Seam Inspection System
CMC-Kuhnke offers an automated, conventional double-seam inspection system. The MARS-SEAM completes a full seam inspection in minutes with minimal human interaction. The end result is faster, more frequent and more accurate seam inspections for beverage and food canners, at a reduced cost. The first of three stations measures the external seam dimensions. The second drains and rinses the can, and the thirdmeasures and analyzes the can’s internal dimensions by cross-sectioning and image-capturing the can seam.
CMC-Kuhnke, phone (518) 828-9345, or visit www.cmc-kuhnke.com
Dorner’s Engineer Specials Program gives extra attention to building conveyors with unique dimensions and characteristics above and beyond the dimensions of Dorner’s regular conveyor platforms. The company also features the 2200 Series conveyors, with new features. The bearings on the conveyors are now installed into a newly redesigned blind housing hole instead of a through hole, which protects the bearings from the outside world and adds strength and longevity to the conveyor.
Dorner Mfg., phone (800) 397-8664, or visit www.dorner.com
Wire Belt’s CarrySmart is a made-to-order line of conveyors. The belts are constructed from stainless steel, which makes them ideal for the food processing industry. The line includes Flex-Turn, Flat-Flex Straight, Flat-Flex Shuttle Conveyors, and CarrySmart Spreader or Converger specialty conveyors. The conveyors offer a stable conveying surface that is easy to clean and maintain, can maintain product orientation around turns, and offer full support for delicate products.
Wire Belt Co. of America, phone (603) 644-2500, or visit www.wirebelt.com
Rust-Oleum’s new ThermaKrete Urethane Concrete Coating provides extreme protection for concrete in the harshest industrial environments. Ideal for the food industry, where concrete floors are subjected to dramatic temperature fluctuations or thermal shock, ThermaKrete seamlessly expands and contracts to resist cracking. The coating ensures the safety of facility employees, provides durability for heavy traffic, resists bacteria contamination, and decreases maintenance costs.
Rust-Oleum Corp., phone (877) 703-5007, or visit www.rustoleum.com/industrial
Marel’s OptiCut portioning machine is designed to cut boneless product with optimal utilization while ensuring precision with uniform portion size. The machine uses a patent-pending cutting technique optimizing the portioning process and delivering outstanding yields. Additionally, the product of uniform size and weight is stacked and ready for packaging. The machine is available in combination with the Marel Portion Stacker for cutting, stacking, and fixed-weight packing.
Marel USA, phone (913) 888-9110, or visit www.marelusa.com
Robbie Mfg. has introduced an innovative packaging solution for grab-and-go snack foods. The Hot N Handy® pouch is the first-known flexible all-in-one packaging solution in the market that offers all the benefits of larger packages but is designed to fit in car cup holders. The pouch has a gusseted bottom to hold the package upright and can be used for cold and hot foods, including corn dogs, popcorn chicken, and chicken drummies.
Robbie Mfg., phone (913) 492-3400, or visit www.robbiemfg.com
Formost Packaging Machines offers the Reseal-It peel-and-reseal recloseable package, created on Fuji-Formost horizontal and vertical wrappers. The system, offered by Formost and the Macfarlane Group Sweden AB, makes a perforation in the flow wrap film and then places a label exactly over the perforation. No part of the film is removed; the opening flap of the film sticks to the back of the label.
Formost Packaging Machines Inc., phone (425) 483-9090, or visit www.formostpkg.com
The RA-200 Automatic Vacuum Packaging Machine from Rollstock Inc. is an 11-1/2-foot machine suitable for entry-level packaging applications. The packaging machine has a much smaller footprint than standard rollstock machines. The RA-200 features matched forming and sealing die tooling, one flying crosscut knife system, a vacuum pump with quick disconnects, a built-in trim-removal system, and full PLC control. It is available in a variety of web widths, from 285mm to 459mm.
Rollstock Inc., phone (888) 314-2152, or visit www.rollstock.com
NuTEC Mfg. is offering free literature on its 750 machine, which features 75 strokes per minute and a 19-inch usable mold width patty former. It is a completely hydraulic, multi-hole patty former with operator-friendly controls. The former is designed to provide extremely accurate portion control, high-speed production, rapid change-over, and reduced downtime.
NuTEC Mfg., phone (815) 722-2800, or visit www.nutecmfg.com
The Plastic Clip Clipper is a new clipper from the Tipper Tie Signature Series line. It is available in both horizontal and vertical models and runs P-Series spool clips that come in a variety of colors. The clipper is easy to operate, user-friendly, and constructed from stainless steel and other non- corrosive materials. The air-operated clipper applies a plastic clip closure to a variety of packaging materials and provides a virtually leak-free closure.
Tipper Tie Inc., phone (800) 331-2905, or visit www.tippertie.com
Poly-Clip Corp. offers the TSCA-N automatic sealing/clipping machine. It processes flat film from a roll into a ready-to-fill casing, which is securely closed by the integral clipper. All commonly used films, as well as laminates up to 65mm caliber can be processed. The automatic looper allows loops to be clipped on so that single sausages and chains can be hung up.
Poly-Clip System Corp., phone (800) 872-2547, or visit www.polyclip.com
Avian Flu Testing
Charles River Laboratories offers antigen and antiserum for avian influenza (AI) surveillance purposes. Routine serologic monitoring of flocks for AI is required by breeders. Under the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service National Poultry Improvement Plan, flocks must be tested prior to onset of lay, then periodically and finally prior to shipment of hatching eggs or chicks from the flock.
Charles River Laboratories, phone (860) 889-1389, or visit www.criver.com
Kluber Lubrication offers the Paraliq® series of food-grade lubricants. These lubricating greases are authorized in accordance with NSF/USDA-H1. One product, Paraliq GA 343, features a wide service temperature range and is resistant to water, hot water, and many disinfectants and cleaning agents. It is suitable for the lubrication of rolling and plain bearings, lifting cylinders, joints, guide rails, cam discs, and seals in the food-processing industry.
Kluber Lubrication, phone (603) 647-4104, or visit www.kluber.com
Alfa Laval offers an interactive CD catalog for brazed heat exchangers. The catalog is designed to serve as a selection guide for brazed heat exchangers for applications such as DX evaporators/chillers, water-cooled condensers, economizers/subcoolers, desuperheaters/heat reclaim, hydraulic oil coolers, and hydraulics, including snow melt and radiant floor heating. Models are presented with dimensions, specifications and connection types.
Alfa Laval Inc., phone (804) 236-1307, or visit www.alfalaval.us