From conveyor belts and automatic tray denesters to storage-and-retrieval systems and flow wrap applications, the summertime is sure heating up thanks to a host of hot new equipment.

Product recalls due to contamination are a food processor’s worst nightmare, especially during these tough economic times. That’s why Wire Belt’s CompactGrid conveyor belt is hygienically designed to protect products from deadly pathogens. The USDA-accepted CompactGrid is made of stainless steel with 70% open area and is created to replace hard-to-clean plastic modular belts.  
Wire Belt Co. of America
Londonderry, N.H.

Hinds-Bock manufactures a family of clamshell package tray-closing conveyors, featuring automatic tray denesting, a generous product loading zone, an automatic closing station and an automatic tray-locking station. These highly efficient denesters automatically pick and place the trays onto the clamshell closing conveyor, thereby eliminating labor. The product loading zone can accommodate either manual or automatic loading of product into the clamshell closing conveyor.
Hinds-Bock Corp.
Bothell, Wash.

Heat and Control builds continuous donut fryers to match the capacity of many depositors and cooling systems. From traditional fryers with suspended area hoods to high-volume, energy-efficient models with fully-enclosed pans, the fryers deliver uniformly finished donuts, reliable operation and easy cleaning. For processors seeking superior energy efficiency, the fryers can be enclosed in a full-length insulated hood, designed to reduce fryer fuel usage by minimizing wasteful heat loss to the cooking room.
Heat and Control, Inc.
Hayward, Calif.

WP Kemper introducesEVOLUTION, a 78-ft. by 19-ft. roll line that contains an integrated donut module that cuts the dough pieces only on the inner side. Just one cutting edge produces a better skin on the product and reduces fat absorption. Manufacturers can achieve just 5% in dough waste, resulting in significant raw material savings.EVOLUTION consists of a head machine, three proofing cabinets, various modules and a setdown unit.
WP Bakery Group USA (dba: Kemper Bakery Systems)
Shelton, Conn.

Savoye debuts its PTS storage retrieval system (SRS), a fully automatic, highly flexible, high-density storage and retrieval mini-load system, designed for fast and accurate order picking and buffering. The system utilizes numerous standard modular components allowing for maximum pick-and-replenishment productivity, maximum pick accuracy, highly ergonomic interface, optimal cube for various size cases, totes and/or trays and system flexibility for variations in throughput requirements. It’s also scalable for future expansion capability.
Savoye, Inc.
Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Bosch Packaging Systems developed “BrightSide,” a pack style designed for easy opening and reclosing of flow wrap applications. The package enhances product presentation for increased shelf appeal and ensures consumer convenience and sustainability. Manufacturers can place a lap seal on the top surface of the package, making “BrightSide” particularly suited for chocolate tablets, wafers and multipacks. “BrightSide” was developed in conjunction with Amcor, a packaging material supplier located in Melburne, Australia.
Bosch Packaging Systems, a unit of Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.
Beringen, Switzerland
49 (0)711 811-0

TheVideojet 1610 Dual Head small character continuous ink-jet printer from Videojet Technologies has two printheads that can run independently or in tandem to meet a wide range of applications, including those that require printing on two locations on a single product, or on multiple lines on a traversing unit. It can print up to five lines of high-resolution code per printhead at speeds up to 960 feet per minute, and features an IP65 washdown and dust protection that allows for superior environmental protection with no plant air required.
Videojet Technologies, Inc.
Wood Dale, Ill.

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