Equipment Round Up: January 2018

Jan. 26, 2018
See which equipment Food Processing’s editors hand-picked to highlight for this month’s issue of Food Processing magazine.

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;

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;

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;

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;

Impingement freezer

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;

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;

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.
Charles Ross & Son Co.; Hauppauge, N.Y.; 800-243-7677;

Sanitary conveyor line

Devised for use in filling and packaging, modular sanitary conveyors are available in variable lengths from six feet to 30 feet and in custom lengths in a choice of dual or single lanes in variable widths, all with dual, standardized rails and mounting hardware for easy expansion. Rail opening, height and shape may also be easily adjusted. All conveyors feature a proprietary approach that sets food-grade, plastic belting within stainless steel construction in an accessible, adjustable design for easy cleaning. The conveyors include pre-threaded clamping brackets that allow spacing wheels, rotary turntables, transfer plates, reject stations and bottle indexing air cylinders to be quickly attached or removed without drilling holes in the conveyor.
Deitz Co.; Wall, N.J.; 732-681-0200;

Vertical-storing dock leveler

Reduce dock shock and increase safety and efficiency with the redesigned RHV-4100 vertical-storing hydraulic dock leveler. RHV levelers are said to provide the smoothest transition from the warehouse floor to the trailer bed. When installed as part of a drive-through application, trucks back up to the loading dock with their doors closed to ensure safety and security. When they are secured at the dock, the trailer’s security seal is broken and the doors are opened into the building. To minimize dock shock, the RHV features a constant-radius rear hinge to create a smooth transition between the leveler and the warehouse floor, while a two-point crown control on the front lip hinge distributes the load evenly between the leveler and the trailer bed and extends the hinge life.
Rite-Hite; Milwaukee; 800-456-0600;

Brushless DC drive

A partnership with Dart Controls allows this supplier to offer Dart’s premium selection of Brushless DC drives as add-ons to Brother’s extensive portfolio of gearmotors. Increased efficiency, performance and durability are the results. Easily control motor speed and torque and achieve precise speed regulation, quiet operation, two-quadrant direction control, braking, high duty cycle reliability and reduced energy consumption. They're suitable for packing and food processing applications. Because motor commutation is accomplished in the drive, Brushless DC motors are known for reliable operation without requiring preventative maintenance.
Brother Gearmotors; Bridgewater, N.J.; 908-655-9472;

Slicer infeed conveyor

Reduce plugging risk and amounts of slicing scrap while improving slice quality with the FastLane slicer infeed conveyor. The unit combines the horizontal motion of the FastBack Model 260E-G3 with a multi-lane pan that singulates product for delivery into multiple rotary slicers to ensure available slicers receive successive product while unavailable slicers remain unfed. It eliminates hazardous pinch-points by using basal-mounted, air-actuated paddles which use upward motion to dam lanes and which descend without a mechanically applied force. Built for washdown environments and simple sanitation, the stainless steel enclosed, fan-cooled motor package is IP65-rated, and the electrical cabinet and sensors are IP66 rated and designed to NEMA 4X standards.
Heat and Control; Hayward, Calif.; 510-259-0500;

Drum Dumper

The Tip-Tite drum dumper allows dust-free transfer of free-flowing bulk solid materials for 30-55 gallon drums thanks to an elongated discharge cone that mates with the gasketed inlet of low-height receiving vessels. Housed within a three-sided safety enclosure with safety interlocked doors, the drum platform is raised by a single hydraulic cylinder, creating a dust-tight seal between the rim of a drum and the underside of the discharge cone. With drum secured in place, a second hydraulic cylinder tips the platform-hood assembly, stopping at a dump angle of 45 degrees with a motion-dampening feature, causing the spout of the discharge cone to mate with a gasketed receiving ring on the lid of a low-height receiving vessel.
Flexicon Corp.; Bethlehem, Pa.; 610-814-2400;

The following products appeard in our December 2017 issue of Food Processing magazine. Download your copy of the issue today

Streamlined 2-Piece Sanitary Ball Valves

3A Certified Sanitary Ball Valves are designed to meet the highest safety standards for critical processing applications, while adding efficiency to cleaning and maintenance procedures. The two-piece body design simplifies teardown, cleaning and service compared to three-piece designs. Jacketed valves are also available, when temperature-induced solidification is a concern. Recognized by inspectors for sanitary performance, they can facilitate a more streamlined state and federal food safety inspection process.
Lee Industries; Philipsburg, Pa.; 814-342-0461;

Frequency Inverter

The DFI frequency inverter is a compact vector control drive integrated within the drum motor connection box. It supports both IM and PM motor control for application flexibility while providing an integrated STO safety mechanism. The stainless steel junction box enclosure meets and exceeds IP65 ratings for ingress protection and is available in IP69K. DFI standard features include: PLC capability with 2K step capacity, USB ports, removable LED keypad for remote operation, communication slot for CANopen, Profibus DP, DeviceNet, Modbus TCP or Ethernet/IPcard. Please note: The illustration above is a prototype.
Van der Graaf; Brampton, Ontario; 888-326-1476;

Rotary vane pump

The KVA rotary vane pump is suitable for clean or moderately contaminated applications when suction filters are fitted to the pump. These oil-flooded, multi-vane vacuum pumps are single stage, air cooled and direct driven. The compact design makes for easy installation, and the carbon composite vane material for long life. The TEFC high efficiency tri-voltage motor handles 208-230/460V 50/60. Model KVA 25-630C includes a spin-on oil filter and exhaust pressure gauge.
Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems; Springfield, Mo.; 800-825-6937;

Apron weighfeeder

Feed raw materials and hot clinker feeding with the company’s medium-sized and compact apron weighfeeders. The Multidos VDP-C weighfeeders feature a completely enclosed design that enables a cleaner installation environment while also allowing quick access for inspection. There are 48 possible geometrical configurations to suit plant requirements, and the weighfeeders can be installed on the ground or suspended under a bin. Apron pans are said to accept loads up to six times higher than the nominal load and are available for fine grain material, and alternative designs for sticky and coarse material.
Schenck Process LLC; Kansas City, Mo.; 816-891-9300;

Optical sorter

The Sortex F optical sorter provides a hygienic design and high capacity performance, for the nut and dried fruit processing industry. Available with the company’s BioVision technology, it provides three-in-one detection of color defects, and shell and foreign materials. Featuring a stainless steel, open design frame, with sloped surfaces, hygienic conduits and food-safe grade fixings, the sorter allows quick and easy cleaning to eliminate the risk of cross contamination and product build up, as well as preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria that can induce food-borne diseases such as Salmonella, in low moisture foods.
Bühler Inc.; Minneapolis; 763-847-9900;

Gear lubrication video

A video is available to help reduce worm gear speed reducer failures and premature wear due to lubrication issues on the company’s Series 700 gearbox. Topics include the importance of adding oil prior to initial usage, adding the correct amount of lubricant depending on mounting position, and the dangers of using lubricants with EP additives. The video can be viewed at the vendor's website or on YouTube at The company offers more than 30,000 standard products combined with the ability to custom-engineer unique solutions when required.
Boston Gear; Charlotte, N.C.; 800-825-6544;

Two-arm robot helps bagging

This vendor has integrated its Autobag 500 bagging system with ABB’s YuMi robot, the first truly collaborative, dual-armed robot designed to work side-by-side with humans. It can assist with assembling and packaging small parts and kits on the Autobag 500. Using advanced motion control and camera-based parts location, the YuMi can pick and place products into pre-opened bags, which are then automatically sealed and dispensed by the Autobag 500. For full automation, the system’s small footprint and easy set-up seamlessly dovetails into the existing packaging line.
Automated Packaging Systems; Streetsboro, Ohio; 330-342-2000;

Vertical form-fill-seal machine PIC

The Versus intermittent vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine features a sanitary design suitable for harsh or wet environments to produce a wide range of bag formats, sizes and shapes. Constructed in stainless steel and aluminum, the bagger’s fully welded stainless-steel base frame includes sanitary feet with no exposed threads. A sloping top on the electrical cabinet prevents water pooling, and a top tray protects the film path from overhead contamination. Also standard on the Versus are the IP65 electrical cabinet and HMI enclosure, as well as the acrylic or laser-cut stainless-steel front guards. A high-speed, high-precision servo motor-driven jaw actuation achieves speeds of up to 110 bags per minute.
Hayssen Flexible Systems; Duncan, S.C.; 864-486-4000;

Stainless pipe repairs in less time PIC

MegaPress stainless press fittings can dramatically reduce the time required to make pipe repairs compared to other pipe joining systems. Faster repairs mean shorter periods of production downtime, reducing the potential for lost revenue. Designed for Iron Pipe Size (IPS) stainless steel, they make secure connections in seven seconds or less, reducing installation time by up to 60 percent compared to welding or threading. They include the patented Viega Smart Connect feature, which allows installers and maintenance personnel to easily identify unpressed connections during pressure testing.
Viega Group; Broomfield, Colo.; [email protected];

Post-baking dryers

Boost line productivity more than 30 percent and eliminate checking and over coloration problems with the Bantam-Series Macrowave Dyers. The radio frequency post-baking dryers do not require plant cooling water or heavy electrical drops, making them much less costly to install. Because these systems are air-cooled, there are fewer components, which reduces the preventative maintenance requirement and lowers the total cost of ownership. RF post-baking dryers are an increasingly popular solution for bakers who wish to increase quality and productivity, according to the company.
Radio Frequency Co.; Millis, Mass.; 508-376-9555;

Pivoting chute diverter

Improve processing speeds with the Titan Series pivoting chute diverter. Constructed of carbon steel, an independent, internal pivoting chute shifts allows a non-interrupted material flow compared to traditional lapper-style diverters, which recommend material flow be shut off prior to shifting the blade. A replaceable flow control bar is mounted between the outlet legs to prevent material from migrating to the opposite leg. Optional abrasion-resistant liners installed internally on the chute’s inlet and outlet legs provide additional durability for the diverter’s internals. The chute is removable for easy inspection, repair or replacement and is available in a two- or three-way configuration.
Vortex; Salina, Kan.; 785-825-7177;

Flat-bottom, stand-up pouches

These packages feature a flat bottom for stability and quad-sealed side-gussets for rigidity that frame five display panels for maximum shelf impact and brand awareness. Available in various sizes, the pouches are printed using advanced HD 175-line screen Flexo in up to 10 colors. The pouches’ film structures are designed to satisfy oxygen and moisture barrier property requirements. An added feature is the ability to use different films on a single package, such as presenting a metalized, foil or matte finish front panel with a clear material on the side panels to allow consumers to see the product inside the package.
Consolidated Packaging Group; Ridgefield Park, N.J.; 201-440-4240;

In-line metal detector

Conduct high-sensitivity detection in a wide range of different product applications with the IP69K washdown capable, in-line metal detection system. Designed for harsh environments, the system is suitable for meat and poultry environments and can detect contaminants up to 0.2 mm. It's constructed of 304 stainless steel and features sanitary welds. Two configurations are available: a stand-alone that can be retrofitted to existing metal detectors conveyors, as well as a complete turn-key solution with integrated conveyor.
A&D Inspection; San Jose, Calif.; 800-726-3364;

Dairy packaging

The Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM allows manufacturers of liquid dairy and juice drinks to use their existing production processes, and market them as ice creams and frozen products. The package allows distribution of small carton pouches at room temperatures, and subsequently turned into frozen products in shops or in a consumer’s home, eliminated the need for additional investment in production equipment and chilled distribution system. The package can be opened entirely by pulling the tab, making it easy for children and others to enjoy the frozen product. The new package will be available in 2018.
Tetra Pak; Lausanne, Switzerland; +39-059-879-9028;

Multi-piston depositor

The 4P-16 filling machine is designed to take up less space than conventional filling machines in food production plants. In addition, it can integrate with horizontal vacuum formers, tray sealing lines and with automatic conveyors to accurately fill a wide range of pumpable products such as sauces and marinades, salsa and entrée items such as macaroni and cheese, gravy or virtually any other pumpable product with or without particulates. The 4P-16 uses easy-to-operate and -sanitize features, including PLC control with color touch screen operator interface, positive shut-off spouts with blow off and moving spouts.
Hinds-Bock Corp.; Bothell, Wash.; 877-292-5715;

Planetary gearmotor PIC

The 24A4-60P planetary gearmotor combines the company’s type 24A PMDC motor with the 60P (60mm) planetary gearhead. It is designed for applications that require higher torque than conventional helical/spur gearheads of a similar size can provide, and where very low backlash gearhead is not required. Typical applications include conveyors, pumps, packaging, industrial automation and wide range of solar- or battery-powered equipment. The line includes 24 standard models with gear ratios from 4:1 to 162:1. These stock models are offered with 90/130V, 24V and 12V windings.
Bodine Electric Co.; Northfield, Ill.; 773-478-3515;

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