Equipment Round Up: April 2018

Our editors selected the following equipment to feature in our April 2018 issue of Food Processing. See which products they chose.

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Stand-alone dust collector

Protect operators and improve plant hygiene while eliminating material waste with new stand-alone dust collectors. They remove airborne dust from upstream processes and discharge it into containers positioned below the collection hopper. Any upstream process that generates dust can be vented to the system through hard piping or a flexible connection, drawing dust onto dual filter cartridges. At timed intervals, an automatic reverse-pulse filter cleaning system releases short blasts of compressed plant air inside the filters, causing dust build-up on the outer filter surfaces to fall into the hopper. An indicator light on the control panel notifies the operator when the receiving hopper is full. Cleaning is efficient with a stainless steel housing with NEMA 4X water-resistant controls and wash-down-duty fan motor.
Flexicon Corp.; Bethlehem, Pa.; 888-353-9426; www.flexicon.com

Digital panel meter

See data from farther distances with the DPM-100 digital panel meter that features a large, LED display visible in sunlight, fog and dust from yards away. Compatible with Modbus-enabled sensors, the meter can be programmed as a Modbus RTU master, slave or snooper. The device continuously scans for up to 16 process variables providing real-time data to measure, monitor and control multiple vessels. Simple keypad controls allow users to set and acknowledge alarms and manage output relays. Alerts prevent overfilling or material outages for storage vessels containing liquids, powders, or solids. Large upper and lower dual-line LED displays can be configured to view your most important measurements.
BinMaster; Lincoln, Neb.; 800-278-4241; www.binmaster.com

Uniflow jacket delivers faster heating and cooling

Higher production batch rates, lower production costs and more consistent batch processing can be achieved with the Uniflow Jacket. This uniquely engineered jacket accelerates batch heat-up and cool-down times by rapidly and uniformly moving steam or hot/cold water in a single direction through a tightly wound, stainless steel coil, applying the right temperature to the jacketed vessel sidewall. It outperforms dimpled jackets, the vendor claims, by maximizing throughput and consistency, reducing leak risks and improving structural integrity. Heating and cooling zones make this jacket even more energy efficient and versatile for all size operations.
Lee Industries; Philipsburg, Pa.; 814-342-0461; leeind.com

Precision grinders

Meet the demands of small batch spice companies looking for high quality grind profiles with the precision disc-style GPX and GP-140 grinders. Designed for capacities of 200-1,000 lb./hr., the grinders run continuously while maintaining a tight particle size distribution. A water-cooled option prevents heat buildup for extended continuous operation. The GPX uses 5.5-in. diameter “diamond hard” grinding discs that are precision-cut to optimize the cutting action with infinite adjustment control, resulting in cool, uniform grinds ideal for any spice. The GP-140 uses larger 7.1-in. diameter discs for greater volume. Several hopper sizes and covers are available.
Modern Process Equipment Corp.; Chicago; 773-254-3929; www.mpechicago.com

Automation software

Design, build and commission automation systems with the updated Studio 5000 integrated development environment. The latest software release includes a new user interface that provides a common, modern look across all Studio 5000 applications, and includes updates to help engineers improve productivity from design to deployment, including several programming languages and text editor with collapsible code segments and inline value monitoring. The new Logix tag-based alarm functionality allows engineers to add alarms to structures and manage them in a single environment, which helps save time by avoiding the need for programming. The update also includes new drive safety instructions in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2, and motion instructions for expanded kinematic support. The user interface includes multi-monitor support and tabbed views to help improve usability and reduce design time.
Rockwell Automation; Milwaukee; 414-382-2000; www.rockwellautomation.com

Double seat valve heads

Dairy producers can save up to 90 percent on cleaning-in-place equipment with the LEFF (Low Emission Flip Flop) water-economizing function on the company’s valve heads. Approved under the U.S. Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) for control function for double-seat valves, the 24/7 PMO 2.0 Valve range is for use in non-aseptic dairy processes where milk is drawn off, stored, distributed and filled. Sealing zones on the valves can be cleaned separately by LEFF with their sealing function entirely retained. This means that they can work around the clock, regardless of process run-times and product pressures, without interrupting production for CIP.

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