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The most flexible, space-saving solution ever for horizontal flow wrap packaging

schubert-flowmodul-web-620x330At the FachPack 2016, Schubert unveiled its new Flowmodul solution. The eighth system component in the packaging machinery manufacturer’s portfolio enables the seamless packaging of products, for the food, confectionery, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry into flowpacks with its proven top-loading packaging machines. The Flowmodul sets all-new standards in primary packaging with regards to quality control, efficiency, space requirements and flexibility.

Seamless integration all along the line

Like all Schubert system components, the Flowmodul was also developed to perform without an electrical cabinet. Image recognition, pick & place robots and the Flowmodul all merge into a single system. The scanner detects position, rotational position, shape, colour and even the volume of each product, and then transfers the data for products which have passed the quality control to the F4 robots. These in turn carefully pick the products from the running product belt and position them in the Flowmodul’s feed system. “Poor” products no longer cause equipment malfunctions and never end up in the package. The speed of the Flowmodul is determined in response to the product flow. The product feed consists of a flexible, fully automatic adjustable chain, with which products can also be carried on toothed belts.

The automatic film roll changing (splicing) is a standard feature as well as the servo-driven film rolls which enable secure handling of even very thin film.

Flexibility is key

The types of possible product formations within a flow-wrap bag format are close to unlimited and can be easily programmed. The conversion from one format to another is as simple as child’s play. And even changing the chain carrier is fully automatic. If the product should first be placed in either a cardboard or plastic tray, this function can be easily implemented with an additional TLM-Frame.

With its TLM modules, Schubert can now master all standard tasks in the top-loading area. With the Flowmodul, the company also enables its customers to seamlessly integrate the packaging of flow-wrap bags into a TLM system. This simplified technology is intrinsic to Schubert’s ongoing commitment to reduce system mechanics and interfaces whilst increasing functionality and flexibility.

With the Flowmodul, Schubert is once again demonstrating its expertise in developing highly efficient solutions in response to clearly identified market needs. Even before the official presentation of this latest innovation to the market, the company had already sold 20 Flowmodul components.

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Separator Animation Shows Clear Benefits of Seital Technology

SPX FLOW ClarifierThe Seital Separation Technology product series brings with it decades of experience and technology that is based on in-depth understanding of applications, flow dynamics and centrifuge technology. The new animation illustrates to customers how the vertical disk stack centrifuge operates and why it offers exceptional separation / clarification functionality and reliability.

The animation shows how the Seital centrifuge is designed for minimum vibration and noise. The high dynamic stability of the machine helps to protect it, increase reliability and reduce maintenance. The way the centrifuge operates facilitates high quality product output with outstanding solid concentration levels and efficient separation results. The gentle process protects the desired characteristics of the final product and the sanitary design of the machine makes it ideal for hygienically sensitive applications. Hermetic seals are also available, if required, to further minimize the risk of oxidation and, for the production of carbonated beverages, reduce loss of carbon dioxide.

The animation further explains how the centrifuges are designed to offer increased reliability and reduced maintenance intervals with efficient gear or belt drive transmissions and continuous vibration monitoring. It also presents how high levels of process control with automatic discharge of solids using an integrated programmable controller help assure easy operation specific to application needs.

Seital vertical disk stack centrifuges are well proven in liquid to liquid separation or solids from liquid clarification processes. Their compact footprint, continuous processing capability and efficient operation means they offer an economical, high performance solution for many processes.

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APRIL robotic system to transform food manufacturing

APRIL robotic system to transform food manufacturingA Peterborough based engineering business is transforming the food manufacturing industry thanks to further funding from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

OAL has received a £60,000 grant to develop an automated food manufacturing processes using robotic ‘chefs’ to boost production, efficiency, and improve the quality of food produced.

OAL identified a gap in the market to make food production more efficient by introducing robotics into the manufacturing process; to date there has been little progress in automating food manufacturing in this area due to the lack of enabling technology.

With the funding, OAL will design and manufacture APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) patented technology; a fully automated robotic system that can mix, load and cook ingredients in a manner similar to professional chefs yet on an industrial scale.

Not only will the technology be more efficient than traditional, manual cooking processes, the automated production will help to lower costs and reduce food wastage, and free up space on the factory floor.

APRIL will enable OAL to become UK leader in food manufacturing, increasing growth and job opportunities for the company; reinforcing the East of England’s reputation for innovation.

Mark Reeve, Chairman of the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, said: “OAL is transforming the food manufacturing industry through their technology. The APRIL system will kick-start the industry’s move towards fully automated production lines, allowing food to be produced quicker, with less waste and greater precision.

“I’m pleased to be able to support OAL with additional funding from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative and look forward to seeing the business grow further thanks to the help from the LEP.”

Harry Norman, Managing Director of OAL, said: “Winning the grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative involved presenting to an expert panel who assessed our revolutionary robotic technology. The expert’s feedback, encouragement and 100% backing was really appreciated by the OAL team and gave us all a big lift.”

The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative is run by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with support from New Anglia LEP, Norfolk County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, and the local authorities covering this area.

Grants are available to organisations looking to invest in specialist equipment, new market and supply chain development, ways to improve productivity and efficiency, and the application and commercialisation of Research and Development.

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Packo Pumps rewrites the standard for product pumps together with the industry

The vegetable and potato processing industry has changed profoundly. By strain refinement the potatoes that have to be pumped became much larger. The free passage in the product pumps has to follow this trend. Also the volumes that have to be pumped increased enormously and loss by damage is yet barely tolerated. The pumps that are used in this market segment up till now score, widely considered, inadequately in that area and the demand for better performing pumps resounds more emphatically through recent years. That was also the reason for Packo Pumps to begin the re-design from zero. The result is the VPCP pump that rewrites the prevailing norm. The VPCP pump has been developed in collaboration with the industry. It has been tested extensively and proven radically incomparable. Packo Pumps challenges you.
Larger stainless steel pump casing
First the needs and trends of the industry were identified and converted into design requirements. The full geometry of both the impeller and the pump casing was studied via CFD and redesigned with a view to the largest possible free passage and minimal product damage in the widest possible working area. The result of months of CFD study and several practice tests is a range of four pump types with a significantly larger pump casing but with the same mounting dimensions as the VDKM pumps (except for type 150-400).
The principle remains a complete stainless steel pump, like the Packo standard dictates. Cleanability, corrosion resistance and more strict hygiene requirements, after all, are gaining importance.

Vane replaces impellers
A second intervention replaces the traditional channel impeller with an impeller with a single vane, which was specially developed by Packo for this pump series. The design of the vane plays a key role in the performances of the new VPCP pump. It also leaves a large free passage and is designed to keep product damaging minimal. Research showed that by omitting the channel geometry the product damage is minimal over a much wider area (flow and speed). A typical single channel impeller only shows a low product damage in a small zone around the BEP (Best Efficiency Point).

Test results prove 250% less product damage
In order to evaluate and compare the product damage objectively Packo Pumps developed a test method that produces a dimensionless damage figure. The damage figures are both a quantitative (% of products being damaged by the pump) as qualitative (how serious is the damage?) weighing of the damage. The new VPCP pump scores a damage figure of 9.5. In comparison, the known VDKM pump registered a damage figure of 25.5. We can therefore state that the product damage in the new generation VPCP pumps is 2.5 times smaller than in the VDKM pumps. Also pumps with conventional 1-channel impellers were subjected to the same test. No single pump scored a damage figure below 14. We can therefore confidently say that the VPCP pump series sets a new benchmark in terms of product damage.

Sustainable construction
In addition to the pump hydraulics, also the structure of the pump itself was taken in hand. The versions with larger motor capacities were shortened 75mm, which makes the pump not only more compact, but also makes the shaft much stiffer and eventually benefits the life time of the mechanical seal. Because field tests confirmed the durability of a single seal, the new generation of pumps will not be equipped with an oil bath around the shaft seal anymore.

Target market of the VPCP pump series
The Packo VPCP pump range is designed for pumping potatoes, vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, etc. The VPCP pump can e.g. be used in Belgian fries process lines and for the transport of vegetables to the blanching lines.
Because the pump has the same dimensions as the known VDKM pump
series it is easily interchangeable.

Overall, the VPCP pump is characterized by:
New benchmark in minimal product damage in a wide area (flow and speed),
One of the largest free passages in product pumps on the market,
4 types: 125-315, 150-400, 200-500 and 250-630,
Steeper pump curve: easier to adjust and less risk of clogging the system.
Pump completely in electropolished stainless steel,
Compact monobloc construction, dimensionally shorter than the VDKM pump series,
Duplex stub shaft allows a quick and easy disassembly of the vane,
Standard IEC normalized motor,
Only two standardized (EN 12756) mechanical seal diameters (3 to 45kW and from 5 to 10 inch pump),
Sledge construction by which the pump can be easily slid backwards while the pump casing remains in the piping system,
Available with vertical or horizontal outlet,
In accordance with European food contact regulation EC 1935/2004,
Pump is equipped with large manhole cover and drain,
Same dimensions as the known VDKM pump, which make them easily interchangeable.

Packo Pumps, the specialist in stainless steel centrifugal pumps!

Packo Pumps is originally researcher, designer and manufacturer of sustainable and innovative industrial pumps. Our pumps rank among the best of the world when it comes to hygiene and cleanability.
Packo pumps are also an important link in the reliability and the improvement of the energy efficiency of our customers. To this end, we develop and constantly improve more pumps tailored to our clients, for the most diverse applications.
Our slogan “We Optimize Your Flow” reflects our ambition to be a valued partner in the optimization of your business processes.
Need more information? Contact bart.vanbastelaere@packo.com or visit our new website www.packopumps.com.

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PPMA 2015 Seminar: Disruptive Food Production in Africa

OAL will be chairing a seminar on disruptive food production in Africa at this year’s PPMA Show 2015 at 10am Thursday 1st October 2015.

The session will discuss the adoption of disruptive food production methods that create new markets and displace established technologies. Winani Chowa, Process Development Director at Dairy Gold Ltd. (Zambia) will be speaking on the successful launch of new maize based (Maheu) drinks manufactured using disruptive technologies.

Dairy Gold have replaced existing grain hydration technologies with OAL Steam Infusion to hydrate maize flour for their drinks process. In doing so they have dramatically reduced production costs and processing times whilst gaining the ability to vary product characteristics (smooth or grainy).

By reducing production costs and increasing capacity they have established a new market for the most economically disadvantaged people in Africa.

Please visit OAL’s stand D20 for more information. Not registered? There’s still time, visit https://www.livebuzzreg.co.uk/2015/ppma15/

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Calling All Cheese Lovers -­‐ Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink.

A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

Dr Emma Feeney, FHI UCD explains ‘Cheese is high in saturated fat however the composition of the matrix of the fat is special. The fat is found with other nutrients like calcium and protein. It is believed that this matrix of nutrients with the fat can potentially have a positive effect on our health. Our study will look at this theory in more detail’.

The idea of our diet impacting our health is a hot topic these days. With obesity and its related diseases such as heart disease, on the increase, we need to look towards prevention rather than relying on cure. Heart disease is a serious condition with 10,000 of people in Ireland dying from the disease per year. The intention is that the results of this study will add to the body of knowledge about cheese and health proving that the combination of nutrients in cheese has many promising health benefits that were never considered in the past.

Dr Emma Feeney will be available to talk about the research and the role of diet in treating diseases.

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Amneal makes strategic investment in Ireland

Bridgewater, New Jersey (USA), July 31, 2015 – Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD today announced that Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC (www.amneal.com), a U.S.-based generic drug manufacturer, has purchased a 200,000 square foot facility in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

The former Johnson & Johnson plant was sold by owner Solidus Private Equity, a Singapore-based investment firm. Amneal worked closely with Foreign Direct Investment agency IDA Ireland.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The Cashel site will be dedicated to R&D and production of metered dose and dry powder inhalers (MDIs and DPIs) as well as biosimilars – all high-end specialty medications – with each product occupying approximately 50% of the building.  Amneal expects to hire an estimated 250-300 employees at full build-out.

“Our new Ireland facility is critical to Amneal’s long-term global growth, in Europe, the U.S. and throughout the world,” explained Chintu Patel, Amneal Co-CEO and Co-Chairman.  “We appreciate the outstanding support from IDA Ireland and others in helping us establish ourselves in County Tipperary and are excited to launch our operations here.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Bruton said: “Through our regional jobs plans we are determined to accelerate jobs growth in every region of the country. The South East is an area which has suffered from unemployment historically, but in the past three years it has seen the fastest rate of jobs growth in the country. The project we are announcing today with support from my Department represents a massive boost for Cashel and the whole of Tipperary. I wish Chintu and all the team great success with this investment.”

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said: “Tipperary has a huge deal to offer multinational companies like Amneal and I look forward to assisting them as they set up their Cashel site. Access to talent and good infrastructure are vital for investments of this size – Amneal will find both here in Tipperary.”

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes said: “I have met this company previously on several occasions when they were assessing Cashel as an investment location. Cashel is a great place to invest, and one in which I hope Amneal can thrive over the coming years.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “Regional development is a core part of IDA Ireland’s strategy. This announcement is great news for Tipperary and the whole of the South East region. That Amneal has chosen to locate in a facility that had been occupied previously is especially pleasing and is a credit to the IDA executives who are advertising ready-to-go sites just like this in boardrooms across the world on a daily basis.”

Besides the availability of the J&J plant, Amneal chose Cashel for the quality of its local workforce, the enthusiastic support of government leaders and a positive business environment.  The company in turn brings to Cashel a proven track record of providing steady jobs, empowering employees to do their best work and collaborating with the surrounding community to build a superb operation aligned with Amneal’s core values.

From its humble start in 2002 as a contract drug manufacturer, Amneal has grown dramatically to its current position as the 7th largest U.S. generics supplier by volume.  The company has achieved this tremendous growth through its total dedication to producing the highest quality generic medicines and delivering award-winning customer service.

To become a world-class generics player, Amneal is targeting expansion in Europe, Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia and Latin America.  Pursuing strategic acquisitions or partnerships in Ireland and other countries that welcome U.S. businesses, as well as diversifying into complex, high-value products, will fuel the company’s smart, sustainable growth for years to come.

Amneal’s guiding principles—the relentless pursuit of quality in every aspect of its business, providing customers the best possible service and building long-term relationships—are what has made it a true market leader.  The management team looks forward to sharing these principles for success at the company’s new location in Ireland and actively contributing to the community of Cashel and its people.

About Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC is a global supplier of generic pharmaceuticals, vertically-integrated across the entire supply chain from R&D to finished goods. Since its inception in 2002, Amneal has invested extensively in R&D resources, manufacturing infrastructure, and strategic expansion opportunities—all contributing to its significant growth. The Company prides itself on its unwavering commitment to quality, strong business relationships, and innovative approach to maximizing value. Amneal is privately-held with U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey and international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland.  For more information, please visit www.amneal.com.

CONTACT:
Cheryl Lechok
Media Relations
Amneal
PH: +1 203.961.9280
clechok@optonline.net

Kevin Sammon
Head of Public Relations
IDA Ireland
M: +353876188564
Kevin.Sammon@ida.ie

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Oman refreshment company increases production to meet growing market demand

Carbonated soft drinks growth in Oman brings investment in Sidel Matrix™

To meet the two-digit market growth from carbonated soft drinks consumers, Oman Refreshment Company (ORC), a franchisee of PepsiCo International, has recently acquired a new production line from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, which will enable the Omani bottler to increase its production capacity.

ORC operates in different categories of the food and beverage market in Oman. The carbonated soft drinks category is the company’s main focus, which includes Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP, to name but a few. ORC has an 89% market share of this category. According to industry estimates, carbonated soft drinks were the most consumed beverage items in Oman with 362.4 million litres recorded at the end of 2014, and a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.3 per cent over the next five years.

Since February 2015, ORC has been operating a Sidel Matrix Combi12 line which produces carbonated soft drinks in a 2.25 litre format at a speed of 18,000 bottles per hour. The new complete line, based on the cost-effective technology of the latest generation of Sidel Matrix equipment, will help the Omani company increase its bottling capacity through the reliable and proven Sidel Matrix system.  “Our collaboration with Sidel started around 16 years ago. Since then, we have built a strong relationship based on mutual trust, reliability and efficiency,” said Youssef Ezzikhe, General Manager of ORC. “With the growing local demand for our products and carbonated soft drinks in general, we approached Sidel again to obtain a production line which will enable us to increase production, and eventually achieve a stronger competitive edge.”

“One of the driving factors in our decision to choose Sidel again was the efficiency with which their machines operate and prompt response on after sales service. By using their machines, we will be able to increase production, cut cost and potentially reduce raw material consumption,” said Rosel Ocampo, Head of Operations at Oman Refreshment Company.  Challenging the conventions of PET container production, the modular Sidel Matrix platform includes major technological improvements to meet the needs of the liquid packaging industry.  It offers a wide range of possible configurations to cover any possible need, with each configuration delivering a high level of performance, along with a low environmental footprint.

The line also offers significant potential to reduce the consumption of raw materials and costs, particularly in terms of the amount of PET material required to produce the bottles. Despite the challenges presented by the carbonation process in terms of the bottle format, lightweighting has been applied to the 2.25 litre bottles by Sidel’s Packaging Services team, part of the Sidel Services™ business unit. To produce the lightweighted bottles at high speed, an integrated blow-fill-cap solution – the Sidel Matrix Combi – was the obvious solution. Because of the neck-handling and positive transfer of bottles between blow moulding and filling, the Sidel Matrix Combi is not bound by the limitations imposed by air conveyors. Moreover, its overall efficiency, its compact size, ergonomic design, easy maintenance and lower energy consumption all contribute to cost reductions.

“In order for us to extend our equipment and services to a wider audience, we’ve established a solid presence in the region, and we are delighted to see the continuous success and growth that our customers are achieving. By providing innovative solutions, we are enabling beverage producers to keep up with the growth in the industry in their local markets and also at the regional and global levels,” said Harbinder Kathuria, Regional Commercial Director, Greater Middle East and Africa Zone at Sidel.

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Martin Riley joins Nude Brand Creation from CMO role at Pernod Ricard

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Joins Nude Brand Creation: Martin Riley

London, UK
Nude Brand Creation today announces the appointment of Martin Riley as its first non-executive director. Riley joins the design and branding agency from Pernod Ricard, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer until December 2014.

Strategic drinks sector insight
“This is exciting news, not just for our agency, but for the drinks industry as a whole,” says Bernard Gormley, Director, Nude Brand Creation. “Over the years Nude has built a reputation for award-winning and commercially-effective design, primarily for premium and luxury brands that have international reach. This new appointment will add a fresh dimension for our clients – it will give them access to Martin’s strategic expertise, gained over a long, distinguished career across multiple markets.”

Riley has been a client of Nude for more than ten years. His association with Gormley goes back many years to when Riley was Marketing Manager for Sandeman Ports. Riley was President of the World Federation of Advertisers until March 2015 and has recently been named as the Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild.

Design matters
“Design is the single most important element in drinks marketing, says Riley. “It is the one aspect that can create a direct relationship between a brand and a customer. Over the years of working with Nude I have been continually impressed by the time, care and attention they lavish on a project, understanding a brand’s true story and then expressing it in a way that stands out.”

He adds: “The four founders are all very hands-on, and this produces results. We see these results in client relationships that endure, in brand and packaging design that succeeds, and in work that wins award after award.”

Gormley concludes: “Our goal is simple: deliver a consistent and quality ethos and retain our clear focus on helping clients build their brands and achieve commercial results. Martin Riley will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve that. He will also help more clients discover what we at Nude can do for their brands.”

About Nude Brand Creation
Nude Brand Creation is a branding and design consultancy. Based in Old Street, London, it was born in 2003 out of a desire to do things differently.

Nude is independent and proud of it. The partners who run the business are very hands-on, you get what you see – delivering what’s right, creating great work.

Nude digs deep into the heart of a brand, to lay bare its strengths and uncover its true potential.

Nude specialises in the prestige sectors including drinks and personal care, and is proud to include Pernod Ricard, Grupo Campari, SAB Miller and JTI among its clients.

www.nudebrandcreation.com

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JBT strengthens UK customer service team

Global food processing equipment manufacturer, JBT has expanded its UK customer service division by recruiting five additional engineers at its Broxburn site to support its continually expanding range of freezing and cooking equipment, and increase responsiveness to customer requests.

Gavin O’Malley, Jaspal Rehal, David Johansson, Max Sneddon and Dave Wardle increase the company’s customer service team from eight to 13, and have been carefully selected to ensure JBT is well placed to efficiently address customer requirements across all its product lines.

JBT brands include the world-leading Frigoscandia freezing and chilling systems, the Double D range of high impingement continuous protein ovens and searer/grill-markers, the Stein range of coating and frying equipment, Formcook contact and combi cookers, and DSI slicing and portioning systems.

Jaspal Rehal and Gavin O’Malley are both certified Gas Safe field service engineers. Jaspal was previously an engineer and site supervisor for Solar Energy Warehouse and will be based in Birmingham. Gavin was previously a sub-contractor to British Gas and EON and will be based in Leeds.

David Johansson, Max Sneddon and Dave Wardle are service co-ordinators and will be both office and field-based. Max was previously European technical sales manager for Unitherm Food Systems in Oklahoma, and Foodmek in Scotland. Dave Wardle has come from ICM Ltd where he was installing and maintaining Frigoscandia freezers and will be based in Grimsby. David Johansson joins the UK team from JBT’s European headquarters in Helsingborg, Sweden, where he gained extensive global experience with the Frigoscandia brand.

Stewart Linford, JBT’s west region customer service manager, said: “At JBT we recognise that providing first-rate customer service and support is crucial for our customers’ success.  We’ve carefully selected the new engineers as they have impressive credentials, complementary skills and relevant experience. As sales of JBT equipment increase, we need to ensure that our level of technical support matches this. The team has received intensive technical training and will enable us to significantly increase responsiveness to customer repairs and maintenance requests across all our product lines, anywhere in the UK.”

About JBT Corporation   

JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) is a leading global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries.  JBT Corporation designs, manufactures, tests and services technologically sophisticated systems and products for regional and multi-national industrial food processing customers through its JBT FoodTech segment and for domestic and international air transportation customers through its JBT AeroTech segment. JBT Corporation employs approximately 3,300 people worldwide and operates sales, service, manufacturing and sourcing operations located in over 25 countries. For more information please visit www.jbtcorporation.com.

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From left to right: Jaspal Rehal, David Wardle, Stewart Linford, David Johansson, Max Sneddon, Gavin O’Malley.

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JFPT and Cool Wave Processing develop new cold press technology

The Cold Press 1 from top

Dutch companies JFPT/foodlife and Cool Wave Processing have worked together to develop a new cold press technology, said to be the first that meets European hygiene standards.

‘The Cold Press No. 1’ is fully compliant with the latest European legislation for hygiene (EHEDG) and safety (CE).

Stainless steel has been used to build the machine, including the electrical cabinet normally made of plastic. It comprises round pipes instead of pipes with straight angles with blue plastics.

The company claims this makes the machine the first cold press to completely comply with the strict guidelines of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group.

The new presss design also takes care of the demands of current presses for high-maintenance.

The press has been specially designed for producers of fresh fruit and vegetable juice by using the mild preservation technology PurePulse from Cool Wave Processing.

The companies will deliver the first series of The Cold Press No 1, with a capacity of 100l per hour in December. The next ten presses will be available from January. Cold presses with larger capacities will be made available in the course of 2015.

Cold pressing helps in best preserving both nutrients and flavour of fresh fruit and vegetables juice.

The US has been using the cold press technology for decades which has now become the standard in juice production. Europe is also witnessing an increase in the demand for fresh and natural juices, leading to the increase in demand for cold pressing.


Image: The new cold press technology developed by Dutch companies JFPT/foodlife and Cool Wave Processing. Photo: courtesy of JFPT.

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Meyn introduces the new standard in breast deboning: the Rapid Plus breast deboner M3.0

Rapid_Plus_2One of today’s market requirements is the need for high flexibility in end products. With the fast changing market demands, this is especially the case in the breast deboning process.
Meyn now introduces the 3rd generation Rapid breast deboner: the Rapid Plus breast deboner M3.0. Ranging from the basic version to the most elaborate set-up, the Meyn Rapid Plus will allow to process the highest quality fillets at the highest capacity, resulting in an unsurpassed yield. But most importantly, staffing requirements have been further reduced, helping with labor challenges.
With a completely modular set-up, the new Rapid Plus will allow for optimization of the required floor space and TCO as the length of the machine will depend on the incorporated functionalities. The configuration can of course be completed with integrated logistics, trimming set up as well as in-line weighing and batching.
With over 170 systems sold worldwide, the Rapid breast deboning concept has been globally accepted and proven to be very successful. All customers truly see the benefits of this unrivaled deboning solution. It is the only solution available that can harvest all fillet and tender products automatically at the highest capacity, resulting in a significant reduction of labor costs and a minimized dependency on labor skills and availability.

 

 

About Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.

Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. is the reliable and committed partner of renowned poultry processing companies in over 100 countries worldwide. Meyn is widely recognized for its ability to support its customers in their ambition for higher capacity and increased yield and efficiency. Meyn’s solutions have proven to maintain its high-level performance under a wide variety of line speeds and bird sizes, allowing its customers to achieve top level productivity with an absolute minimum of labor.
For more information, please visit www.meyn.com.

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Marel launches waterproof box labeller

Marel’s proven OCM9500 box and crate labeller now withstands full washdown to IP69K.

Marel’s proven OCM9500 box and crate labeler has been upgraded with a waterproof chassis and indicator to withstand full washdown to IP69K, subject to the printer being covered or removed.

Introduced at Seafood Processing Global in Brussels, the waterproof OCM9500 box/crate labeler is suitable for automatic weighing and labeling applications in both wet and dry production environments. The unit handles crates and boxes up to 40kg in weight, providing consistent weighing accuracy with automatic zero tracking.

Speed is subject to box size and label print requirement, i.e. eurocrates of 600mm x 400mm size can be automatically weighed and labeled at speeds up to 35 units per minute.

Labels can be applied to the front and side of the box by a combination of up to 8 label applicators, including print of barcodes, best before dates and product as well as warehouse tracking information. Long print head life contributes greatly to its low running costs.

OCM9500 is fully approved throughout Europe and selected territories for use in weigh price labeling and checkweighing applications. Innova Integration is available to assist control of the packing and dispatch process.

For more information about Marel’s OCM9500 Labeler, please contact:

Kathrin Gerbe

Marel, Pinetrees Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9BB

Tel:  01603 700755, Fax: 01603 700844     E-mail: kathrin.gerbe@marel.com

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Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

PET solutions provider Sidel has created a new business unit to serve drinks products producers globally.

Split into six teams including maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversions and moulds and packaging, Sidel Services has been designed to help customers achieve better product quality, efficiency, flexibility, cost optimisation and brand support.

Sidel CEO and president Mart Tiismann said that when customers invest in a Sidel production line, they need and expect high levels of service to support them throughout the entire working life of the equipment.

“That is why, in addition to introducing innovative technologies to our customers such as the Sidel Matrix™ liquid packaging system, we have also been working hard to improve our services offering,” he said.

Companies can use the new service unit to reduce downtime or design new packaging solutions. Sidel is also rolling out new spare parts logistics and technical support initiatives in a bid to help customers have better access to the people and parts that they need.

The improved global logistics network for spare parts includes a new warehouse management system that enables three levels of delivery service, from emergency delivery to planned maintenance deliveries.

According to the company, the technical support system enables faster responses through a new ticketing system that places customers in immediate contact with Sidel experts to address urgent issues.

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Steam Infusion Shortlisted for FDF Innovation Award

Steam Infusion from Olympus Automation (OAL) has been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Innovation Award based on its ability to deliver significant and innovative change to the food industry.

Steam Infusion is a revolutionary heating and mixing process that uniquely infuses steam into liquid food products in a vacuum. Early adopters of Steam Infusion include Greencore and Larco Foods who have generated significant business benefits from the technology. Mark Carnagahan, Factory Manager, Greencore explains,

“Steam Infusion has allowed us to nearly double our previous throughput rates in sauce production. On top of this our meat sauce quality and consistency has improved dramatically.”

Further research and development is being undertaken in a £1million UK government funded  Nutrition for Life project at the Steam Infusion Test Centre in the National Centre for Food Manufacturing,  Holbeach.

The unique Steam Infusion environment has been found to increase the flavour profile of food products in commercial trials indicating salt and other ingredients can be reduced without having a negative impact on flavour. The Nutrition for Life project seeks to provide the scientific understanding of the level and nature of the changes brought about by the steam infusion process and the nutritional advantage to be gained.

All field devices and process instruments are seamlessly integrated into the control system using a new Siemens S7-1500 PLC on the Steam Infusion test system ensuring system reliability and performance.

OAL will be presenting initial findings from the Nutrition for Life project at the PPMA show 2014 running from 30th September to 2nd October 2014. As well as the OAL team, academics from the University of Lincoln will be on the stand to answer questions on Steam Infusion and the project. Register a meeting on their stand B40 to learn more.

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Important Online Auction of Production Lines and Machines of H.J. Heinz GmbH Ready Meal Production in Germany

The internationally renowned industrial auctioneer Troostwijk will sell various production lines and machines of H.J. Heinz GmbH in Seesen via an important online auction, including amongst others two production lines, machines for the preparation of food, packaging machines, compressors and high racks.

Troostwijk has a lot of experience in the global marketing of equipment in the food processing industry by performing several auctions in this field. In recent years Troostwijk has conducted highly successful Online Auctions.

The complete illustrated online auction catalogue of the equipment to be auctioned will available shortly on www.TroostwijkAuctions.com.

Bids can be placed only on the internet. The online auction will end on 9 July. From 14.00 hrs onwards, the lots will be awarded.

Viewing for interested bidders will take place Wednesday 2 July from 9.00 till 16.00 hrs and by appointment on site Harzstraße 10, 38723 Seesen (± 80 km from airport Hanover).

Further information concerning the auction and numerous pictures of the offered equipment can be found on  www.troostwijkauctions.com/uk/fertiggerichte-produktion/01-19318/?utm_source=presse&utm_medium=presse&utm_campaign=heinz0714.

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Check 2 from Marel: Fast accurate checkweighing for the food industry

Marel’s new M-Check 2 Checkweigher, launched at Marel’s Packing, Labeling and Dispatch event on June 11, combines high levels of accuracy with flexibility and capacity. The machine is approved for process as well as end of line applications, making it the ideal choice for any food processing company.

The checkweigher can monitor and optimise the accuracy of processing equipment, and ensure compliance with weight legislation across a wide range of products. It features a range of metal detection and reject options which remove off weight and metal contaminated packs from the product flow to ensure food safety and quality control.

M-Check 2 incorporates Marel’s Innova Checkweighing module which provides real-time monitoring of key performance indicators and collection of data for statistical analysis, enabling processors to track operational performance and optimise production line efficiency. Detailed ‘e’ weighing reports are produced to ensure vital compliance with average weight legislation.

M-Check 2: combines high levels of accuracy with flexibility and capacity

 

M-Check 2 can withstand intense high pressure and temperature wash down procedures to IP69K, thanks to its excellent, sturdy design. Quick release belts and swivel reject bins make for easy cleaning.

Modular construction enables M-Check 2 to be configured to suit virtually any production requirement, thanks to a choice of weigh cells, infeed conveyors, metal detection and reject options.

 

 

 

For more information about M-Check 2, please contact:

Kathrin Gerbe
Marel, Pinetrees Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9BB
Tel:  01603 700755, Fax: 01603 700844
E-mail: kathrin.gerbe@marel.com

 

 
 

 

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Enclosed batch fryer improves efficiency and energy savings

Heat and Control’s latest BF-360 Batch Fryer combines an enclosed cooking area with automatic control of temperature, slice agitation, batch loading, and unloading to produce consistent hard-bite kettle-style potato chips.

A full-length hood covers the kettle for safety, improved oil quality, and energy savings. The hood retains heat in the frying area to reduce fuel usage. It also maintains a steam blanket over the oil, displacing oxygen to prolong oil life.


Exhaust volume is far less than with uncovered batch fryers using area hoods so smaller, more energy-efficient exhaust fans can be used.

The fryer’s under-pan gas-fired design provides uniform cooking with minimal oil depth for rapid oil turnover. This preserves oil quality to produce chips with a fresher taste and longer shelf life.

A programmable logic controller stores multiple cooking settings, and automatically regulates potato batching, slicing, loading, oil temperature and level, stirring, and product discharge. Heat and Control’s Chip-Stirr® paddle system eliminates labor-intensive manual stirring by continuously agitating the slices to improve cooking uniformity and prevent clusters and soft-center product. Finished batches are automatically cleared from the fryer and transferred to its drain conveyor.  The Batch Fryer’s hood has a built-in clean-in-place system to reduce sanitation labor and prevent the risk of fire that is present with oil-coated area hoods.

BF-360 Batch Fryers produce up to 360 pounds (163 kg) of finished chips per hour. For capacities over 500 pounds (227 kg) per hour, Heat and Control’s MasterThem Kettle Fryer features the same hood enclosure, PLC control, and Chip-Stirr but uses a thermal fluid heat transfer system for uniform oil heating.

Heat and Control also provides complete systems for processing and packaging of natural and fabricated potato chips, sticks and snacks – from truck or crate unloading, through storage, peeling, washing, frying, seasoning, conveying, weighing, bagmaking, inspection, and controls.

With over 30 offices worldwide, Heat and Control provides the latest processing and packaging technology with local project management, training, spare parts and technical support.

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Stay in Control from Pack to Pallet Marel hosts Packing, Labeling & Dispatch Event in Copenhagen

Labeling and Dispatch Event at their new state-of-the-art demonstration center Progress Point in Copenhagen. Innovative manual, semi-automatic and automatic systems and software solutions that enable processors to optimize and control their packing, labeling and dispatch processes will be demonstrated.

Interactive Innova displays and presentations from experts will feature along with a number of new machines and systems including:

*           Traytrack: An automatic system for the distribution of trays for wrapping and labeling

*           MCheck 2: Marel’s new, fast and reliable checkweigher

*           Marel Case Packing Robot: Space saving automatic pack and tray loading into boxes or crates

*           Innova Labeling: A fast, flexible, and centralized labeling system

In addition to these new systems, standalone machines and packing lines for weigh price labeling, box packing, weighing and labeling, and Innova software for order management, planning, inventory, dispatch, QC/recalls and pallet labeling, will be on show.

Processors interested in joining the event can find out more on marel.com/packtopallet

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Cabinplant reduces give-away with new multi batcher

Cabinplant launches a new multi batcher that reduces the give-away by four times compared to any other machine on the market. An accurate weighing technology ensures that the portions are packed in an optimal combination, thus enabling fish manufacturers to deliver portions that meet legal requirements and reduces the give-away to an absolute minimum.

“The weighing machines that are on the market at the moment typically offer a tolerance of plus/minus 200 grams and the extra amount above the portion size is a pure give-away of profits for the fish manufacturers. Depending on the price of the fish per kilo, this can add up to a considerable amount,” explains Henning Ingemann Hansen, R&D Director at Cabinplant. 

At SPG 2014, Cabinplant will present the 2nd generation multi batcher with a new design and improved weighing software that significantly reduces the give-away compared to any other conventional weighing machine on the market.

New weighing technology
The multi batcher is designed to make a portion out of four weighed partial portions instead of merely having one weighing hopper. The machine automatically combines the partial portions to provide the optimal and best possible batch weight. The principle of combinatorial weighing known from Cabinplant’s successful multihead weighing machines results in higher accuracy. Naturally, the portions conform to requirements set forth in the European Directives.

“The result is that fish manufacturers are able to meet the requirements of the law and at the same time minimize the amount of mackerel or herring that is given away for free,” explains Henning Ingemann Hansen.  The multi batcher is also suitable for other products, such as chicken, pork and beef.

Easy cleaning
The machine from Cabinplant is designed to make the cleaning process easy and less time-consuming and is constructed from non-corrosive stainless steel. Cabinplant has developed the multi batcher in two sizes so that is has the capacity to handle even the largest mackerels and portion sizes from 10 to 30 kilos.

Contact
Henning Ingemann Hansen, R&D Director, Cabinplant, hih@cabinplant.com, +45 40512103.

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VALUEDRUM: Every Bite Tastes Good

2Sisters invests in Marel Marinating System for Poultry Products.

 

Demand for easy-to-prepare, readily seasoned products is growing fast with value added products moving into the focus of retailers and consumers. Marinating is an effective way of increasing consumer appeal, product quality and ease of cooking, and a growth area more and more processors look to invest in.

 

When Dutch food processor 2Sisters Storteboom, a division of UK based 2Sisters Food Group Ltd., decided to expand their activities in the fast growing retail market, they searched for a marinating system that could combine high capacity with excellent product quality while working efficiently inline. They found it all in Marel’s ValueDrum.

Tumblers

 

Marinating wasn’t new to 2Sisters Storteboom. They had already been producing ready-to-cook products on a small scale, using conventional tumblers. That worked, but they really wanted to be ready to step up in scale. Plant Manager Hans Van Norden explains, “Conventional tumblers create all kinds of logistic problems when dealing with large quantities because there’s a lot of handling and loading and they create buffers which seriously interrupt product flow. This also affects the visual and bacteriological quality of the products. 2Sisters needed very large tumblers, but products get crushed and damaged in them, badly affecting quality and appearance.”

 

 ValueDrum

 

Marel’s longstanding and successful relationship with 2Sisters played a pivotal role in the acquisition of ValueDrum. “Marel came into view early. They have been one of our main suppliers for years and we have an excellent relationship. It only made sense to ask them for a solution,” Van Norden recalls.

 

Marel installed a trial version of the latest ValueDrum at the Zeewolde plant and after only three hours of vigorous testing an order was placed.

Advantages

 

ValueDrum has many advantages over traditional tumblers. Because products are constantly in motion, they cannot be crushed under their own weight. This also guarantees an even distribution of marinade and herbs on the products providing excellent appearance, quality and flavour.

ValueDrum is easy to load and the end products can be loaded and packed in retail trays straight from the machine’s conveyor. It’s also very easy to change recipes without the need for further weighing and measuring.

 

Skin coverage

Another important benefit, especially for poultry products, is ‘skin coverage’. For both look and flavour it is vital the chicken skin stays intact when processing legs, wings or whole birds. Van Norden says: “This is crucial for product quality. We used to do a lot of manual restyling to our products after marinating. – Very time-consuming and expensive, I can assure you. But with ValueDrum, skin coverage is very high, so restyling is hardly an issue anymore. This has already saved us a lot of time and money!”

 

Future plans

Van Norden concludes: “At the moment we’re not using the machine to its full potential, but it plays an essential role in expanding our product range. We are planning on doubling production in the very near future and we are already contemplating working in shifts. There’s a huge market there for us and the ValueDrum helps us to conquer it.”

 

For more information about Marel ValueDrum, please contact:

 

Kathrin Gerbe

Marel, Pinetrees Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9BB

Tel:  01603 700755, Fax: 01603 700844

E-mail: kathrin.gerbe@marel.com    

 

Editorial Enquiries

 

Jane McCausland

Woods Barden Associates

Tel:  01206 516006

E-mail: jane@woodsbarden.co.uk

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About Marel

 

Marel is the leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries. With offices and subsidiaries in more than 30 countries and a global network of more than 100 agents and distributors, we work side-by-side with our customers to extend the boundaries of food processing performance.

 

Advance with Marel for all your processing needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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