The following products recently appeared in the Equipment Round-up in our January 2018 issue of Food Processing magazine. To download your own copy of the digital version, visit our January page.
New or used kettle?
Ready for a new kettle but aren't sure whether to buy new or used? Most food processors choose to buy a brand new vessel when it’s time to expand. Understanding what factors to consider when weighing the purchase of a new vs. used kettle can help clarify the decision. Download this guide to determine what’s best for your operation.
Lee Industries; Philipsburg, Pa.; 814-342-0461; leeind.com/FP7
Slurry mix and spray system
The Intelli-flav CLS 5 is said to accurately and efficiently blend and apply slurry seasoning to a range of extruded and dry snack products. Featuring a single tank and up to six precision spray nozzles, it continuously monitors the under-surface mixing of the oil and seasoning powder to deliver a homogenous mix with reduced slurry or product waste. Choose from four different spray lance designs that integrate into other seasoning systems for flexibility. The system features a single tank with a low volume reservoir (50l/13gal) to ensure minimal waste during flavor changes of short production runs.
TNA North America Inc.; Coppell, Texas; 972-462-6500; www.tnasolutions.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.
American Thermal Instruments; Dayton Ohio; 937-429-2114; www.americanthermal.com
Single tunnel diverter valve
The PST30 (plug single-tunnel) Diverter Valve features internally shim-able positive stops, inflatable pneumatic seals at each port, position indication from the tunnel itself and external tunnel position indication. Additional features include 145-degree port-to-port rotation, a two-way switching capability for either dilute phase or dense phase conveying applications, aluminum or 316 stainless steel housing, end plates, plugs and inlet and outlet ports flanged to mate 150# ANSI or 10N-DIN flange patterns. The housing, plug and endplates on the aluminum valve are hard-anodized for wear resistance. To complete the unit, a pneumatic actuator providing a four-second actuation time between ports, a four-way double and three-way single solenoid air control valve with NEMA 4 enclosure, and two SPST proximity sensors are included.
Schenck Process; Whitewater, Wis.; 800-558-0184; www.schenckprocess.com/us
The patent-pending Cryoline CWI Cryowave impingement freezer combines dual-action Cryowave product agitation with impingement cryogenic gas flow into a high-capacity chilling solution, said to be ideal for crusting or individually quick freezing sliced and diced chicken, chicken wings, meatballs, sausages and pizza toppings. The company says the freezer can reduce operating costs and increase output by delivering nearly three times the heat transfer rate of traditional modular cryogenic freezers while significantly reducing dehydration losses.
Linde LLC; Bridgewater, N.J.; 908-464-8100; www.lindeus.com
Tray line and horizontal vacuum filler
The new six-piston/four-ounce 6P-04 filler is said to be ideal for tray line and horizontal vacuum former applications, such as adding sauces, marinades, gravies or liquid seasoning to meat, poultry and fish. The filler features servo motors that move the entire filler for spreading product during the fill cycle or to shift the filler for filling into multiple targets. Positive shut-off spouts with an adjustable blow-off feature are used to maintain a clean fill zone. A tool free tilt hopper and spout plate along with two-piece strong back makes for disassembly in under a minute without tools.
Hinds-Bock Corp.; Bothell, Wash.; 877-292-5715; www.hinds-bock.com
Planetary mixer free loaner
The manufacturer's Ross Test & Development Center offers the use of an advanced planetary mixer for no-charge demonstrations. The new 4-gal. Planetary Dual Disperser (Model PDDM-4) is equipped with two high viscosity blades and two high-speed dispersers; all four agitators rotate on their own axes while orbiting the vessel, ensuring rapid powder wet-out and deagglomeration. It is designed for vacuum operation and includes a jacketed mix vessel. Suitable for mixing thick slurries and highly-filled pastes, the PDDM delivers dispersion and uniformity throughout a wide viscosity range up to around 2 million centipoise.