Equipment Round Up: May 2021

May 20, 2021
Our editors selected the following food and beverage manufacturing equipment products to feature in our May 2021 issue of Food Processing. See which products they chose.

Mobile pneumatic vacuum conveying system for explosive environments

The ATEX-certified inert explosion-proof (INEX) pneumatic vacuum conveying system features an optional mobility package. Setting the entire conveying system on a self-contained, rolling platform, the system allows processors to convey dry and wet powders safely in hazardous environments where explosive vapors may be present and then move the entire conveying system to other production or processing lines without concern for explosion risks. Suitable for loading self-ignitable materials into reactors and vessels amid flammable or explosive gases and for transferring hybrid materials mixed with solvents, the conveyor fluidizes the material with nitrogen or other inert gas to create an inert atmosphere throughout the entire conveying process. Volkmann USA

High-performance liquid mixer line

The line of B Series liquid mixing systems helps to bring improved process yield and optimal cycle times to applications such as blending, solids suspension, gas dispersion, heat transfer and low- or high-viscosity liquid mixing. Engineered and built for hygienic environments, the liquid mixing systems can be designed for open- or closed-tank configurations. Motor specifications include severe-duty and explosion-proof designs, stainless steel construction and ratings up to 5hp. Mixing system projects can be fully integrated to provide total process effectiveness, upstream and downstream. Brawn Mixer

Loss-in-weight vibratory tray feeders

K3 hygienic-design loss-in-weight vibratory tray feeders combine accuracy with a configuration for materials that may not be suitable in twin screw feeders, such as fragile inclusions. Products such as nuts, candy pieces, dried vegetables and heat-sensitive chocolate chips are ideal for the gentle vibratory feeding. The modular design allows for custom tray designs that can be used for feeding into blenders or packaging lines. The company’s load cells, pendulum drive technology and KCM-III controller ensure high-accuracy feeding. The easy-clean design of the vibratory tray and the washdown silicone drive cover ensure quick product changeover with reduced cleaning times. Coperion K-Tron

Integrated Raman spectroscopy analyzers

The embedded Kaiser Raman Rxn analyzer suite features intuitive Raman RunTime embedded control software. The analyzer collects in situ process measurements, allowing real-time process monitoring, optimization and control. With this 24/7 automation, companies can maintain a continuous pulse on the safety, quality and efficiency of their operations, whether in laboratory or manufacturing settings. The analyzers perform self-monitoring and self-diagnostics to ensure each measurement’s validity to enable seamless model transferability and equipment scalability from lab to process. This portfolio comprises the Raman Rxn2 and Rxn4 base analyzer models and integrates analyzer and control software in a fixed-purpose device with built-in intelligence. Kaiser Optical Systems, an Endress+Hauser co

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Portable explosion-proof inline high-shear mixers

These inline high-shear mixers are designed for versatile usage for a range of dispersion, emulsification and homogenization requirements. Completely portable explosion-proof models are available and can be supplied with a NEMA 7/9 operator station prewired and mounted to the mobile mixer cart. Controls can be customized to include a viewing window for process variables and intrinsically safe thermocouple (attached to the motor’s internal thermal switch). Kalrez elastomers make the rotor/stator mixer suitable for use in extreme-duty processes with chemically aggressive fluids. All stainless steel construction, sanitary triclamp connections, 3A stamp, double mechanical seal, washdown motor and other options also are available. Ross Mixers

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