New product technology in cold food manufacturing
Unifiller Systems unveiled its new Pro Series Food Service depositors, designed specifically for the rigorous demands of the foodservice sector. The heavy-duty Pro Series includes the Pro1000i FS and Pro 2000i FS depositors, featuring a large conical hopper and precision-height adjustment for use with various pumps and conveyor systems. Capable of a large deposit range up to 93 ounces and able to deposit up to 110 deposits per minute, the series is ideal for clean depositing of sauces, ready meals, sandwich fillings, deli salads, meat fillings and other flowable products. The Pro Series includes angled surface covers to eliminate pooling of water and food particles.
EXPANDED SIZES OF PATENTED HOSE SUPPORT PRODUCTS
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Process Systems business expanded its patented HoseGard product portfolio to fit all Versilon hoses as well as other hose products that boast an outer diameter 2.150-4.875 inches. Made of chemical and corrosion-resistant HDPE, HoseGard is engineered to elevate the hose to keep it clean and reduce wear and tear. The 2-piece design with stainless-steel socket head cap screws easily installs on the hose, stays in place and allows the hose to slide across the floor. The built-in handle facilitates movement, placement and carrying of the hose.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
SCALABLE HPP MACHINE
JBT and Avure developed the new AV-M, a scalable high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) machine that enables food producers to buy the machine size that fits their current production needs, and as the company grows, expands to keep up with increased production, without the expense or added floor space of a second machine. The AV-M easily upgrades from 20M to 30M to 40M with the highest possible throughput.
IOT DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
Anaren IoT Group released version 2.1 of its Anaren Atmosphere online development platform, which affords embedded, mobile and cloud developers a fast way to create Internet of Things (IoT) applications with an easy-to-use IoT development environment. The new version now offers support for the BeagleBone Black Embedded Linux Development Kit, as well as a new cloud-only project type that allows users to build libraries for C#/.Net, C/C++. All design functions, including cloud visualization, use a drag-and-drop approach that does not require the need for command line coding. Atmosphere 2.1 also provides access to a large and growing library of sensors and other IoT elements for easy application creation. Atmosphere 2.1 can host device and sensor data in its cloud-based environment and offers a customizable web-based user interface. The Atmosphere Cloud toolset is ideal for those looking to record single sensor data to those developing rich, complex device monitoring and control applications.
Anaren IoT Group
FOOD PROCESSING PAPERS
Expera launched Prepera food processing papers, designed to keep individual food slices neatly separated and wrapped, while easily releasing from products that have been vacuum packaged, frozen or thawed. The new line of Prepera papers resist oil, grease and water, and are available in low to high wet-strength varieties.
Expera Specialty Solutions
X-RAY INSPECTION SYSTEM WITH CUSTOMIZABLE FEATURES
The new X37 Series of x-ray inspection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline can be configured with different detector sensitivity options supported by a range of power generators to detect and reject contaminants, such as metal, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastics. This customization enables food manufacturers to create a system specifically designed to suit their individual application, whilst complying with safety regulations and guidelines. To suit a variety of tall, rigid packaging applications, manufacturers can choose between a 0.4mm and a 0.8mm detector diode, which is said to be five times more sensitive to x-rays than traditional systems. The X37 Series can be integrated onto existing customer lines, achieves high throughput levels of up to 1,200 containers per minute and performs additional quality control checks, such as assessing the fill level of products, measuring head space, detecting missing caps on plastic bottles, identifying agglomerates, such as flavor and powder lumps, confirming the presence of a vacuum and inspecting for packaging defects.
PET CONTAINER WITH INTEGRATED HANDLE FOR COLD-PRESSED JUICES
Pretium Packaging developed a 64-ounce, 38-400 mm finish, stock PET container with an integrated handle for cold-pressed juices and more. The SureHandle PET container creates multiple marketing opportunities for brand owners. The container is easier to handle for younger children, older adults and those with physical challenges. The handle also provides carrying advantages and improved pouring control, can accommodate an induction seal or foam liner and has been engineered for products needing fill temperatures up to 120°F. Additionally, the container features enhanced top load capabilities, which can withstand stacking of five layers to a pallet, four pallets high. The container combines preform technology developed by Practically Impossible Labs and Pretium’s injection and blow molding manufacturing expertise.
ANTI-BIOFILM PROGRAM FOR BEVERAGE, DAIRY PROCESSORS
GEA debuted the GEA SAFEXPERT anti-biofilm program for the beverage and dairy industry. During the GEA SAFEXPERT program, the equipment is screened systematically to identify biofilms and bacteriological species. Any biofilms are removed to enhance the safety and quality of the products. Since biofilm impacts product stability, GEA SAFEXPERT also extends the shelf life, as it requires less clean-in-place. A GEA SAFEXPERT Performance Contract for preventing biofilm growth ensures that customers no longer need to worry about biofilm contamination in the plant. GEA Service implements implement a periodic preventive program tailored to the plant. GEA SAFEXPERT keeps the plant and equipment at optimum performance.
GEA North America
DEVICE DISINFECTION SYSTEM FOR FOODSERVICE, FOOD PROCESSING AREAS
Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems announced its medical-quality infection prevention technology is now available to the food processing and foodservice industries. The AUVS KR615 Countertop UV Disinfection Device (The UV Box) was developed specifically to address the issue of mobile devices that move freely around hospitals and other known agents of cross-contamination. The same issues exist in the food processing and foodservice industries where cell phones, tablets and other personal items frequently come in close contact with food and food processing equipment. The KR615’s Ultra-Violet technology can sanitize 99.9% of C. diff, MRSA, noroviruses, listeria, salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria in just 55 seconds, according to an independent FDA consulting lab. How it works is, each item is placed inside the enclosure, the KR615’s door closes and the press of a button begins a 55-second UV disinfection cycle.
Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems, LLC
INVERTER LINE FOR TRUCKING INDUSTRY
Xantrex, owned by Schneider Electric, introduced the Freedom X sine wave inverter line for the trucking industry. Available in 1,000- and 2,000-watt units with an optional built-in 3-stage battery charger (Freedom XC), the new inverters are said to deliver 2 times more surge power up to 2 seconds for motor loads. The Freedom X converts DC power into the “cleanest” AC power available, and works in unison with traditional batteries, including lithium-ion ones. The Freedom X can also charge dead batteries drained to 0 volts, and can be quickly installed, thanks to quick connect terminals. Improved climate protection means the inverter provides full output in temperatures ranging from -4°F to 104°F. Plus, the display panel can be mounted in the sleeper, and shows the AC and battery current and percent of inverter output.
VFFS BAGGER FOR COMPLETE RANGE OF BAG FORMATS
Hayssen Flexible Systems introduced the DoyZip 380, a vertical form-fill-seal bagger that can produce the complete range of bag formats (pillow, gusseted, block-bottom, quad four-corner seal, three-side seal and Doy) with a height of 380mm. The DoyZip 380 enhances efficiency with high-speed intermittent-motion technology and precision film control that can handle polyethylene and laminate multilayer films. The icon-based interface with a color touchscreen and remote control capability makes operating this bagger intuitive and easy, and the DoyZip 380’s quick changeovers improve productivity.
Hayssen Flexible Systems, division of Barry-Wehmiller
The Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer from Best Sanitizers is a ready-to-use, no-rinse, fast-acting, food contact and non-food contact surface cleaner and sanitizer, ideal for water-sensitive equipment and dry environments. It leaves no unsightly residue, and is an effective solution for those processors who can’t use quat. Alpet D2 Quat-Free sanitizes in 60 seconds and disinfects in 5 minutes, killing 99.999% of nine tested pathogens as a food contact surface sanitizer. It comes in a quart-sized spray bottle, 5-gallon pail with spigot, 5-gallon pack with insert for boot sanitizing station and 50-gallon drum.
Best Sanitizers, Inc.
MOBILE APP FOR TRUCK LEASING CUSTOMERS
Penske Truck Leasing introduced Penske Fleet, a
mobile app designed to benefit full-service truck leasing and contract maintenance customers. The mobile app enables operators to view real-time fuel prices, review a detailed 90-day history of vehicle maintenance services performed, search and find Penske locations for service, fuel or rental trucks, make one-click roadside assistance calls and monitor the status of roadside calls using push-notifications.
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.
LOW-PROFILE DISCHARGER FOR INTERMEDIA BULK CONTAINERS
Flexicon’s new BULK-OUT low-profile discharger positions intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) weighing up to 3,200 pounds in the frame using an electric hoist and trolley, discharges bulk solid materials into a surge hopper and conveys the material to a downstream process dust-free. Lifting arms fitted with four eye hooks connect to the mobile IBC frame, which is equipped with four inverted cradle cups that mate with corresponding posts on the discharger frame for precise positioning of the IBC outlet. When lowered into position, the tapered outlet of the IBCs’ butterfly discharge valve mates with a gasketed receiving ring on the lid of a surge hopper, allowing opening of the valve and discharging of material with no dusting. The surge hopper is available with an integral flexible screw conveyor, tubular cable conveyor or pneumatic conveying system.
CASE PACKER FOR FROZEN PIZZAS
Douglas Machine released the Axiom IM case packer, which helps frozen pizza producers pack pizzas into full-depth trays, harness cases and retail-ready cases at 220 products per minute. The Axiom IM case packer utilizes a lane dividing and balancing system for incoming round overwrapped and cartoned pizzas. Pizzas are down stacked 6x2 and servo-loaded with gentle and accurate product control.
Douglas Machine Inc.
FRACTIONAL HORSEPOWER COMPRESSORS
Emerson launched fractional horsepower low-temperature Copeland Scroll compressors that utilize liquid-injection technology to cool discharge temperatures and reduce compressor stress while also meeting upcoming federal regulatory requirements. The ZF*KA fractional horsepower compressors are rated for use with new refrigerant alternatives R-448A/449A and existing lower-GWP HFCs such as R-407A. Plus, they’re designed for walk-in freezers relying on outdoor condensing units that will require compressors that can mitigate the higher discharge temperatures produced when using new refrigerant alternatives in low-temperature applications. The liquid injection technology allows the compressor to cool the discharge temperature while delivering high efficiencies and reliable performance.