Equipment Round Up: December 2019

Dec. 11, 2019
Our editors selected the following equipment to feature in our December 2019 issue of Food Processing. See which products they chose.

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Conveyorized metal detection

GC Series conveyorized metal detection systems improve compliance and reduce total cost of ownership. They support quality and production objectives by providing robust, easy to use, modular equipment, which is readily re-configurable to support future requirements. The highly configurable design can adapt to the changing requirements of the food industry and to manufacturers’ needs. They can be supplied with a variety of Safeline metal detectors, polyurethane or modular belts and different reject mechanisms. Mettler Toledo; Lutz, Fla. 813-889-9500; www.mt.com/pi

Realtime wastewater monitoring

Aquavista Plant has a suite of digital solutions to help water treatment and water management professionals respond to environmental, compliance and market challenges. It provides real-time performance optimization of wastewater treatment facilities and networks, enabling the enhancement of hydraulic and biological capacity as well as optimizing energy usage, chemical consumption and sludge production of the plant. Monitoring devices are installed on all relevant equipment, data from which are fed back to the Aquavista Plant system, where it is aggregated and displayed in real time on an intuitive dashboard overview. It can be implemented on installations of any size from a single technology to a range of assets across multiple sites and networks. Veolia Water Technologies; Moon Twp., Pa.; 412-809-6641; www.veoliawatertech.com

Ultra-hygienic robotic cell

Designed specifically to meet European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) standards, the HFPC 120 robotic food handling system uses a modular approach and allows the cell to be customized in a way that matches the requirements of a user’s food processing line exactly. It orients and places primary meat products such as chicken portions, steaks and burgers into trays. CME; Chard, U.K.; +44 1460 269534; cme-ltd.com

High-accuracy vibratory feeder

The K3 line of vibratory feeders for dry bulk solids features a patent-pending drive system combined with an advanced control package. The feeder can achieve accuracies averaging 35% better over traditional vibratory technologies, says the company. It offers gentle handling of the bulk material, high accuracy and fast product changeover. The drive’s shock absorber design enables it to deliver a continuous, even product discharge with minimal pulsations. It uses a flexible pendulum technology that provides shock absorption only parallel to the desired direction of motion, eliminating rotational movement. This parallel motion ensures an even material flow of the product along the tray’s length. Coperion; Stuttgart, Germany; +49 (0) 711 897-0; www.coperion.com

Inline cup and tray system

The Inline Cup and Tray System is designed for liquid, powder, scale, volumetric, hand and specialty filling. It accommodates up to six lanes of cups or trays ranging from 2 in. to 12 in. width, with up to 20 cycles per minute per line. The system also allows for modified atmosphere packaging as well as automatic lid placing, shrink banding, date coding, labeling, automatic case packing, and a case shrink system. Ohlson Packaging; Taunton, Mass.; 508-977-0004; www.ohlsonpack.com

Soft edge high-speed door

The FlexTec high-performance door has a soft, flexible edge that virtually eliminates entrapment concerns within high-traffic interior applications. Standard features include automatic self-repair, an Advanced Light Curtain Safety System, Pathwatch Safety Light System and a wear-resistant one-ply Rilon panel material. In concert with the soft bottom edge, an opening speed of up to 100 inches per second helps provide extra protection against impact while safeguarding high-traffic environments. Rytec; Jackson, Wis.; 262-677-6271; www.rytecdoors.com

Triple shaft mixer with powder induction manifold

The VersaMix Model VM-600 is capable of high speed subsurface powder induction with proprietary Solids/Liquid Injection Manifold (SLIM). SLIM incorporates powder or liquid phases directly into the rotor-stator mix head, causing instant wet out as it rotates at 3,600 RPM. The classic dual-post triple-shaft design has been revolutionized with this feature to streamline the processing of substantial powder phases. The robust anchor agitator moves product from the high shear rotor stator head to a high-speed dispersing head, which deagglomerates any remaining fisheyes. Used to quickly mix large batches throughout the process industries, the SLIM feature accelerates loading phases exponentially. This design is available from laboratory sizes upwards of 4,000 gallons. Ross Mixers; Hauppauge, N.Y.; 800-243-7677; www.mixers.com

Feeding system

The low-weight ProFlex C100 fits on small extruders. As many as five feeders can be grouped around an inlet of a lab or small-size extruder. The asymmetric design prevents bridging and plugging of sticky material. A quick-change hopper option allows for fast and clean changeover without disassembling the feed screw. By keeping several hoppers including screw in stock, a range of additives and color pigments can be provided for in a flexible manner. It is equipped with an integrated gearbox for turndown ratios of up to 1:120. It is NEMA drive-ready. Schenck Process Holding GmbH; Darmstadt, Germany; 816 891-9300; www.schenckprocess.com

High-lift bin dumper

A new open-chute High-Lift Bin Dumper hydraulically raises and dumps mobile bins into a hopper that feeds an integral flexible screw conveyor operating under loss-of-weight control. Bins weighing up to 3000 lbs. are rolled into a three-sided pen, where a lifting tongue centered inboard of the casters raises and seats the rim of the bin against a grate which, together with paneled side bracing, steadies the bin during the dumping cycle, and directs the discharge path of material. The system automatically lifts a mobile bin at variable heights up to 10 ft. above floor level, opens the gate-style lid of the 60-cu.-ft. capacity receiving hopper, dumps the entire contents of the bin into the hopper, and returns the bin to the plant floor as the hopper lid closes, isolating the material from the plant environment. A laser curtain prevents operation until the bin is secured and the area cleared, eliminating the need for a safety cage with interlocked doors. The unit is constructed of stainless steel finished to food, dairy, pharmaceutical or industrial standards, and is also available in carbon steel with material contact surfaces of stainless steel. Flexicon Corp.; Bethlehem, Pa. 888-353-9426; www.flexicon.com

Small but powerful meat recovery

The supplier’s new HS200 Series Bone Cannon is the “little brother” of its workhorse HS250 Bone Cannon. The HS200 offers the same maximum carcass utilization, durability and application flexibility — but in a space-saving design. After hand-trimming, bones still retain up to 30% meat to bone weight. These machines help achieve maximum carcass utilization while maintaining minimum production costs. Provisur Technologies; Mokena, Ill.; 708 479 3500; www.provisur.com

An IIoT doorway to efficiency

A door activates, but no one goes through. A forklift collision is narrowly avoided at a busy intersection. A loading dock sits empty, while a full trailer waits to be unloaded. Small events can add up to big impacts on efficiency, productivity and safety. Opti-Vu is a platform that taps into the tremendous data collection capabilities of the supplier’s products via a secure wireless network to help focus on moments that make a difference. The platform delivers vital insights by applying analytics to correlate developing trends with historical data, helping to predict potential problems and proactively identify opportunities. This helps drive behavioral and process changes that not only solve existing challenges, but also support continuous improvement efforts. It also provides real-time alerts when something’s wrong, so that managers can take immediate action. Rite-Hite; Milwaukee; 800-456-0600; www.RiteHite.com

Use steam to heat, mix and pump

The Steam Infusion Vaction Pump is a disruptive device that sits within a cooking vessel, or integrated in-line, and uses steam as the motive force to simultaneously heat, mix and pump liquids with and without particulates. The advanced food processing device can heat 2,204 lbs. of product from 60°F to 194°F in five minutes with no burn or particulate damage. A Steam Infusion cooking lance can be easily retrofitted into new or existing cooking vessels, while an In-Line Vaction Pump can also be fitted directly into the line, typically achieving twice the cooking capacity. Around for over 15 years, the technology and its potential in food production was catalyzed by a UK government-funded project, and recently began representation in the U.S. with the below supplier. Statco-DSI Process Systems; Huntington Beach, Calif.; 714-375-6300; www.statco-dsi.com

Well-connected tray sealer

The Trave line, built by G. Mondini and utilizing Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture (Allen-Bradley) production control and information system, is a smart, connected tray sealer packaging solution. It uses a simple electro-mechanical lifting and sealing design that replaces failure prone pneumatics and employs a unique, patented multi-film handling system. The extremely accurate servo-screw, torque-based lifting and sealing technology ensures repeatable, high-quality sealing process control. Harpak-Ulma; Taunton, Mass.; 508-884-2500; www.harpak-ulma.com

Rodent-proof seal for uneven floors

The Automatic Door Bottom is a rodent-proof, auto-retracting door bottom seal developed in direct response to requests from pest control operators for a product that protects entryways with an uneven floor or threshold. Until now, this type of irregular flooring would necessitate either a too-short seal that leaves cracks and therefore rodent vulnerability, or a flush seal that creates drag and makes the door difficult to open. The Automatic Door Bottom solves this problem with an aluminum case surrounding a movable drop-bar seal. The drop-bar seal is actuated by a plunger that contacts the jamb as the door is closing, forcing the seal down against the threshold to create a secure seal. The rubber seal is filled with rodent-proof fill fabric. Xcluder; Buffalo Grove, Ill.; 847-495-4700; www.buyxcluder.com

Premium food-grade lubricants

The Hydrotex Ultra-Kleen XPL series of premium food grade lubricants features an additive package that provides exceptional wear protection and extends fluid life. Products in the series have wide operating temperature ranges, making them suitable for food processing and packaging equipment in both hot and cold environments. The Ultra-Kleen XPL series includes ISO viscosity grades 22 through 680, making the products suitable for a wide range of applications including: pneumatics, compressors, hydraulics, and gear drives, and specialized food processing equipment. Hydrotex; Farmers Branch, Texas; 972-389-8591; www.hydrotexlube.com

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