Leap in Technology
Leap in Technology
Two loader companies taking major leaps forward are Waynesboro, VA-based F.R. Drake Co., and Cincinnati, OH-based Planet Products Corp.
Drake also showcased a loader with an improved sanitary design at the Worldwide Food Expo.
Drake loaders come standard with a color touch-screen display. The liquid-tight control package now features:
-Pre-programming and storage of all customer recipes
-Each loader is equipped with a modem for remote access. Through the modems, Drake engineers can dial-in, access the controls, perform troubleshooting, and offer program enhancements.
-Servo motors provide versatility for changing recipes. Timing changes are made with the touch of a button, and those timing changes can be stored in the operator controls’ memory.
-The electrical control cabinet can be mounted away from the loader, with a conduit run up to 150 feet long. An Ethernet network allows the operator to remotely track production efficiency and total throughput.
- F.R. Drake Company, phone (540) 949-6215, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.drakeloader.com
- Planet Products, phone (513) 984-5544, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.planet-products.com
|Where they’re eating them|
|It’s a good thing loaders enable higher production outputs. Here’s a look at 2003’s top 10 hotdog eating American cities.|
|(1) Los Angeles||44,723,360|
|(2) New York||35,214,010|
|(3) Dallas/Ft. Worth||21,252,530|
|(5) Baltimore/Washington D.C.||19,566,890|
|(7) South Carolina||15,521,860|
|(9) Miami/Ft. Lauderdale||3,069,240|
|Based on retail sales per pound of refrigerated hot dogs during the 52-week period ended Dec. 28, 2003|
|Source: American Meat Institute|
|Preventative Maintenance Schedule|
|By adhering to a preventative maintenance schedule, operators can ensure accuracy and longevity from their loaders.|
|Lubricate all bearings||Daily|
|Make visual inspection of loader||Daily|
|Check for noise and vibrations||Daily|
|Check tension and wear on all drive chains, sprockets, and idler pulleys||Weekly|
|Inspect conveyor belts||Weekly|
|Check collator chain tension||Weekly|
|Check intermediate chain tension||Weekly|
|Check pusher chain tension||Weekly|
|Check transfer belt lift control air pressure (40 psi)||Weekly|
|Check product path for damaged or worn parts||Weekly|
|Inspect flight chain, rollers, shoulder screws, and support tracks for wear||Weekly|
|Lubricate Hilliard clutch||Weekly|
|Replace hinge gate springs||500 hours|
|Change oil in gear reducers||6 months|
|Replace main air supply filter||12 months|
|Source: F.R. Drake Company|