Bakers and snack producers can turn to new systems to improve the profitability of their companies.

Here are the latest releases and information on a host of new depositors, packaging systems, distribution vehicles, mixers and more.

Let AM Manufacturing’s combination dough divider/rounder ease the pain of dividing, scaling and rounding dough. The model S300 provides unprecedented scaling accuracy from 1 oz. to 32 oz. and at speeds up to 2,000 pieces per hour. With a hopper size capable of holding 75 lb. of dough, this system greatly reduces costly manual labor with consistent product results.
AM Manufacturing Co.
Dolton, Ill.

Engineered with 70% open surface area, Wire Belt’sCompactGrid conveyor belt provides optimal performance in processes where product coating, drainage and liquid or air circulation are factors. It has five times less resistance to flow-through than most plastic modular belts, and its flow-through characteristics will enable easier and more thorough cleaning and sanitation of the processor’s conveyor systems.
Wire Belt Co. of America
Londonderry, N.H.

Bemis introduced bMET blown, metallized sealant films, which are patent-pending packaging films that replace both the barrier and sealant layers in typical three-ply structures, thus creating two-ply laminations with the performance of three plies. Structures that use bMET films use 20% less material and cost 10% less than the three-ply laminations. They deliver the high-end performance required to protect products such as crackers, cookies and granular products. bMET film thickness can range from 0.75 mil. to 1.5 mil. They are available in metallized white and metallized clear versions. Plus, they can offer customized convenience features like tear initiation and EZ Peel opening.
Bemis Co., Inc.
Oshkosh, Wis.

MARQ Packaging offers a complete packaging line, which is comprised of a case erector bottom sealer, conveyor with packing station and top case sealer. Built for 24/7 operations, the line is constructed with heavy-duty steel and features polycarbonate guarding and a sleek powder-coated finish. The case erector is standard length and features the dribble-feed shuttle hopper, which drops one case at a time onto the guide rails below.
MARQ Packaging Systems, Inc.
Yakima, Wash.

Ford Motor Co. expands its fleet lineup with the F-59 Super Duty Commercial Stripped Chassis, offering additional payload capacity, low step-in and loading heights and a walk-in entry for multi-stop, distribution and parcel delivery. Its integrated rear suspension system provides stable ride and handling, and it is available in 158-, 178- and 208-in. wheelbase options. The chassis comes with a TorqShift 5-speed automatic overdrive transmission with tow and haul mode, a 6.8-liter gasoline engine, premium front and rear shock absorbers, robust steering and 50-degree wheel cut, and front and rear four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
Ford Motor Co.
Dearborn, Mich.

Ashworth has created a solution for bakers and snack producers to pinpoint undetected high-tension problems and prevent spiral breakdowns. The new Tension Gauge records a belt’s tension throughout each tier in a spiral conveyor. Ashworth service operators can analyze the system and make recommendations to correct any unforeseen or potential problems. Measuring belt tensions of up to 650 lb. in spiral systems, the gauge allows for more than normal operating tensions to account for every possible spiral application.
Ashworth Bros., Inc.
Winchester, Va.

Charles Ross & Son offers complete sanitary mixing and dispersion systems, designed with 316 stainless steel construction, multiple mix vessels, jacketed vessels mounted on caster wheels, high-shear and low-speed agitators and touch-screen control systems. Additional features include rupture discs, pressure sensors, flow controls, special valves, sanitary piping and insulated and sheathed jackets.
Charles Ross and Son Co.
Hauppauge, N.Y.

Bush Truck Leasing offers zero payment for 90 days on ’05 and ’06 Dodge Sprinters. The company has a large inventory of barely used, low-mileage Sprinters, which have five-cylinder diesels with some of the best fuel efficiency of any delivery van.
Bush Truck Leasing Inc.
Mason, Ohio

Hinds-Bock’s 18P-03 batter depositor uses a servo drive to move the entire depositor timed with continuously moving baking bands or pan conveyors. The system offers speeds of 900 per minute and its positive shut-off spouts are designed for large-scale production of products with or without particulates such as cupcakes, cake batter, muffins or flowable cookie batters.
Hinds-Bock Corp.
Bothell, Wash.

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Photo courtesy of Charles Ross and Son Co.