Equipment Briefs: March 2012
Master-Bilt has added Bottom Mount Open Air (BMOA) display merchandisers to its line of merchandising display equipment. The open grab-and-go merchandisers are designed with 17-in.-deep shelving that allows for increased packout and product visibility. In addition, BMOA models are equipped with three tiers of LED-lighted, adjustable, two-position shelves with price tag molding. Other features include interior and exterior textured finishes, an electronically controlled defrost monitoring system and an audible and visible alarm.
New Albany, Miss.
The Ascend bottom-load case packer from Douglas Machine is a compact, fully automated machine designed to efficiently bottom load products into cases. Suited for gabletop and tuck-lid cartons, bottles and tubs, the unit offers a variety of advanced infeeds to collate and stack products before loading. In addition, the Ascend bottom load case packer erects, packs and seals cases at speeds up to 15 cases per minute.
Douglas Machine Inc.
The CS-1 gyratory sifter from Sifter Parts & Service provides from two to four separations of any dry, free-flowing product from 0.25 in. down to 400 mesh. The unit can screen up to 50,000 lb. per hour. A passive, gentle, gyratory motion keeps product in constant contact with the screen for maximum capacity. Additional screen decks enable the sifter to provide from 5-35 sq. ft. of screening surface.
Sifter Parts & Service Inc.
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Rehrig Pacific’s new tier sheets are designed specifically for the metal container industry. Made with a 100%-recyclable, proprietary, polypropylene copolymer, the sustainable sheets won’t absorb moisture that can harbor bacteria and other contaminants. They can be cleaned, disinfected and reused. They also can be used as replacements for fiber or corrugated sheet. The sheets can be customized to a user’s specific requirements and come in a number of standard and FDA-compliant colors.
Rehrig Pacific Co.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Unifiller’s German-engineered, stainless-steel Boyens Glaze Sprayer is designed to draw ambient temperature glazes directly from a container, heat them and spray the resulting warm glazes onto pastries and other products. The sprayer’s in-line heating system means bakers no longer have to deal with burned out or prematurely corroded heating sticks, coils or water baths. Other benefits include consistent glaze temperature, shorter heat times, consistent and portion-controlled application, and easy use and cleanup. The sprayer can be used with a wide range of commonly available glazes, but works best with the company’s exclusive bag-in-box jellies.
Delta, British Columbia
Thiele Technologies’ CE 446 case erector automatically selects, erects, squares and seals the bottom flaps of regular-slotted (RSC) and half-slotted (HSC) corrugated cases up to 20 per minute. Changeover can be accomplished in less than three minutes, maximizing production time and increasing throughput. In addition, the CE 446 features Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC control with diagnostic capabilities, reducing downtime and making the machine simple to operate; opposing vacuum cups in the erecting station that enable the unit to separate a case as it is erected; and reduced power consumption.
Mokon introduced a new line of full-range process heating and cooling systems with a temperature range of 50-600°F. The systems feature heating and pumping capacities of up to 48 kW and 30 gpm, respectively; rapid cooldown capabilities; a microprocessor-based controller with LCD readout; green-friendly refrigerant; insulated, nonferrous components on chiller side; a continuous flow cool oil reservoir; and more. They are designed for applications including jacketed vessels, mixers and reactors; multiple-zone processes; installations requiring rapid cooling; and laboratory, sanitary, chemical processing and other processes that require both heating and cooling.
Sharp Packaging Systems’ vertical form/fil/seal machine, the Hawk Evolution, accommodates pillow-packs and gusseted and flat-bottom bags up to 12 in. wide and 18 in. long. Features include a double-stack Kollmorgen stepper motor; a motorized unwind that helps move the film smoothly through the system; forming tubes with quick-release locks for fast and easy changeovers; an edge guide system; and a MicroLogix 1400 PLC. The Hawk Evolution runs and seals just about any structure of polyethylene, laminated or metalized film or foil. It also can accommodate two printers and be customized with a PC-based system that stores the manuals for the HMI and print label programs.
Sharp Packaging Systems
Flexicon’s Block-Buster bulk bag conditioner features two hydraulic rams and specially contoured end plates that press opposing sides of bulk bags, loosening material that has solidified during storage and shipment and enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge it through bag spouts. A cantilevered I-beam with motorized hoist and trolley allows bulk bags to be loaded and unloaded without a forklift. The conditioner is fully enclosed for operator safety and includes full-height doors that are interlocked to prevent operation of the system when the doors are open. An optional, hydraulically-actuated, variable-height turntable allows automated in-frame bag rotation and conditioning of bulk bags at varying heights. The conditioner is available as a stand-alone unit or integrated with Flexicon’s Bulk-Out bulk bag discharging systems.
The tna robag 3ci offers throughput rates of 250 bags per minute and a new graphical user interface screen for improved operating visibility. Also available with tna smartdate 5 date coders and tna intelli-detect 5 metal detectors, the robag 3ci can be fully integrated up- and downstream onto existing lines and in synergy with other products from the company’s portfolio.
tna North America