Sensor handles harsh environments

The TopworxTM GO Switch Model 52M is a 12 mm proximity sensor for applications in outdoor, and challenging industrial environments. The new sensor is well suited for material handling, mobile equipment, industrial equipment, and food and beverage processing applications. The GO Switch 52M is durable and does not require power. It operates across a wide

Smooth and safe motors

These stainless steel motors meet the extreme environment needs of the food and beverage industry. Food Safe motors have smooth contours and sealing that exceeds IP69K for water to maximize motor life in high pressure, sanitary cleaning environments. The high ingress protection rated enclosures offer fully encapsulated windings, sealing the motor inside and out. Combined

Laird’s Thermoelectric Cooling Solutions Offer Cost-effective Alternative for Beverage Cooling

Laird has a long history of providing standard and custom thermoelectric cooling systems to the food and beverage industry. Beverage cooling applications, from soda fountains to coffee machines to wine coolers, require efficient performance, low operating noise, and low maintenance — all in a smaller size. Laird provides compact, solid-state thermoelectric cooling solutions that meet the

Can smart technology combat the food crisis?

British scholar Thomas Robert Malthus once predicted that the world’s population would outgrow the rate of food production. While things have changed in the two centuries since, population projections indicate that we remain set for a global food crisis. But technology could offset the crisis. Thomas Malthus’ theory, which has since come to be known

Smart condition monitoring aims to end downtime

Predictive maintenance is the best answer to minimizing the risks of equipment failure, however, monitoring practices in the past have been expensive, problematic or simply unreliable. The Smart Condition Monitoring promises to provide plant-wide 24-7 monitoring. With the Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) system, operators can gain access to the status of rotating equipment. The system

Corrosion resistant connector housings

Enhancements to the EPIC ULTRA rectangular connector housings include new covers and models aimed at the food and beverage industry or any other application that requires electrical connectors with high levels of corrosion resistance. The connectors include EPIC ULTRA H-A ¾ and EPIC ULTRA H-B Cover. The corrosion-resistant HA ¾ family of housing is UL-50

Bushing makes cleaning pumps easy

This impeller lobe assembly will help food and beverage users speed through cleaning tasks. The ETP-CONNECT shaft connection is for pump drives with solid shafts. It simplifies the cleaning and maintenance of pumps, so it suits applications in pharmaceutical, chemical, and food and beverage processing systems where cleaning and maintenance must be done quickly and

Neglecting function safety can cost in food processing

Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB’s food and beverage offers some tips on ensuring safety. In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury

Change seals on pumps fast

Connecting a rotating piston lobe to a hollow shaft has been improved with the ETP-EXPAND, a patented bushing device that is fast and easy to install and adjust. The ETP-EXPAND was developed to simplify exchanging seals in pumps when fluid viscosity is changed. This bushing connects to a hollow shaft, locking the impeller/lobe wheel of

AutomationDirect adds water fittings and tubing

AutomationDirect has launched a new line of push-to-connect fittings and tubing designed for potable water and beverage systems, including applications such as brewing, coffee/drink dispensing, soup and liquid food production, and municipal/residential water treatment. HydroMode push-to-connect fittings are perfect for use with polyethylene and other flexible tubing; all fittings are made of NSF-approved materials with

New Portfolio of Materials Formulated to Meet all the Major Regulations for Food and Beverage

Quadion LLC, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP) introduces a new portfolio of materials specifically formulated to meet all of the major regulations for food and beverage contact. These materials are now available with certified compliance to the European Commission framework regulation EC 1935/2004, US FDA Title 21 CFR and NSF Standard 61 and 51. These

A safe approach to food and beverage lubrication

Jim Girard, VP/CMO, LUBRIPLATE Lubricants Co. Technological advances in H-1/food grade lubricants mean that food, beverage and pharmaceutical processors should not hesitate to convert to a 100% H-1/food grade lubrication program. Converting to such a program helps consolidate lubricant choices, reduces lubricant misapplication, and helps to ensure a safe product for the consumer. Food grade

Innova Engineering announces establishment of new research and development facility

Innova Engineering recently opened a new Research and Development facility in Santa Ana, California. The new facility allows for an expansion of capabilities and services offered by the engineering firm. With over 22 years of experience in the product development industry, Innova Engineering supports manufacturers in the medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer product industries, utilizing computer simulation

Keep an eye on moving product

Vision can play a key role in food and beverage applications. The SBSI series low cost vision sensors, for example, read 1D and 2D codes, and handle quality inspection tasks. These code readers can identify, track and trace products for production flow, logistics, and serialization. The SBSI-B can also read Direct Part Marking (DPM) codes,

Global brands rely on PolyOne for luxury plastic packaging

Brand owners who collaborate with PolyOne have access to Gravi-Tech density-modified formulations, metallic-effect GLS thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and InVisiOSM color and design services. The resulting caps and closures not only elevate packaging quality, but they also contribute to sensory branding experiences involving sight, touch and sound. For example, Gravi-Tech formulations impart weight, sound and a metallic

Take the work out of integration

Responding to industry demand for integrated machine and plant control, the iQ-R series incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process and C language control into one platform. The control platform is for applications requiring integrated motion and safety control, tight synchronization between various processes and high production throughput. Applications include automotive, food and beverage, material handling, life

First low-temperature FKM available for food and beverage industry

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will showcase a trio of globally-certified sealing materials, including a new low temperature FKM that is being readied for use in the European food and beverage industry, at the 2016 International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association (IBDEA) conference. The new material, 70 FKM 425727, will be the first low-temperature FKM that complies with

Minimizing production losses in the food and beverage industry

Jean-Pierre Berlan • Director of Processing • Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada Food and beverage companies have the power to make a difference in reducing waste, which occurs throughout the entire supply chain. Doing so not only affects a company’s bottom line (reduced waste equals lower costs), but benefits the planet through the conservation of