Equipment Round Up: March 2018

See which equipment products our editors hand-picked to highlight for the March issue of Food Processing magazine.

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These products appeared in our March 2018 issue. Download your copy of the digital issue

Filling system for dressings, sauces

The 8P-32 eight-piston bottle filling system is fast, accurate and quick and easy to change over to run different bottles or products. Suitable for dressings, sauces, mayonnaise, condiments or other flowable or semi flowable products with or without particulates. Features include hopper agitation to gently maintain the proper ratio of liquids and solids or to prevent coring of viscous product, precise metering using either pneumatic or servo piston drive, servo motor diving spout bridge for bottom-up bottle filling and automatic cycling controls. Unscrambler table, conveyor and accumulator table complete the 8P-32 automatic filling line. Heated versions are also available for hot fill applications. Hinds-Bock Corp.; Bothell, Wash.; 877-292-5715;

Hemispherical kettle

Efficiently and thoroughly mix solid ingredients without damaging fresh-cut quality with the company’s hemispherical-bottom kettle. Unlike standard cone-bottom tanks, this kettle is engineered to prevent damage to ingredients, delivering consistent batch-to-batch quality. While vertical tanks can potentially cause uneven ingredient distribution, damage or clumping, the hemispherical vessel uses a unique inclined, double-motion agitator to avoid these problems, promoting smooth, thorough and even mixing while protecting expensive ingredients. Lee Industries; Philipsburg, Pa.; 814-342-0461;

Steam peeling

Easily peel potatoes, baby carrots and other vegetables with the Florigo ultra-peel SSC3 steam peeling solutions. The three different steam vessel designs are specifically engineered to deliver high peel efficiency, superior yield and uniform skin removal, while cutting average maintenance costs by 50 percent. The SSC3 portfolio includes high capacity steam peelers for large root vegetables like potatoes for French fries and vessels with centrally controlled steam inlets for smaller, irregular shaped produce to enable uniform steam coverage. Each steam peeling solution offers operators complete flexibility over steam time, pressure and vessel rotation speed to further optimize the peeling process for each product. TNA North America Inc.; Coppell, Texas; 972-462-6500;

Bulk bag filler

Achieve high output with a bulk bag filling system that features a powered fill head height adjustment and a rotary bag hanger system. These features bring the fill head and bag strap connection points to an ergonomic position directly in front of the operator for quick and easy access. After the bag connection, the bulk bag is filled by weight to a programmed setpoint. Once the fill cycle is complete, the bag inlet spout and straps release, the fill head raises and the filled bag is removed. Systems are custom designed for application requirements. Material Transfer; Allegan, Mich.; 800-836-7068;

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;

Vacuum conveyor

Eliminate manual scooping and filling of topping and coating machines with the MDL205011 Vacuum Conveyor Package, which conveys toppings, coatings, powders, granular materials and other ingredients like flour and sugar from drums, bags, super sacks, and totes. The system can be set up for batch or continuous conveying, with convey rates up to 1,000 lbs. per hour. In addition, the system reclaims and recycles toppings from underneath the conveyor belt, pneumatically conveying the materials back to the topping or coating machine, maximizing on ingredient cost savings while minimizing manual scooping and combustible dust issues. Vac-U-Max; Belleville, N.J.; 973-759-4600;

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