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Something is Ripening in Denmark

Something is Ripening in Denmark And, if it were, this sensor would let you know about it. Researchers have developed a carbon nanotube-based sensor that measures and monitors the fruit ripening process and helps food distributors and grocers cut losses from spoiled food. It works by detecting minute quantities of ethylene, the gas emitted by fruit as it ripens, and which accelerates ripening. Today, mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs are used to monitor ethylene, but they are expensive — costing about $1,200 each. The researchers who developed the new food spoilage sensor estimate that it might cost only $0.25 or so in quantity production.

Onsite Nitrogen Generation Cuts
MAP Costs

Advanced Gas Technologies
Process Heating Solutions for the
Food Industry

Pick Heaters Inc.

Onsite Nitrogen Generation Cuts MAP Costs Why purchase nitrogen MAP gas when you can produce your own from compressed air??? Onsite generated nitrogen can reduce MAP gas costs from 60 - 90%.

Contact Advanced Gas Technologies Inc., your number one source for onsite nitrogen generating systems and gas mixing systems for the food and beverage packaging industry.

Process Heating Solutions for the Food Industry The Food Industry's special challenges are perfect for Pick Direct Steam Injection. Throughout the food plant, from process heating to plant sanitation, Pick provides instant, unlimited hot water at a precise temperature. When compared to indirect heat exchangers, Pick can cut energy costs up to 28%.

Emech™ — Unparalleled Performance in
Industrial Applications

Armstrong International, Inc.
Vacuum and Gas Flushing Impulse Sealer

Fuji Impulse America Corp.

Emech™ — Unparalleled Performance in Industrial Applications Emech™ is digital hardware that is faster, simple, and smarter with one goal in mind: unparalleled performance in industrial applications. Emech™ digital control valves are available for steam/water and hot/cold water industrial service.

Vacuum and Gas Flushing Impulse Sealer The LOS-NT/NTW series sealers from Fuji Impulse America are long-length sealers capable of creating both vacuum and gas-flush seals for large size packaging. These sealers are effective for increased vacuum when the package content is solid. To see the video, please visit us here.

Case & Tray Packing Automation . . .
Horizontal and Vertical Pack Patterns on Same Machine!
BluePrint Automation, Inc.

Horizontal and Vertical Pack Patterns on Same Machine! BPA's Swing Machine is a versatile robotic solution packing your packages either standing up or laying down into RSC or retail-ready cases, trays, and other containers on the same machine! Now with a smaller footprint, this system is ideal for cartons, stand up pouches, pillow bags, and tubs. The Swing Machine can run varied product styles and patterns with no impact on productivity!

Processing . . .
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That's a Lot of Dough

That's a Lot of Dough The "dopositor," a new, cleverly-named cookie dough depositor promises to optimize food production, up to 14,400 pieces an hour. The machine includes an integrated conveyor, parchment paper feed, and a hopper with a capacity of 75 lbs. The equipment can create a variety of sweet products from scones to pie dough to cookies, even frozen ones.

There's a "ColdFront" Coming

There's a 'ColdFront' Coming A new tunnel freezer from Praxair can freeze or chill a variety of products as part of a continuous process. The solid belt freezer is suitable for wet or marinated products as well as semi-solid foods. The freezer uses less cryogen than existing systems and still produces enough cooling power to maintain product shape, retain moisture, and move items off the belt without damage. A video shows the deep freeze in action.

Packaging/Storage/Preservation . . .
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Robotic Wrapping of Russian Chocolates

Robotic Wrapping of Russian Chocolates Russia's first confectionery to wrap chocolate-covered fruits and nuts has grown its portfolio to 100+ candies. To keep pace with demand, it turned to a highly-synchronized Triaflex system. This Italian loader's design permits operating three or four robots in the same footprint, handling difficult or delicate products including bags, rigid containers, or "naked" cookies. A video shows the robots in motion.

Meshing with Form Fill Equipment

Meshing with Form Fill Equipment A bagging equipment maker and a form-fill-seal (FFS) equipment vendor may not seem likely partners. But the bagging equipment maker was first and foremost a mesh bag supplier. Realizing the right vertical FFS machine could help its customers speed their produce bagging, Volm partnered with Matrix to develop an FFS solution around its durable polypropylene mesh fabric.

Spray Nozzle Design and Development
Solutions

BEX Spray Nozzles
Machining for the Food Processing
Industry

Trace-A-Matic Corporation

Spray Nozzle Design and Development Solutions For over 40 years, BEX has designed and developed spray nozzles in response to user's concerns, with the understanding and willingness to provide answers to their needs. BEX is committed to providing new technology and products to suit the ever-changing needs of the industrial environment. Please visit www.bex.com for more information.

Machining for the Food Processing Industry Food processing equipment covers a broad range of applications. Trace-A-Matic Corp offers experience in machining components such as pumps and housings, shafts, flanges, rollers, and more, using materials common to the industry. We will work with you regardless of the volume or complexity of your parts.

Analysis of Gas Flushed Food Packaging
Systech Instruments
Model 4060 Stationary Compactor
Sebright Products, Inc.

Analysis of Gas Flushed Food Packaging Systech Instruments, gas analysis specialists, have for over 25 years manufactured laboratory gas analyzers. Systech provide fast, accurate oxygen and carbon dioxide analyzers for testing headspace and gas flushed food packages. These can be used effectively with packages of all sizes and portable and waterproof analyzers are also available.

Model 4060 Stationary Compactor The Sebright Model 4060 Stationary Compactor will fit those special space requirement projects without compromising force. Dependability means lower maintenance, less down time, and lower operating costs. 2.0 cubic yard capacity. For over 26 years, Sebright Products, Inc. has been designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing waste compaction equipment.

Materials Handling . . .
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Innovation Brings High-speed Bagging

Innovation Brings High-speed Bagging When a rice production facility expanded its output, it needed a bagging system to keep up with the pace. The new bagger can fill, seal, automatically weigh, inspect, and reject, a wide range of bag types and sizes at rates to 1,000 bags per hour. The bags can then be transferred to a palletizer, which wraps and stacks them for transport to the warehouse or onto a truck loading station.

RFID Helps Track Perishables

RFID Helps Track Perishables A case history describes how a supermarket chain uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in its meat manufacturing and distribution centers to speed the delivery of products to its outlets. The RFID tracks both the totes and the pallets used in the system. A detailed analysis helped to determine the ideal points for locating the RFID readers.

Inspection/Quality . . .
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Adding a Safety Measure for Meat Packs

Adding a Safety Measure for Meat Packs Two companies have co-developed plastic trays and films that reduce the growth of bacteria on meat packaging. Linpac has incorporated a silver-based antimicrobial additive from Addmaster in a range of its plastic products. The additive, which doesn't alter package functionality or food taste or smell, can also be used in paper, textile, paint, or coatings.

Photo Finish

Photo Finish A high performance area scan camera used in food inspection applications is now available in color, enhancing its machine vision capability. The camera features the latest CMOS imaging technology, enabling high resolution, accurate color information: essential in critical applications such as food processing. A short video presentation highlights the camera's capabilities.

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Copper Nickel Tin Alloy for Connectors
Avins USA Inc.
Poroplate® MaxPore™ Extended Area Filter
Purolator Facet, Inc.

Copper Nickel Tin Alloy for Connectors A new copper connector alloy from Swissmetal combines high mechanical strength with free-cutting performance. Our NP6, leaded copper nickel tin, is cold-worked and spinodal hardened to provide mechanical strength near Cu-Be, machining performance close to free-cutting brass, and excellent resistance to stress relaxation at temperatures above 175 C.

Contact Avins USA for more information.

Poroplate® MaxPore™ Extended Area Filter Purolator Advanced Filtration is proud to introduce the latest addition to our advanced self-cleaning filter systems — the Poroplate MaxPore™ extended area filter. At the heart of the Poroplate MaxPore™ filter is Poroplate® sintered wire cloth filter media.

Industry Standards . . .
 
Standard Covers Food Carts
Meat and Poultry Evaluation

Standard Covers Food Carts This NSF Standard establishes minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for the materials, design, fabrication, construction, and performance of mobile food carts, i.e. food carts used for the preparation and service of food, as well those intended for service of prepackaged food only. The Standard does not apply to food catering trucks or food service equipment such as umbrellas or awnings.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

Meat and Poultry Evaluation Learn specifications, test methods, and performance requirements for food service equipment used to ensure the quality of meat and poultry. ASTM 15.12, which covers cooking and warming, energy protocol, cleaning, and sanitation, applies to commercial and institutional establishments.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

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October 5, 2012 - Volume 4 Issue 11
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