Here’s a rundown of new equipment releases, just in time to upgrade any bakery or snack manufacturing plant.

CPM Wolverine Proctor presents a pizza infrared fuser, designed to produce the most uniform and enhanced product possible. This USDA-approved design features an all-stainless-steel construction, a 304 stainless-steel wire belt conveyor, an internal gas-fired infrared heating system and large doors for easy cleaning and maintenance. There are virtually no ingredient losses during the fusing process, is easily adaptable to existing pizza lines and cuts ingredient losses during freezing by up to 90%.
CPM Wolverine Proctor LLC
Horsham, Pa.

Unifiller’s Hopper Topper transfer pumps keep production simple and clean with gentle pumping technology that ensures the product is quickly transferred without sacrificing quality. The Hopper Topper also transfers product directly from the bowl, fills hoppers directly from the mixing bowl, comes equipped with an automatic level sensor that maintains product level in hopper, pumps everything from smooth to chunky to thick and operates according to gentle pumping technology similar to hand scooping.
Unifiller Systems, Inc.
Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Hinds-Bock’s SP-16T tabletop filler/depositor offers accurate and precise filling of 2- to 12-oz. fill size for a wide variety of flowable or semi-flowable products such as cake and muffin batter, jams and jellies, dips and spreads, caramel, cream topping, salsa, chili, baked beans and more. This easy-to-operate machine can be disassembled in minutes for cleaning, without tools, and increases production while decreasing labor costs. Other features include accurate piston filling, positive shutoff spouts for clean filling, automatic cycling control options and a small footprint.
Hinds-Bock Corp.
Bothell, Wash.

Heat and Control’sITM-Plant iTcombines the real-time control of plant equipment with essential manufacturing execution system (MES) capabilities to maximize efficiency in both startup and ongoing operations.ITM-Plant iTuses an “object-oriented” model for controls, which contains the equipment control, equipment visualization and all the information required to feed integrated MES solutions.ITM-Plant iT also allows process controls to be aligned with “best-in-class” MES functions to achieve better uptime while reducing costs by improving overall production efficiencies.
Heat and Control, Inc.
Hayward, Calif.

Charles Ross introduces the Planetary Dual Disperser (PDDM) for powerful mixing of high-viscosity products requiring ultra-fine dispersion quality. The PDDM features four agitators-two planetary stirrers and two high-speed shafts-all rotating on their own axes while orbiting the mix vessel on a common axis. The two saw-tooth blades on each shaft provide an intensive shearing action, promoting solids dispersion and particle size reduction. The planetary stirrers continually turn over batch material, helping feed fresh product to the blades and facilitate uniform temperature throughout the mix zone. Sidewall and bottom scrapers can also be installed to further ensure superior heat transfer between the vessel jacket and batch material.
Charles Ross & Son Co.
Hauppauge, N.Y.

Ashworth’sExactaStackself-stacking spiral belt is a drop-in replacement for standard and wide belt stackers. ExactaStackis available in many widths, tier heights and mesh configurations for both spliced-in sections and complete belt replacements. As a drop-in replacement, the belt needs no system drive modifications. It also comes equipped with a turnkey install, in addition to optimizing the stacker system, to ensure maximum throughput and capacity.
Ashworth Bros., Inc.
Winchester, Va.

Akro-Mils introduces new sizes to its ShelfMax product line. New sizes include 11 5/8 x 8 3/8x6, 17 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 6 and 23 5/8 x 6 5/8 x 6 in. These heavy-duty bins are available in five colors, and feature greater storage options for end users, including up to 85% more holding capacity than traditional 4-in. shelf bins, and up to 25% more holding capacity than 6-in. storage bins. The bin’s rolled ridge provides added strength and durability when filled to maximum capacity. Plus, they are easy to label for quick inventory identification and come with optional width dividers to expand sorting options and efficiencies.
Akro-Mils, a division of Myers Industries, Inc.
Akron, Ohio

* Photo courtesy of CPM Wolverine Proctor