These products appeared in our February issue of Food Processing. Get your copy of the digital issue here
Dust collector and cleanup vacuum system
VSHC units, as standalone or integrated systems, are high containment dust collectors and vacuum cleanup conveyors that provide simple and effective dust collection, dust cleanup or dust collection for a bag dump station. They are capable of handling dry, semi dry or liquid cleanup. Available in three sizes – 10, 14 and 18-in. diameters – they provide effective dust control that meets ATEX Certified and explosion-proof standards for any powder having a Minimum Ignition Energy of greater than 1 mJ. The units are manufactured in all 316L contact parts and feature both the manufacturer's patented modules for tool-free cleaning and filter system as well as common seals throughout.
Volkmann; Bristol, Pa.; 609-265-0101; www.volkmannusa.com
Let it Snow
The ColdFront Even Chill Bulk Bin Snowing System provides quick, precise and controlled delivery of carbon dioxide snow to ensure even temperature as product is deposited into bulk bin or tote containers. This greatly reducing both hot spots and overcooling. This automation-assisted system utilizes carbon dioxide snow horns in combination with PLC controls to deliver the cooling needed.
Praxair Inc.; Danbury, Conn.; 800-772-9247; www.praxairfood.com
14-station slicing head
The MicroAdjustable Slicing Head (SL-14) is a new concept in slicing. For use on the Model CC Slicer, the best-selling potato slicer in the world, the new slicing head features 14 cutting stations that maximize slice engagement. This increased cutting station design delivers much higher capacities versus the standard, fully-adjustable 8-station cutting head. Switching over to the SL-14 from the standard 8-station head requires no special adapters. The new slicing design concept does not incorporate shims or shoes, and offers toolfree knife changeovers. Weighing in at only 35 lb. (16kg) with built-in lifting handles, the SL-14 is easily removed and replaced.
Urschel; Chesterton, Ind.; 219-464-4811; www.urschel.com
Compact, low NOx boilers
LX Gas/Low NOx Series, Low and High Pressure Steam Boilers use natural gas or propane and are available in a range of steam options (300 MAWP, 170 MAWP or 15 MAWP). The units are available from 50-300HP. Their compact size allows most models to fit through an industrial 7-ft. doorway, while their naturally low NOx (nitrogen oxides) ratings are as low as 9ppm depending on model. This meets or exceeds current and proposed regulations for nitrogen oxide emissions levels. Hot water boilers are also available depending on models.
Miura; Rockmart, Ga.; 888-309-5574; www.miuraboiler.com
X-ray for meat & poultry - PIC
The RMI 400 X-ray inspection machine is specifically designed for the poultry and meat industry. It has superior bone and contaminant detection, with a design that meets stringent NAMI standards and a construction that withstands various challenges in meat and poultry settings. Advanced SimulTask Pro imaging software inspects for contaminants including bone, stainless steel and aluminum, glass and stone. An innovative infeed and out-feed conveyor reduces the number of surfaces with which products come into contact, thereby lowering sanitation time.
Eagle Product Inspection; Tampa, Fla.; 877-379-1670; eaglepi.com
Taking your product's temperature
Highly regulated product shipments present a challenge throughout shipping and storage. Product freshness and efficacy rely on a stable climate throughout the supply chain. Endicate is a new electronic temperature monitoring device that guarantees the integrity of a product by providing reliable information about thermal excursions upon receipt of shipment. It has accuracy of ±0.5ºC (±0.9F) for all temperatures between -20°C and 70°C (-4°F -158°F). It's armed with four easily programmable high or low temperature alarms, for single excursions, and continuous or cumulative time deviations. It is deployed with the simple push of a button. The large LCD display is easy to read, and offers a clear indication if an alarm has been triggered. The operator gets a distinct, readable notification detailing whether the shipment is acceptable, or if a product has exceeded temperature limits during delivery. The one-time use product has a shelf life of five years, with an operating life of about 60 days.