Articles by Neal Lorenzi

New tray-packing equipment offer bakers, snack producers new features

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Tray-packing equipment now offers even quicker changeover capabilities as well as enhanced automation and flexibility. Equipment designs are more compact so that machinery fits into tight floor spaces.


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The cookie industry craze

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When it comes to cookies, consumers want it all—great taste, better-for-you ingredients, preservative- and allergen-free formulations, convenient packaging and smaller sizes. 


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Improvements in scales for the baking industry

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Bakers and snack manufacturers want hygienically designed scales that feature enhanced connectivity, data integration and wireless options among their top choices.


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Robots lend a helping hand

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Marketplace trends are fueling the expansion of robotics in the baking and snack industries. While robots are primarily being used by bakers and snack manufacturer to package product, they have many other uses, thanks to machine vision and interface tools. 


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Stacking the deck on loaders, stackers

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Automation boosts stacking and loading capabilities to facilitate packaging tasks, reduce labor and speed up production. Equipment must be flexible, in order run a variety of package sizes, shapes and materials.


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Product handling for shelf-ready retailing

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More bakery products and snacks must be packaged to be shelf-ready for retailers, so product-handling equipment must offer flexibility for the changing marketplace. To meet this need, equipment manufacturers are developing more systems incorporating advanced robotics and sophisticated transport systems. Even plastic pallets are now multifunctional.


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Supply-chain logistics

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It’s never easy moving product through the supply chain. The continued evolution of logistics software, however, is making it easier for bakers and snack manufacturers to more efficiently track and move their products.


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Heavy metal

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Fail-safe metal-detection operation and data-logging functions are in demand today, as bakery and snack food producers look for increased performance, fewer false rejects, durability and protection from misuse.


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Warehouse & Distribution

Keeping an eye on inspection/detection

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In bakeries and snack plants, packaging operations are becoming more automated, sophisticated and complex due to new food-safety regulations. We uncover a few advances in metal detection and x-ray technology that are helping to facilitate these food producers’ inspection/detection processes.


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Packaging

Flexible form/fill/seal

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Increased bag-format flexibility is one of many new capabilities in form/fill/seal (f/f/s) packaging systems. Versatility, high performance and high speeds go hand in hand with what manufacturers need, as does easier maintenance. But these days, equipment designed with sanitation in mind gets extra high marks.


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