The revolutionary Formax F-400 mid-sized forming machine possesses many features that should interest processors that manufacture a wide range of value-added products. “For example, it combines the latest technology with a full 15 3/4" (400mm) of usable-product width to increase productivity for a higher output” says Tom Wolcott, Director of Research & Development and Electrical Engineering for Provisur Technologies, parent company of Formax.

In addition to accommodating product versatility, the F-400 features a precise, high-speed, mold-plate drive. Independent of the hydraulic forming systems, the mold plate drive’s 7.5 HP (5.5 KW) motor powers the F-400 to variable speeds of 15 to 70 strokes per minute. Mold plates from 1/8" x (3mm) thru 1" (25mm) thickness can be used.

Its hygienically friendly design is cutting-edge. “Sealed stainless-steel cabinets are equipped with a blower that reduces humidity and controls temperature,” Wolcott says. “Feed screws are effortlessly removed for easy clean-up. One person can easily remove parts and prepare for sanitation.” Equally important, the F-400’s lift system raises the mold cover, which allows the mold plate and knock-out cup assemblies to be quickly and easily changed.

“And it’s backed by the most valuable support package in the industry, which includes multi-lingual training and worldwide technical support 24/7 all year long,” he adds.

An optional PLC-controlled, paper-feed system papers fresh product and stacks it uniformly in tight formation on the conveyor.

“The machine papers product at 15-70 strokes per minute and electronically counts and stacks them from one to 20 portions per stack up to 5.5" [140mm] high,” Wolcott says. “Paper hoppers can be refilled without interrupting production; paper hopper, vacuum bar and vacuum cups are easily removed to change sizes. The system is designed to use eight standard paper sizes up to 6" [152mm].” The F-400 can also be easily changed from “stack and count” to IQF production for use with flat belt and spiral freezers.

The F-400 is part of an exclusive Formax forming-technology line that includes the VerTex1000, Maxum700, NovaMax500 and F-6. Combined, this cutting-edge technology is transforming the Meat and Poultry industry.

Provisur Technologies Inc., with a family of proven brands, AM2C, Beehive, Cashin, Formax, TST and Weiler, offers a complete platform for food processing equipment, including meat recovery, separating, grinding, mixing, material handling, forming, slicing, battering, breading, frying, cooking and freezing equipment for processing beef, poultry, pork and other food products.

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