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MIWE America LLC presents an air-control system for its roll-in rack oven. The volume of air is controlled through the variable opening of a louver between the baking chamber and the heat exchanger compartment. The robust louver offers several benefits — closing without delay, not blowing steam through the heat exchanger (saving 10% heat energy), less water is necessary and air speed in the bake chamber can be adjusted to suit the baking needs of each specific product in phases throughout the bake cycle. 1-908-904-0221.
SIMPLEX Bucket Elevators from Meyer Machine offer spill-free handling of a wide range of dry materials. All SIMPLEX models feature an overlapping bucket design and inverted “V” lip to eliminate product buildup and the need for unsanitary brushes. Combined with extra-long, heavy-duty pivot pins, Meyer’s exclusive “positive bucket control” feature maintains buckets in their proper orientation, eliminating premature dumps and spills. 1-210-736-1811.
The latest model of O/K International’s T-PAKTM 550 system is equipped with a flat conveyor and a foam compression belt. A bag of product travels down the conveyor and under the foam compression belt, which removes excess air without harming the product. The bag then enters the OK Supersealer to get the “perfect seal.” 1-800-521-2908.
Wenger Manufacturing, Inc., offers an extruder system for processing food products that couples a back pressure valve (BPV) with an external density chamber (EDC). This new External Density Management System (EDMS) allows increased capacity over vented configurations by as much as 25 to 50 percent. The BPV is mounted on the end of the extruder just prior to the final die. As a result, the operator can adjust specific mechanical energy (SME) and extrusion pressure on-line for control of critical product properties, including bulk density, shape definition, size and uniformity of cell structure, shape definition and water and fat absorption. The new EDC allows the desired pressures to be externally maintained in the knife enclosure by a special airlock through which the product discharges. That reduces product “flash-off expansion, increases density and allows the operator to better control fat absorption properties. The innovative EDMS will be available on a wide variety of Wenger extrusion processing systems, including both single and twin screw extruders.
MIWE America LLC introduces its condo line of electric artisan baking deck ovens — the perfect size for retail applications. The condo is available in one, two and four pans per deck configurations, from one to five decks. It can be mounted on a stand with cooling rack and castors or mounted on a proof box. Each deck on the condo is independent, allowing for different temperatures and bake times in each deck. Each deck comes with MIWE FP controls, 30 bake programs, 10 preset program keys, five bake phases in each program, separate top and bottom heat controls along with intensity controls and automatic morning startup. A computer interface is standard, ideal for storing programs on a laptop or PC. 1-908-904-0221.
Now even better is the quick, convenient, powerful and economical BDW-1-HD from Douglas Machines Corp. This model is easy to install and designed for the washing and sanitation of food soils from barrels, drums and other reusable containers up to 26 in. in diameter by 38 in. tall. The efficient machine features a rugged hinged-door design, heavy-duty 7.5-hp pump and compact, 49-in. width. New product innovations, such as a push-button control and information center incorporating a digital monitoring display, also are featured. Options available include a protruding spray nozzle for bunged-hole barrels and electric, gas or steam heating. Circulating water is pumped through high-velocity, stainless-steel “V” jets designed to cut and remove stubborn soils. Its average wash/rinse cycle is five minutes with economical cleanup. 1-800-331-6870.
Developed especially for bakery applications are new 7.5-in. Sideflexing Flat Top belts from Intralox. The belts facilitate convenient retrofits of high-maintenance steel chains and fragile plastic chains on curved conveyors. Plants now can easily install a single Sideflexing belt in tough conveying applications to significantly reduce belt downtime, maintenance and belt replacement costs. The belts feature a tabbed hold-down system in various widths to ensure that this new solution fits a variety of conveyor tracks. Other benefits include plastic surfaces that eliminate pan wear, zero metal contamination, no lubrication required, less noise production than with metal chains, minimum turning radius of 24 in. and same-day lead time. The belts are pre-boxed in 10-ft. lengths, ready to ship. 1-800-535-8848.
New Mold-to-Width Radius belts from Intralox are developed to equip pan line curves and facilitate easy retrofits of high-maintenance steel or plastic chains. The new belts allow plants to specify a single, durable belt for both straight runs and curves. Features are a minimum turning radius of 18 in., elimination of pan wear, rod support across the full width of the belt to prevent breakage, no metal contamination and no lubrication necessary. Other innovations are new Series 2400 Raised Rib belts for pan and product handling and EZ Roller Retrofit Solutions for package and box-handling lines. 1-800-535-8848.
The FW-3400 Fuji-Formost Alpha V form/fill/seal wrapper from Formost showcases the latest in speed, versatility and dependability. The system provides neat, tight packages and strong, quality seals. Its innovative design and advanced technology, including color-graphic, touch-screen communications and control, increase flexibility and production with advantages such as high-speed wrapping and quick, easy changeovers. Features include the capability to network systems for reading data from the wrapper. Built for speed, the Fuji-Formost Alpha V is a productivity leader in any wrapping operation. 1-425-483-9090.
Spirocool system has an extremely low operating cost for a homogeneous and high level of cooling (delta t = or higher as 20°C) of the flour. No contact with injected air or other mediums guarantee an unchanged flour quality. After cooling, flour is very light and ideal for mixing with other ingredients. This system can adjust to any new or existing flour- or ingredient-handling system and features a dry-air generator that prevents condensation.
Uniformly apply salt or dry seasonings to snacks, nuts and crackers using Heat and Control’s Belt-Type Flavor Dispenser. Seasonings sift through a moving mesh belt to eliminate lumps, while constant-speed belt vibrators keep the mesh openings clear to prevent clogging. The dispensing rate and volume can be accurately adjusted to uniformly meter seasonings across conveyors up to 60 in. wide. Constructed of stainless steel to USDA sanitation standards, the Belt-Type Flavor Dispenser is designed for fast seasoning changeovers and cleaning. 1-800-227-5980.
New from Sigpack Systems is the Delta Robot. The robot accurately aligns chocolate products on conveyors using a vision system, with LED lighting integrated into the conveyor body and a camera positioned above the belt. Image-processing software transmits information, such as product position and orientation, to the robot’s motion controller. The robot is then able to pick up products, one by one, and place them into a wrapping machine at a rate of 100 items per minute. The robot reduces manual handling, improves product quality and increases output.
With the ability to feed rice crisp, peanuts, salt and a variety of other easily damaged materials, the AccuRate SolidsFlow Offset Feeder is a favorite of operators in snack food processing operations. In addition to its material-handling capabilities, the unit can cluster-feed applications. The feeder operates by utilizing a unique one-piece feed tray that controls material flow by accommodating specific material characteristics. The tray works with the material’s natural angle of repose to prevent any flow when the feed tray is turned off. There is no spillage or run-on. Batch accuracy is outstanding because of the feeder’s ability to distribute particles evenly. 1-888-232-4651.
IPL Material Handling, a leader in reusable plastic container innovation, introduces its FlapNest 2717-12 nestable container with innovative features that offer cost savings and improved efficiencies to retail and wholesale distribution environments. The FlapNest 2717-12 containers stack with lids flapped shut and nest with lids flapped open to combine product protection and security for efficient return shipping and storage. The containers reduce costs by eliminating container breakage, storage and freight charges. 1-800-818-1318.
Glacier Computer, a leading developer of versatile and powerful industrial computer systems for harsh environments, has developed a new 10-in. version of its GX series of rugged computers. Based on customer demand for an ultra-small compact form factor, the GX-1000 measures 10.1-in. wide by 8-in. high by 2.9-in. deep, making it the most efficiently-designed, harsh environment unit of its kind. The GX-1000 houses an efficient, low-heat 800 MHz Via processor and offers a bright 10-in. LCD. It is designed for applications where users require PC-compatible computing power but are limited by space. 1-603-882-1560.
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