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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.

At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors with integrated controls and software. We also incorporate full project management to co-ordinate our mechanical and electrical conveyor installation teams in-line with the customers overall project program.

CSL offer simple, high quality modular conveyors to integrate and interface with other OEM machinery such as packaging and label application machines, wrappers, palletisers and other associated equipment. This is often coupled with state of the art PLC/Computer based systems to integrate the operation whilst providing management data for traceability/logistics etc.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Bakkavor Master Porridge Production with OAL Steam Infusion

OAL Steam Infusion Retrofit LanceBakkavor is using OAL’s Steam Infusion technology to manufacture porridge following the successful installation of the advanced heating and mixing process.

Research under a £1million Innovate UK project identified grain hydration as a hot spot for Steam Infusion due to the unique homogenising effect and elimination of burn-on contamination. Following successful trials, Steam Infusion was retrofitted to existing kettles; Janet Prescott, Manufacturing Manager at Bakkavor Meals, Spalding explains the benefits of Steam Infusion for manufacturing porridge:

“We are very happy with the retrofit of OAL’s Steam Infusion technology to manufacture porridge. We have been able to quickly master how to maximise the benefits of the Steam Infusion system and we’re confident that the technology offers the flexibility to cook a wide variety of products to delight our customers.”

“The system is very fast and has reduced our cooking energy consumption by 15%. It’s a quality piece of equipment that’s definitely “cook proof”. Since the installation, our engineering team haven’t had to touch the system.”

Steam Infusion is a form of direct steam injection whereby culinary grade steam is directly introduced into a liquid product, with or without particulates. A Vaction™ unit, mounted on a lance located within the vessel introduces steam into the product. Lances can be retrofitted to existing vessels dependant on the type of agitation in the vessel.

Steam is accelerated within the Vaction unit using a unique nozzle design that accelerates the steam to Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). As this steam comes into contact with the product, it creates a large dispersion zone and partial vacuum due to the Venturi effect. The steam then condenses and flows out as a uniform product. The partial vacuum means the unit acts like a pump, so product is pushed out of the unit and replaced with product to be heated.

The technology’s ability to heat product quickly is demonstrated in a whitepaper comparing traditional technologies ability to heat water against Steam Infusion. The study found that Steam Infusion can be up to 3 times faster at heating 1,000kg of water from 20C to 70C, taking just under 4 minutes.

The partial vacuum and short residence time within the Vaction™ unit prevent the exposure of ingredients to excess temperatures in turn preventing product in contact with the kettle surface being burnt and affecting finished product flavour and visual quality. Traditionally easy to burn dairy based products taste fresher and are visually clearer.

Grain hydration and porridge manufacture is just one area that the technology has been scientifically proven to offer advantages to traditional processing. Other areas of interest include soups, sauces and ready meals. Trials can be conducted at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach UK. At the site OAL are also conducting research into cryogenic cooling and robotic chefs.

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Nutraceuticals: MG2’s approach to the market

MG2_PLANETA200_Dosing_GroupThe nutraceutical branch is something in between food and pharma and it is constantly growing in North America and Europe. These products require productive processes and volumes similar to pharmaceuticals’, but at the same time they feature different characteristics and problems. MG2’s solutions can satisfy several market requests.

Nutraceuticals as a bridge between food and drugs

Nutraceutical substances can have positive effects on health, both preventive and therapeutic. They can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases; they strengthen the immune system; they can help regulate some physical functions (such as intestinal) and they are also used for cosmetic treatments. Among the different kinds of nutraceutical products we can find probiotics (such as lactic ferments), vegetal products such as botanical extracts, herbs and dried fruit, sport supplements (which are often made of branched-chain amino acids or creatine), mineral salts, fish oil derivatives (a source of omega-3).

Each product is characterized by its peculiarities and, by extension, they feature different critical issues in dosing and packaging phases. Supplements are intended for a wide range of consumers: from sportsmen to growing youths, from people who need to integrate their diet to those who employ these products as an adjuvant treatment for medical therapies. Only in Italy, this market is worth approximately 2,5 billion euros,  according to IMS Health data, which states at the same time an annual growth of 8% over 2013-2015. In a global view, data published at the end of 2015 by Transparency Market Research show a market value of 165 billion dollars in 2014, expecting to grow and reach up to 280 billion dollars by 2021.

Nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals are so closely connected that pharmacies are the preferential distribution channel, selling approximately 90% of these kinds of products. Affinities are not limited to this: as for composition and characteristics, nutraceuticals often need to be handled like veritable drugs, although their packaging requirements may have different difficulties.

Features and critical issues: Probiotics

Usually, probiotics dosed into capsules are lyophilized or spray-dried powders. These kinds of powders are particularly affected by humidity and high temperatures; they often show adhesiveness to metal surfaces; in case of anaerobic organisms, the risk of oxidation due to air exposure must be considered. Finally, these products could be damaged if too compressed before being dosed into capsules.

Neutraceutical_Products_01Features and critical issues: Herbal products

Herbal products usually feature low density, poor flowability and irregular granulometry due to the presence of fibres, seeds and other remains caused by the lack of a complete refining process. Moreover, these products are characterized by a poor lubrication which could prevent smooth operation of the mechanical dosing parts. Further complications come from the manufacturers’ need to fill the capsules to their maximum volume, as well as the wide variability of chemical-physical features of the later batches to be produced.

Features and critical issues: Sport supplements, mineral salts and fish oil derivatives

Emblematic is the case of sport supplements which, from a technological point of view, can have an extremely variable profile, depending on their composition and processing. In fact, besides common critical points of all nutraceuticals (such as high adhesiveness and humidity sensitivity), they can also feature an excessive or rather poor flowability. Moreover, sport supplements must fill the capsule to the maximum capacity; the same request comes from manufacturers of mineral salts, such as calcium carbonate. Finally, as for fish oil derivatives, the greatest critical issue is the high stickiness which is typical of products containing omega-3.

Nutraceutical products and MG2: dosators and tamping pin machines

MG2_PLANETA100_an_example_of_flexibilityMG2’s capsule fillers are well introduced in the main small, medium and big Companies working in the field of nutraceuticals, as they can satisfy the most diversified productive requirements. In most cases, the ideal solution for nutraceuticals is based on a volumetric dosator which, combined to the continuous motion, allows the optimal dosage of most powders and granular products.

In MG2’s machines, thanks to the continuous rotary motion, the dosator penetrates the powder layer angularly instead of vertically, at a lower speed compared to intermittent motion machines with tamping pin system. This dosing principle is particularly effective to allow dosing accuracy and constancy, as well as  smooth product handling, keeping its features unchanged. These peculiarities are further enhanced by the possibility of MG2’s dosing units to adjust several parameters independently (such as the volume of dosing chamber, the height of powder layer and the compression applied during slug picking), to optimize each time their ideal combination according to the product to be dosed.

Over the last few years, MG2 has also developed a range of intermittent motion machines based on tamping pin dosage, which performs several repeated filling phases, where the product slug is formed by compression. This solution is preferred to a dosator system, in case of ingredients which do not compact easily and therefore require strong compression.

Nutraceutical products and MG2: technological solutions

Over its 50-year experience, MG2 has developed specific solutions for each critical issue related to nutraceuticals. To preserve thermosensitive products, for instance, systems operate with devices suitable to minimize mechanical friction and so reduce heating up of parts in contact with product; to guarantee low humidity, special devices introduce dry air in places where product accumulates (feeding hopper and rotary container) or nitrogen where it is necessary to eliminate oxygen in order to prevent oxidation.

On the other hand, a sticky product could generate clusters and accumulations which may cause variability in dosing weight, density and compactation. In such cases, specific treatments are available, such as finishing of piston and dosator surfaces with anti-adhesive products. Another useful expedient, when it is necessary to fill capsules to their fullest, is to employ enhanced dosing parts combined with a high compression value, and eventually strengthened components and modified blades or Archimedes’ screw to feed bigger quantities of powder.

Biofarma case history: how to dose lactic ferments inside a container insensible to humidity

MG2_FlexofillA significant case history comes from Biofarma, a Company specialized in contract  development and manufacturing of cosmetic products, dietary supplements and medical devices, which turned to MG2 to carry out a system to dose lactic ferments inside blisters placed under container caps: an example of milk-derived probiotics.

In this specific solution distributed by Biofarma, lactobacilli are sealed into a blister inside a container cap; before use, ferments are released into the liquid inside the underlying bottle. The main challenge was to dose lactic ferments, in powder form, into an aluminium container. In fact, lactic ferments are usually dosed into hard shell capsules or single-dose and single-phase plastic caps, for ready-to-use solutions (for example, when powder must be dissolved in water). Anyway, ALU/ALU solution is the only one capable to guarantee a total protection from humidity, which degrades the lactic ferments little by little and makes them ineffective.

MG2 supplied to Biofarma a Flexofill dosing group to be connected to a blister machine, combined with a nitrogen chamber placed between the blister dosage and its covering/sealing, to create and maintain an inert environment in order to protect the product inside the blisters. Flexofill, carried out to dose powders and granular products inside small containers or blisters, can be customized according to the shape, number and position of blisters.

Thanks to a wide range of volumetric dosators which can be easily replaced, Flexofill is suitable not only for nutraceuticals but for many applications, especially to produce blisters used in medical devices for inhalation drugs (DPI).

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CMT Sales Expand Since Joining GEA

CMT S.p.A. in Peveragno, Italy, a supplier of systems for the production of ‘pasta-filata’ cheeses, has increased its sales significantly since becoming part of GEA in the middle of last year. The increase is as a result of synergies created as part of GEA and cooperation with other members that supply related technologies.

The new GEA company was established in Italy in the 1970s and successfully gained itself an excellent reputation for the mechanisation of production processes for fresh mozzarella, pizza cheese, provolone, scamorza, kashkaval, etc. The company has an installed base of over 3,500 systems, predominantly in Europe and the Americas, each producing between two and ten tons per hour.  CMT also supplies small-scale testing equipment.

The company became part of GEA on 22 June, 2015.  Since then it has benefited from the experience and know-how available within the group and from the excellent relationship GEA has with its existing customers worldwide. Paolo Tomatis is sales director in Peveragno.  He said that the change has been rousing since his company became part of GEA. “We have been able to invest in new technology, expand our research and development program, and employ new talent that will help us to continue driving our company forward well into the future,” he said. “Our constant increase in sales since last June also demonstrates the difference GEA has made for us in such a short time.”

GEALogoGEA customers have been benefiting too. Having access to the entire scope of supply from GEA has enabled CMT to expand its service offering to include equipment for the whole production process of ‘pasta-filata’ cheese, right from milk reception through to the packed mozzarella ready to be sold on the market. “We can now offer complete production lines that are tailor-made for our customers,” explained Dr. Tomatis. “The range of equipment and the depth of knowledge that is available within GEA has completely transformed our business.”

This expanded range of equipment includes stretching and molding machines, and hardening and brining vats from CMT itself now enhanced by GEA technologies such as mixing and blending, membrane filtration, liquid handling systems and technology for the manufacture of hard and semi-hard Dutch style cheeses thereby offering a full scope of supply to manufacturers throughout the dairy sector.

Much has changed for CMT since last June. One thing that has not changed, however, is the loyalty and dedication of the employees at Peveragno.  Although the company now has a global offering, it has not let go of its roots as a specialist supplier that cares about its customers and greatly values the long-term relationships it has enjoyed over so many years. Becoming part of GEA has been a good news story for the company, its employees and its customers – old and new.

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Moody Plc Celebrates 40 Years Supplying the Food Processing Industries

Moody Plc will be celebrating 40 years in November 2015 as suppliers and service providers to the dairy, food, beverage, ice cream, brewing and pharmaceutical industries.

From humble beginnings working out of Chairman Paul Moody’s garage at home, Moody’s began by trading in pre-owned food processing machinery. Moody Process Equipment is still selling top quality new and pre-owned food and beverage related machinery including packaging equipment, tanks, heat exchangers, homogenisers, pumps and valves today.

The Moody Group, based from headquarters in Retford, Nottinghamshire, has grown substantially over the years and is now made up of seven divisions including process and packaging spare parts, service, turnkey projects, electrical engineering, automation, asset valuation and asset disposal services. The Moody Group has also acquired a number of brands such as Alfred & Co, the well- known ice cream equipment business.

“We have had many challenges and successes over the past 40 years. We have constantly adapted our approach to the ever changing market to fit our customers’ needs. For example, we developed Moodybid our own in-house online auction platform enabling online auctions as opposed to an ‘in the room’ sale. Developments such as this have given our customers flexibility in a busy and sometimes hectic FMCG industry. In 2012 we also launched our plate heat exchanger integrity testing centre, in direct response to customer demand”, said Paul Moody.

With the head office centrally based in Retford, Nottinghamshire, the Moody Group has offices in Belper, Derbyshire and a service centre in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. In addition, there are service engineers based in Scotland and the North East, ready 24/7 to assist with emergency break downs or carry out a large variety of scheduled or ad-hoc service work. A far cry from Paul Moody’s garage back in 1975.

“Moody Direct, our spare parts business, has grown dramatically since being formed back in 1996. Moody Direct distributes some of the world’s biggest brands including SPX, Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, Gea and Realm. We continually seek new opportunities to help our business grow. Moody Automation formed in 2008 has entered industries such as renewable energy, waste management, mining and power generation delivering projects in countries such as Chile, Russia and China”, Paul continued.

Looking to the future, the Moody Group will continue to provide first class customer service to the industries served.

Paul added, “We are currently undertaking several projects for some high profile, blue chip customers, which we are very proud of. We will continue to invest and employ top quality team members, which is the key to enable us to provide quality solutions and services to our ever growing customer base. Our continued success over the past 40 years could not have been achieved without the hardworking and dedicated people we employ. We are all driven to offer complete product life cycle support in partnership with our customers”.

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SystemFlex: A Clever Internal Transport Solution – The ‘Missing Link’ in Optimizing the Process

Marel Stork presents its newly-developed SystemFlex Conveyor System. The system connects different process steps and ensures that product quality is kept at an optimum level. It meets the highest standards: it is durable, uses only materials of the highest quality and is finely tailored to improving the total in-line process.

The completely modular SystemFlex Conveyor System consists of a number of basic standardized   components, which interlock with one another. Components are available for different widths, for conveying unpacked poultry meat and trays, in two basic frame sizes and are suitable for two belt types (using homogenous and modular belt material). These can be used to build up virtually every desired configuration and include belt support frames, bends, ups and downs, drive and return sections, belt washers and other optional functions.

What is more, a clever coupling method allows a wide range of available accessories and add-ons to be attached to the system. Think of work surfaces, work stations, switches, knife holders, catch plates, product- and tray guides, cable trays, scrapers, belt washing equipment and belt lifters for optimal ease of cleaning.

Marel1February2015Generic and Customer Specific

SystemFlex is easy to install, remove and use again should you, for example, want to change the layout of your process. There is no necessity to buy a completely new system, so costly materials do not go to waste. Traditional conveyor solutions do not offer this flexibility and they do not always comply in the long term with the high requirements set out in the EHEDG guidelines (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group), concerning safety, ergonomics and cleaning in the food industry.

“SystemFlex is Just Like Lego”

Harry van der Eerden, Marel Stork Manager of Conveyor Belts, says: “I like comparing the basis of how SystemFlex is built up and the background to the design with Lego. Everyone knows that it consists of technically functional building blocks from which, in the correct combination, you can build just about anything. Also in SystemFlex, everything is standardized and, with the help of a manual, anyone can put it together, if desired. Our new SystemFlex is generic and customer specific at the same time.”

The Highest Quality

The SystemFlex Conveyor System is made from durable materials and is of course resistant to moisture and cleaning agents. In developing the design, much attention was paid to good accessibility for cleaning and maintenance. It satisfies all safety norms and cleaning guidelines and is designed to secure product quality in the best possible way.

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Marel2February2015Standardization and the conscious choice for truly top quality are also reflected in the motors for SystemFlex conveyors. The system makes use of a few types of robust EHEDG motors with constant torque over a very wide speed range. The motors are compact, need little maintenance and have a very long life. They have been tailored to the highest hygiene requirements laid down by EHEDG and the. Control of the motors is done centrally and installation and start-up times are low.

MarelBANNERFebruary2015Attractive Payback Times

The SystemFlex Conveyor System has an attractive payback time. No costly components go to waste if a different configuration is needed. As you can install the system and take it out yourself, you do not need to hire specialized staff. Another advantage is that far-reaching standardization means that you need to hold fewer different components in stock. Conventional conveyor systems can have many different types of motor and keeping all these types in stock is costly. By drastically reducing the range of motors, without compromising applications, you save on stock.

The SystemFlex Conveyor System is a breakthrough in belt conveying technology for the meat industry. It confirms yet again Marel Stork’s position as a supplier of complete solutions for optimum poultry processing. This is the ‘missing link’ in optimizing the process.

Find more information on: www.marel.com/systemflex or mail: info.poultry@marel.com.

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ICE Europe 2015 presents solutions for efficient and eco-friendly paper, film and foil converting

iceFrom 10 -12 March 2015, the international converting community will gather in Munich, at ICE Europe 2015, to explore the latest manufacturing solutions and discuss prevailing industry trends. More than 400 exhibitors from 21 countries will present a comprehensive range of machines, materials, accessories and services at the 9th International Exhibition for the Conversion of Paper, Film, Foil and Nonwovens.
“Key topics at ICE Europe 2015 are environmentally-friendly converting processes, utilisation of new applications and energy efficient production. General trends such as automation and digitalisation do also have an increasing impact on the converting industry. Visitors to ICE Europe 2015 will be able to discover all these future converting trends at the show,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the organisers of the show.
With a net exhibition space of more than 10,000 m2 and more than 400 exhibiting companies, ICE Europe is the world’s biggest trade fair for the converting industry. A total of 6,600 visitors from 64 countries attended the previous record event. “The upcoming ICE Europe is, once again, set to be a highly international event, with 40% of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany. Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland and the USA are major exhibitor countries next to Germany,” says Nicola Hamann.

Live demonstration of the latest applications ICE Europe is renowned for the large number of live demonstration of machinery at the exhibition stands. Whether biodegradable materials, flexible conversion processes, new printing solutions or high-precision measuring systems; at ICE Europe many novelties will be presented to a wider audience for the very first time.

ICE_2013_3The exhibition profile of ICE Europe exclusively focuses on converting of web-based materials and includes the following categories: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialist software.

Trade visitors at ICE Europe are industry professionals such as plant managers, design and production engineers, technical managers, purchasers, sales and marketing specialists as well as packaging designers from a wide range of industry sectors including packaging, food, pharma, furniture, electronics, package printing, wipes, textiles and nonwovens, automotive, paper and chemicals.

A specialised conference rounds off the exhibition programme at ICE Europe 2015. The three- day conference is organised by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institut IVV. Main topics of the conference are web processing, web coating/drying, and web coating – metrology and inspection. The conference is held in English. Detailed information about the conference programme are available on the exhibition website www.ice-x.com.

 

ICE_2013_6Visitor Information
A visitor brochure and a comprehensive Show Preview can now be ordered via the exhibition website. The visitor brochure contains key details about the show and useful information about travel and accommodation. The brochure is available in five languages.
The Show Preview features detailed descriptions about hundreds of exhibiting companies and their products as well as special feature articles, the complete exhibitor list, the conference programme and key information about the exhibition.

ICE Europe 2015 will be held in halls A5 and A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. The show can be accessed via the East entrance. ICE Europe 2015 is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March 2015, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March 2015, from 9am – 4pm. Entry tickets are available at a discounted price
via the online ticket shop. A day ticket costs €20, a 3-day-ticket €30. On site, tickets cost €32 (day ticket) or €47 (3-day-ticket). Entry tickets for ICE Europe 2015 are also valid for CCEInternational 2015.

 

The 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry will, once again, be co-located to ICE Europe, in hall B6, directly opposite the ICE Europe halls. More than 150 exhibitors from 18 countries will present raw materials, machines, accessories and systems for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. CCE International attracts production specialists and packaging designers from a large variety of industry sectors and thus offers added value for many visitors to ICE Europe 2015.
www.ice-x.com

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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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TOMRA Sorting Opens New R&D Facility in Ireland

TOMRA Sorting in Irleand has created a new centre of excellence for its food optical sorting and peeling business, and is set to improve its R&D capabilities after moving to a new facility in Citywest, Dublin. The official opening took place on the 25th September with Damien English, the Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation, performing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Dr Volker Rehrmann, Executive Vice-President and head of TOMRA Sorting and Maurice Moynihan, local Managing Director and Market Director of TOMRA Sorting Food.

TOMRA Sorting Food was formed following the acquisition of Irish company ODENBERG in 2010 and the Belgian company BEST Sorting in June 2012, by TOMRA Systems, a Norwegian publicly listed company. The acquisitions united two cutting edge, high technology market leading providers of sensor-based sorting and processing systems for the fresh and processed food industries. TOMRA Sorting Food is now the largest and most technologically advanced company operating in their sector with over 150 applications including potatoes, vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, seafood, nuts and seeds.

The company has been developing cutting edge technologies, optimizing production flows and helping to deliver consistent, high quality, safe food products for more than 40 years. The Dublin office is responsible for the development of whole product sorting (potatoes, peaches, carrot, onions, etc.) and peeling equipment that increases yield, productivity and enhances food safety for the global food industry. This is a highly competitive market space where innovation and long term partnerships are critical for success.

The investment in the new 3,500 square meter facility stands at approximately Eur2.1 million and includes office, workshop and demonstration space as well as a peeling process development lab, an advanced optics lab and a sorting test facility. “The investment in our new premises allows us to capitalise on the significant investment made by TOMRA in R&D whilst also proving much improved work areas for our people. The new work space promotes the highest levels of collaboration and creativity where the flow of ideas can happen naturally in a bright and comfortable environment supporting greater innovation and efficiency” says Maurice Moynihan.

Innovation is at the very heart of the business in TOMRA Sorting in Dublin and has been since the founding of the international company in Ireland in 1968. Since introducing the concept of steam peeling into the American Market in the mid-seventies, they have continuously innovated to now being the technology and market leader in steam peeling technology worldwide. Today TOMRA’s equipment steam peels over 75% of the world’s French fries and they supply sorting and peeling equipment to 6 of the top 10 food companies in the world.

TOMRA’s investment in leading, innovative technology continues notably with the launch of the Blizzard free-fall sorter for frozen vegetables, the Sentinel II sorter for root crops and the Eco-Steam Peeler in 2014. Dr Volker Rehrmann says: “Our investment in the new facility will enable the Dublin team to concentrate on developing innovative solutions for the global food industry and continue to set TOMRA aside as the market leader in sensor based sorting solutions. TOMRA is also committed to providing a truly great place to work for all our 2,400 employees worldwide.”

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Pictured (left to right): Dermot Clohessy IDA; Maurice Moynihan, TOMRA; Minster Damien English and Ashley Hunter, TOMRA.

 

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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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Tong Peal showcases latest Caretaker Potato Sorter at Cereals 2014

Tong Peal, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of agricultural handling and grading equipment, will be showcasing the latest version of its market-leading Caretaker (potato) grader at Cereals 2014.


The Lincolnshire-based family engineering firm will be on stand B-357-3 for the two-day event this June, where it will be continuing its 80-year reputation for robust, reliable and efficient grading machinery. The Tong Peal staff will be offering visitors the best in local wares too, with Lincolnshire-based Piper’s Crisps and Batemans Beer on offer to visitors.

On display this year will be the Caretaker 2014, which has been designed with high levels of productivity and gentle handling in mind. It can be fully customised to suit individual requirements, handling up to 60 tonnes of crops per hour, and includes an infeed hopper, presentation conveyor, 8 row Easy Clean system and screen sizing module for high capacity and an inspection area.

Recent updates include Tong Peal’s Auto-Touch HMI touch screen controls – allowing customers to switch between different crop cleaning requirements at the touch of button. This is now offered as an option on all new Caretakers with an Easy Clean separating system; the market’s only cleaning separator to feature an electric motor on every shaft to ensure ultimate cleaning control and gentle crop handling.

The Caretaker also comes with Tong Peal’s Blue Inverter Technology, which integrates inverter direct driven motors to increase energy efficiency by as much as 50 per cent, and a SPECTRACON® coating which combines a solvent-based epoxy primer with a high-performance finish layer to provide unrivaled corrosion resistance, excellent durability and outstanding appearance.

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