This month’s roundup of equipment launches includes everything from ribbon blenders and stretching equipment to tabletop depositors and polyurethane screen-cleaning balls.

Sifter Parts & Service recommends the use of FDA-approved polyurethane screen-cleaning balls and cubes to prevent sifter screens from clogging with product. These polyurethane balls are said to be more abrasion-resistant than screen cleaners manufactured out of other materials and provide a longer life. Unlike rubber or neoprene, polyballs are nonporous and oil-, moisture- and chemical-resistant. They range in size from 5/8-in. to 2-in. diameter.
Sifter Parts & Service, Inc.
Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Charles Ross ribbon blenders cater to a wide range of bulk densities. They’re suitable for sanitary or industrial applications. All units are direct-driven by an inverter-ready gear motor, an integral design superior to belt- and chain-driven blenders that suffer from losses in horsepower and efficiency through slippage.
Charles Ross & Son Co.
Hauppauge, N.Y.

American Fabric Filter adds new precision power stretching equipment to expand its production capabilities for re-screening most adhesive bonded screen frames. The equipment produces tighter, more uniform fabric tension, increases product throughput and offers more accurate control of particle sizes and improved screen durability.
American Fabric Filter Co.
Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Lantech’s RL automatic stretch wrapper is an ultra-high-speed ring straddle-style stretch wrapper capable of wrapping up to 200 loads per hour, whereas the SL automatic is an overhead straddle wrapper with throughput capabilities up to 120 loads per hour. Both machines feature LeanWrap innovations that build specific stretch wrapping quality measures into each load that’s wrapped. And they’re claimed to provide more film choices, higher operating speeds, improved productivity, reduced film breaks, less maintenance and lower cost per load.
Louisville, Ky.

Kemutec appointed exclusive distributors of the GKM Siebtechnik range of flat-deck screeners for the North American market. This new addition is a natural fit into Kemutec’s powder processing equipment portfolio, helping it become a leading sieving and screening supplier for the baking and snack food industries. Kemutec will also be adding GKM test equipment to conduct proving trials on the flat-deck screeners as well as the vast range of Kek centrifugal sifters.
Kemutec USA
Bristol, Pa.

Hinds-Bock tabletop depositors are said to be the answer for bakers with limited space. Handling all batters with gentle care, they maintain the integrity of quality products. These simple-to-operate, tabletop depositors are the economical, maintenance-free workhorses of the smaller bakery. They can handle a wide variety of pan configurations such as muffin, cupcake, sheet cake and rounds with simple and fast changeover. They are available with up to seven pistons.
Hinds-Bock Corp.
Bothell, Wash.

*Photo courtesy of Hinds-Bock Corp.