Nijal USA’s MasterForm System gives operators total control over the pressure, texture and shape of burgers. It is a unique approach to forming uniform-weight burgers with a homemade look and mouthfeel. The system is versatile enough that it can be used to add fillings or for production of tray-loaded bulk ground meat, at high speeds.
Nijal USA, phone (612) 235-7175, or visit

Roofing Sanitation
Moisture infiltration initiated from the roof can be a breeding ground for food-borne bacteria. Derbigum Roofing membranes from Performance Roof Systems provide a solution for this overlooked environment. The company can provide meat processors with innovative roof designs, assessments and specifications, done by experienced roofing professionals and geared toward the critical nature of food safety.
Performance Roof Systems Inc., phone (800) 727-9872, or visit
Rust-Oleum’s ThermaKrete urethane concrete coating provides protection for concrete in the harshest industrial environments. ThermaKrete seamlessly expands and contracts to resist cracking, which is useful for the food-processing industry, where concrete floors are subject to dramatic temperature fluctuations or thermal shock. The flooring surface ensures the safety of the facility’s employees, provides durability, resists bacteria contamination and reduces maintenance costs.
Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands Group, phone (877) 703-5007, or visit
Packaging Systems
Multivac is offering its B400 and B500 vacuum chamber systems together with the SE130 steam shrink tunnels as a complete packaging solution. The chamber systems are equipped with adjustable height, bioactive water-cooled seal bars and are washdown hygienic. The shrink tunnel enables users to save up to 65 percent on power and water consumption by recirculating heat and steam. The machines are sold separately, but incentive pricing is available when purchased together.
Multivac Inc., phone (800) 800-8552, or visit
CVP Systems’ Fresh Vac® modified-atmosphere packaging systems are used on a variety of products, including red meat, poultry, produce and snack foods. The A-200 snorkel-style MAP machine comes equipped with a vacuum, vacuum/gas and multiple cycles and can handle a wide range of package sizes and configurations. CVP offers the new PIAB M-200 pump as an option on its A-200. The pump offers more power and flow.
CVP Systems Inc., phone (630) 852-1190, or visit
Automated Packaging Systems has made available DeviceNet connectivity on its AutoBag®, Accu-Count® and Kit-Veyor® systems for simpler, faster and more reliable system integration. It replaces traditional I/O hardwiring and signaling with a high-speed, bi-directional serial connections platform, simplifying operations. Users can access diagnostic information from one central location. DeviceNet’s flexibility allows seamless integration of AutoBag AB-series baggers with Accu-Count 100/200 counters and the Kit-Veyor 80G automatic kitting system.
Automated Packaging Systems, phone (330) 342-2000, or visit
Poly-Clip System Corp.’s FCA 3430 automatic double-clipper closes all fibrous and collagen casings from 24mm to 90mm caliber plastic casings, at up to 200 cycles per minute. The FCA 3430-18 clipper’s production can range from 24mm to 120mm caliber casings and up to 150 cycles per minute. The double-clipper’s operator panel features a plain-text display, and product parameters can be recalled from program memory. Two-hand triggering of the first clip provides added operator safety.
Poly-Clip System Corp., phone (800) 872-2547, or visit
IPL packaging offers in-mold labeling (IML) for an array of containers ranging from 12 ounces up to four gallons. Those containers are suitable for a variety of deli products, including prepared foods and salads. They are easy to open and feature IPL’s tamper-evident system. It offers full photographic quality, top-to-bottom coverage and premium design.
IPL Packaging, visit
Protective Wear
Polyconversions introduces PolyWear personal protective disposable gowns, which offer impervious lightweight protection to safeguard against the transfer of potentially infectious diseases in food plants. They feature a full-length open-back design that incorporates a tear-away feature for quick and easy removal. A contoured thumb loop secures gown sleeves under the employee’s protective glove. One-piece construction with a single heat-sealed seam behind the sleeves reduces the potential for pass-through of fluids or other contaminants.
Polyconversions, phone (888) 893-3330, or visit
Food Safety Testing
BioControl Systems Inc.’s Assurance GDS™ detection method for Salmonella has been approved as an AOAC Performance-Tested method. Assurance GDS for Salmonella was found to be equivalent to or better than the reference culture method for both food and environmental samples. Assurance GDS is the first commercially available DNA-based detection method to provide Salmonella results in as few as 20 hours.
BioControl Systems Inc., phone (425) 603-1123
New models in the Whizard® Series II modular trimmers from Bettcher Industries are designed for many poultry applications, including deboning chicken legs and thighs and breast scapula trimming, plus turkey carcass trimming and thigh defatting. A new blade/housing interface generates less chatter and heat for reduced vibration, improving worker operating conditions. An enhanced gear mesh design contributes to smoother blade operation, and better proximity to the built-in steeling device button makes steeling blades quicker.
Bettcher Industries, phone (440) 965-4422, or visit
Belt Sizers
Gainco Inc. manufactures belt sizers for in-motion sizing and distribution of fresh or quick-frozen poultry items. Programmable controls allow for batching by count, weight or multiple product types and minimize the incidence of overweight packing. The sizers also offer enhanced speed and accuracy, information that’s easier to see and share, as well as a more robust and double-weight deck. Users can size up to 180 portions per minute.
Gainco Inc., phone (770) 534-0703, or visit
Vacuum Filler
Risco USA introduces the RS 303 and RS 503 advanced vacuum fillers with in-line grinding options. The combination is controlled by an innovative, multi-function microprocessor that can be loaded with up to 100 different programs to give the operator precise control of portion weights and product flow, regardless of production requirements. Both fillers feature the Risco vane pump, which allows for smoother, gentler handling of every type of meat product.
Risco USA, phone (888) 474-7267, or visit
Metal Detection Inspection
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc. offers a “Metal Detection & X-Ray Inspection Information Kit.” The kit includes a white paper, “Contaminant Detection: Making the Right Choice,” which reviews developments in product-inspection technology and the differences between metal detectors and x-ray equipment. The kit also has specific information on the company’s equipment, performance testing samples, services and a free product test offer.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, phone (800) 447-4439, or visit
Packaging Supplies
Zip-Pak has developed an easy-open resealable packaging feature applied in the transverse direction to maintain the hermetic properties of food packaging. A special seal below the zipper profile and a proprietary end-seal create a hermetic package that can be perforated or scored for one-step access to contents without the need for scissors or knives. This value-added feature allows brand owners to provide the benefits of resealable technology while protecting brand integrity.
Zip-Pak, phone (800) 488-6973, or visit
Food-Grade Compounds
ITW Devcon offers a broad range of Permatex® and Devcon® products that are safe for food-processing industries. These include threadlockers, thread sealants, gasketing compounds, RTV sealants, and epoxy compounds for repairing metal equipment and forming a protective barrier against abrasion and corrosion. These products cover the basic maintenance requirements by food-processing facilities to keep their equipment up and running while preventing costly downtime.
ITW Devcon, phone (800) 933-8266, or visit
Bizerba USA’s fully automatic A 500 slicer is designed for tough, continuous operation with up to 250 slices per minute, with an integrated scale for portion weighing. Directly after slicing, each individual slice is weighed, and the slice thickness is automatically adjusted. In this way, the integrated scale ensures consistently equal portions while slicing is in progress. The slicing programs are entered and accessed via the touchscreen display.
Bizerba USA Inc., phone (732) 819-0121, or visit
Fill-Seal Equipment/Inspection
Multivac is now offering its horizontal thermoform/fill/seal machinery integrated with Ircom MAXLINE® 2 thermal seal inspection technology. The systems combine the company’s rollstock packaging technology with Ircon’s thermal imaging and monitoring capabilities, enabling users to package product at high speeds while inspecting, identifying, tracking and rejecting packages based on specified parameters of their choosing.
Multivac Inc., phone (816) 891-0555, or visit
Freshness Indicator
TempTime Corp. offers Fresh-Check® Indicator stickers, for placement on food items. The indicator contains a reagent that changes color irreversibly, faster at higher temperatures and slower at lower temperatures, making it easy to see when the pre-set time and temperature has been reached or exceeded for a product. They are easily affixed to each individual food item, and are specifically formulated for a specific product’s life requirements.
TempTime Corp., phone (973) 984-6000, or visit
The Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. offers the EFG 110-115 series of compact, electric, three-wheel forklift trucks. The trucks offer three load ratings — 2,000, 2,500 and 3,000 pounds — and lift heights of up to 196, 216.5 or 171 inches. The trucks are dimensionally sized for easy maneuvering in tight spaces, and their rear-wheel drive is powered by the company’s three-phase AC technology.
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., phone (888) 333-2644, or visit
Pump Adaptor
Westcott Distibution’s GoatThroat Pumps line now includes KidBilly adapters for the Rieke Flexspout, eliminating chemical spills and back injuries. The adapter turns the Flexspout into a rigid receptacle for GoatThroats and other pumps. It allows containers to stay in an upright, fixed position during the transfer of fluids. The adapter offers a cleaner and safer way to handle dyes, oils and other additives.
Westcott Distribution, phone (646) 486-3636, or visit
NuTEC’s 710 forming machine can form hamburger patties, meatballs, skinless sausage links and many more items. The machine provides excellent weight control and gentle product handling for a variety of products from beef to vegetables. It operates with minimal wear and maintenance, and NuTEC supports the machinery with a factory-direct service and a one-year parts warranty.
NuTEC Mfg., phone (815) 722-2800, or visit
The 125 Series line of conveyors from QC Industries features a very low profile of 1.89 inches, allowing the conveyors to be used in tight quarters where conventional conveyors will not fit. Belt widths of 2 inches to 24 inches are available in lengths from 4 feet to 12 feet, with load-carrying capacity of up to 450 pounds. They are suitable for low-headroom food-processing applications.
QC Industries, phone (513) 753-6000, or visit
Metal-Detectable Products
E-Components and Chains Ltd. offers a variety of metal-detectable plastic components under its Detectamet line. Using a specially formulated material of metal-detectable, high-impact, food-grade plastic, Detectamet offers almost every kind of product used on a processing floor, such as ink pens, scoops, vinyl gloves, clipboards, box cutters and more. The products guard against non-metallic objects falling into production or landing on conveyors.
E-Components and Chains Ltd., phone (877) 707-5200, or visit
FKI Logistex has upgraded its Order Manager™ software solution, a combined warehouse management system/warehouse control system. Upgraded features include RFID support, enhanced order management, inventory control and productivity reporting. It is designed both as a cost-effective solution for small, manual stockrooms and a critical application for warehouses that require an automated equipment interface with a short implementation time.
FKI Logistex, phone (314) 993-4700, or