Cutting Edge Equipment
NuTEC Manufacturing offers an operator-friendly, completely hydraulic, multi-hole patty former. The NuTEC 750 provides accurate weight control, minimum leakage and rapid changeover, all in a state-of-the-art machine. Reduced downtime and minimal maintenance both guarantee that the 750 keeps on producing. A unique NuTEC vane pump feed system uses a rotating spiral to gently move product to the rotor, eliminating overworking, bridging and backflow while maintaining texture. The 750 vane pump feeds directly to the mold plate cavity, and with a useable mold width of 19 in., the 750 easily can portion certain items at more than 4,800 lbs. per hour. A vacuum paper interleaving attachment also is available. 1-815-722-2800.
Grote’s Slicer/Applicator is ideal for slicing and applying a variety of cheese and bread products, such as cheese sticks, Texas Toast and baguettes onto a conveyor belt for further processing. With its razor-sharp Accuband band blade cutting system, bread and cheese products are precisely sliced at production speeds of up to 170 strokes per minute per lane. With a cutting width of 30 in., multiple rows (lanes) of product can be sliced onto a processing belt simultaneously. Actual output is dependent upon product diameter, with capacities of more than 2,000 slices per minute achievable on smaller two-in. products. 1-888-534-7683.
Unifiller released what it calls “an answer to inquiries from around the world” for a versatile depositor that can deposit more than 1.75 liters per shot. Unifiller’s Universal 2000 has all the same benefits of their popular Universal 1000, but with the ability to accurately and gently deposit large amounts of product per single shot.1-800-370-8947.
Hinds-Bock’s new 6P-04 with servo motor moves 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 allows disassembly in under a minute without tools. 1-877-292-5715.
The Rondofiller universal depositor from Rondo Doge offers pastry manufacturers a filling depositor that deposits practically all types of fillings, including soft, liquid, hard, fillings that contain whole pieces of vegetables or meat, fillings that don’t break off by themselves and even fibrous fillings. Fillings can be deposited in any form, whether spot by spot, continuously or sporadically. The Rondofiller also is equipped with a specially designed final cut system and is made from stainless steel to meet the highest sanitation standards. The Rondofiller can be integrated into lines with a useable width of 600 mm to 700 mm. 1-201-229-9700.
The new Key-Pak Model EL-1200 produces flat bottom, side gusseted, “stand-up packages” and standard “pillow packages” on the same machine. Features include quick tooling and program changeovers, a stepper motor film drive system, PLC controls with a Color Touch screen, easy program selection from a list of various bag and product combinations and free training (on all Key-Pak models). Pillow-style packages up to 12-in. wide and 18-in. long and stand-up bags that measure 12 in. across the front and side can be produced, using a maximum 25-in. wide web. 1-908-236-2111.
Dorner’s new mainline AquaPruf 7400 Series Sanitary conveyor frame eliminates fasteners to enhance sanitation. The system can be completely disassembled, without tools, in only three minutes — a great time saver when it comes to washdown. This new design also is significant because there are now fewer places for loose food items to collect.1-800-397-8664.
The Kaak Group has acquired German company Ziegra Ice Machines. It now will be selling its ice machines. Ziegra designs high quality “chip” ice machines that produce an exact amount of very fine ice which can be automatically dosed into one or two mixers. Another system, the Ziegra Streamice, can automatically dose a mixture of liquid ice and water into one or more mixers. Kaak Group also will be offering MCS-Oss Srl. systems — wire mesh tunnel and stone sole ovens, various swing tray proofers, and complete industrial pizza production lines. Kaak’s Atlanta-based regional office will be responsible for sales of equipment in North America. 1-800-367-2504.
The THERMO-CHILL insulated pallet cover from PolarTech Industries comes in heavy and medium duty and is reusable and available in standard size 40x48x48 in. and a short size 40x48x33 in. The THERMO-CHILL also is available as an adjustable model from 48-in. to 72-in. high, comes with Velcro closures, and is tough, moisture-repellant and available in light grey vinyl-coated nylon, or red or teal 600 denier.1-800-423-2749.
Amixon Inc., a division of AZO Inc., provides mixers, dryers, granulators and reactors to the baking industry. In order to meet customer needs surrounding raw material and ingredient handling, the company provides systems that precisely weigh all ingredients and deliver them for processing — fully automatic, from raw material delivery to packaging. Control sieving operations before, during and after the production process reliably eliminates contamination. All machines are easy-to-clean and meet all current hygiene regulations. 1-901-794-9480.
The new P3400 label printer applicator from Videojet Technologies Inc., a Danaher company, has a modular design for seamless combination of the base system, a print engine, and one of eight standard application modules. The system has a standard 14-in. (350mm) unwind reel that results in fewer label changes and increased uptime. Also standard is an optical low-label sensor, which is an option on competitive products. These features, along with one-screen setup, make the P3400 a customizable, off-the-shelf solution that can overcome even the most challenging applications. 1-800-843-3610.
The PROR retarder/proofer from Revent Inc. offers the perfect humidity and temperature for consistent product using its filtered air-wash system. The system’s modular construction allows for ease of transport. Other features include hydraulic door closers, all controls at eye level, removable door ramps, standard interior and exterior bumper guards, no flushing, 1.5-in. thick sealed polystyrene insulation and more. 1-800-822-9642.
The Accuslice-400RF from FoodTools Inc. is an inline, four-station, round product portioning system with manual load and automatic offload. Its modular design allows operators to increase capability by adding modules. The system has the ability to slice with or without divider inserts, and its roll divider feeder eliminates misfeeds and jams. Each station has servo-driven cut position and cutting blades. The conveyor has a servo drive for fast and accurate positioning. This model portions up to 20 units per minute. 1-800-644-2377.
The Burford Model 280 Sifter protects the purity of any ingredient by guarding against contamination. The Burford Sifter can help inspect incoming ingredients, reclaim dusting flour and serve as a protective sifter. Features include a stainless-steel frame and screens in various sizes. Moreover, the system is easy-to-use, quiet and portable. 1-405-867-4467.
The latest model of O/K International’s T-PAK 550 system is equipped with a flat conveyor and a foam compression belt. Bags containing product travel down the conveyor and under the foam compression belt, which removes air from the bag without harming the product. The bag then enters the OK Supersealer to get the “Perfect Seal.” The system is available painted or in stainless steel, and can be custom-built to meet specific application requirements. 1-508-303-8286.
A.C. Horn & Co. has been serving the industry since 1907 with precision metal fabrications and manufacturing services. The company specializes in stainless-steel fabrications, material-handling systems, and custom-designed and manufactured equipment for the food and related industries. Equipment includes conveyors — belted, chain and roller — holding/storage tanks, metal-detection systems, stack and hood systems, table top and beverage sanitary pipe and fitting fryers, spirals, sizers, graders, peanut roasters, cooling systems and much more. 1-800-657-6155.
Rebuild your Werner Lehara Wirecut system from APV Baker for enhanced performance at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new machine. Rebuilding or replacing an existing wire-cut head, along with adding design enhancements can significantly reduce variations in piece weight, reduces product waste, provides higher yields, ensures improved sanitation and fast changeover. Piece consistency related to size, color and moisture is improved as well. 1-616-784-3111.
Foodservice and in-store bakery customers are demanding pre-cut products. TrayBon Bakery Packaging Systems, a division of AMCOR, delivers with its rigid, stackable, non-stick TrayBon baking trays. The tray that travels down through production goes straight into the oven, then through an ultrasonic slicer and direct to the customer. Baked desserts are pre-portioned and ready-to-serve right from the production container, without the need for release spray or pan liners. Customers can open the reclosable end flap and slide out a slice, saving them time, eliminating damaged portions and ensuring more attractive service. TrayBon also is safe for microwave applications, accommodates metal detector inspections, and is available with solid lids or window lids. 1-800-876-2569.
Heat and Control’s new Injection Blancher improves potato slice blanching uniformity and reduces fried chip clusters by injecting hot water from the bottom of the product pack. Hot water injection ports are located across the bottom width and length of the blancher tank. As hot water penetrates the product pack, the percolation effect separates and spreads the slices into a wide layer. As a result, slices receive the same degree of blanching as they move onto the dewatering conveyor. An AirSweep vacuum/blow-off system removes surface moisture and product particles before slices enter the fryer. The spreading effect also helps prevent clumping in the fryer, reducing fuel usage, cleaning costs and rejection rates. The system includes an overhead positioning conveyor to assure positive control of product dwell time for up to 6 min. of blanching. Potato particles are efficiently removed from the blancher water using a motorized catch box. 1-800-227-5980.
SilMax is Chicago Metallic’s new commercial quality product line of uniquely-shaped siliconized-rubber moulds available in an array of shapes typically not found in traditional metal pans. Unlike other silicone bakeware, SilMax is designed for professional bakers and pastry chefs, and is made of 100% liquid silicone produced with a platinum catalyst. SilMax is made of FDA-approved materials, is dishwasher safe, and can go directly into the refrigerator, freezer, oven or microwave. After baking, molds should cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Gently bending the molds results in consistently clean, perfect product. To clean, pans should be rinsed with hot water or placed in a dishwasher to release oil, grease and fats absorbed by the silicone during baking. 1-800-323-3966.
Habasit introduces its M5131 Radius Rib 2-in., a new HabasitLINK plastic modular belt.
The new belt is designed specifically for pasteurizers, warmers/coolers, accumulation and palletizers/de-palletizers. A large, open area of 36% guarantees the optimal flow of water, and straight longitudinal ribs ensure product stability. Product transfer is easy with specially designed combs (finger transfer plates) offered in two sizes for specific applications.
The 613-VS Multislicer by J.E. Grote Co. is ideal for today’s snack food and baking industry. It provides exceptional slice quality and consistency when used to slice bread products, and is specifically suited for bagel chip applications. The 613-VS produces clean slices at production speeds between 60 to 90 strokes per minute, per lane. The system incorporates a portable, user-friendly design with stainless-steel construction. Sloped surfaces and easily removable parts allow for thorough cleaning of all product residue. 1-888-534-7683.
Wire Belt, a leading developer of advanced belting solutions, will feature its patented C-CureEdge — unique, open-mesh, stainless steel wire belting — and the new CarrySmart line of conveyors at SNAXPO 2005, booth #1020. C-CureEdge’s closed-loop ends offer fast installation and repair time and minimize the risk for accidents caused by sharp open ends. The system eliminates snags and tangles, and the belts are sanitary and easy to clean. CarrySmart conveyors are constructed from stainless steel, which are ideal for the food processing industry. The CarrySmart line includes Flex-Turn, Flat-Flex Straight, Flat-Flex Shuttle Conveyors and CarrySmart Spreader or Converger Specialty Conveyors. CarrySmart conveyors offer a stable conveying surface that is easy to clean and maintain. The conveyors are able to maintain product orientation around turns and offer full product support. 1-800-922-2637.
Free, four-page, full-color literature is available on NuTEC Manufacturing’s 745 Patty Machine. The system is completely hydraulic, microprocessor controlled, multi-outlet forming and combines accurate weight control, minimum leakage and quick changeovers with mobility. The machine’s portable design also allows for easy transportation to sanitation areas. 1-815-722-2800.
APV Baker introduces its new efficiently designed EM390 Rotary Moulder with a range of standard features, including outboard drive mechanisms for easy access and fast cleaning, “on-the-fly” knife adjustment for fast setup and minimal weight variation, advanced rubber roll pressure adjustment and fast belt changes. 1-616-784-3111.
Designed for today’s quick-popping pellets, Heat and Control’s line of Pellet Poppers delivers uniform fry-popping and precise product flow control. Pellet Poppers are available in externally heated, high-capacity models and in direct-heated countertop models with as little as 3.5-sq.-ft. of frying area. Full-length submerger conveyors or combination submerger/paddle configurations are available to suit specific product requirements. Pellet feeders, coolers, and seasoning applicators also are available. 1-800-227-5980.