Equipment Round Up: September 2015

A monthly round-up of food and beverage manufacturing equipment chosen by our editors.

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Automatic control of spray nozzles

The next generation of the AutoJet Model 1550 Modular Spray System, designated the Model 1550+, is a self-contained, compact system providing automatic control of spray nozzles to ensure uniform and accurate placement of the sprayed solution with minimal waste. The system is suitable for coating, marking and lubricating operations. It operates electrically and pneumatically actuated spray nozzles. When used with the company’s hydraulic PulsaJet automatic nozzles, Precision Spray Control (PSC) is possible. Automatic adjustment of flow rate based on line speed, nearly instantaneous adjustment of flow rate and the ability to maintain low flow rates with larger spray orifices to reduce clogging are just a few of the benefits of PSC flow control.

Spraying Systems Co.; Wheaton, Ill.

Lubricants, greases for food applications

Purity FG lubricants are designed for many applications in food processing plants. These specially formulated food-grade lubricants are effective under severe food processing operating conditions — from food acids and juices to by-products and temperature swings. They fit into a HACCP program and carry a full set of food-grade lubricant and grease credentials including NSF H1 lubricants with incidental contact requirements. Purity FG greases resist water washout, water jet spray and most sterilizing chemicals used in cleaning better than many competitive food-grade greases. That reduces the downtime needed for re-greasing.

Petro Canada Lubricants Inc.; Mississauga, Ontario

Rotary jet mixer

Handle liquid and powder mixing, gas dispersion and cleaning-in-place (CIP) while reducing time, energy and costs with the company’s rotary jet mixer. Based on rotary jet head technology, the mixer can be used in tanks between 100 and 800,000 liters and is equipped with two or four nozzles. Positioned below liquid level in the tank, liquid is withdrawn from the tank outlet by a pump and circulated via an external loop to the mixer. A single mixer can handle liquid mixing, gas dispersion and powder dispersion applications without requiring separate equipment for each process, thereby delivering significant savings, according to the company.

Alfa Laval; Richmond, Va.

Explosion vents

The company announced two new types of explosion vent product lines. The round Sani-VA sanitary is for demanding "clean" applications, is NFPA 68 compliant and has 3A, EHEDGE and ATEX certifications. The CV-S High Vacuum explosion vent is for extreme vacuum conditions and provides protection in applications such as air-material separation, drying, conveyance and processing operations. The CV-S High Vacuum is built to exceed the NFPA 68 standard.

Fike; Blue Springs, Mo.

Sustainable flat tray packaging

The skin tray sealing packing system produces Hybric Flat Tray packaging and creates a sustainable package. Using “Platform Technology,” the package can be made with either a coated paperboard or plastic foundation. According to the company, the patented technology provides excellent communication surfaces and is 80 percent recyclable, if paper is used. The easy to open, vacuum-sealed package offers minimal post-consumer waste compared to all other retail packaging styles. The tray sealers give producers the flexibility and technology to meet changing consumer demands over time with a single investment by creating multiple package styles on one machine.

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