Equipment Briefs: January 2013
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.
The Model 72AGSS palletizer from A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. is designed for harsh plant environments with high humidity, moisture or corrosive factors caused by some foods, beverages, chemicals, fertilizers and feeds. It’s washdown safe with components that meet National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 4X specifications and has a stainless-steel construction with a heavy-gauge, welded, bolted frame. Depending on the case and pallet configuration, the unit can palletize up to 50 cases per minute. It runs cases, bags, trays, totes or multipacks in multiple pallet patterns.
800-237-5975 • www.abcpackaging.com
Certified by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP), Model NAR conveyor belt scales from Thayer Scale are recommended for applications requiring commercial certification for billing purposes and have been proven in conditions demanding ±0.125% accuracy through independent certification. The scales’ weigh bridge features a rocking flexure suspension in the approach/retreat configuration, high measurement sensitivity, low deflection and a single loadcell isolated from the error-inducing effects of extraneous lateral forces, off-center loading, foundation distortion, overloads and more. The scales come in 4, 6 and 8 idler designs, 24-in. to 96-in. widths and a maximum capacity of 10,200 tons/hour.
781-826-8101 • www.thayerscale.com
The XPdius i-130 vertical form and seal machine from Weighpack Systems can handle bag widths from 2.5 in. to 13 in. and bag lengths from 2 in. to 18 in. Standard features include a cantilevered air film shaft that eliminates side chucks to hold film in place; a splicing table with film clamping; two built-in, rubber rollers for the unwind; vacuum pull belts; and a programmable, HMI color touchscreen. Options include gas flushing, polyethylene seal assembly, a hole punch, vibratory shakedown settle device and bag squeezers.
888-934-4472 • www.weighpack.com
The Data Logger TR-76Ui-H from TandD Corp. is a three-channel recorder designed to simultaneously measure and record CO2 concentrations, temperature and humidity. The unit achieves a temperature measurement accuracy of ±0.3 deg. C between 10-40 deg. C. The accuracy is ±0.5 deg. C at all other temperatures. The overall range is -30 to 80 deg. C. TR-76Ui-H can store up to 8,000 data sets and comes with software to download recorded data to a PC via USB connection. The product is an all-in-one package that includes a data logger unit, sensors, USB cable, batteries and software.
518-669-9227 • www.tandd.com
ITW Muller has enhanced its Raptor Series of turntable machines with the addition of Raptor Plus. The new machine boasts an easy-to-use control panel that enables users to create customized wrap patterns and can wrap up to 35 loads per hour. It also has an adjustable carriage and adjustable top and bottom wraps and can store up to 15 programs. A key feature is a film carriage housed inside the tower, which reduces the risk of damage to the component, as well as maintenance and overall ownership costs. Optional upgrades include an access ramp, load stabilizer and 79-in. turntable diameter.
800-628-6787 • www.itwmuller.com
WP Kemper’s Titan mixer is available with a fully automatic, self-cleaning mixing carousel with up to three Titan 150 or 250 mixers, up to six kettles and a bowl lifter. The system also features the Titan Clean clean-in-place system, a patented locking system for the kettles and an integrated monitoring system that automatically monitors and displays of all relevant mixer data and offers a three-stage warning system.
49 5244/402 4228 www.wp-kemper.de
Egan Food Technologies
Egan Food Technologies’ improved chocolate-molding line has more than two dozen design changes for improved equipment performance. Most notably, the line features a continuous, captured-chain mold circuit that improves production capacity for chocolate manufacturers. The new mold circuit also offers smoother operation and higher depositing speeds, while eliminating the stop-and-start routine for mold deposits. Other design features include an oscillating, two-axis depositor; simple disassembly for quick changeovers and improved sanitation; and an enclosed depositor to maintain processing heat.
Key Technology introduces several enhancements to its Iso-Flo family of stainless-steel vibratory conveyors. Key’s new patent-pending drive arrangement includes a unique motor mount that’s integral with the base frame and an electrical circuit. The traditional tubular frame has been replaced with a shaped plate frame that is up to 1.5 times stronger, open and easy to clean. For Iso-Flo conveyors with screens, a new over-center screen clamp locks the screen into place, assuring proper alignment. The new clamp also enables operators to remove and replace the screen without tools.
509-529-2161 • www.key.net
Alliance Scale Inc.
Preprinted stock supermarket labels designed to provide high image sensitivity at low energy settings to extend the life of thermal printing scales are available from Alliance Scale Inc. The labels feature a bright, white face for reproducing sharp barcodes and easily readable small fonts, and are fade-resistant to blood, fats, solvents and water. Suitable for use with Hobart, Toledo and other major printing scales, Alliance Supermarket Labels come in a wide variety of preprinted styles, 19 stock colors and sizes from 2.1-in up. Custom sizes and colors with multiple adhesives are also available.
800-343-6802 • www.alliancescale.com
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.
Purity FG sprays from Petro-Canada Lubricants enable food processors to lubricate hard to reach areas and apply the same high standards of food-safe, plant-tough lubrication throughout their facilities. The new line features Purity FG Penetrating Oil, Purity FG Silicone Spray and Purity FG2 with Microl MAX Spray grease. Like all Purity FG lubricants, the new sprays fit into the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system and Good Manufacturing Practice plans (GMP).
888-284-4572 (U.S.), 866-335-3369 (Canada) www.purityfg.com
Mocon Inc. adds three new accessories for its OpTech oxygen test system for food applications. The upgrades include a portability kit that pairs the OpTech reader with a 9-in. tablet in a carrying case for mobile testing away from the lab. A new needle attachment with fluorescing sensor material on its tip enables users to test packages with very little headspace, as well as to measure the dissolved oxygen concentration in liquid products. The new patent-pending ImPULSE sensor is designed to work with packaging incorporating opaque materials or retort packages. A tack with fluorescent sensor material punctures the package and adheres via a self-sealing adhesive.
763-403-6370 • www.mocon.com
Munson Machinery Co. Inc.
The Model SK-30-SS sanitary attrition mill from Munson Machinery Co. produces particles within a size range of 10 to 100 mesh, making it suitable for reducing fibrous and friable materials and cracking grains. It is equipped with an outer stationary milling disc and an inner rotating milling disc that adjusts to vary the gap between the discs. Precise machining and disc alignment, together with constant spring pressure, maximize the size uniformity of reduced materials. Quick-release grinding disc separation facilitates thorough wash down between batches. The unit is constructed of No. 304 or No. 316 stainless steel to sanitary standards, with a statically- and dynamically-balanced rotating runner head assembly.
800-944-6644 • www.munsonmachinery.com
Rice Lake Weighing Systems
MotoWeigh, a customized system for in-motion checkweighing and conveying from Rice Lake Weighing Systems, is tailored to the needs of specific applications, from gates and labeling features to custom software and support. By automating processes and maintaining a tight weight tolerance, operators can eliminate costly overages and shortages, and implement 100% inspection, while gaining throughput. MotoWeigh can be enhanced with features like metal detection, alarms, reject systems, data reporting and more, to increase production capacity in facilities of every size.
The recently updated Masterflex Tygon E-Food Tubing from Cole-Parmer is now available for use in Masterflex peristaltic pumps. The newly formulated E-Food Pump Tubing is BPA- and phthalate-free and meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR 175.300 and 3A sanitary standards. It is National Sanitation Foundation (Standard 51) and ADCF compliant. Preferred by the food industry, the tubing has a smooth, nonporous bore that won’t trap particles or promote bacterial growth. It also is compatible with foods containing high oil content and works with temperature ranges of -47 deg. F to 165 deg. F.