Equipment Round-Up: February 2015

Our monthly round-up of manufacturing equipment hand-picked by us, the editors of Food Processing.

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Flexible screw conveyor

Achieve gentle handling and constant remixing of contents with the company’s flexible screw conveyors. The conveyors are said to provide dust-free, low-energy, low-maintenance and low-cost conveying solutions. A constant tumbling effect provides a homogenous mix of particles in the conveyor when feeding pre-mixed ingredients. The conveyor can also be used as an ingredient mixer by adding a second product inlet. A controlled feed provides proportional ingredients mixture.

Spiroflow Systems Inc.; Monroe, N.C.


Tender, consistent patties

Create consistent looking and cooking patties with the Ultimate Patty Fill System. The system can form patties in portions up to 1-inch thick and 10 oz. in weight. Patties that are formed with the system are assembled in random grinder-sized strands instead of being subjected to the typical excessively high pressures that can result in patty toughness. The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. Ultimately, the unit creates a patty with tenderness and consistent shape and weight retention after cooking.

NuTEC Manufacturing; New Lenox, Ill.


Bulk bag filling system

The company’s bulk bag filling process systems include automated pallet introduction, automated metering of material supply, NTEP-certified, precision bag weighing and automated, filled-bag accumulation conveyors. They enable a single operator to process up to 20 4,500 lb.-capacity bulk bags per hour, or 90,000 lbs. of dry bulk material per hour. The system increases efficiency and safety and reduces material loss. Optimization begins during the staging of the first pallet when the hydraulic carriage lifts bag capacities up to 4,500 lbs. The weigh system provides accuracy of +/- .01 percent. Precision weighing improves total process efficiency by eliminating re-working of over- and under-filled bags. A single, menu-driven HMI centralizes system-wide operations, including legacy, upstream material supply equipment.

National Bulk Equipment Inc.; Holland, Mich.


Keep an eye on your product

There are plenty of food & beverage applications for the completely integrated In-Sight 7000 vision system. It features autofocus, fast image capture, integrated lighting and lens with powerful vision tools for inspection, color, OCR applications and more. The integrated, field-replaceable lighting has five color options (red, blue, green, white and infrared). You can also power and control a range of external lighting. It can inspect, gauge/measure, guide/align, read characters and read bar codes — all in a compact, industrial IP67 package.

Cognex Corp.; Natick, Mass.


Sanitary pressure gauges

The PSQ 2.5-inch sanitary gauge is now available with a ¾-inch fractional seal and Tri-Clamp connection, bottom or back mount. The dial has an accuracy of +/-1.5 percent and comes standard with a food-grade glycerin fill and an industrial grade polycarbonate lens. Designed for clean-in-place and steam-in-place installations, the gauge complies with the 74-05 standard and is built to withstand all applications where 3A approval is required in sanitary installations.

Winters Instruments; Toronto


Digital sorters

Control the removal of defects and foreign material to produce quality batch-fried and continuous-fried potato chips with the company’s digital sorters. Using camera laser sorters to identify and remove the widest variety of defects, the sorters find green spots, bruises and overcooked black spots. In addition, the lasers detect batch-fried defects such as doubles and clumps of chips stuck together, and oil and blistered chips. Split-sorter configuration is available, enabling simultaneous double product sorting.

Key Technology Inc.; Walla Walla, Wash.


Tank washing nozzles

HydroWhirl Poseidon nozzles now include lower flow rates from 4.45 gpm to 26.3 gpm. The smaller-sized tank washing nozzles are designed to fit through opening as small as 2 inches, while maintaining a slow and controlled rotation speed. Complete coverage enables increased impact and cleaning efficiency with a slow spinning spray and a longer spray dwell time on the target surface. Fluid-driven and lubricated, the rotating cleaning nozzles are made of corrosion-resistant PTFE and are idea for harsh chemical environments.

BETE Fog Nozzle Inc.; Greenfield, Mass.


Grain gear protection

The company’s grain endurance package adds protection for gear drives that serve the grain industry. The package meets a variety of processes and applications from transportation of material to flour and feed mills to crushing and blending facilities. In addition, it includes filter cart quick disconnects, oil sample port, sight glass and keyless shaft connections. According to the company, the drives are built to withstand dust and weather and are designed for the efficient movement of grain.

Nord Gear Corp. USA; Waunakee, Wis.


Bulk bag with metal detection

Detect and separate metal while filling bulk bags by weight, dust-free, with the company’s sanitary bulk bag filler with metal detection. Equipped with an integral metal detector/separator that detects metal in the free-fall stream of material entering the filler, the unit ejects metal through a chute that discharges into a removable drum at the back of the unit. The filler also features adjustable head height for popular sizes, an inflatable cuff forming a seal to the bag inlet spout, a blower to remove bag creases prior to filling, load cells for filing by weight and a vent port for dust-free air displacement during filling.

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