Food Material Handling, Conveying Equipment, Robotics, Bulk Food Handling, and Food Processing Equipment news and information Food Material Handling, Conveying Equipment, Robotics, Bulk Food Handling, and Food Processing Equipment news and information

FOOD MATERIAL HANDLING CASE STUDIES

  • Global Confections Manufacturer Easily Pulls Gum Sheeter Technology And Cost Efficiency Into The Digital Era
    Global Confections Manufacturer Easily Pulls Gum Sheeter Technology And Cost Efficiency Into The Digital Era

    Over the past 100 years, chewing gum manufacturers have radically diversified their offerings with new shapes, sizes, ingredients, flavors and purposes. However, as the industry evolved, manufacturing systems lagged, risking efficiency and profitability. This case study explains how one confectioner broke away from legacy, mechanical-based chewing gum sheeter machines for an open architecture system.

  • Food Manufacturer Improves Yields 5% With Installation Of Steam Peeler Equipment
    Food Manufacturer Improves Yields 5% With Installation Of Steam Peeler Equipment

    Hata Foods is a subsidiary of the Kobe Bussan Group which manufactures frozen foods, chilled side dishes and PET-bottle products such as salad dressings and sauces. Hata Foods has a popular product line which highlights the flavor of Japanese domestic potatoes, also known as 'Potato Salad Bases'. To help with production of this line, Hata installed a TOMRA Orbit 150 steam peeler, brusher, washer, and a TOMRA Genius B1200 sorting machine. The company's CEO Toshiyuki Hata discusses what kind of impact these changes have had.

  • Sugar Manufacturer Improves Mill Efficiency by 30 Percent With Integrated Drive System
    Sugar Manufacturer Improves Mill Efficiency by 30 Percent With Integrated Drive System

    Despite the challenges currently facing the global sugar industry, a sugar manufacturer has improved its mill efficiency by 30 percent following the replacement of its steam turbine with an integrated drive system. 

  • Craft Beer Company Uses Progressing Cavity Pumps For Spent Grain Removal
    Craft Beer Company Uses Progressing Cavity Pumps For Spent Grain Removal

    Moving spent grain and yeast through the brewing process is key to quality beer production. Brew masters at the Victory Brewing Company’s newest brewery needed a reliable pumping solution for the difficult job of moving spent grain and yeast through the brewing process. They opted for a progressing cavity pump, citing the pump’s ability to smoothly convey the viscous and abrasive media created during a brew cycle. Victory selected a progressing cavity pump, based on its ability to pump under the higher discharge pressures needed to move the spent grain all the way to silos located outside the facility.

  • Automated Vision Inspection Equipment Ensures Uniform Meat Quality
    Automated Vision Inspection Equipment Ensures Uniform Meat Quality

    Salaisons Jouvin, a French company specializing in the production of cold meats, wanted to ensure its products were consistently of high quality, while simultaneously cutting costs. This case study explores how Salaisons Jouvin implemented vision inspection equipment to achieve its goals.

  • Laser And Optical Sorting Maximize Quality And Throughput For A Walnut Processor
    Laser And Optical Sorting Maximize Quality And Throughput For A Walnut Processor

    Linden, CA-based Morada Nut is a grower and processor of walnuts and various other agriculture items. As a third-generation family farm, one of the company’s biggest concerns was providing its customers with the highest quality products possible. This case study shows how the implementation of optical and laser sorting technology helped Morada Nut boost the quality of its product while simultaneously increasing efficiency and maximizing throughput.

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FOOD MATERIAL HANDLING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • Food Irradiation Technologies: Principles, Commercial Advantages, And Limitations
    Food Irradiation Technologies: Principles, Commercial Advantages, And Limitations

    Food irradiation has proven to be a safe and effective non-thermal process for enhancing food safety and extending shelf life of a wide variety of foods. Nearly 50 countries have approved or allow food irradiation, although the foods and doses can differ by country. Gamma irradiation technology was patented more than a century ago (in 1906) and has been one of the first non-thermal technologies thoroughly tested, validated, and adopted by medical and food industry over the past 60 years. Despite this, there is a lot of misunderstanding and concerns associated with the consumer acceptance, transport, storage, occupational hazards, and disposal of radiation sources.

  • Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers
    Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers

    Food inspection systems using state-of-the-art technologies are most successful when they are designed with many support methods and principles. I’ve written articles on how this is true with metal detection technology, X-Ray inspection machines, and vision inspection systems. This article will explore checkweighing systems, how they add support to food safety methods and principles, and the benefits implementing them can provide food manufacturers.

     

  • Ingredient Optimization Unlocks Profitability & Savings
    Ingredient Optimization Unlocks Profitability & Savings

    In an effort to ensure F&B products meet the required product label claims, manufacturers often overuse expensive raw materials. This results in higher costs and reduced margins. However, measuring and tracking key ingredient contents and using precision formulation can reduce giveaway of expensive raw materials while ensuring accurate product contents. The results: savings are directly linked to your bottom line.

  • FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule: Compliance Guidelines For Shippers & Brokers
    FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule: Compliance Guidelines For Shippers & Brokers

    In spring 2016, the FDA released its long-awaited Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the Rule). The regulation, which constitutes one of seven final rules implementing FSMA, was closely watched by many throughout the industry — and for good reason. Based on the earlier proposed version of the Rule, many commentators feared the Rule, in its final form, would be an inflexible regulation with the potential to impact the very way that food transporters operate — and not always in ways that made sense.

  • Under Pressure: Novel Technologies Are Preserving Food & Extending Shelf Life
    Under Pressure: Novel Technologies Are Preserving Food & Extending Shelf Life

    The key advantages of elevated pressures present an attractive and powerful tool to implement processing of food products and beverages at mild and ambient temperatures. However, many food processors don’t necessarily know that different types of pressure specifications and applications may lead to different microbial inactivation effects. In addition to well-known pressure homogenization and hydrostatic pressure processing, there are a few other pressure-based techniques that can be used for different categories of products in food preservation operations. Do you want to pasteurize or sterilize? Do you simply want to extend shelf life? What about added value? Here’s what you need to know about food preservation under elevated pressures.

  • Managing Profitability When Raising Your Prices Is Not An Option
    Managing Profitability When Raising Your Prices Is Not An Option

    From the merging of grocers to the decreasing options of food distribution channels, industry consolidation puts downward pricing pressure on food manufacturers. The recent trend has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down. When faced with decreasing profits due to pricing pressure, it’s common for food processors to turn to internal costs and processes looking for efficiencies that may restore lost margins.

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FOOD MATERIAL HANDLING PRODUCTS

Diverter Valves For Pneumatic Conveying Applications Diverter Valves For Pneumatic Conveying Applications

K-Tron Diverter Valves direct material from one source to multiple destinations.

 Tomra Sorter for Potato Processors with Peel Control Tomra Sorter for Potato Processors with Peel Control

The TOMRA 5A sorting system, a state-of-the-art machine for the potato processing business, supports processors by combining a straightforward and brand-new graphical user interface with stable sorting performance, while increasing the level of food safety and quality with minimal product waste.

Tuf-Trac Magnetic Conveyor Tuf-Trac Magnetic Conveyor

Tuf-Trac automatically moves ferrous materials such as chips, turnings and small parts in virtually any direction.

Pellet And Powder Vacuum Loaders Pellet And Powder Vacuum Loaders

The 2400/2410 self-contained pellet and powder loaders are low cost vacuum conveyors used for machine loading and other applications where material is moved short distances to one destination.

HQD Digital Meters and Electrodes HQD Digital Meters and Electrodes

here are dozens of water quality meters on the market. We know you are looking for the best option to meet your specific testing needs. The rugged and durable Hach HQd meters are designed to give drinking water and wastewater professionals the greatest confidence and flexibility. HQd benchtop and portable meters use interchangeable IntelliCAL(TM) probes and features automatic parameter recognition, simplified data transfer and easy-to-read results on a large, backlit screen.

Conveying Popcorn Kernels Via Vacuum & Pressure Conveying Popcorn Kernels Via Vacuum & Pressure

The popcorn processing and packaging industry typically relies on low velocity, dense phase pneumatic conveying to transfer popcorn kernels. This is primarily due to the friability of the popcorn kernel.

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FOOD MATERIAL HANDLING MULTIMEDIA

Video: Automated Vision Inspection Equipment Ensures Uniform Meat Quality Video: Automated Vision Inspection Equipment Ensures Uniform Meat Quality

Salaisons Jouvin, a French company specializing in the production of cold meats, wanted to ensure its products were consistently of high quality, while simultaneously cutting costs. This case study explores how Salaisons Jouvin implemented vision inspection equipment to achieve its goals.

Schlafly Beer: Using Automated Control Systems To Satisfy Consumer Demand And Maintain Quality Standards

Opened in 1991, St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer, suddenly found itself with the best of problems: consumers loved the product so much, the company couldn’t keep up with demand. How did the company maintain its high quality standards while being able to keep up with consumer demand? The answer lied within automated control systems. This video explains the process Schlafly went through when choosing and implementing an automated control system.

Collecting Of Flours With Pneumatic Vacuum

Nilfisk’s newest cleaning challenge video features the Nilfisk A15 EXP Pneumatic Vacuum collecting flour. It is constructed of all 304 stainless steel and includes a grounding cable and clamp for safety in hazardous locations. The video demonstrates how the A15 EXP safely collects flour with a 20-foot hose.

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