Check out new equipment developments from Intralox, Wire Belt, Charles Ross, Grote and many more.

Looking to streamline your operation, cut down on changeovers, reduce downtime and boost capacity? Check out the latest in new equipment for wholesale bakers and snack producers.

At this year’s iba 2009 show, Intralox will be featuring a lineup of conveying solutions. For instance, the ThermoDrive belting is an ultra-hygienic conveying solution that dramatically improves food safety. The continuous, easy-to-clean belting surface facilitates sanitation and has been shown to improve product yields. The Series 2800 Spiralox Gtech is a green spiral belt that delivers the proven benefits of Intralox modular plastic belting on spirals, combined with the additional benefits of increased beam strength, better airflow and tighter transfer capability. Additionally, the I-Drive, Intralox’s new intermediate drive conveyor technology, simplifies lines, reduces maintenance and increases belt life, enabling Intralox modular plastic belts to run long distances without transfers. And the Activated Roller Belt technology is a conveyance platform that enables automation in plants where it was previously cost-prohibitive or overly complex.
Intralox, LLC
Hanrahan, La.

Wire Belt offers Flat-Flex XT belting, providing extra strength and support for longer belt life. The XT belts are designed with unique “XT” spaces, which increase the number of “z-bend” joints and allow for heavier load handling. Similar to all Flat-Flex style belts, XT offers lower belt mass than a competitive style belt, which translates into reduced power consumption, faster processing, more product throughput and, eventually, an increase in profits.
Wire Belt Co. of America
Londonderry, N.H.

The Ross MegaShear Inline High Shear Mixer is the first to combine high flow rates and ultra-high shear rates, all in a single pass. With virtually 100% particle/droplet disintegration on the first pass, the MegaShear produces an exceptionally uniform particle/droplet size distribution, which is critically important for many fine emulsions and dispersions. An extremely narrow size distribution contributes to superior product stability and texture, faster solubilization, greater efficiency for catalyzed chemical reactions and higher quality dispersions and emulsions in the food industry.
Charles Ross and Son Co.
Hauppauge, N.Y.

Grote has expanded the versatility of its electric Peppamatic, which can now slice complete pepperoni patterns onto crusts of up to 18 in. in diameter in a single application. The Peppamatic features an all-electric, state-of-the-art design with servo tube linear technology. The design includes open framing and stainless steel construction for greatly enhanced cleaning and sanitation.
The Grote Co.
Columbus, Ohio

Hinds-Bock’s fully automatic batter and injecting line features a servo-driven dual chain conveyor with optional paper cup placer, batter depositor and second diving bridge injection depositor. Designed for applications such as muffins, mini cheesecakes and snack cakes with fruit- or cheese-filled centers, it features recipe control accessed through an Allen Bradley PLC for quick changeover and simple tool-free adjustments for pan-to-pan product changeover. Operators also can enhance the production line with a dry topping machine for nuts or streusel or a custom swirling device to mix two flavors of product together.
Hinds-Bock Corp.
Bothell, Wash.

Ashworth’s Advantage belts have been tested and proven to have the greatest airflow of all plastic spiral belts. In addition to increasing airflow efficiency, the Advantage belts are the only plastic spiral belts to be USDA accepted, NSF approved and BISSC certified for cleanable performance. The stainless steel rods resolve other common problems inherent to plastic rod belts - beam strength is increased allowing the Advantage belt to support heavier loads without sagging, meanwhile less support rails are needed for wider belts, which reduce friction and saves energy. Rated to withstand 300 lb. of tension at 100,000 cycles, Advantage is the industry’s strongest plastic spiral belt that delivers the most efficient results.
Ashworth Bros., Inc.
Winchester, Va.

Great Western Manufacturing offers its QA Series of In-Line and gravity flow sifters, which are compact units developed to answer the quality assurance needs of snack and wholesale bakery operations. The sifters are designed to be placed in a pressure or vacuum conveying system, eliminating the need to switch from pneumatic conveying to atmospheric pressure gravity-flow sifting and back, thus saving on costly equipment. The units also are easily dismantled for inspection, cleaning and maintenance and use the reliable Tru-Balance drive mechanism invented by Great Western that ensures a smooth, balanced operation and minimizes building structural demands.
Great Western Manufacturing
Leavenworth, Kan.

Don’t just seal - superseal with OK International’s T-PAKTM 550 Supersealer. Equipped with a flat conveyor and a foam compression belt, the filled bag comes down the conveyor and comes under the foam compression belt, which takes the air out of the bag without harming the product. The package then enters the OK Supersealer to get the “perfect seal.” Furthermore, the Supersealer removes excess air from the bags, is custom built to meet various application requirements and is available in stainless steel or painted models.
OK International Group, Inc.
Marlborough, Mass.

The Schenck Process MaxiStore Material Distribution Bridge is designed to provide the efficient filling of dry bulk solid materials at rates in excess of 1,000 tons per hour in storage buildings such as minerals and other bulk materials. The system operates by using a traveling and reversible shuttle conveyor mounted along the sidewall of the storage area. Material is fed from outside the building on to an en-masse conveyor located within the bridge structure and is discharged via a series of gates, thus filling the building from floor to roof while maximizing space and providing better and safer material distribution.
Schenck Process
Leetsdale, Pa.

Ford’s Transit Connect battery-electric vehicle is an urban-oriented, light-duty commercial van that serves the environment and its owner. The propulsion system is up-fitted by SEV-US and can ascend up to a 20% grade. The van also contains a collapsible steering column, a tire pressure monitoring system, an exterior rear panel designed for advertising and a set of second row sliding doors on both sides.
Ford Motor Co.
Dearborn, Mich.

Dorner Manufacturing unveiled an updated logo and corporate tagline. The new logo incorporates orange as a differentiating accent color, and the new tagline reads, “Move Fast. Move Smart.” The fast relates to the company’s ability to provide quicker quotes, order fulfillment and delivery times. In fact, select conveyors can be shipped within a 48-hour timeframe. Dorner offers expertise when it comes to conveyors and related accessories. Plus, the company manufactures a broad range of pre-engineered conveyor solutions that can quickly solve even the most complex product handling challenges. The logo and tagline are currently rolling out into a variety of company materials, including its Web site, business cards, letterheads, brochures, signage, advertisements and sales- and marketing-related materials.
Dorner Manufacturing Corp.
Hartland, Wis.

Douglas Machines has expanded its product line by adding the IBC-1000 washing and sanitizing machine. It features a retractable spray arm that protrudes into the container to clean the inside and a series of oscillating wash arms to clean the outside. The operator places the container into the cabinet, closes the door and then pushes the cycle start button, which activates the re-circulating wash cycle. The wash cycle is followed by a fresh water, sanitizing rinse cycle. An optional steam exhaust fan vacates the steam before the door is opened and the container is removed. Wash cycles are fully adjustable for varying soil conditions, and at a typical cycle time of just 10 minutes, clean up is quick and economical.
Douglas Machines Corp.
Clearwater, Fla.

Arr-Tech’s dual line automation system uses two counter/stackers and two auto stack indexers, and is designed for both bagging and wrapping of tortillas, pizza crusts and other flatbreads. The versatile function allows for running one line to the bagger and another to the wrapper, or both lines can run to either the wrapper or bagger.
Arr-Tech, Inc.
Yakima, Wash.

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. Bemis delivers 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.

*Photo courtesy of Intralox LLC.