eliminating various process odors. The guide describes filters engineered for high-moisture environments, and filters with extremely high MERV ratings. Filter options for the collection of particulate from mixing and blending, and packaging operations are included, along with a section on clean room filtration and programmable fan/filter systems. — Airguard, Box 32578, Louisville, Ky., 40232, phone: (502) 969-2304, e-mail: mailbag@airguard.com, Web site: www.airguard.com
High-Density Polyethylene Tubs
Remco’s high-density polyethylene (series 6901) tubs are now available in gray. Used as stand-alone items or with steel undercarriages, these tubs will stack with lids and nest when empty. The company's entire tub line meets FDA and USDA requirements, features a variety of designs and has an optional drain plug available for every model. In addition to white and gray, the tubs are also available in custom colors with a minimum order quantity. — Remco Products, 4735 W. 106th St., Zionsville, Ind., 46077, phone: (317) 876-9856, fax: (800) 585-8619, e-mail: annb@remcoproducts.com, Web site: www.remcoproducts.com.
Modular Plastic Conveyor
Columbia Machine now uses Intralox® modular plastic conveyor belting for palletizer discharge conveyors, providing a more stable means for transporting unitized loads. Columbia’s design engineers worked closely with Intralox to develop new style of conveyor, which offers a less expensive alternative to slat conveyors and eliminates the chordal action that can cause load degradation. — Columbia Machine Inc., P.O. Box 8950, Vancouver, Wash., 98668-8950, phone: (360) 694-1501, fax: (360) 690-4583, e-mail: pallsales@colmac.com, Web site: www.palletizing.com
Portable CIP
Sani-Matic’s Ultra Flow CIP has found increasing acceptance as a portable CIP. With the inherent benefit of a return system as the key element in the unit, Ultra Flow avoids many of the difficulties encountered in traditional centrifugal pump return setups. The eductor is insensitive to entrained air in the return solution and keeps water from pooling at the bottom of the tanks as they are being washed. The unit operates on a minimum of water and chemicals to make single-use operation as cost effective as possible. Ultra Flow is a worthwhile consideration for customers with applications isolated from existing CIP supply and return piping. — Sani-Matic Inc., 1915 S. Stoughton Road, P.O. Box 8662, Madison, Wis., 53708, phone: (608) 222-2399, fax: (608) 222-5348, Web site: www.sanimatic.com
Infrared Analyzer for Dairy
Advanced Instruments has introduced the Delta LactoScope analyzer, an infrared spectrophotometer capable of accurately determining fat, protein, lactose and total solids in milk, cream and other dairy products. Its modular construction, including open access to the pump, homogenizer and other components, allows for easy maintenance and parts replacement. LactoScope is available in manual and automatic versions with throughput rates up to 450 samples per hour. Accuracy and repeatability exceed industry-accepted standards for laboratory analyzers. A simple user interface makes it easy to operate and no external computer is required. A standard RS-232 enables data transmission to an external source and a printer output port is also included. — Advanced Instruments Inc., 2 Technology Way, Norwood, Mass., 02062, (781) 320-9000, (800) 225-4034, fax: (781) 320-8181, Web site: aicompanies.com
Protein-Plus System
Westfalia’s HyVol Protein-Plus System yields cost-saving benefits in milk production by providing greater retention and lowering overall operating costs. This option is available on new Westfalia separators and can be retrofitted to existing machines. The Protein-Plus System enables separators to be discharged every two hours, yielding one-third fewer and shorter ejection cycles. Other benefits are reduced water consumption, lower utility costs, less machine wear and less maintenance. — Westfalia Separator Inc., 100 Fairway Court, Northvale, N.J., 07647, phone: (201) 767-1115, fax: (201) 784-4331, Web site: www.wsus.com
Spouted-Pouch Filler
The versatile CMF-10 filler is designed to fill pouches with liquids at speeds up to 20 per minute, depending on product viscosity, spout design and pouch size. Filling range varies from 100 to 5,000 milliliters. The CMF-10 is user-friendly and its quick changeover makes it ideal for short runs and sample preparation. Some of the automation options include a magazine for pouch feeding and an automated cap-feeding bowl. A vacuum-delay leak detection system can be added to ensure pouch integrity. — Hart Design & Mfg. Inc., 1940 Radisson St., Green Bay, Wis., 54302, phone: (920) 468-5927, fax: (920) 468-5888
Rollstock Machine
As part of its ongoing drive to give food manufacturers of all sizes the opportunity to leverage the technology of thermoform fill-seal packaging, Multivac has introduced the new R140 rollstock system. It is the smallest rollstock thermoform fill and seal system available and guarantees the same quality and reliability customers have come to expect from Multivac. The machine’s competitive price point makes it the perfect entry-level machine for small processors; larger food companies can take advantage of the low cost machine to do small product runs without retooling existing packaging systems or interrupting other production lines. The R140 can also be expanded to include options such as a cleaning program, gas-flushing for MAP packaging, and photo electric registration. As little as 10 feet in length, the fully automatic rollstock R140 is designed to save space in any packaging environment. — Multivac Inc., 11021 N.W. Pomona Ave., Kansas City, Mo., 64153, phone: (816) 891-0555, fax: (816) 891-0622, Web site: www.multivac.com
Shear Blender
Fristam Pumps introduces its new FS Series Shear Blender for homogenizing, blending, emulsifying, dispersing, dissolving and texturizing. The Shear Blender’s rotor-stator design eliminates unblended product and prevents lumps and masses in product. Benefits include improved product texture, reduced raw material usage, consistent and repeatable results, and reduced processing times. Sanitary and CIP-able, the FS also reduces maintenance efforts and expense. — Fristam Pumps, 2410 Parview Road, Middleton, Wis., 53562, phone: (608) 831-5001 or (800) 841-5001, fax: (608) 831-8467, Web site: fristam.com
SmartTouch Touchscreen
The Mettler Toledo Model UC-CW counter scale enhances existing scale technology while improving retail abilities to better monitor and control the flow of products from point of service to point of sale. The color SmartTouch Touchscreen offers simple employee training and operation. The intuitive user interface provides a logical flow of screens while prompting the suggestive selling process and allowing for quicker customer service. PLU information can be displayed with the click of a key and context-sensitive help screens allow operators to access instructions and detailed descriptions easily, significantly reducing labor costs and training time. Features include a low-profile design to fit store designs, clear backlit customer display with graphics capability, large label capacity, pull-out printer for easy label printing, sturdy metal construction and convenient power, keyboard, mouse and network connections. — Mettler-Toledo Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio, 43240, phone: (800) 883-2171, Web site: www.mt.com/us