PMMI and FPSA Part Ways After Healthy Pack/Process Expo
PMMI and FPSA part ways, but not before a reasonably healthy Pack/Process Expo.
By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief | 10/30/2009
A novel technology for cleaning was shown off by Cold Jet (www.coldjet.com). The machine sprays tiny dry ice (carbon dioxide) crystals to clean process surfaces and other areas. Like a high-pressure deck washer, the sprayer can adjusted from mild (it safely cleaned my eyeglasses) to aggressive (it cut through wood). The crystals are abrasive enough to remove even baked-on debris (without chemicals or solvents) but they dissipate into carbon dioxide, not water -- so there’s no moisture (electronics are safe) and no chemical residue or wastewater. The cold temperature even helps to kill E. coli.
<< NuTEC Manufacturing’s (www.nutecmfg.com) 720 is an all-hydraulic, microprocessor controlled, multi-outlet forming machine. It easily adapts to changing production requirements with some simple tooling changes. Processors can run up to 3,900 patties per hour with the one-hole mold or -- easily changing to the two-hole setup -- up to 7,800 patties per hour.
Wirebelt (www.wirebelt.com) showed its new CompactGrid design for conveyor belts. It’s engineered to replace heavier balanced weave belts and difficult-to-clean plastic modular belts. Its 70 percent open surface area provides increased performance in processes where product coating, drainage, cooling and liquid or air circulation are factors.
Printpack (www. printpack.com) showed an ink with a mirror effect, which should capture consumers’ attention. The silver metallic ink is printed on Printpack’s shrink label, “Go Figure,” on Pure Affinia PETG, a special film that will help to enhance the characteristics of the ink. Shrink and roll-fed labels, tamper-evident bands and heat-shrinkable sleeves for multipacks can be printed in up to 10 colors using flexographic and rotogravure printing on a variety of shrink films and laminations.
Designed for the contamination control needs of food manufacturers, the GWD 220 wet/dry vacuum by Nilfisk CFM (www.foodprocessingvacuum.com) allows plant workers to collect both wet and dry materials without having to stop to change out filters. It features a stainless steel collection tank and ergonomic “tip and pour” system to easily dispose of collected liquids. Two high-powered bypass motors provide performance while maintaining low noise levels. >>
Meritech (www.meritech.com) officials said they’ve been busy helping food & beverage clients meet the requirements of the Safe Quality Foods Initiative, particularly with hand- and boot-washing systems. The more automated the better. The ProTech washes both boots and hands simultaneously, using just 0.4 gal. per user and cycled automatically via an infrared photo-optical sensor.
SPX Flow Technology (www.spx.com) is the umbrella for such well-known sanitary brands as APV, Bran+Luebbe, Johnson Pump, Lightnin and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell. APV’s R5 Quad-Drive heat exchangers debuted a Series 2 line at the show, with 36 design changes that make it simpler to operate and lower in cost.
Heat and Control (www.heatandcontrol.com) put the compact Ishida QX-series tray sealer on display. s Apply high quality hermetic seals to any shape or size tray using Ishida's compact. Models are available for medium-speed manual loading and fully automated sealing of up to 200 trays per minute. It can be configured for gas flushing, vacuum-gassing or seal-only operation. Tooling can be exchanged in minutes. Ishida's Intelligent Tool function automatically recognizes the correct tooling for each preset product to further speed changeovers.
The Breddo Likwifier (www.breddo.com) for 50 years has been reliably dissolving solids or semi-solids where time, temperature and complete hydration are keys. While it was originally designed to dissolve natural gums and synthetic thickeners, the Likwifier has evolved to dissolve and disperse virtually any food product.
The newest development from Kluber Lubrication (www.klubersolutions.com) is Allplex FMG-2 US, a multi-purpose grease for food processing, beverage and pharmaceutical applications. It’s a good, everyday lubricant for wear protection in general-purpose applications and rounds out Klüber’s portfolio of NSF H1-registered specialty products. It provides water resistance, a broad operating temperature range, anti-wear/extreme pressure properties, oxidation resistance and corrosion prevention.
The HPE bread divider system from Reiser (www.reiser.com) took dough from a Vemag dividing/portioning machine through a servo-controlled cutting mechanism to portion bread and pizza dough. A checkweigher was integrated into the system for weight accuracy.
While it’s known for its magnetic metal detection, Eriez Magnetics (www.eriez.com) put some spotlight on its X-ray inspection system. The EZ Tec XR can spot glass, stone and missing product, as well as metal, in pies, fruits, vegetables, even inside of cans. It uses advanced linear array technology.
Hartness International (www.hartness.com) unveiled the Model 845, a purpose-built, robotic case packer designed to handle containers that can withstand little pressure (such as light-weighted bottles and reverse tapered wine bottles). The company also displayed Uvaclear ink, a UV-curable ink that can color glass bottles in almost any color, but is easily removed during glass recycling without contamination and without necessitating sorting the glass by color. Hartness also announced a partnership with Vertique for mixed case, pick-to-order palletizing.
Intelligrated revealed itself as the new owner of the FKI Logistex and Alvey operations in North and South America. The Cincinnati company (www.intelligrated.com) in June bought the brands of automated material handling and palletizing systems.
<< Kliklok-Woodman (www.kliklok.com) introduced what it called “the most versatile snack food bagmaker,” the Woodman G3. It can form 10-240 bags per minute in sizes 50mm-266mm wide and 76-559mm long. It’s suited to candy, nuts, crackers, cookies, potato chips and other salted snacks.