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87 DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic shows us how essential food plant workers are and also how it is pushing a digital transformation in food and beverage processing.

ON THE COVER COVID-19 Provides a Push for Digital Innovation As food and beverage manufacturers scramble to keep workers safe and shelves stocked, many have moved forward with automation and digital transformation initiatives that were only on the radar before the pandemic.

FEATURES

11 In the News

14 OpX Intel: From Concept to Implementation

21 Packaging Technology

34 PACK EXPO Connects Innovations Report

Predictive maintenance gets an industry-wide definition in new PMMI whitepaper. CPGs journey through Amazon packaging compliance.

95 Plant Floor New Products

Take an inside look at the latest machinery and technologies for production facilities.

109 Case Study: Pod Pack

Coffee pod co-packer realizes perks of ERP system.

112 Case Study: Vepo Cheese

Metal detector upgrade helps cheesemaker satisfy growing demand.

218 Point of View: Food Safety

Bending the curve of foodborne illness through more traceability rules.

FSO’s 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health and OpX work products combine to help solve challenges that include total cost of ownership, overall equipment effectiveness, asset reliability, and more. Check out the latest industry innovations that were unveiled during PACK EXPO Connects.

77 Tech Today: Longer Shelf Life, Fresh Taste, Safe Food

High pressure processing technology supports the healthy and convenient products consumers seek. And the market is poised for expansion, fueled by pandemic shopping habits that have shifted from restaurants to retail.

REFRIGERATION & FREEZING SOLUTIONS 87 Case Study: Rhino Foods

Wave freezer boosts cookie dough production.

90 New Products

SPECIAL SECTION 129 Leaders in Processing

ProFood World’s Leaders in Processing section recognizes many innovative suppliers to the food and beverage manufacturing industry. www.profoodworld.com

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Staying on the Cutting Edge The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential food plant workers truly are and demonstrates the need for a digital transformation in food and beverage processing.

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hen I started working in the food and beverage manufacturing publishing industry in the late 1980s, topics like sustainability, transparency, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) were not even on the radar. Back in the old days, I remember our editorial team covering HACCP, food safety issues such as glass shards in food jars, and even diseases like HIV. At a time when we knew very little about how the disease was spread, some questioned if HIV could be spread to food by plant workers. Today, of course, we know so much more about how diseases spread. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how essential food and beverage workers are. One thing that has not changed is the consumer desire for great tasting and convenient foods. The popularity of fresh tasting foods with longer shelf life has been a boon for the application of high pressure processing (HPP) technology. See the report on page 77. In conjunction with this trend and the need for transparency and safety throughout the entire cold supply chain, this month ProFood World introduces a new section focusing on refrigeration and freezing technologies on page 87. The importance of both automation and CSR in today’s food manufacturing environment cannot be overstated. Nearly every day on profoodworld.com, we announce multiple sustainability milestones achieved and goals set by food manufacturers. In addition, please take note of PFW’s drive to stay on the cutting edge of technology with the addition of Executive Editor Aaron Hand to our staff and his coverage of how the pandemic has provided a push for digital innovation. See page 24. One last note: A warm welcome to Editorial Advisory Board member Brooke Wynn, senior director of sustainability at Smithfield. And a farewell to Bill Gill, who recently retired from Smithfield. Thank you, Bill, for your service to the industry and your unwavering support of PFW’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

CHRISTINE BENSE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Ventura Coastal HENDRIK EYSELEE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING, CHEESE AND DAIRY The Kraft Heinz Company GREG FLICKINGER SENIOR VP, OPERATIONS Green Thumb Industries Inc. JOHN HILKER DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING Blommer Chocolate Company VINCE NASTI VP, OPERATIONS Nation Pizza & Foods JIM PRUNESTI VP, ENGINEERING Conagra Brands LISA RATHBURN VP, ENGINEERING T. Marzetti MARK SHAYE VP, ENGINEERING Ken’s Foods TONY VANDENOEVER DIRECTOR, SUPPLY CHAIN ENGINEERING PepsiCo DIANE WOLF FORMER VP OF ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS Kraft Foods BROOKE WYNN SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY Smithfield Foods JOE ZEMBAS DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES The J.M. Smucker Company

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the monitoring category. In actuality, it would probably be best to classify these devices as precursors for predictive maintenance, with more of a supporting role alongside emerging predictive maintenance technologies centered on sensors. In the broadest sense, there are two categories of technology that must be implemented to create a predictive maintenance solution. One of these is hardware. Increasingly, the key category of hardware in any predictive maintenance solution consists of smart sensors. These sensors are constantly growing in capability, and a likely future trend will include processing capacity embedded directly into sensors. Some of the more advanced predictive maintenance solutions noted in the whitepaper are edge computing devices, which sift through gathered data before transmission to the Most Common Causes of Downtime cloud. Survey Results (CPG) The key prerequisite to General Wear & Tear 26.3% deciding where to deploy Operator Error 21.1% smart sensors for predicProduct Switching 22.1% tive maintenance within Unexpected Component Failure 11.6% specific machines is underMaint. Schedule Mismanagement 9.5% Machine Programming Issue 6.3% standing which data is Machine Consumables Problem 3.2% useful. OEMs and integrators believe that run time, current/voltage draw, and speed are the three most useful data types for performing predictive maintenance. However, run time for predictive maintenance assumes that equipment is most likely to fail in the latter part of its life, which Here are the most common causes of packaging often is not the case. Many machine downtime according to consumer failures on motor-driven packaged goods companies surveyed by PMMI. equipment can happen

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Machine performance goals set by OEMs and producers The most promising candidate so far is machine as a service (MaaS). Essentially, it involves pricing based on performance goals set between the OEM and the end user (such as the number of items processed). If there is one hindrance to the widespread adoption of an MaaS business model for predictive maintenance, it is the aversion many companies have to allowing remote access. MaaS requires the continued growing acceptance of remote access, which has increased in use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies have learned that remote connectivity is usually no less secure than on-site connectivity. With expert third-party providers, such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, remote connections and cloud storage are not as insecure as many companies assume. Microsoft and Amazon have huge teams of cybersecurity experts dedicated to protecting their customers.  For more information on MaaS and the key barriers to its acceptance, download the full PMMI whitepaper at www.pmmi.org/businessintelligence/industry-reports.

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OpX Work Products: From Concept to Implementation FSO’s 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health and OpX work products combine to help solve challenges that include total cost of ownership, overall equipment effectiveness, asset reliability, workforce engagement, and more.

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OR MORE THAN A DECADE, PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network has provided an ongoing forum for consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and their suppliers to share, discuss, and solve significant challenges they face in pursuit of operational excellence. As a result, more than 20 best-practice process improvement documents have been published to aid in workforce engagement, total cost of ownership (TCO), overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), factory acceptance tests (FATs), requests for proposals (RFPs), remote equipment access, and hygienic equipment design, just to name a few. From the beginning, CPGs and suppliers participating in the OpX Leadership Network sought to create guidance documents that would not be treated as white papers sitting on a shelf collecting dust. They wanted them to be dynamic, actionable documents that could actually improve day-to-day operations. The documents, therefore, needed to be adopted and integrated into production operations in order to derive their full benefit. This approach made both the documents and the OpX Leadership Network developing them unique. It explains, in large part, why the PMMI-convened OpX Leadership Network endures more than a decade after its inception. While the development of these guidance documents provided a roadmap for CPGs and their suppliers, it left unanswered guidance on how these documents could be implemented, especially for CPGs, many of which were still dealing with the “thinning” or downsizing of their respective operations. Several looked to the FSO Institute, an outsource service provider, to help them implement OpX Leadership Network work products. In a short time, the FSO Institute and OpX Leadership Network developed the 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health, which, in part, address the implementation of OpX Leadership Network work products. To ensure an ongoing opportunity for continued dialogue around the implementation of these and other solutions, the FSO Institute formed the Manufacturing Health Roundtable (MHRT), which now has more than 30 CPG members.

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About the 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health Table 1 below shows the 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health as identified by industry experts and a few keywords that briefly describe the content of each. The table also shows how the guidance documents developed by the OpX Leadership Network integrate or fit into the 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health. To further illustrate how this integration works in real-world applications, FSO Institute coaches captured actual scenarios from CPGs using OpX tools to solve pressing operational challenges. See pages 16 and 18 to learn more.

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“Simply stated, how do we achieve 100% of run time on equipment? I believe the TCO tool allows CPGs the ability to identify this prior to executing the equipment purchase by providing an understanding of the potential lifecycle of the equipment, cost and usage of the consumables, and man-hours and parts required to maintain the equipment.” –James Couch, Smithfield Foods, MHRT Member

CASE 1: It’s on the schedule, so why isn’t it happening? Here is a frequent CPG refrain: Production is scheduled and put on the calendar for all to see, but when blending, packaging, etc., occur, there are often components missing. This causes loss of production line utilization, increased man-hours, missed on-time shipments, and customer complaints. The solution seems to be scheduling, but are there underlying causes not identified? OpX work products that can help solve these challenges include TCO, OEE, asset reliability, and workforce engagement documents. For example, the OEE calculation model shows the gap between calendar production potential, OEE production potential, and net good production, as well as factors contributing to the gap. Use of this OpX tool can reveal the impact of OEE loss and capacity utilization loss as determined through actual calculations of users’ own data. The OpX Asset Reliability document provides a deeper dive into just how planned and unplanned downtime contribute to OEE. In addition, the Workforce Engagement document can help identify the attributes contributing to workers’ less-than-acceptable discretionary efforts and suggest ways for improving them.

CASE 2: Hurry up and wait (on quality)! Here’s another challenge CPGs frequently encounter: Quality assurance seems to slow down or make it almost impossible to meet production scheduling deadlines, with super strict rules and oversight causing conflict between team members. Are quality standards the root cause, or are there missing tools that will create common acceptance and the ability to achieve desired deadlines? This case provides a good illustration of challenges found in the quality dimension of FSO’s 12 Dimensions of Manufacturing Health, and there is no shortage of OpX guidance documents to help solve them. For ex16

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ample, the OpX Allergen Checklist provides guidance on everything from assembling the cross-functional allergen team to determining the equipment and preventive controls process steps to conduct validation studies, all to make sure there is a safe, effective, and efficient allergen cleaning validation process in place. Similarly, the OpX guidance document, “Validating the Reduction of Salmonella and Other Pathogens in Heat Processed Low-Moisture Foods,” provides detailed steps to ensure preparation, execution, and follow-up regarding the kill step in manufacturing low-moisture foods, especially for those companies that might not have food safety or microbiological professionals on staff. When it comes to equipment related to safety and quality, “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods” features details on how to implement a joint collaboration process in equipment design and use for CPGs and OEMs, as well as details on criteria for the design and construction of equipment used in a low-moisture manufacturing environment. For cleaning and sanitizing this and related equipment, “CIP for CPGs: Clean-in-Place Guidelines for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers” provides guidance for actual clean-in-place (CIP) steps, CIP equipment and sanitary design, and instructions on validation compliance activities.

CASE 3: Price-only purchasing woes Another common scenario encountered by many CPGs: “We just can’t seem to find the right equipment for the right application and satisfy corporate and management budget constraints at the same time. Could a review of the capital approval process with asset application and reliability help find common ground for successful asset development?”

“The OpX CIP document is a treasure trove of information on CIP systems. It doesn’t design systems, but instead, gives the user a great start by having a lot of information— documents, recommendations, and legacy knowledge—in one place and guides the reader through a clear, stepwise process to ensure an effective CIP system.” —David Drum, Kellogg Company, MHRT Member

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PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AARON HAND | EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Keurig Dr Pepper Helps Guide CPGs Through Amazon Packaging Compliance Having braved its own journey into Amazon’s Ships in Own Container (SIOC) certification demands, KDP packaging engineers explain what’s required to ready products for e-commerce delivery.

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T’S A BRAVE NEW E-COMMERCE WORLD. Having large, well-equipped brands that are willing to share their lessons learned can go a long way to helping smaller companies successfully traverse the new terrain. When it comes to navigating rules for Amazon’s Ships in Own Container (SIOC) certification, one company that thought it might help others alleviate the growing pains it went through itself was Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP). SIOC certification is now required for certain products in order to ship through Amazon. “How to interact with this program has really come into focus at KDP,” said Luke Magnant, packaging engineering manager for secondary packaging at KDP. Amazon’s SIOC certification—announced in September 2018 as part of its sustainable packaging programs—was designed to reduce waste, lower supply chain costs, and enhance the consumer experience. Any large packages shipped through Amazon that do not meet the requirements will receive a $1.99 chargeback. They must be “right sized, protective against damage, ready-to-ship without the need for additional packaging, and ideally easy to open, and recyclable,” Amazon informed its vendors. Magnant, along with Kara Revoir, KDP packaging development engineer, explained the steps the CPG took to better understand where its products fell into SIOC classifications, how eligibility was determined, tests run, and—ultimately—how packages were redesigned to satisfy e-commerce needs.

Back to the drawing board Getting your package ready to meet Amazon’s demands is not only about appeasing the e-commerce giant. It will ultimately help your products arrive to your customers intact and ready to enjoy. In a webinar presented by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), Magnant and Revoir

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After evaluating the club store format of its Keurig McCafe carton (left), KDP redesigned the packaging for e-commerce (right), working specifically with Amazon SIOC specifications.

showed how changes to the packaging for Keurig McCafe coffee pods not only helped to qualify it for Amazon’s SIOC standards but also enabled it to withstand the vibration and shock of typical shipping scenarios. The club store format of the Keurig McCafe carton was designed for retail shelf impact—loose pods in a litho lamination case. To determine whether that package could also withstand the rigors of e-commerce, it was classified according to its weight as well as shipping and handling methods and then run through a series of tests, including condition, a drop sequence, vibration, and another drop sequence. “We failed at two points,” Magnant pointed out. The outer liner suffered a significant amount of vibration damage, and the perforated opening feature ruptured during the second drop sequence. “We had to rethink what that package needed to look like.” What KDP came up with was a package that looks considerably different than the original. They replaced the outer liner with a basic Kraft liner and removed the perforated opening feature. Then they brought the redesigned case back to testing—it passed, and the SIOC test results were ready to www.profoodworld.com

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Getting all your pods in a row Altogether, there were four major phases of preparation for KDP to enter into the SIOC program: impact assessment, eligibility of products in its portfolio to make sure they met certification, test execution, and enrollment into the program. “When Amazon made the [SIOC] announcement, we all had to figure out how to react,” Magnant said. At KDP, they organized the impact assessment into three zones. • Zone 1 contained large and heavy items that would require SIOC certification and were subject to a chargeback. • Zone 2 items were SIOC-eligible but would not get a chargeback. • Zone 3 contained small or oddly shaped items that were not eligible and were not at risk of a chargeback. “This would help us understand why certain products are at risk for a chargeback,” Magnant said. “The first thing that really defines the three zones is whether it’s required or eligible—whether it’s sortable or not, whether the package can fit a shipping label. If the package is too small or oddly shaped to fit a shipping label, it isn’t eligible.” KDP began by focusing just on Zone 1. “Ultimately, what we really care about are products that fall into Zone 1 only,” Magnant said. “That would become your chargeback-eligible list.” Once you have a handle on which of your items are impacted, then you can begin to understand if they’re 22

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actually eligible for SIOC certification, Revoir noted. Similar to how it did for impact assessment, KDP divided all its products into eligibility groups as well. With this, the company was able to show examples of the sorts of products they found in their portfolio and how they did or didn’t meet certification demands. Products move through the next phase in a similar manner. Products that are clearly eligible can move into testing. Again, there are three options for testing: • Use an ISTA-certified lab. • Work with a member of Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier (APASS), where labs are certified by Amazon to complete testing but also offer design services. • Use your own internal lab, “if you’re lucky enough to have one at your disposal,” Magnant added. Of course, many manufacturers will not have the kinds of resources that KDP has. However, the first two testing options will require paying or finding the right partner to work with. They will also both require travel or a remote pass/fail. And they will take more design iteration turnaround time. “When it comes to using an internal certified lab, you have the ownership of the pass/fail evaluation. That comes in handy when you’re trying to have a clean baseline,” Magnant said. “You get an unlimited number of test attempts and design iterations, and you can collect results over time to build a benchmark database.”

KDP’s SIOC process Enrollment in Amazon’s program, done through Amazon’s Vendor Central portal, involves completing two documents from Amazon—a test report and an enrollment template—and then also verifying approval in your case log. But KDP added a few steps to its enrollment cycle to improve the process for themselves internally, Revoir noted. There are several things that can generate the need for SIOC work at KDP, including new product development, ongoing maintenance of business, acquisitions, and limited-time offers. “That results in a lot to wrangle with,” Revoir said, including one-off requests, multiple business leads, lab planning complexities, and repetitive requests for the same parent Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN). “We’re figuring out how-to plans for the resulting lab work.” Though Revoir espoused the benefits of talking directly with Amazon if you have any questions, she advocated first visiting Amazon’s information portal at aboutamazon.com/sustainability/packaging. “It’s Amazon’s pond to fish from,” she said, complete with templates and examples.

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AUTOMATION AARON HAND | EXECUTIVE EDITOR

COVID-19 Provides a As food and beverage manufacturers scramble to keep workers safe and shelves stocked, many have moved forward with automation and digital transformation initiatives that might have only been on the radar before the pandemic.

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IGITAL TRANSFORMATION has long been on a forward trajectory, but now more than ever, food and beverage manufacturers are finding it essential to make the leap. After a brief pause as companies stopped to figure out their next moves, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a surge of activity on that front. Food and beverage manufacturers, considered essential, have had to figure out how to continue operating while keeping their workers safe. Connecting them remotely has been instrumental. “Getting people off-site who didn’t need to be there was a high priority,” notes Bob Argyle, chief customer officer at Leading2Lean (L2L). “Anybody that didn’t need to be hands on needed to work from home if they could.” The sector has also been hit hard by changes in consumer demand—as food service businesses dipped, a major burden was put on grocers to get products to the shelves. A supply chain shaken by the pandemic is looking for resiliency.

Acceleration into automation The pandemic has kicked many digital transformation journeys into high gear. “It is speeding up digital transformation initiatives that are out there,” says Mick Mancuso, director of Connected Enterprise operations for Rockwell Automation, speaking from a socially distanced Automation Fair At Home. “We saw a little bit of a pause as the outbreak was hitting the U.S. and other parts of the world, but now we’ve only seen acceleration, especially in certain industries.”

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Not to say that increased levels of automation were not already on the horizon—but in many cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the pedal to the metal. “It’s been on their technology horizon, but COVID has kind of pushed that requirement on them more,” says Vikram Mankar, principal product manager for plant applications at GE Digital, of food and beverage customers. Digital transformation brings with it a wealth of technologies that help improve operations. “The pandemic has greatly accelerated the need for companies to complete their Industry 4.0 transformations with solutions that allow them to have more flexibility, visibility and efficiency in their operations,” notes Christine Boles, vice president of the IoT Group and general manager of the Industrial Solutions Division at Intel. The adoption of solutions that help to address that need—artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine vision, and advanced analytics— will continue to accelerate as well, she adds.

People who need people A key challenge that food and beverage manufacturers have faced since COVID-19 started is a lack of manpower. This became even more pressing as guidelines were passed down for keeping plant floor operators safe. “It caught food and beverage and certainly CPG companies off guard,” Mankar says. “They had to figure out—how do we work in this new COVID world?” Social distancing has been a significant component of the new workplace, and it manifests itself in a number of ways, such as revised workflows, personal tags, remote work, and more. “The pandemic has changed

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(SCADA) software customers. With workers in a range of industries being asked to work remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, GE Digital empowered that through remote licenses to its iFix and Cimplicity customers. “By enabling mobile workers, industrial companies are better able to ensure the safety of their workers while continuing to serve their customers,” said Matthew Wells, vice president of product management for GE Digital, in a statement last March. Through sheer necessity, many plants—food and

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With demands caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, West Liberty Foods had to shift more of its production from bulk food service packages to smaller retail packages for consumers. West Liberty Foods’ maintenance team uses tablets to identify in real time where the biggest problems are occurring on the line.

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beverage included—have had to turn to remote connectivity to get new equipment tested and commissioned as well, and to provide monitoring and troubleshooting on existing equipment. Though there are aspects of in-person testing and commissioning that will likely be missed, not a lot of companies are missing the time and resources that were typically spent flying to a customer site and completing an equipment install. “We just had an installation, and it took us five days vs. four weeks for qualification,” Mankar notes. “That’s the positive side. You don’t have to have people go to the site to do this now. Whatever limited FATs you need to do on site, you can now do in a shorter amount of time.”

Already ready Manufacturers that were previously well on their digital journey have been in a better position to weather the COVID storm. Chobani, for example, has been better positioned to pivot to remote management of its facilities because of an important step it took well before COVID-19 was on the radar. The yogurt maker has been using Inductive Automation’s Ignition software—an industrial application platform with integrated tools for building solutions in HMI, SCADA, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—in all three of its plants. Now that COVID-19 has curbed his usual travel among the plants, Ignition has been fundamental 26

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to Hugh Roddy, Chobani’s vice president of global engineering and project management, managing projects and operations remotely. During the pandemic, Roddy has turned to technologies like HMI, SCADA, IIoT, and augmented reality (AR) to remotely manage assets and troubleshoot equipment, reports OEM editor-in-chief Stephanie Neil in “A New Kind of Connected Factory” (http://pfwgo.to/connected). “When I log into our Ignition system, I can see New York, Twin Falls [Idaho], and Australia at any given moment in time,” Roddy tells Neil. “The plants are more connected to what is happening downstream and upstream...and at the enterprise level, it allows plants to be highly integrated from the plant floor to the executive level and back down.”

Supply chain shift Iowa-based West Liberty Foods—a food manufacturer owned by a co-op of turkey farmers that processes turkey, chicken, pork, and beef product— would likely not have been able to cope with the huge swing in demand that the COVID-19 pandemic inflicted if not for having a system in place already to provide better visibility. West Liberty has traditionally worked on the food service side of things, diversifying and dabbling more into the retail marketplace over the years. Though the co-op’s business model let it react to market changes quickly, it was still shell-shocked for the first few weeks of the pandemic, notes Chad Williams, corporate maintenance manager for West Liberty Foods. It needed to make a quick transition from one of its largest customers, Subway, to the consumer retail market for stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, and Walmart. They had to take equipment that had produced

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from L2L for several years, they already had the visibility they needed. “We knew what was happening in the facilities with Leading2Lean,” Williams says. “They really pulled it together and apprised if they were short-staffed, and got the job done.” L2L provides software that works to continually improve manufacturing operations by connecting IIoT and real-time data with human problem solving. “We’re focused on the connected worker,” Argoyle says. “Most systems are designed for the upper

Secure the New Attack Vectors With COVID-19 creating a push for increased connectivity, it’s important that manufacturers address the cybersecurity hygiene needed in their operations as well. “The pace of adoption of practices is behind the rate of change of digital transformation,” warns Grant Geyer, chief product officer for cybersecurity provider Claroty. “Remote access acceleration is creating a broader attack area that hackers can target.” Cyber attackers know how to take advantage of natural vulnerabilities, and the pandemic has provided a wealth of them. Phishing attacks skyrocketed from the get-go, and ransomware has been on the rise as well. And as the pandemic creates a more heterogeneous population requiring remote access to manufacturing systems, those increases in remote connections have exposed new soft spots in the industrial environment for hackers to exploit. Geyer sees many manufacturing companies setting up cybersecurity around the perimeter—providing a corporate VPN, for example, to ensure that those who enter the network are who they claim to be—but there’s not much care being taken inside the network. “There’s limited monitoring of what they’re doing inside the environment,” Geyer says. “Once inside, it’s like the Wild West.”

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Large manufacturers tend to have a more thoughtful approach to network cybersecurity. “Large enterprises are used to dealing with remote users. They have established policy around VPNs, with strong authentication, and it’s rolled out ubiquitously. There’s a groundswell of push to support the remote workforce,” Geyer says. But he’s concerned that they are still not doing enough to audit what users are doing once they’re inside. “They have just enough security controls to ensure there are some protections, but they’re not auditing what the user is doing.” Manufacturers have been ramping up their cybersecurity along with their remote access tools during the pandemic. “But a lot of the purchasing decisions are made by IT professionals that don’t understand the risks of OT [operations technology] environments,” Geyer contends. “They tend not to buy specialized capabilities or tools to provide the second layer of defense.” Geyer thinks it’s just a matter of time, though, before manufacturers catch on more fully to what’s needed in terms of cybersecurity for their operations. “IT security has had 15, 20, 25 years to mature,” he says. “Based on the digital transformation initiatives underway, the risk is increasing, and CISOs are being tapped to take charge. There’s a steep learning curve and a lot of technology to make up for; a security debt to make up for.” The pandemic has shown just how important it is to keep operations moving in food and beverage. That puts a spotlight on remote connections to allow continued access to information even as more employees do their work from home. “Any crisis is going to accelerate the adoption of objectives,” Geyer says. “One upside of the pandemic is that it’s forcing organizations to take into account the security challenges that have not been dealt with in the past.” Though there will likely be a considerable return to onsite working after the pandemic is over, what can be done remotely will continue to be done remotely. Regardless, manufacturers will be “better armed and better secured for whatever that new normal looks like post-pandemic,” Geyer says. The pandemic is accelerating IT/OT convergence, but there are still gaps in security.

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Forge ahead For some, COVID-19 has disrupted digital transformation initiatives. As of August 2020, 38% of manufacturers surveyed by Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) had paused their smart factory investments while they assessed the economic impact of the pandemic. Though most of those manufacturers expect to resume their smart manufacturing investments within the next 12 months, “companies that wait too long could risk falling further behind their peers in smart manufacturing adoption,” warn the authors of the Deloitte/MAPI report. That is especially true because the flip side of that figure is that the other 62% planned to forge ahead

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Keep it moving One big push from a technology standpoint has been toward increased mobility, according to Mankar. “Manufacturers are moving away from the workstation concept, with three or four operators around a workstation, to more around mobility,” he says. “If you

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to speak, before the pandemic, but has become even more important amid the need for social distancing. “From our perspective, it’s the importance of the connected worker,” Mankar says. “How do we simplify things for the operator—whether through mobility, more out-of-box content, the latest UI elements in terms of visuals—and how do you share information with the operator?” Form factors are changing and workers are using tablets more now. “Manufacturers don’t always have the luxury of a 24-inch screen on the plant floor,” he adds. In the past, all the connectivity infrastructure was in the plant, but now customers are pushing for a hybrid model. “We’re providing solutions toward that.” As Neil reports in her article, Inductive Automation has been working quite a bit on its mobility platform as well. Ignition Perspective—a web-based HTML5 visualization tool that provides monitoring and control of processes directly from a mobile device, desktop, or touch panel—makes it easy for users to visualize data in familiar ways. “For us, Perspective is critical to getting data to the different people who need it,” says Travis Cox, co-director of sales and engineering at Inductive Automation. All the more important with more people working from home. “The more connected people are, the more they work together.” Trends in Adoption of Remote Access: Moving Forward During COVID-19, a report from PMMI Business Intelligence, captures participants’ perspectives on how to keep production lines running smoothly and increase uptime during a time when service technicians are unable to enter their plants. Overall, the report reveals how many CPGs, OEMs, and system integrators are responding to the “new normal” in manufacturing driven by demands in which chaos and order exist side-by-side. Download the free report at http://pwgo.to/pmmiremote.

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On beyond COVID Digital tools are not only helping food and beverage producers through the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’re showing their worth in improving product quality and production volume, shifting business models for many manufacturers, notes David Goforth, vice president of field sales for Ecolab’s food and beverage division in North America. And there is little chance that manufacturers will go back to their old ways post-pandemic. “The pandemic has sped up the process for F&B companies to adopt digital tools, and they are certainly realizing their value,” Goforth says. “The time and money savings are undeniable. Now that companies are understanding the value of the data they have, and how IoT, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and automation can dramatically improve their operations, they won’t go back.” Industry 4.0 adoption will ramp up significantly in 2021, Intel’s Boles predicts. “As the economy bounces back, we’ll continue to see investment in the foundational OT infrastructure with more IT capabilities to allow the broad ecosystem of players to deploy these solutions,” she says. “If there’s anything good that’s come from [the pandemic], it’s forced companies to be more innovative,” Argoyle says. Like a lot of suppliers, L2L has always been on site with its customers—training on site, going live on site. “We’ve had to change a lot of things, but it’s actually been really good for us,” Argoyle says. “Being on site’s great, and we want to get back to that, but we can move customers a lot faster remotely.” When the pandemic is under control, and people are better able to travel and go back to in-person meetings, many companies may opt to stick with remote setup. “We’re already seeing that. People are changing processes to say we don’t have to do that every time now. It’s a much leaner approach,” Mankar says. “It uses fewer resources and has a shorter lead time.” Mankar sees this as a broader shift to more standardized rollouts. There will be more outof-box capabilities from software for remote operations, including SCADA and manufacturing execution system (MES) remote logins. “Rollouts can be faster and leaner,” he says. “And you don’t have to have developers on-site to ask for more custom solutions.”

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ACK EXPO INTERNATIONAL has been a calendar fixture in even-numbered years since before most of us can remember. But COVID-19 made it impossible to hold an in-person exhibition in the year 2020, so PMMI launched PACK EXPO Connects, a brand new web-based event to ensure that stakeholders in the essential business of packaging remain connected. Featuring live chats, live product demos, engaging educational opportunities, and innovative new equipment, materials, and services, PACK EXPO Connects was the online event that reflects what the industry now requires. Despite exhibitor preparedness, technical issues kept the live demonstrations from launching as intended the first day of the show. But the PACK EXPO Connects exhibitors adapted, and demos returned for attendees looking to see technology in action for the remainder of the event. “This event was able to connect the industry, which was our number one goal in a year when professionals cannot attend physical trade events,” says Jim Pittas, President and CEO, PMMI. “And our exhibitors were remarkable in their ability to react and deliver effective demonstrations despite the technical challenges entirely outside of their control.”

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To date, PACK EXPO Connects has seen 137,000 unique directory visits with 475,000 total showroom visits since the event website went live. During the show week, attendees viewed demos over 32,000 times. Those numbers will continue to grow as engagement continues on packexpoconnects.com with on-demand demos and exhibitor showrooms available through March 2021. The editors of PMMI Media Group were among the attendees who tuned into this unique online event, and we found plenty to be impressed by. Presented here is a summary of innovative developments we found in four main categories. And by “we” we mean the following: Matt Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World Pat Reynolds, VP Editor Emeritus, Packaging World Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, Packaging World; Editor, Contract Packaging Stephanie Neil, Senior Editor, Automation World; Editor-in-Chief, OEM Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World Natalie Craig, Managing Editor, OEM Keren Sookne, Director of Editorial Content, Healthcare Packaging Aaron Hand, Executive Editor, ProFood World Kim Overstreet, Content Strategist, Alignment Melissa Griffen, Contributing Editor Jim Chrzan, VP Content and Brand Strategy Two last observations. As you read through the following pages, should you want to see all the other things these exhibitors displayed at PACK EXPO Connects last November, you’ll find links to all their showroom landing sites beginning on page 117 of this issue. Next up in the line-up of PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows is EXPO PACK Mexico on June 8-11, followed by PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021 on Sept. 2729. Details on these trade show will be available soon. To learn more about all PACK EXPO trade shows, please visit www.packexpo.com.

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S FLEXIBLE PACKAGING continues to grow in popularity partly due to its sustainability bona fides, it comes as no surprise that innovations in both vertical and horizontal form/fill/seal systems were on full display at PACK EXPO Connects. Here we take a brief look at seven notable developments, beginning with one from Triangle Package. For liquid or semi-liquid fill applications, Triangle’s new Model XYTLF (vf/f/s) bagger (1) offers greater throughput, superior sanitation, and material savings, according to the company, all without a required film contract. Designed for foodservice and other applications, including hot fill and pumpable products, Model XYTLF packages products such as soups, sauces, mashed potatoes, bakery batters, and fruit fillings, as well as ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese. Speeds run up to 30 gal/min. Model XYTLF offers several unique benefits, including improved productivity thanks to an innovative design that uses servo filling with squeegee staging for better precision, flexibility, clean seals, no leakers, and less air in the bag. Sanitary design features include quick removal of sealing jaws and back seal components for easy washdown, hygienic IP69K stainless steel motors with air purge, and pivoting control box for four sides of machine access. To top it off, optional features include ultrasonic sealing for higher speeds and 100% seal integrity, and check weight feedback for precise filling. Visit Triangle’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/140. BW Flexible Systems’ new Hayssen ISB vf/f/s solution (2) aims to provide best-in-class sanitary design, modern industrial machine intelligence, and intuitive operation for vertical form-fill-seal packaging. To develop the ISB (intelligent sanitary bagger) BW Flexible Systems conducted voice-of-customer interviews in target markets—including fresh produce, frozen/ individual quick freezing (IQF), and cheese—asking about pain points and preferred features.

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“What we heard in those conversations was a need for an unparalleled hygienic design that was both easy to change over and flexible and intuitive to operate,” said Ed Haarsgaard, BW Flexible Systems’ Sales Leader for new machinery. The entire machine is high-pressure washdown capable, including its human-machine interface (HMI), which would typically require protection due to its sensitive components. Furthermore, the Hayssen ISB uses standoffs and flanged fasteners to eliminate secondary hardware like washers, and the bagger’s film rollers are fully removable without tools and come completely sealed with lifetime bearings. Visit BW Flexible Systems’ PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/146. Mark Stenske, Service Manager for Matrix, a ProMach brand, used PACK EXPO Connects to demonstrate how the Matrix Bag-in-Bag provides an innovative way to fill single-serve and multiple-serve pillow bags in an overwrap or master bag. The Matrix Elete Bag-in-Bag machine is essentially two machines in a single frame. In the demonstration,

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one bagger above was feeding into another below in a single enclosure. In a ground coffee application, the top section packages product into heat-sealed filter paper pouches, and the lower section bags those pouches in metalized film packs. Both rolls of filter-paper material and foil film are on the back of the machine. On the front, pull belts advance the upper filter paper as the vertical seal bar intermittently seals the top, and the end-seal jaws separate each filter-paper pouch, dropping them into a funnel to introduce the second portion of the machine. See ProMach Matrix’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE.show/300. According to WeighPack Systems Inc., its extremely versatile XPdius Elite 1700 vertical bagger (3) is able to fill bags up to 17 in. W x 24 in. L and includes film tracking, tool-less removable pull belts, forming tube, and film roll. Available options include bag gusset attachment, gas flush, hole punch, tare notch, polyethylene sealing assembly, pivoting bag support, bag tapper for product settling, and lot code printing. Capable of producing up to 3,000 large-format bags per hour, the XPdius vertical bagging machine includes twin servo motors and drives for its pull belt assembly and horizontal seal jaws. These drives assure total control over acceleration, deceleration, and positioning while ensuring high performance throughout production. Visit WeighPack Systems’ PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/796. With increased snack food demand in 2020, pouching systems have been a popular choice for machinery due in part to the pandemic and people spending more time at home. At PACK EXPO Connects, PPi Technologies Group showcased the new SN FME 50 (4), a small-footprint hf/f/s machine from SN Maschinenbau designed for short lead times and an entry level price point for end users packaging snack foods, gummies, herbs, spices, powdery products, lotions, and more. Thom Cain, sales support manager at PPi, said that for the past few years, the industry has seen a push to run thinner, monomaterial films because multi-layer films aren’t easy to recycle. “But if a machine is not designed to run that material, it can rip.” With package sustainability in mind, the SN FME 50 is designed to run recyclable films, pulling evenly to avoid tearing without sacrificing speed. The system runs at speeds up to 100 pouches/min

and is capable of format changeover (toolless, as much as possible) in less than 15 min. With a small footprint of approximately 12.0 ft. × 4.10 ft. × 6.6 ft., the system doesn’t require much space to get new packaging capacity up and running. With an added multi-head weigher (from a scale vendor) the machine can run gummies, which have seen increased demand in the nutraceutical and cannabis industries. Delivery speed is a main feature of the SN FME 50—remote installation can be completed in a few days. View PPi Technologies Group’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/486. New from Cloud Packaging Solutions, the CMR II continuous-motion hf/f/s machine can be configured for a wide range of complex filling applications. Among its features, the machine can handle pouches from 4 to 12 in. W × 6 to 15 in. H, with a gusset of zero to 5 in., operates at speeds to 140 pouches/min, is compatible with a wide variety of zipper closures, and is USDA-washdown sanitary. According to Kyle Scalise, Global Account Manager at Cloud Packaging Solutions, who unveiled the new machine during a live demo at PACK EXPO Connects, “Cloud developed this machine as the next generation of our existing machine, the CMR 1500. The CMR has been very successful for us over the years in all dry-flowable piece applications, especially with very large fills. It has been embraced specifically in the pet food industry where products have difficult geometries and large fills, where a traveling funnel extends the fill time, allowing more time for the product to get into the pouch.” See Cloud Packaging Solutions’ PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/519.

Inspection systems aplenty Featured at the Peco Inspx PACK EXPO Connects showroom was the ScanTrac Fermata X-ray system, which provides high-resolution X-ray inspection for products conveyed through a pipeline. It has a vari-

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able-diameter inspection plate assembly for accurate and repeatable inspection of product flow. Metal ceramic X-ray tubes enable the Fermata to identify small pieces of foreign material, such as bone, metal, glass, and rubber. The system can be equipped with a remote monitor for the inspection of pipelines off the production floor. The standard Fermata configuration includes a 4-in. diameter inspection pipeline assembly and a positive-acting two-way discharge valve assembly with mounting. The Fermata is designed to work with piston pump systems. Material flowing through the pipe must be continuous with no air pockets. The Fermata pipeline system inspects bulk flowing through a pipeline at speeds up to 600 ft. or 300 gal per min. From proteins to vegetables and fruits, product conveyed in bulk through a pipeline can be inspected for foreign contaminants prior to packaging. Rejected product is diverted for disposal or further inspection. Visit Peco Inspx’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/161. THiNK, a new artificial intelligence tool (5) integrated on Sesotec metal detectors, is designed to help food processors produce safe food, comply with food safety guidelines and regulations, reduce waste, and protect their consumers and brands. The tool can virtually eliminate the influence of product defects and provides accurate detection of metal parts, with fewer false rejects. “We’re using artificial intelligence in metal detection to detect smaller contaminants than before,” said Christian Stadler, Group Director of Marketing at Sesotec. “This allows for higher food safety.” According to Sesotec’s live demo at PACK EXPO

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Connects, it’s difficult to detect metallic contamination in a product if the packaging contains metal or metallic film. THiNK technology has the advantage of working well with metalized packaging. See Sesotec’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/529. Making its debut at PACK EXPO Connects, the Thermo Scientific Sentinel 1000 Selectscan metal detector (6) employs fully flexible frequency optimization per application with frequencies from 50 to 1,000 kilohertz. “With a single-frequency metal detector, you only have one chance to pick the right frequency that fosters the highest level of metal detection,” said Alex Kinne, applications engineer for Thermo’s product inspection division. Processors can also use Thermo Scientific’s Auto Learn feature to pick the frequency, Kinne explains. “Customers need flexible inspection solutions that don’t compromise performance,” said Kinne. “Often, customers will run multiple products on the same line in the same day. So, Selectscan technology was developed around the principles of performance, efficiency, and ease of use.” The Selectscan metal detector works well for dry, inert products that have relatively low product effect, such as dry pasta or frozen foods. The Selectscan’s single frequency is optimized per application. “If you change product files, you may choose or may change frequencies to a different, yet optimized, frequency,” Kinne added. According to Kinne, the Sentinel 1000 provides a high level of metal detection for food safety, reducing the risk of costly recalls due to contamination. “Audits are made easy with our Quality Assurance Check feature, which streamlines the audit process and stores records automatically,” Kinne explained. See Thermo Scientific’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/125. A new X-ray inspection system (7) from Mekitec uses separate, dedicated X-ray beams to provide better coverage of packaged beverages and liquid and solid foods. At PACK EXPO Connects, the equipment maker demonstrated its latest innovation—an X-ray system that provides precise primary packaging inspection for products that are taller than they are wide. The Sidemeki system uses dual focal spot X-ray technology to inspect both liquid and solid packaged products. This technology enables the system to not only see foreign objects, which more typically settle near the bottom of the package, but also the fill levels or cap placement, for example, near the top of the

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package, noted Juho Ojuva, director of global sales and customer care at Mekitec. “You have a fixed generator looking at the bottom of the product. Then behind it is an adjustable X-ray generator that you can use in order to have the best image of the top part of this product,” he explained. “You can, depending on the application, have a Sidemeki system with one of these generators or both, depending on what you need to do with the system.” The X-ray beams are adjustable for various product sizes. The Sidemeki comes with different connection options—both a side-feed option that connects in parallel to the existing production line and an end-feed option that connects directly to the existing production line. The side-feed option “is good for products that have difficulty moving from one conveyor to another,” Ojuva said. Visit Mekitec’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/241.

Loma Systems’ new IQ4 RUN-WET Metal Detector Conveyor (9) debuted during PACK EXPO Connects. The system is specifically designed for high-care environments where machinery clean-up is particularly harsh and frequent. The RUN-WET specification of the Loma IQ4 Metal Detector is IP69k rated and hygienically designed following some of the key EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering Design Group) principles offering the best cleaning standards to withstand harsh high-pressure and high-temperature cleaning regimes, while maximizing production efficiencies. “The IQ4 RUN-WET includes a number of enhanced hygienic features that directly meet the needs of some of our users’ top concerns,” said Antoine Dodier, customer relations manager at Loma Systems, an ITW Company. “Not all processing equipment is made to withstand harsh environments, in fact, some parts of the processing line are simply covered during washdown.”

Liquid Filling Pneumatic Scale Angelus, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging Systems company, demonstrated a filler and seamer (8) with a growing beverage market in mind. To meet the growing demand for hard seltzers, ready-to-drink cocktails, sparkling wine, and higher-carbonation beer, the CB50C counter-pressure canning line meets the high-speed applications needs of the Craft market. Counter-pressure technology allows filling of highly carbonated beverages—in excess of 2.7 vols of CO2—by maintaining equivalent pressure in the can being filled and the product tank supplying the product. Maintaining this pressure prevents breakout, or excess foaming, that releases CO2 and ultimately lowers carbonation. True isobarometric filling, with the fill tank located above the fill heads, allows product to be gravity-fed versus pumped upward, ensuring less product agitation for a quiet fill and lower CO2 loss. See PSA’s PACK EXPO Connects Showroom at PE.show/283.

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See Loma’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/415. Built for harsh environments, the Mettler Toledo C35 checkweigher (10) delivers precise weighing results on a stable weighing platform that is resistant to high-pressure washdown and most caustic detergents. The system frame is designed according to hygienic principles, with access for cleaning and sloped surfaces to discourage liquid collection. The system supports speeds of up to 250 packs/min and a weighing range from 25 g to 7 kg. The C35 checkweigher fits a wide range of situations that require reliable weight control, including food processing. Optional conveyors and handling features, including guiderails to ensure smooth product handling, can transport open products such as jars, trays, and cans. It also enables companies to inspect 100% of their products, segregate non-conforming packages, and collect production data using one of two optional weight data interfaces. According to Keri Klein, Product Line Manager for checkweighing, the C35 checkweigher can be equipped with infeed and discharge side grip transports to move open containers safely and efficiently down the conveyor line to eliminate spillage at transfer points. “These side grips are adjustable to accommodate product specifications and securely guide the product from the customer’s conveyor onto the infeed of the checkweigher. On our infeed conveyor, we offer small-diameter rollers to facilitate smooth internal transfers across the weigh conveyor and to the outfeed conveyor for seamless, accurate weighing,” she said. The weighing of open containers as close to the filler as possible allows the checkweigher to provide filler feedback, as well as optimize fill weights by making adjustments to the filler, therefore minimizing overfilled product and reducing product giveaway. “Processors can also reject under-filled product to be reworked, ensuring compliance with label weights,” said Klein. “If the process does not offer the opportunity to provide feedback, weighing product prior to capping and labeling can also save costs by reducing packaging materials that are scrapped when rejecting off-weight products.” Mettler Toledo’s communication solutions include Ethernet/IP PROFINET and PROFIBUS DP OPC DA/ UA, along with TCP/IP, and various serial communications solutions. Fieldbus and OPC solutions have Pack ML (ISA TR88.00.02) as a fundamental part of their base architecture. C-Series checkweighers provide real-time monitoring of critical control points (CCPs) to 42

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processing line. “It enables our VERYX digital sorter to see and remove more foreign materials and product defects and, as a chemometric inspection system, can even detect internal product conditions and the chemical characteristics of foods,” he stated. Going forward, Key Technology plans to develop VERYX BioPrint sorters for other applications where chemometric detection offers unique performance and customer value. “As it continues to develop, chemometric inspection technology enables a digital sorter to know more and more about every object in the product stream,” said Azzaretti. “Greater detection accuracy helps deliver a safer, higher-quality product, while simultaneously ensuring a more efficient sort process to maximize yield. What’s especially exciting is the ability to leverage chemometric inspection to profile internal properties and even the taste profile of foods by sorting product batches based on sugars, solids content, and other chemical attributes.” For example, the VERYX BioPrint C140 sorter can help processors of Spanish-style almonds detect individual socalled “bitter almonds.” See Key Technology’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/320.

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Videojet Technologies Inc. launched its new Videojet 1280 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printer (12) that has been designed with two key focuses—reliability and simplicity— making it easy for operators to use and maintain. “While there is a push for more advanced connectivity and the Industrial Internet of Things, a lot of people just need a good, basic coder that is simple, reliable, and flexible that they can use for their manufacturing needs. And that’s really the niche this product fits into,” explained Mark Breunig, Videojet’s Regional Product Manager for CIJ, North America. “It has the print capacity for up to five lines of print, which meets what pretty much everybody needs in these speeds for all sorts of basic coding applications. So, it’s good for all the things that ink-jet gets used for—batch codes, serial numbers, barcodes, all those sorts of things.” The entry-level coder, which comes with an entry-level price, joins Videojet’s existing entry-level printer, the 1220, which Breunig said provides similar speeds to the 1280, but employs the company’s older, core-based maintenance system. View Videojet’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/210. 44

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Domino Amjet Inc.’s Gx-Series thermal inkjet printer (13) made its North American debut at PACK EXPO Connects. Rolled out were two models that are built to be smaller and easier to use and integrate while having the ability to be monitored for Industry 4.0 applications. The Gx 150i with up to two print heads and the Gx 350i with up to four print heads are designed for simple batch coding or complex coding, checkweighing, or track and trace applications across the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. The Gx Series comes with new ink that is darker, dries faster, and offers better decap time. The Gx Series offers Industry 4.0 capabilities. It comes standard with Ethernet/IP communication protocols providing a number of different ways to monitor how the printer is working and providing different reports. See Domino Amjet’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/132.

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Experts at conveying Multi-Conveyor has added to its portfolio a series of powered plastic chain conveyors that incorporate manual lift gates for operator access and pneumatic stop/clamp control for seamless merges. The new technology merges two lines fed from two existing case packers down to a single lane prior to the case sealer and palletizer. Slightly inclined, the offset conveyors incorporate manual lift gate assemblies for operator access within a confined production area. The designated priority line conveys the cases to a right-angle transfer maintaining product orientation. Product ultimately single files to an existing case sealer, controlled by strategically placed sensors and metering devices. Photo sensors and electrical safety switches are mounted and pre-wired for the mechanical lift gate assembly. Other features include LBP (low back pressure) transitions prior to the lift gates; stop clamp assemblies; and roller assist to maintain orientation through the right-angle transfer. See Multi-Conveyor’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE.show/198. www.profoodworld.com

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RX 4.0 Thermoformer MULTIVAC used PACK EXPO Connects to feature its new RX 4.0 next-generation thermoform packaging machines (14). Part of the X-Line packaging technology is a process that assists in the digitalization of configuration and performance according to Industry 4.0/IoT standards. Seamless digitalization, comprehensive sensor systems, and networking with the MULTIVAC Cloud can significantly improve packaging reliability, quality, and performance. MULTIVAC Smart Services offers packages that contribute to a deeper understanding of packaging machine performance, providing data that can be used to further optimize packaging procedures and make them even more efficient. See MULTIVAC’S PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/180.

During a live demo at PACK EXPO Connects, Intralox discussed the flexibility and efficiency of its Activated Roller Belt (ARB). According to Paul Neuschwander, Global Advisor for the Intralox packer to palletizer team for beverages, the team combines the best ideas and layouts from around the world and uses this information to reduce project risk and timelines, and create better plant floor layout designs. This knowledge, along with ARB technology, allows Intralox to combine multiple pieces of equipment into one piece of machinery, providing space saving on the plant floor, while often reducing capital expenditure. Intralox Packer to Palletizer ARB technology lets end users reduce the number of conveyors needed, shortening installation time and reducing labor. In fact, Neuschwander said one end user was able to double its filling capacity after installing an ARB solution. View Intralox’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/175. Offering six times faster changeover, Piab’s Changeover Champion vacuum conveyor piFLOW®p SMART enables users to save time when changing from one material to another, increasing the productivity of their operations. The new technology made its debut during PACK EXPO Connects. According to the company, a changeover that would take one hour in a conventional vacuum conveyor takes only 46

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10 minutes in the company’s new vacuum conveyor. The piFLOW®p SMART is a self-optimizing vacuum conveyor targeted primarily at industries handling many different materials and/or those in which frequent changes need to be made. With each new conveying cycle, the piFLOW®p SMART uses machine learning to automatically tune the process by configuring and optimizing a flawless flow of materials, set at the correct rate. “After just a few cycles, piFLOW®p SMART has figured out what type of material it is dealing with and will automatically adjust itself to optimize how the material is conveyed. There is no longer a need for operators to re-adjust settings between different batches of materials. piFLOW®p SMART will do it for you with higher accuracy than even the most experienced operator can deliver,” explained Milan Bratt, Product Manager Vacuum Conveying. See Piab’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/206. Septimatech featured its new enhanced MultiLane Guide Adjust System (15), which eliminates change parts, lane spacers, and heavy lifting equipment that cause unnecessary downtime, ergonomic risks, and expense. With this system, one person can adjust a 30-ft section of case packer accumulation lane dividers and lane guides simultaneously from one location in seconds. That’s a job that would typically take two people 35-50 minutes to do. The Multi-Lane Guide Adjust system creates up to seven lanes with a minimal width of 1.5 in. Adjustments are repeatable and accurate up to ±1 mm with no fine-tuning required. The system can be installed on existing support systems and dividers. A large CPG company with nine changeovers per month noted that the ergonomic risk is essentially eliminated with the Multi-Lane Adjust system, with no chance of operator injury, according to Mike Carey, Septimatech Account Manager for Eastern Canada and North Central U.S. The operator makes the adjustment from a single standing location in front of a chest-high wheel adjustor, requiring no ladders or heavy, awkward

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Case packing innovations Aagard at PACK EXPO Connects featured their Myrias case packing concept. Why “Myrias?” Because with this machinery they solved one customer’s business challenge by developing an automated case packing system that produces variety packs in a myriad of configurations—more than 4,000—ranging from 1-6 flavors and permitting case counts of 12 to 96. Oh, and it operates at 100 cases/min. According to Aagards’s Jason Norlien, Vice President of Technical Sales, lots of brand owners recognize the growing marketplace demand for variety packs. But too often they’re just not equipped to produce such formats, so they wind up sending palletized cases to a contract-packager who tears the cases apart and re-packages the case contents in the variety format—usually by hand. Myrias is designed to address this dilemma by permitting the brand owner to bring variety packing in-house. View Aagard’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE.show/214.

Heat and Control, Inc., took advantage of PACK EXPO Connects to how its world-leading food processing and packaging equipment. For meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and a growing menu of other prepared foods, Heat and Control builds a range of equipment for coating application, cooking, grill marking, and searing solutions. Snack food processing is another specialty. From unloading raw produce to frying, conveying, seasoning, packaging, and inspection, the firm provides all the equipment and services required to make the highest quality snack foods while achieving higher capacities and lower production costs. On the packaging equipment side, one notable highlight at PACK EXPO Connects was the automatic case packer ACP-700 Series, which offers production efficiency not experienced to date. It provides additional flexibility, enhanced line communications, and easy operator interface while significantly improving the changeover cycle of case packing. Ideal for the snack food case packing industry, which has been asking for effective automation and communications between the weigher, bagmaker, and case packer, this end-of-line solution significantly improves efficiency and performance. With the case packer’s controls system’s feed-for-

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ward and feed-back features, the flow of bags is more measured and controlled. This reduces bottlenecks by continuously adjusting settings as bags are running through the system. The machine uses feed-forward communications to the case packer and feed-back communications to the bagmaker. Plus, a seal checker continuously monitors fill level and compares bags to the targeted value so the case packer can automatically optimize the machine operation appropriately, as well as check for leaking bags. Visit Heat and Control’s PACK EXPO Connects Showroom at PE.show/355.

Compact palletizing The new compact and flexible HL2200 high-level palletizer (16) from Columbia Machine, Inc. includes a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive)-controlled hoist, a bi-parting layer apron, centering side layer guides with Smart Squeeze technology for misformed layer detection, and more. According to the company, the HL2200 is capable of palletizing virtually any package type, including unwrapped trays, film-only bundles, plastic totes, RPCs, and others. When equipped with optional small-case handling components, the HL2200 is ideally suited to palletize very tall and narrow product even with a high center of gravity.

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Options include Smart Diagnostics with video playback to assist maintenance personnel in identifying the cause of a machine stoppage and a servo-actuated touchless turning infeed for gentle package handling, display-ready case orienting, or four-way “labels out” layer forming. Visit Columbia Machine’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/128.

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Recyclability is more than just resin numbers, and includes factors such as the polymer, the closure, the label, any inks that are directly printed, barrier layers, or other materials incorporated for product protection. Said Childs, “All of these features can interact with each other and can combine with the polymer to have a fairly significant effect on the recycling process.” With flexible packaging, said Childs, recycling compatibility can be a significant challenge because the entire recycling system for these materials is different than it is for rigid containers. There are also challenges in the collection channel, which is based on a store drop-off system, as opposed to a curbside system. Some of the recyclers use washing, some of them

Dairy and Yogurt Focus Klöckner Pentaplast, which goes by kp these days for short, used its demonstration time at PACK EXPO Connects to illustrate some recent improvements in their stable of food and consumer containers, particularly as it applies to dairy and yogurt applications. A high-impact variety of PS, a material it calls HIPS, is a company standard for dairy due to its ease of thermoforming and moisture and oxygen transmission barrier properties. This tried-and-true product is available in a range of thicknesses, and transparencies from clear to opaque have been available. But newer to the PS lineup for cultured dairy products, the kp Klearcup PS solution (1) is a lightweight application that brands can customize. The thermoformed cups provide significant benefits and still meet lightweight and durable performance needs by foaming the core of the film. With a 30% improvement in clarity over natural polystyrene and a 25% reduction in haze versus natural polystyrene, Klearcup allows brands to make their products the star of the show, and stand out on the shelf. In terms of filling and sealing, no equipment changes from legacy cups are necessary, and the cups meet the same top-load requirements of the standard PS line. Multi-packs are fully snap-able to separate individual cups, so consumers don’t notice any functional difference in their interaction with the product. Just like the traditional PS line of cups,

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Klearcup comes in a variety of densities, thicknesses, and even colors if transparency doesn’t translate to your product. The lightweighting of the cup makes the product transport more efficient compared to other similar cups. Optional additional barrier layers are available depending on the oxygen and moisture transmission needs of your application, with a common extra layer being a PE/EVOH/ PE sandwich for enhanced barrier on top of PS’s already strong barrier properties. Check out the many packaging solutions featured by Klöckner Pentaplast at is PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, found at PE.show/511.

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The move away from multi-material constructions in favor of mono-materials that fit more readily into existing recycle streams is well underway. Among the exhibitors at PACK EXPO Connects, at least five highlighted the progress they’ve made in this area. We begin with Amcor Flexibles. Having committed in 2018 to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025, Amcor Flexibles has launched a line of polyethylene films—including both barrier and non-barrier—for flexible film packaging that has been pre-qualified for the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label. The AmPrima portfolio was introduced in summer 2020 and was featured in Ampac’s PACK EXPO Connects Showroom. The portfolio includes AmPrima PE and AmPrima PE Plus, both of which are available in ultra-clear and heat-resistant versions. As Amcor Flexibles Sr. R&D Fellow Otacilio Berbert explained, AmcorPrima PE is the company’s standard offer of non-oriented PE-based films, featuring both laminations and surface-printed coextruded options. The products under AmPrima PE are designed for applications with straightforward technical requirements, including pouches and bags, and vertical form/fill/seal or horizontal form/fill/seal applications. The AmPrima PE Plus portfolio involves laminations with oriented recyclable films, designed for applications that require superior stiffness, shelf appeal, optical properties, and heat resistance. “All versions of AmPrima are available in barrier or non-barrier options, and AmPrima PE Plus was uniquely designed to match non-recyclable laminations in critical applications that require high packaging speeds, for example, flow wraps, or that demand heat stability when sealing attachments like spouts to the film,” Berbert explained. “It is also designed to survive typically abusive sealing processes, like sealing lidding to trays and cups, without seal distortion.” Visit Amcor Flexibles’ PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/124. Also working hard on the mono-material front 52

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is the Italian firm ITP, and they took advantage of PACK EXPO Connects to introduce a new monolayer PE specifically for frozen foods or for standup pouches. Called Monoflex, it’s a blown coextrusion that can be either five or seven layers. The film is coextruded with different types of PE. Even the tie layers used to marry the PE components together are PE-based. The only material that is not PE is EVOH, which is included for oxygen barrier purposes in pouches that are not designed for the frozen food chain. But the amount of EVOH is low and well below the levels allowed by European guidelines that determine what is or isn’t recyclable. See ITP’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/549. While schemes for the recovery and recycling of mono-material polyethylenes are starting to be seen in the U.S., there’s also some notable work being done in developing polypropylene as a recyclable material in Europe and other regions. At PACK EXPO Connects, David Derfler, Sales Manager at Toppan USA, Inc., demonstrated how the company is responding to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging. Toppan USA, a subsidiary of Toppan Printing (Toppan), announced that it has completed preparations for the production and supply of PE- and BOPP-based additions to its series of GL BARRIER transparent vapor-deposited barrier films. Full-scale sales of PE-based “GL-LE-G” and BOPP-based “GL-LP-G” launched this month, initially for the U.S. and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL BARRIER films with PET, PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-material packaging. “GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G have been made possible by taking full advantage of the technologies Toppan has developed over more than 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent vapor-deposited films,” said Masa Tatewaki, Toppan USA President & CEO. “With strong demand for eco-friendly and recyclable packaging solutions in light of such issues as the problem of plastic waste, we have received considerable interest in these new films and are targeting sales of $20 million in 2025. We will continue to advance more readily recyclable mono-material packaging for wide ranging contents and target the development of eco-friendly packages facilitating the circulation of plastic resources for a sustainable society.” Visit Toppan’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE.show/491. www.profoodworld.com

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Another development of mono-material solutions involving PP is being pushed by this group of companies: Saentis, wipf, and Optima. Their “GreenLution” project (2) is aimed at coming up with at a fully recyclable coffee capsule featuring a PP-based single material. The seven-layer capsule material, coextruded and thermoformed by Saentis, consists of PP/ regrind/tie layer/EVOH/tie layer/regrind/PP. While the outer

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and inner layers of PP are virgin material, the regrind layers can include recycled content. Total thickness, said Santis Head of Sales Marco Reiss, depends on several variables, including the size of the capsule. But generally, he said, the thickness is in the range of 800 microns. Reiss said that a key component in these PP coffee capsules is a new grade of EVOH from an unnamed supplier. Because it has improved barrier characteristics, less of it is needed in the cast coextrusion. Consequently, the sheet going into the thermoforming system is about 98% PP. Wipf’s contribution in the GreenLution project is the lidding material, which is described only as a “recyclable film.” Optima, of course, is the supplier of the CFL machine on which the capsules are filled. Optima said this machine boasts optimized film utilization—the lidding material is fed at an angle (see photo) and punched in a way that ensures optimum material utilization—lower energy consumption, and a production reject rate below 0.05%. Reiss said that it includes an NIR-detectable component that makes the PP capsules more readily detectable in the all-important sortation process that takes place at the Municipal Recycling Facility. Learn more at Optima’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/483. Another innovator in the mono-material space is Clysar LLC, which used PACK EXPO Connects to introduce its family of Clysar® EVO™ recyclable shrink films (3) approved for the Store Drop-Off label by

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the How2Recycle program. Explained Clysar, these new polyethylene films allow brand packagers and retailers to meet critical package recyclability goals, fulfill retail labeling mandates, and address increased consumer demand for sustainable packaging. A versatile multipurpose solution, Clysar EVO shrink film is suited for most retail packaging applications. Noted Clysar, the film offers excellent optics, clean even shrink, and strong seals, and it runs trouble-free on most shrink-packaging equipment under a wide range of operating conditions. Clysar EVOX films are suitable for high-speed packaging applications requiring extra strength, protection, and durability. The film was engineered as a high-performance option for demanding products like heavy multipacks or irregular shapes. According to Clysar, EVOX films were developed to run effortlessly on highly automated, high-speed equipment and deliver trouble-free sealing and shrink characteristics. See Clysar’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/245.

Paper making a play A notable trend in the packaging materials space that is also driven by environmental concerns is the emergence of paper can carriers to replace plastic. Among the leaders in this area is Graphic Packaging International and its KeelClip technology, the winner of an AmeriStar 2020 Award. Go to pfwgo.to/keelclip to see how Coca-Cola HBC is leveraging this innovative concept. Also making progress in this fascinating area is WestRock and its CanCollar concept highlighted at PACK EXPO Connects. The company showed a modular can handle application machine (4) that is capable of 600 cans/min. It’s intended to be integrated into existing canning lines and either run parallel to, or replace, more traditional can handle applicators. A few trends in canned beverages these days affect material handling after the fill, notably lowCO2 and thinner aluminum walls for lightweighting and material reduction. So linear starwheels on the CanCollar systems carry cans gently, avoiding scuffing and denting or worse. Quality assurance can be expanded with optional inspection systems that, for instance, can reject incorrect colors of the can handle,

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or situations where the can handle doesn’t fully engage and ‘clip’ onto the top of the can, among others. All are automatically coupled with a rejection system on the optional divider module. See WestRock’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/158. Krones also featured a concept for paperboard can handles for four-and six-pack aluminum cans or PET bottles. The company debuted its LitePac Top secondary packaging system (5), a modular paperboard can-handle applicator that will seamlessly integrate with upstream Krones packaging equipment. The system features continuous container infeed and can process packs with four, six, or eight cans at up to 416 cans/min. During the production process, the LitePac series scores high in terms of lower energy consumption and less waste than with shrink-packs. The can handle application is done without any hotmelt or plastic, and the handle itself is designed to use a minimum amount of paperboard material—it’s only 3g in weight. Despite its minimalist approach to material usage, the company says it has a “wellthought-out clip design for maximum pack stability.” Visit Krones’ PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/707.

Not just can carriers Needless to say, it’s not just can carriers that are being re-engineered into paper as opposed to plastic. PaperSeal, presented at PACK EXPO Connects by Graphic Packaging International (GPI), is a fiber-based replacement (6) for high-barrier plastic trays for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum skin packs (VSP). It recently won the 2020 Sustainability item of the year award from the Paperboard Packaging Council. The PaperSeal packaging system as a whole is a collaboration between G. Mondini and GPI, where Mondini builds the tray forming and lining equipment, while GPI developed the trays themselves and converts them for the brand owner.

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During a PACK EXPO Connects demo, Jeff Voyzy, Business Development Director at Graphic Packaging, demonstrated via video exactly how the system works. The paperboard trays act as the supporting structural protection for the packs, with a thin internal film lining providing all necessary barrier properties. This paper tray with film lining—once filled with foods usually found in MAP or SVP trays, including meat, poultry, and fish—is then MAP or VSP sealed with another thin film to enclose the product. After consuming the pack’s contents, consumers need only separate the internal, food-contact film (and lidding film) and place each layer in the appropriate bin for recycling. The structure being mostly paperboard translates

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into 80-90% reduction in plastic in the consumer product. And compared to its CPET plastic equivalent tray, it also boasts a 35% CO2 reduction compared to plastic, and 40% energy used in production. Learn more at GPI’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/514. Elsewhere in the food-packaging scene, Mondi, a global supplier of paper and flexible packaging materials, was busy demonstrating some paper-based sustainable packaging materials. One intriguing application from Mondi is said to be an industry first. The rice company Vignola has introduced Italy’s first recyclable paper bag for rice (7), which is made of 100% recyclable Mondi Advantage Smooth White Strong paper. See Mondi’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE. show/614. Sonoco spent its time at PACK EXPO Connects on a handful of nifty new fiber-based packaging solutions (8), with two fairly significant ones already in early com-

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mercialized projects that can be found on shelves. The first, EnviroSense™, consists of rigid cylindrical canister-style containers, one with a paper bottom, the other with a steel bottom. The mind’s eye drifts immediately to the form of a Pringles can, so it’s appropriate that one of a few similar versions of the EnviroSense line is already in the market in the UK in a Pringles application. This paperboard canister solution has been third-party validated via PIQET test to show lower life cycle impact on the environment compared to HDPE, glass, PP, and other rigid structures comparable in size and use. Recycling instructions appear on-pack (depending on market, via How2Recycyle), and may vary depending on steel bottom (steel channel) or fully paper structure (paper channel). A next-gen version of the EnviroSense paperboard can is in development now that would include a paper overcap, too, though a film lidding (disposable by the consumer as instructed) may be required depending on the application. Natrellis is another fiber-based product, this time a molded fiber tray that is dual-ovenable and oil-resistant. The molded tray, which replaces its plastic counterparts, recently found a commercialized home in KraftHeinz brand Primal Kitchen. Visit Sonoco’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/136.

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ing out on the shelf is more important than ever. Metallics, estate papers, silver, and clear BOPP films enhance the look of your label and add tactile elements that go beyond visual appeal. Particularly interesting was a wood veneer label made of actual wood, rather than printed fiber or pulp. All of this variety at high quality is available at such low MOQ thanks to Weber’s heavy investment into HP digital label presses that translate to short, economical label runs for seasonal or experimental brew varieties. See Weber’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/126. Building on its existing RafCycle® label liner waste collection and recycling service, UPM Raflatac has now closed the loop by using the collected liner material to produce its new LabelLoop™ line of pressure-sensitive paper labels, with facestocks made from 30% recycled liner (9). “It’s absolutely unique,” shared Scott Conrad, Segment Manager for UPM Raflatac, during PACK EXPO Connects. “The only reason we’re able to do this is because we’re the only label company in the world right now that’s collecting recycled liner and turning it into any sort of resource. With LabelLoop, we’re definitely the first company using a platform where we’re able to create a truly circular solution.” RafCycle by UPM Raflatac was launched in 2010 in Europe and in 2018 in the U.S. to collect PET and paper label liner waste from converters and packagers free of charge for recycling. There are now more than 200 partner companies globally, with approximately half a million pounds of liner recycled through the program per year in the U.S. alone. According to UPM, LabelLoop labels offer the same high standards of print quality and high-speed converting as its standard offerings and are suitable for a variety of end uses. To learn more about , visit UPM Raflatac’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual LabelLoopShowroom at PE. show/221.

Weber Packaging Solutions demonstrated its stalwart Pack Leader PL501 p-s labeling and date coding system, a piece of equipment that has evolved over the years, but by now is tried and true in craft brew circles. But the labels themselves, Weber said in a PACK EXPO Connects demo, are changing significantly. Not to mention that the craft beverage industry is known for small batches, seasonal brews, and limited-availability varietals. And that’s not limited to craft brew— kombucha, cold brew coffee, seltzers, and even wine may particularly benefit from Weber’s wide range of label materials, even digitally printed for small batch rolls down to 500, making MOQs no problem. Stand58

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irst introduced in Europe in 2018, Beckhoff’s XPlanar technology—which enables “flying motion” for materials handling—made its North American debut at PACK EXPO Connects. The XPlanar system (1) uses planar motor tiles as a base to levitate passive movers at speeds of four meters per second with acceleration rates up to 20 meters per second2. The XPlanar tiles levitate by use of traveling magnetic fields generated in the planar tiles to precisely move objects in any kind of pattern through different tracks, enabling batch-of-one applications and flexibility in product handling. The tiles can be programmed to move as needed for an application by automatically lifting, lowering, tilting, or rotating while traveling.

Because the material handling tiles of the XPlanar system float above the surface, Beckhoff said XPlanar offers maintenance-free motion control for complex packaging, inspection, and material handling applications. Collision avoidance for the tiles is put into effect once the user programs the XPlanar using TwinCAT 3 software, said Jeff Johnson, Mechatronics Product Manager at Beckhoff. “The software includes all of the configuration tools, motion function blocks, and collision avoidance functionality. Because the movers travel on programmed tracks, users can prioritize cross-over tracks,” he said. Also featured by Beckhoff at its PACK EXPO Connects exhibit was the XTS Hygienic—a stainless steel,

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XTS’s flexibility allows it to be designed in circles, clothoids, S-curves or in straight segments. The tracks can operate horizontally, vertically, or at angles, and can handle parts with single or multiple movers. In the new XTS Hygienic version showcased at PACK EXPO Connects, the system’s new Track Management functionality was also highlighted. This allows individual movers to transfer between multiple XTS systems, enabling further customization, quality inspection, and automatic defect ejection. View Beckhoff’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/213.

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More specifically, Thomas noted Emerson’s focus on the concept of a supervisory edge controller (2). “Every packaging line has multiple PLCs,” he said. “You’ve got one for the filler, one for the labeler running at high speed, one for the case erector, etc. And on top of that, you usually have a supervisory PLC that’s synchronizing the line itself and is connected to the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system. The ability to have one platform that can span all of this—that could do the logic, the visualization, and the SCADA functionality on a single piece of hardware that made it a true supervisory controller with one set up, one configuration, and one device to maintain and upgrade—that’s what we’ve been doing with our control platform.” This new controller development is an extension of Emerson’s PACEdge controller. Emerson is expanding this device with technologies gained via Emerson’s acquisition of Progea in October of 2020. Progea is a provider of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), plant analytics, human machine interface (HMI) and SCADA technologies. The addition of Progea’s Movicon software capabilities to Emerson’s PACEdge software enables Emerson’s control capabilities to extend beyond devices or machines to complete line control. Sending a day’s worth of data from once piece of industrial equipment to the cloud is not only impractical, it’s incredibly expensive. “Especially when you consider that one piece of equipment can generate more data in one day than Twitter does in a full year,” said Rich Carpenter, General Manager, Product Management of Machine Automation Solutions at Emerson Automation Solutions. This reality is what’s driving the focus on data aggregation and analysis to the edge. “When you bring all that data down to the edge, you’re making it more accessible to the operator, and that’s how you’re going to realize OEE (overall equipment effectiveness),” said Carpenter. He explained that Emerson’s approach is to use a hypervisor on the controller to run the 62

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applications, the HMI, and the edge software so that users “keep the reliability of the deterministic engine running their production line—even if an app crashes.” (Editor’s note: Hypervisor is software that runs virtual machines separate from the system’s operating system and hardware resources). With the addition of Progea’s Movicon software, Carpenter said one of the things about it that’s so attractive is how easily smartphones, tablets, and HoloLens can integrate with it. “Users can go out into the plant and still get all the information they need via a mobile device without having to go to the nearest terminal.” See Emerson’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/384.

Festo also introduced its next generation distributed I/O, which makes it quick and easy to scale machine parts and capabilities. The new remote I/O system CPX-AP-I, which improves the performance of mixed valve terminals and I/O systems, is compatible with most communication protocols, including EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and EtherCAT. These rugged, compact, and lightweight modules can be

Cost-effective electric actuator and advanced I/O Festo showed a low cost and easy-to-use electric actuator (3) that is an alternative to pneumatic actuators that are typically less expensive and easier to maintain, but don’t provide the same level of benefits of electric automation. Festo introduced its Simplified Motion Series (SMS) of electric drives equipped with Digital I/O and IO-Link connectivity to enable the intelligent communication associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Applications include machines and lab instrumentation where compressed air for pneumatics is simply not feasible, The actuators are built for simple motion between two mechanical end positions or for pressing and clamping tasks, just like pneumatic actuators. But according to Festo, the SMS all-in-one design including actuator and integrated motor and drive, are easy-to-install by simply mounting the axis to the machine and connecting two cables. In addition, the drives offer optimized motion characteristics including gentle cushioning while advancing and retracting into the end positions and pressing and clamping functionality. The parameters for advancing and retracting speed, as well as pressing and clamping force, are set directly on the drive. End position, cushioning path, and manual operation are also set on the drive.

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One of the clearest trends in modern automation technology is flexibility—the built-in capability of a device to perform more than one function or be used in more than one way. And flexibility of application is evident in Lenze’s new i950 servo drive (4). In its demo at PACK EXPO Connects, Lenze highlighted a key aspect of the i950’s flexibility via its three modes. Dan Barrera, Applications Engineering Manager at Lenze, explained the i950’s drive-based motion, which includes two of the servo drive’s modes. Those modes are: 1) drive parameterization using Lenze’s pre-configured FAST software application, which allows personnel who are not engineers or programmers to commission the drive and its application; and 2) custom configuration of the FAST applications, enabling OEMs and system integrators to access the code behind the applications using IEC 61131-3 programming languages to customize the pre-developed FAST software code for unique uses. Fieldbus protocols, like Profinet, EtherCAT, and EtherNet/ IP, can be used to connect a Lenze controller or any third-party controller to the i950 in these two servo drive modes. The i950’s third mode is control-based motion. “Using control-based motion, the i950 can be set up in CiA402 mode to receive commands from a main control motion system,” Barrera said. He noted that, for motion-centric applications, 64

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tions. The i950 supports MQTT communications to deliver the drive’s operational data to plant and enterprise systems. View Lenze’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/271.

any third-party controller used with the i950 drive should support motion over EtherCAT. The i950 can be used in packaging machinery for registration and synchronization, table positioning, camming, electrical gearing, and winding applica-

IronGrip Lagging System A lagging system adds material to a drum motor to improve the grip between the motor and the belt. The most common form is rubber lagging that has been vulcanized and hardened over a steel shell. During a demonstration at PACK EXPO Connects, drum motor manufacturer Van der Graaf (VDG) described how a lagging system works with the belt traction around the motor, which includes a tight side and a slack side, as well as an adhesion zone and a sliding zone. By increasing slack side tension, more products can be pulled on a belt. But the second way to improve traction is to change the materials touching the belt. That’s where VDG’s IronGrip Lagging System comes in. Composed of steel bar reinforcements welded onto the drive shell with sectional rubber lagging inserts, this patented

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Is AR a game changer? Alexander Ouellet, Innovation Engineer at HarpakULMA Packaging, discussed the many “flavors” of augmented reality (AR) at a PACK EXPO Connects’ Innovation Stage presentation in November. Ouellet said that for the packaging industry, AR can guide workers with performing product line changeovers, getting machines up and running, or, it can alert them to performance issues. “For the first time,” he said, “AR is bringing computing and on-demand information to our front-line workforce. AR is making it possible to more quickly train or provide expert guidance to our workforce and provide them the information they need at the right time and with the correct context. That’s where most of the value is, especially as producers look for ways to further optimize production processes.” Ouellet said that AR technologies are best understood as a spectrum of overlapping technologies, rather than distinct items, and that the defining trait of each is how the user is going to experience it. (For a description of all AR technologies described by Ouellet, see the full presentation at pwgo.to/5846. Available through March 31, 2021.) One long-form study at Iowa State University

found that AR made training faster for complex tasks, and “virtually eliminated human error in those processes,” said Ouellet. AR does come with deployment challenges, and Ouellet said, “I think it’s safe to say the majority of producers today would struggle with a do-it-yourself AR approach.” Infrastructure issues such as Wi-Fi and access to devices, good 3D data, and building out the AR experience in a way that is appealing to the user are some of the challenges mentioned by Ouellet. Visit Harpak-ULMA Packaging’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom, at PE.show/190.

Smart glasses ease troubleshooting communication Elsewhere on the AR front, Beumer has added augmented reality to the tools available to its customers while servicing equipment, enabling faster, easier support. The OEM even used the smart glasses technology to commission and install new equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the value of embracing digitalization to improve customer service, Beumer has developed its first smart system for customer service. Using AR with smart glasses, the equipment maker aims to

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Wizard links printer controller with data base At its PACK EXPO Connects demo, Foxjet launched a wizard for its Marksman Matrix™ high-resolution ink-jet printer controller (7) that allows users to link their existing ERP and product information databases directly to the controller, without the need for IT help, to speed

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I-O Link added to positioning drives SIKO showcased its positioning drives at PACK EXPO Connects in November, which for the first time are outfitted with an IO-Link interface. When formats are changed on packaging machines, labelers, textile machines, etc., precise positioning is always crucial, as is optimizing machine setup times. Fully automated positioning drives can prevent incorrect settings, which in turn prevents waste and damage. SIKO positioning drives can do all this by design, but are now available with an IO-Link interface One, for example, is the AG03/1, a high-performance compact actuator for complex positioning jobs. Used to replace manual spindle adjustments by automatic options like push button format changeover, the compact design can fit into very tight mounting situations. Components like gear set, motor, absolute positioning sensor, drive electronic, and now, the IO-Link interface are integrated into the design. The standard IO-Link communication allows direct integration into the IO-Link master which has a direct link to the PLC. The AG03/1 positioning drive enables fast integration via a point-topoint connection using simple I/O technology. With the open, manufacturer-independent standard of the IO-Link interface, integration options are available for machine control systems from all leading providers. IO-Link master components can be used to network multiple devices on a modular basis. This reduces complexity and cabling outlay as well as the costs involved in commissioning. Check out SIKO’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/500. www.profoodworld.com

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End-of-line applications Robotics is making its way increasingly into end-ofline packaging, and Brenton Engineering, a ProMach brand, had a lot to show of this technology and its capabilities at PACK EXPO Connects. With 12 different virtual demonstrations, Brenton detailed a variety of ways to integrate robotics into end-of-line packaging, showing integration methods as well as new technologies in case packing and linear servo motor tracks (2). In Brenton’s video demonstration of a very highspeed, continuous-motion robotic top-load case packer, it was easy to see how the incorporated linear servo motor tracks would benefit the packag-

ing operation. The Intelligent Track System (iTrak) from Rockwell Automation replaces chains and belt drives to replace fixed pitches with a more flexible system, automating changeovers easily. “With the push of a button, you can change from a 20-in. to a 25-in. pitch with no changes,” explained Ryan Glenn, Vice President of Sales at Brenton. This type of technology has been around for a few years—demand driven by SKU proliferation and the move toward mass customization—but it’s newer in case packing, according to Glenn. “It’s becoming more cost-effective. It hasn’t been mainstream on fixed-asset machines; we’ve seen it more on larger-scale processing machines,” he said, adding that Brenton is one of the first case packing companies using the technology. View ProMach’s and Brenton Engineering’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/325.

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For packaging and processing At PACK EXPO Connects, Omron Automation highlighted three of its robot products designed to address specific packaging and processing applications. One of these robots is Omron’s new HD-1500—an autonomous, intelligent mobile robot that can handle payloads of up to 1500 kg. Omron’s demo showcased the robot’s use of lasers to provide 360 deg of safety coverage as well as its sensor, which allows for precise pick-up and drop-off of materials. The HD-1500 uses Omron’s Fleet Manager software, which enables the robot to calculate the best route for material transport while navigating safely around people and obstacles without the use of magnetic floor tapes or other guides. Omron’s Fleet Manager can control up to 100 mobile robots of different sizes, configurations, and payload capacities, such as Omron’s other mobile robots—the LD-60/90 and LD-250. “The HD-1500 is specifically designed for industrial environments and allows for the movement of 74

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large payloads while reducing the need for forklifts,” said Kate Cramer, Automation Engineer at Omron Automation. “Typical applications include high-payload transporting of materials or finished products such as wrapped pallets, modular equipment, and subassemblies to and from the warehouse or from one location to the next.” See Omron’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroom at PE.show/397.

More speed, more payload ABB highlighted its new FlexPacker robot and PickMaster Twin software at PACK EXPO Connects. The IRB 390 FlexPacker robot, with its 35% faster pick speed and 45% increase in payload of up to 15 kg compared to ABB’s TRB 360-8/1130 FlexPicker, is available as a four- and five-axis variant delta robot. Marc Segura, ABB’s Managing Director of Consumer Segments and Service Robotics, said ABB developed the IRB 390 FlexPacker with the food and beverage, logistics, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods industries in mind. He added that the IRB 390 is designed for secondary packaging and higher payload applications, with the speed and flexibility to support shelf-ready packaging and retail-ready packaging. It features NSF H1 food grade lubricants and is built using an FDA-compliant material, suitable for use in hygienic environments. In its exhibit, ABB demonstrated how the PickMaster Twin, ABB’s digital twin robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking-and-packing applications, enables the simulation of packing stations to optimize the picking process before the stations are physically constructed. This ability is said to dramatically shorten commissioning times from days to hours and reduce changeover times from hours to minutes, while maximizing overall line efficiency. See ABB’s PACK EXPO Connects Virtual Showroomat PE.show/713 and PE.show/618.

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Longer Shelf Life, Fresh Taste, Safe Food High pressure processing technology supports the healthy and convenient products consumers seek. The good news for processors already into HPP, and those looking to get started, is that the market is poised for expansion, fueled by pandemic shopping habits that have shifted from restaurants to retail.

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Recently, pet food, baby food, beverages, dips, sauces, soups, meats, seafood, and ready-to-eat meals are turning up more frequently in retail refrigerated cases around the world. While North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific are key markets, evolving lifestyles in countries such as India and China are also fueling HPP’s growth. One of the newest HPP trends is in soup, according to Tom Woodward, chief commercial officer with Universal Pure, a provider of HPP, cold storage, kitting and assembly, beverage co-packing, and other services. www.profoodworld.com

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Launched as baby food in late 2018, lil’gourmets has products that also appeal to adult consumers who desire healthy snacks.

Other growing segments are in premium juices, energy beverages, and pet food. “We know protein, pork, chicken, beef, and fish products have been large drivers of HPP and are very compatible with HPP, both cooked and raw,” says Woodward. “We continue to see growth in those categories, especially with our recent COVID-19 situation.” But the plant-based protein business is really on a launch pad right now, he continues, with patties, blended products, and even some blended animal protein/plant-based protein products. According to Errol Raghubeer, senior vice president of microbiomes and HPP biotechnology at JBT Avure Technologies, seafood is expanding significantly in Asia and Europe. “We are also seeing growth in the beverage category. That is what we call the immuno-shots that people are using to help increase immunity,” he explains. Raghubeer also sees tremendous growth in plant-based protein, whether it’s a meal, a single entrée item, or beverages like nut or oat milk.

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cal juices, such as passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, and tamarind, that were available with each meal. “I always thought that it would be very interesting and potentially a good business idea to introduce tropical juices to North American consumers,” says Nimocks. “Many of the blends that we have at Just Made Foods utilize recipes that we learned in South America,” he adds. “Also, I’ve learned of several [juices] from Latin America and the Caribbean.” Today, the nutritious and flavorful juices are sold in retail stores iand shipped directly to consumers. “When I first envisioned the juice company, it was before HPP existed,” says Nimocks. Originally, he envisioned his tropical juices in a gable-top carton. But as he saw HPP technology advance, he discovered retail packs of avocado halves that had a 45-day shelf life. Then, the avocado-maker branched out to guacamole, juices in pouches, and other products. Intrigued by HPP, and after some research, Nimocks eventually found Texas Food Solutions, a company that provides HPP tolling, consulting, and cold chain distribution, located about 45 minutes away from his facility. Texas Food Solutions worked with Just Made on proper HPP packaging design and reducing the number of leakers. According to Jasmine Sutherland, president of Texas Food Solutions, having a cap that fits the bottle and ensuring the correct torque on the bottle are important to preventing product loss due to leakers. Texas Food Solutions provides package performance information to its customers and, as a result, is able to keep leaker rates to a minimum. Suthelrand was able to expand her business during the pandemic and is now tolling HPP goods seven days a week, due to increased interest in products with longer shelf life. In fact, the toller is planning to add a new, larger-capacity JBT Avure machine early this year. Because HPP equipment requires a stringent installation process, Texas Food Solutions’ tolling facility

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has a wall that can be removed for expansion projects. “We pull out part of the refrigerated wall; build a refrigerator inside of a refrigerator; move the machine in, sanitize it, acclimate it; put the wall back up; and then take down the box that we built inside the box,” says Sutherland. This allows her company to keep operations going during new equipment installation. Today, Just Made produces nine SKUs of approximately 25,000 bottles a week in 11.8-oz bottles. Early this year, it plans to add four or five SKUs in 1-L bottles using an overflow filler from Inline Filling Systems. After they’re filled and labeled, finished juice products undergo HPP, then distribution into the cold supply chain, and complete traceability until the products reach retailers, with services all provided by Texas Food Solutions.

Big and little gourmets Another HPP success story comes from a former Kraft executive and mother who wanted to feed her children great-tasting, healthy, and nutritious baby food. “When I became a mom, I really struggled to find food that I felt good about feeding my kids,” says Shibani Baluja, founder and CEO of lil’gourmets. At the time, she ended up cooking all of her children’s meals, with lots of different vegetables, ingredients, and flavors. As her children got older, she saw how differently they ate compared to other kids their age. Baluja’s research showed that there was a high correlation between first foods and future eating habits. 80

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“We had this opportunity to shape how our kids ate as they got older, by introducing them to a variety of flavors and ingredients in infancy,” she explains. Baluja also discovered there were lots of other parents like her who were unsatisfied with baby food offerings. After three years of research and a broad technical assessment, she launched lil’gourmets at the end of 2018. The company strives to expose kids to nourishing veggie-focused global foods, which not only provide them essential nutrients today, but also help them fall in love with vegetables and culturally rich foods for life, Baluja says. Research and testing showed Baluja that shelf-stable packaging was not the way she wanted to proceed. After tasting other HPP products and experiencing their freshness, she decided that HPP was the only way she would get the quality and integrity she wanted for her products. Today, lil’gourmets products are produced by a contract manufacturer, then sent to American Pasteurization Co. (APC) for the HPP process. During her research, Baluja found that a lot of HPP packaging was developed for larger products, such as 8 or 10 oz, in pouches. Baluja needed a 3- to 4-oz package and was not interested in using pouches. “I never could have imagined in a million years how difficult it would be to get a package,” she states, “but we went through a half a dozen suppliers who claimed to have packages that were HPP-compliant.” APC advised lil’gourmets to test all potential packages. “We kept getting samples of these packages, and they kept failing,” Baluja says. After nearly a year of failed packages, lil’gourmets decided to create its own unique design—a square PET cup with custom molding—but it had problems with sealing. Baluja initially wanted clear seals on the packages, but one of her initial co-packers didn’t have that ability and used foil seals. Even after hundreds of foil seal tests, her HPP products would not work when full production started up. Lil’gourmets had to find another co-packer. So, not to delay product launch any further, the brand was temporarily packaged in a polypropylene cup. Today, lil’gourmets uses a PET cup for clarity and safety, after partnering with Teinnovations to make Baluja’s packaging design work. “They really worked long

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and hard with us to test this and get us comfortable in what we would need with another capital investment to seal the [PET] cup,” she says. “About a year ago, we finally launched in the original vision of the cup.” Baluja’s advice to those entering the HPP market is to recognize the product and packaging interdependencies early on. “I was working with these R&D contractors, and one was very specialized on the food side, and one was more on the packaging side,” she explains. “I focused so much on the food side and getting the formulas right, I didn’t fully appreciate the complications on the packaging side.” Strong, reputable partners are also essential. Baluja says processors must be sure there are no compromises in the cold chain, as it can add to the cost of the production. “It adds to the cost of the product. And when your consumers see that added cost, you have to hope they see the added benefit.” Lil’gourmets has discovered an interesting dynamic about its products: 50% are sold to adults without kids. The products have the consistency of hummus, and adults like them as healthy dips, says Baluja. “Our whole philosophy is based on kids should eat what adults eat. That’s the best chance we have of developing them into adventurous eaters and those who love veggies.”

Technology advances in HPP While HPP is primarily a batch process, Hiperbaric is beginning to launch HPP automation in Europe. Stijn Vervisch, CEO of HPP Belgium Services, which uses Hiperbaric equipment, says labor is a key cost in HPP. “The challenge for HPP Belgium, being an HPP tolling company and service provider, is to maintain the maximum flexibility and achieve the highest degree 82

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of automation,” he says. “By automating the canister unload, we can achieve a labor cost reduction of almost 50%. The ability to buffer before and after the HPP treatment has increased our overall equipment effectiveness [OEE] by approximately 25%.” In this context, buffering uses automation before and after HPP to load and unload product. According to Roberto Peregrina, Hiperbaric’s chief scientific technologist, “That automation reduces operational and labor costs, and depending on the type of packaging used, HPP total costs could be reduced by 30% to 40%.” Hiperbaric recently launched its 55 model with design, accessibility, and reliability improvements that reduce maintenance and increase productivity, as well as the life of the equipment. The brand has two ranges of equipment: the in-pack technology for processing packaged products, which features up to five different process chamber sizes between 55 and 525 L, and the in-bulk technology that processes large volumes of bulk liquids before packaging. Another innovation is Hiperbaric 55 in-pack, the company’s smallest unit, which features a capacity of 55 L (14.5 gal) and 270 kg/hr (595 lb/hr). It is intended for companies interested in product development, market testing, small production, and niche or seasonal markets, as well as research centers. The main challenge Hiperbaric’s engineers faced in developing this model was transferring and integrating all the company’s advances, without compromising the unit’s competitiveness, while retaining the same reliability and maintainability of the larger models. “We focused on the redesign of several mechanical elements, such as the caps, wedge, yoke, and bedplates, that have allowed a clear improvement in reliability,” says Enrique Delgado, Hiperbaric’s mechanical engineer. “All the elements have improved safety and accessibility.” The new model also improves process water cooling capacity to better adapt to customers’ recipes and requirements. Hydraulic management also has been improved, with smoother movements of the elements and a decrease in noise. Other technical aspects focus on optimizing the input and output belts, which are now configurable to adapt the peripherals. In addition, the drainage pipes have been connected to all elements for better cleaning of the work area. Mechanical improvements have increased productivity levels and cycle times. Working at 6,000 bar and three minutes of pressure maintenance, the Hiperbaric 55 can perform 10 cycles every hour at 50 Hz and 10.5 cycles every hour at 60 Hz. “We have developed a more efficient and reliable machine in which we provide an integral solution, where the customer only has to [make] the necessary connections,” Delgado says. Software and communications facilitate problem diagnoses in situ or via telematics in all Hiperbaric

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Positive pandemic result Sutherland says her favorite thing about HPP is that it provides a second insurance policy. “You can make any product and have safe controls, but if a product has a likelihood of having a food safety issue, HPP adds an insurance policy on that.” For example, she says HPP might be good for applications a food or beverage processor sees as a problem or something new it wants to produce that needs extra watching. HPP is opening up non-traditional products that are typically restaurant-based or have very short shelf lives, continues Sutherland, and it’s giving them the breadth to be distributed and sold. “All sorts of traditionally heat-processed products are getting new life with HPP. And it dramatically changes the flavor profile, and for the better,” she says. Nimocks was surprised he’s attained shelf lives that are beyond his best-by dates. “We’ve recently done a study and have been able to extend our best-by dates to 75 days. But in reality, we can get up to 200 days.” As consumers shop less frequently to avoid ex-

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The sweet spot Product temperature is key to Rhino Foods’ production process, and the cookie dough pellets are frozen within moments of forming. “That’s a critical part of the process because the product has very little moisture,” Steinfeld says. “It is really the fat that holds it together so it can warm up very quickly. That means quick-freezing and keeping the product cold is not only important to us for our production process, but it’s important throughout the supply chain.” Rhino Foods serves up a wide range of cookie

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Rhino Foods’ frozen chocolate-chip cookie dough pellets—shown tumbling from a Messer Wave Freezer, ready for packing—add texture and flavor to ice creams.

dough pieces—varying in size, form, flavor, and more. Recipes depend on the particular customer and its ice cream; some use all butter, some incorporate margarine or oil, some combine all three. All of these variances can impact processing parameters, so the design and flexibility of the freezer was a huge plus for handling multiple SKUs, Steinfeld notes. Installed in 2018, the hygienically designed Messer Wave Freezer includes a base unit and two modular sections, which provide the needed dwell time for full freezing at the desired production rate. In addition to the ability to control the intensity of the wave, the freezer system is divided into three zones that can also be independently controlled. Processing parameters are adjusted and stored for each product through a touchscreen panel on the base unit.

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the cookies bake might’ve been warned. Though Rhino Foods pasteurizes its ingredients, “we are keenly aware of food safety, and cleanability is super important to us,” Steinfeld says. The plant shuts down all its cryogenic freezers for cleaning every day and performs multiple tests, pre- and post-processing, to make sure sanitation procedures are effective. This cleaning process is another key advantage of Messer’s Wave Freezer, according to Steinfeld. The spiral freezers that Rhino Foods uses have 120 to 200 ft of belt that needs to be cleaned, compared with about 70 ft of belt in the wave freezer. “Plus, the entire top of the freezer rises, and that gives us complete accessibility to all internal surfaces and the entire length of belt,” Steinfeld adds. The spiral freezers, by comparison, have three doors, but workers need to get in and reach to spray all the inside surfaces. The spiral freezers also get more ice buildup in the bottom, which must be manually removed. Rhino Foods has more capacity in the Messer

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Operators can preset the wave frequency, speed of the conveyor belt, and other process parameters for rapid product changeovers.

Wave Freezer than expected, but Steinfeld and his team are working with Messer to expand freezer capacity even further as demand builds. “We picked a target that we hope to reach sometime in the next year, and I’m confident that, with Messer’s support, we are going to hit that,” Steinfeld says. Messer www.messer-us.com

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FREEZER ELIMINATES MERGING CONVEYORS USED TO HANDLE NARROWER BELTS Featuring a 72-in. wide belt, the FPS spiral freezer matches higher-capacity upstream equipment, such as ovens and fryers, up to 6 ft in width. The direct drive spiral freezer conveyor system measures 38 ft wide from the outside belt edge to belt edge. Suitable for a range of products, including chopped and formed vegetable and potato products, as well as bakery lines, the spiral unit can freeze products at speeds up to 22,000 lb/hr. FPS Food Process Solutions | fpscorp.ca

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CHILLER REDUCES ENERGY USAGE AND OPERATING COSTS The Pfannenberg chiller utilizes inverter technology in the compressor to provide a direct response to cooling demand. Engineered for indoor and outdoor operation, the EB 2.0 ECO chiller features a hot gas bypass refrigerant circuit, internal hydraulic bypass circuit, and non-ferrous hydraulic circuit. The electrical tank level switch and coolant flow switch, along with the programmable controller and wired remote control, simplify operation. The chiller uses R410a environmentally friendly refrigerant. Pfannenberg | pfannenbergusa.com

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CLAMP ELIMINATES NEED FOR STEEL BOLTS, RIVETS, WELDS, AND OTHER FASTENING METHODS Mounted permanently on machinery, the Witte C-clamp delivers up to 1,700 lb of clamping force to establish a tight seal on machine panels, doors, housings, screen decks, and other parts. The C-30 C-clamp features a stainless-steel yoke and roll pin assembly that allows opening it without tools or detaching it from the machinery. When cleaning, inspection, and/or maintenance is complete, the clamp can be returned to the closed position at the desired tension. The clamp comes in castaluminum and stainless steel construction or in 100% FDA-approved 303 stainless steel to meet USDA regulations and 3-A standards for the food and dairy industries. Witte | witte.com

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HIGH-GRADIENT SEPARATOR IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN FREE-FALL MAGNETIC UNITS Engineered for chocolate garnish chips and granules, the Goudsmit magnetic separator includes a magnetic conveyor roller that separates iron particles and weakly magnetic stainless-steel particles. A vibrating chute feeds the chocolate flakes and pellets onto the conveyor belt and distributes the products in a single layer. Then, the conveyor belt turns around the magnetic roller that captures and carries away the metal-containing product. The clean product falls directly into the packaging machine. The high-gradient separator also is suitable for other dry, granular products, such as herbs and spices. Goudsmit Magnetics Groep BV | goudsmitmagnets.com

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Coffee Pod Co-packer Realizes Perks of ERP System Pod Pack is limiting downtime, speeding throughput, and exploring other improvements through the data its enterprise resource planning software reveals.

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ROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS nearly 25 years ago in a 400-sq-ft New Orleans facility, with only one SKU of single-serve espresso, Pod Pack today does business with just about every brand. That includes serving major national, regional, and private-label store brands as a value-added co-manufacturing partner. Its products can also be found in hotels, hospitals, offices, college campuses, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores, and foodservice locations, plus local, high-growth boutique brands. “We offer a wide array of turnkey single-serve solutions,” says Marion Gray, Pod Pack’s CFO. “Whether using the customer’s coffee or one of our in-house blend selections, we can manufacture virtually any single-serve format the customer prefers. We have 14 different packaging lines—all primarily custom-designed, highly specified equipment.” Many tight-tolerance, multi-point processes and ensuing packaging operations are dependent on the specific format desired. For instance, coffee beans that are designated for K-cupcompatible products are ground precisely 24 hours prior to primary packaging to allow for optimal degassing. But other single-serve formats go from whole bean to ground coffee to packaging in less than 180 seconds, ensuring maximum freshness. In another example, coffee beans are ground and metered onto the bottom layer of a single-serve filter paper pod, and the top layer is heat-sealed to enclose the pod. Secondary packaging involves individual pods being placed into a film pouch, which is then nitrogen-flushed and sealed.

SKU proliferation Pod Pack now operates a 75,000-sq-ft facility in Baton Rouge, La. Like other contract manufacturers and packagers—dealing with major brands and private

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labels while also growing its own brand—Pod Pack has been dealing with a rising number of SKUs. “We currently support over a dozen convenience-portioned formats, and certain lines are tailored to certain applications,” Gray explains. “On a given day, we are likely to be running all formats across our 14 different production lines. Each product that we develop or manufacture for a customer will have its own product specification sheet. That product specification sheet details all the materials that are used, including the precise grind, weight, flavor profile, and packaging format. Anything you can imagine that’s specific to that product is on that sheet—we think of it as a unique, custom recipe for each product.” Until recently, this meant operators starting a new production run had to consult an Excel-based database to find the right recipe. Then they would have to manually gather the correct packaging materials and components, such as film and filter paper, www.profoodworld.com

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or machine change parts and the tools needed for changeover. Often, Gray says, this could mean operators physically checking stock parts. “It was a fairly manual process that involved a combination of paper, binders, Excel files, and Access databases,” Gray says. Pod Pack recently implemented a DelmiaWorks enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Dassault Systèmes to drive the real-time insights and automated processes required to handle SKU proliferation, ensure quality and compliance, maximize productivity, and provide a superior customer experience.

Rightsizing ERP Each production cell now has its own workstation with a human-machine interface (HMI), where operators run a shop data interface out of DelmiaWorks that provides continual information on production. Operators have spec sheets available to them, and they can monitor materials and inventories. They also use the interface to load real-time production data on quality checks, downtime, or maintenance issues specific to the equipment they’re running. Most large, international brand owners are wellversed in ERP, and there are a lot of options available. Pod Pack chose the DelmiaWorks system because it has the capacity to grow but is still manageable for the company’s unique set of needs. “The size is right for our company. It can handle a lot of transactions and multiple locations as needed,” Gray says. “At the same time, you benefit from having a fully integrated system across finance, HR, manufacturing and purchasing. We are able to leverage cutting-edge technology solutions without the headache and cost of a larger, less tailored option.” Being able to manipulate the ERP data has been a boon to Pod Pack. “We’ve seen immediate benefit to having access to real-time shop data on the floor,” Gray says. “We have mandatory quality checks based on the size of the run and the type of product. Operators are flagged and required to do certain quality checks, and the quality data is logged into the ERP system. No paper means providing enhanced visibility into our end-to-end quality program.” Also important is the use of real-time monitoring to stay aware of every time a machine deviates from its production schedule, Gray adds. “If unexpected downtime elapses for greater than 120 seconds, the operator is required to code and document the situation,” he explains. “We’ve utilized that data to empower our production supervisors, who have real-time insights that were not available before automating our manufacturing processes with the DelmiaWorks solution.”

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This information not only enables Pod Pack to proactively optimize preventive maintenance schedules, it also increases the speed of its machines. “Real-time data allows us to monitor the actual production speed when the machine is running,” Gray says. “So, if the machine’s running below our targeted units per minute, we can go to the floor and correct immediately. Targeted adjustments can be made to ensure each cell is hitting its production spec before the shift or run is over.”

Case in point As an example of how Pod Pack has been able to use the ERP to refine its machinery, Gray points to two pieces of highly technical legacy equipment it runs for a customer. “By using downtime tracking and data collection, operators and engineers have been continually enhancing and fine-tuning the equipment,” he notes. “We successfully engineered a piece of legacy customer equipment and improved uptime from 35% to 70% uptime on a regular basis.” More uptime in primary packaging pushed the whole line to go faster, causing secondary and endof-line machine usage to go up as well. “By increasing my uptime and my reliability, I’m essentially increasing capacity without spending capital dollars,” Gray says. Pod Pack continues to realize further benefits with its ERP system. “We’re rolling out dashboards to display on the production floor to provide the entire production team with a quick overview of production runs and performance,” Gray says. “We continue to add projects, and this system can scale with our growth.” Dassault Systèmes www.3ds.com

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CASE STUDY VEPO CHEESE AARON HAND | EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Metal Detector Upgrade Helps Cheesemaker Satisfy Growing Demand Improved sensitivity, an automated reject system, and data transparency all contribute to better inspection efficiencies for Dutch cheese producer.

incline conveyor systems, each tightly integrated with a vertical packaging machine, metal detector, and peripheral equipment. “They needed a metal detection system that connected perfectly to their existing vf/f/s [vertical form/fill/ seal] machine with the same footprint,” says Gerard Schuurman, managing director at Jansen Control Systems. “In addition, it had to meet the latest requirements, with all the necessary sensors.” Vepo operators were familiar with the Fortress technology, van Put notes, and were impressed with its ease of use. Though first considering Fortress’s Stealth system, they ultimately discovered the increased sensitivity of the Fortress Interceptor metal detector and the advantages it could bring for cheese applications.

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ITH BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL cheese markets continuing to grow, Vepo Cheese upgraded all seven of its production lines at its Oudewater factory in the Netherlands. The cheesemaker also decided it needed a more fail-safe inspection solution integrated into those lines to help support the burgeoning production demands. Turning to Fortress Technology, Vepo Cheese had several demands from the company’s metal detectors, according to Hugo van Put, Vepo’s technical operations manager. They needed to be tightly integrated with the production lines in order to provide a safer environment for workers; quality needed to be 100% guaranteed, with an automatic reject system; and Vepo wanted all seven lines to have identical metal detectors. Dutch machine builder and integrator Jansen Control Systems was tasked to design the compact

Jansen Control Systems, which specializes in food applications, has seen a call for increased inspection sensitivity in general. “Nowadays, our customers are looking more and more at how they can improve sensitivity—on the one hand because their customers demand it and on the other hand because they want to present themselves as best in class,” Schuurman says. But that detection sensitivity is particularly important when it comes to producing cheese because its high conductivity and variety of forms make it one of the most challenging products for metal detection. “Inspecting wet products has for many years presented cheesemakers with several challenges. Due to the high moisture content, combined with minerals and salt, cheese—like metal—can be very conductive, resulting in a high level of product effect,” explains Eric Garr, regional sales manager for Fortress. “Also, in many cases, the product effect of cheese may lack a specific phase point as it moves through the aperture of a metal detector, adding to the challenge of overcoming the product effect.”

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Wet product effects can drown out signals that metal detectors are trying to detect—in particular, those caused by a stainless-steel contaminant. The Interceptor overcomes that tendency through software algorithms that distinguish between indicators specific to the product and those that flag anomalies. By singling out low-frequency signals, the Interceptor leaves the alert from stainless PHOTO COURTESY OF VEPO CHEESE steel more readily identifiable in the highThe automated reject system enables the cheese factory to er-frequency range. The result of separating isolate rejected packs without interrupting the production flow. these two readings is that any genuine contamination from metal is not swamped by operator would have to intervene, remove the pack, product effect. and restart the inspection process. This interruption False-positive rejects have also fallen since the impacted productivity. systems were implemented, according to van Put. More important, though, is the safety aspect of “Fortress metal detectors are really sensitive. This knowing that any packages with issues are guaranhelps us to feel confident that the risks of conteed to be taken out of production, van Put notes. taminants are minimal, with less chance of a food “The automated reject system gives us 100% control safety issue,” he says. “Having the double readings over production. There’s less human involvement, within the Interceptor system also lowers the risk of therefore less risk of human error,” he says. “This false-positive rejects, which saves on food waste.” also lowers the risk of a metal contaminant slipping Though Vepo Cheese products come in a variety through the safety net.” of forms and packages, the Oudewater facility proProcessing transparency was also important to duces only shredded cheese in pillow packs. The plant the cheesemaker. Vepo’s previous inspection sysproduces several types of cheeses, however, and van tems, coming from different manufacturers, did not Put says that the Fortress system makes changeovers work on a central network, van Put notes, so they quick and easy through the HMI software. were not able to share the data from test results. This is important, Schuurman notes, because each “All the people were writing down those results on cheese has its own characteristics that could affect paper,” he explains. “And when you have a lot of the sensitivity of the detector. “With the difference in paper, it’s very difficult to make the root-cause analproduct, they want to use programs as little as possiysis afterwards when you have a problem.” ble,” he adds. “A metal detector that helps them with On the new lines, each metal detector features this is a godsend.” Contact Reporter software. Data from each packaging line is collated in a universal collection system, Automation efficiencies enabling quality assurance and production managers Before the upgrade of the lines, Vepo Cheese was to monitor processing and inspection performance working with four different metal detector brands at from a centralized location. This automated record the Oudewater facility, according to van Put. It was keeper developed by Fortress also helps the factory important to him and his team to have all seven metal to keep track of and record data for rejects, tests, detectors on the new lines be identical. It means and process settings. fewer spare parts, easier maintainenance, and easThe installation, which went live in August 2019, ier repairs. “When you know one system, you know took only half a day through careful planning with them all. When you have a failure, it’s easy to find it Jansen Controls, van Put comments. “We are because you have seven of the same systems,” van extremely satisfied with the innovation and level of Put explains. “For the operator, it’s easy—when you’re industry knowledge and support that Jansen and standing, for example, at line 1 and the next day at line Fortress deliver between them,” he says. “The two 5, it’s the same operation, the same look and feel.” teams understand exactly where we are coming from The ability to isolate rejected packs without interin terms of balancing product quality and enhancing rupting the production flow was also crucial to Vepo. operational productivity.” On previous inspection lines, the company did not have an automated reject system. If a contaminatFortress Technology Jansen Control Systems www.fortresstechnology.com www.jansentechniek.com ed pack was identified, the belt would stop, and an 114

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CSI - Central States Industrial

PE.show/297

CARUGIL, S.L.

PE.show/867

CSi Palletizing

PE.show/653

Cascades

PE.show/647

Casfil

PE.show/378

Custom Powder Systems. The Containment Company

PE.show/621

Cavanna S.p.A.

PE.show/828

CXV Global

PE.show/863

Celtheq Industries, Inc.

PE.show/422

Centric Software

PE.show/617

Cepi SPA

PE.show/777

CGP Expal Inc.

PE.show/289

Change Parts, Inc.

PE.show/379

Charles Beseler Company

PE.show/159

Charter Next Generation

PE.show/231

Chase-Logeman Corporation

PE.show/520

Chroma Color Corporation

PE.show/380

Circle Packaging Machinery Inc.

PE.show/686

Citronix Inc

PE.show/361

Citus Kalix SAS.

PE.show/563

Clevertech North America Inc

PE.show/870

Closure Systems International

PE.show/556

Cloud 9 Perception, LP

PE.show/871

Cloud Packaging Solutions

PE.show/519

Clysar, LLC

PE.show/245

CMD Corporation

PE.show/127

Code Tech

PE.show/288

Codian Robotics

PE.show/244

D Damark

PE.show/324

Dara Pharmaceutical Packaging

PE.show/291

Dase-Sing Packaging Technology CO., LTD

PE.show/814

Daubert Cromwell

PE.show/565

Davis-Standard, LLC

PE.show/454

DCI, Inc.

PE.show/235

DCS USA Corporation

PE.show/654

Decade Products, LLC

PE.show/688

Decker Tape Products, Inc.

PE.show/566

Dekka

PE.show/381

Delkor Systems, Inc.

PE.show/202

DELMIAworks

PE.show/655

Delta Modtech

PE.show/453

DENSO Robotics

PE.show/689

Deublin Company

PE.show/263

Deville Technologies, LLC

PE.show/555

Diagraph Marking & Coding, A Division of Illinois Tool Works

PE.show/382

Domino Amjet, Inc.

PE.show/132

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EXHIBITOR

SHOWROOM URL

Dorner

PE.show/176

Flexible Packaging & Packaging Strategies

PE.show/645

DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper

PE.show/517

Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)

PE.show/690

DTM Massman, LLC

PE.show/229

FlexLink Systems, Inc.

PE.show/181

Dukane IAS, LLC

PE.show/560

Flexopack S.A.

PE.show/680

Duravant

PE.show/251

FlexSim Software Products

PE.show/606

DVP Vacuum Technology

PE.show/782

Flowcrete/Key Resin Company

PE.show/740

Dynamic Conveyor Corporation

PE.show/421

FMH Conveyors

PE.show/322

E

Focke & Co.

PE.show/359

E-PAK Machinery, Inc.

PE.show/383

Fogg Filler Company

PE.show/170

Eam-Mosca Corporation

PE.show/420

Foil & Specialty Effects Association

PE.show/691

Eastey

PE.show/166

Food Plant Engineering, LLC

PE.show/553

EASYSNAP TECHNOLOGY SRL

PE.show/474

FoodSafe Drains

PE.show/477

Econocorp, Inc.

PE.show/145

FOOT MASTER® North America

PE.show/813

EDL Packaging Engineers

PE.show/167

Fords Packaging Systems Ltd.

PE.show/759

Effytec USA

PE.show/837

Formers International, Inc.

PE.show/569

Elettric 80 Inc

PE.show/607

Formost Fuji Corporation

PE.show/147

Elmar Industries, Inc.

PE.show/838

Forpak

PE.show/358

ELPLAST America Inc.

PE.show/567

Fort Dearborn Co.

PE.show/387

Elried Marking Systems

PE.show/475

Fortress Technology Inc.

PE.show/570

Emerson

PE.show/384

FOX IV Technologies, Inc.

PE.show/478

Emplex

PE.show/323

FoxJet, An ITW Company

PE.show/388

EMS Group (Emmeti)

PE.show/783

Frain Industries

PE.show/692

Encoder Products Company

PE.show/220

Frazier & Son

PE.show/479

Enercon Industries Corporation

PE.show/156

Fres-co System USA, Inc.

PE.show/174

Engilico

PE.show/296

Früh Verpackungstechnik AG

PE.show/693

EngView Systems

PE.show/657

FT System North America

PE.show/571

EPG, A Cargo Care Company

PE.show/568

G

EPI

PE.show/287

Garrido Printing Equipment Inc.

PE.show/389

Epson Robots

PE.show/476

Garvey Corporation

PE.show/123

EQUITEK

PE.show/720

GEA

PE.show/419

Eriez

PE.show/385

GearSync Automation

PE.show/840

ESI Group USA

PE.show/233

General Packaging Equipment Co.

PE.show/418

Esko, Brand Solutions

PE.show/516

General Packer Co., Ltd.

PE.show/551

ESS Technologies, Inc.

PE.show/267

Georgia-Pacific Corrugated

PE.show/357

Evergreen Packaging, LLC

PE.show/154

GGA Packaging, division of George Gordon Associates, Inc.

PE.show/356

Fallas Automation, Inc.

PE.show/130

GHEZZI & ANNONI Srl

PE.show/785

FANUC America Corporation

PE.show/515

Goodway Technologies

PE.show/268

FBR-ELPO SpA

PE.show/710

Gorreri SRL

PE.show/694

Federal Mfg LLC

PE.show/402

Felins USA, Incorporated

PE.show/386

FEMC

PE.show/839

Festo Corporation

PE.show/187

FILAMATIC

PE.show/721

F

Film Source International

PE.show/295

FilmLOC Inc

PE.show/452

FILTEC

PE.show/738

FINPAC ITALIA SRL

PE.show/784

GR-X Manufacturing

PE.show/817

Graphic Packaging International

PE.show/514

Greener Corporation

PE.show/451

Greif

PE.show/259

Greydon

PE.show/286

Greystone Logistics

PE.show/450

groninger USA LLC

PE.show/449

Gruppo Fabbri Vignola

PE.show/786

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SHOWROOM URL

H

EXHIBITOR

SHOWROOM URL

Interpak LLC

PE.show/854

PE.show/183

Interstates

PE.show/481

H.S. Crocker Co., Inc.

PE.show/658

Intralox

PE.show/175

Habasit International

PE.show/627

INTRAVIS Inc.

PE.show/663

Hamamatsu Corporation

PE.show/787

IPI

PE.show/255

Hamer-Fischbein LLC

PE.show/480

IPL Inc.

PE.show/714

Hamrick Packaging Systems

PE.show/133

ISM

PE.show/660

Handtmann Inc.

PE.show/269

Italian Trade Agency

PE.show/747

Hapa

PE.show/270

ITP USA Inc.

PE.show/549

Hardy Process Solutions

PE.show/294

ITW Hartness

PE.show/417

Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC

PE.show/190

J

Haumiller Engineering Company

PE.show/550

J Pack

PE.show/790

Haver & Boecker USA, Inc.

PE.show/218

J.W. Winco, Inc.

PE.show/447

Heat and Control, Inc.

PE.show/355

JASA Packaging Solutions Inc

PE.show/758

Heat Seal/Ampak

PE.show/344

JBT Corporation

PE.show/735

Heisler Industries, Inc.

PE.show/139

JBT Corporation - A&B Process Systems

PE.show/604

Highlight Industries

PE.show/737

JBT-Avure HPP Technologies

PE.show/684

Hiperbaric

PE.show/572

JetAir Technologies

PE.show/574

Hitachi America, Ltd.

PE.show/605

JLS Automation

PE.show/223

HMS Industrial Networks

PE.show/513

JUNAPACK, LLC.

PE.show/842

Honeywell Intelligrated

PE.show/155

K

Hoosier Feeder Company

PE.show/246

Kaitech Automation

PE.show/512

HP Inc.

PE.show/285

Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc.

PE.show/230

HRS Heat Exchangers

PE.show/659

KEB America, Inc.

PE.show/416

Kendall Packaging Corporation

PE.show/746

H.B. Fuller Company

I ICA USA

PE.show/448

Keneng Limited

PE.show/664

Iconotech

PE.show/343

Key Technology, Inc.

PE.show/320

ICPG

PE.show/853

KHS USA, Inc.

PE.show/143

ID Technology

PE.show/284

Kirk-Rudy, Inc.

PE.show/665

Ideal-Pak Massmann LLC

PE.show/134

Kliklok LLC, A Syntegon Company

PE.show/319

Idemitsu Unitech Co., Ltd.

PE.show/573

IDM Automation Srl

PE.show/788

Klöckner Pentaplast, Food and Consumer Products

PE.show/511

Igus

PE.show/709

KOCH Packaging Systems, Inc.

PE.show/228

ILPRA AMERICA

PE.show/789

Kolinahr Systems, Inc.

PE.show/446

Ilsemann Corp. USA / Heino Ilsemann GmbH

PE.show/864

Körber Pharma

PE.show/739

IMA Dairy & Food USA

PE.show/841

KRONES

PE.show/707

IMA North America Inc.

PE.show/708

Kwang Dah Enterprise Co., Ltd.

PE.show/734

Image Fillers, Inc.

PE.show/196

In-Line Packaging Systems, Inc.

PE.show/872

INDUMAK USA, LLC

PE.show/390

INFICON

PE.show/391

Inland Packaging

PE.show/616

Inline Filling Systems, LLC

PE.show/620

INOVINOX USA, LLC

PE.show/637

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

PE.show/661

INTEC Energy Systems

PE.show/662

International Paper

PE.show/237

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT)

PE.show/736

L Label-Aire, Inc.

PE.show/342

Labelpack Automation, Inc.

PE.show/115

Lako Tool and Manufacturing

PE.show/184

Langguth America Ltd

PE.show/666

Lantech

PE.show/510

Latini-Hohberger Dhimantec, Inc.

PE.show/855

Lawer S.P.A.

PE.show/791

Layton Systems

PE.show/603

Lean Factory America

PE.show/445

Lenze Americas

PE.show/271

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EXHIBITOR

SHOWROOM URL

Leuze Electronic USA

PE.show/602

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

PE.show/443

Lifoam

PE.show/667

Miura America Co., Ltd

PE.show/394

Lighthouse Systems, Inc.

PE.show/601

Modern Manufacturing Services LLC

PE.show/548

Linmot USA, Inc.

PE.show/575

Modern Packaging LLC

PE.show/160

Liquid Packaging Solutions, Inc.

PE.show/341

Modern Process Equipment Corporation

PE.show/236

Liviri

PE.show/757

Mold-Rite Plastics

PE.show/745

LJ Star Inc.

PE.show/600

Mondi

PE.show/614

LM SpA

PE.show/792

Morris Packaging

PE.show/442

Loma Systems, An ITW Company

PE.show/415

Morrison Container Handling Solutions

PE.show/165

Longford International Ltd.

PE.show/668

MP Elettronica SRL

PE.show/793

Lorenz Pan Inc.

PE.show/576

Mpac Group

PE.show/547

LUTZE Inc.

PE.show/257

MSK Covertech, Inc.

PE.show/272

Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.

PE.show/392

Multi-Conveyor

PE.show/198

LyondellBasell

PE.show/195

MULTI-FILL, Inc.

PE.show/733

Multifeeder Technology, Inc.

PE.show/118

M M & M Industries, Inc.

PE.show/509

MULTIPOND America Inc.

PE.show/208

MACA

PE.show/318

Multivac, Inc.

PE.show/180

Magnum Systems, Inc.

PE.show/393

MXD Process

PE.show/857

Mamata Enterprises, Inc.

PE.show/856

N

manroland Goss web systems Americas LLC

PE.show/756

Nalbach Engineering Co., Inc.

PE.show/273

Maplejet Co.

PE.show/482

National Bulk Equipment, Inc.

PE.show/395

Marchesini Group USA Inc.

PE.show/508

National Confectioners Association

PE.show/732

Markem-Imaje

PE.show/142

Nelson-Jameson, Inc.

PE.show/846

Marlen

PE.show/317

Neopac The Tube

PE.show/669

MASSMAN Automation Designs, LLC

PE.show/197

Nercon Conveyor Systems

PE.show/138

Matcon Americas (IDEX MPT Incorporated)

PE.show/577

NeuraLabel

PE.show/441

Matrix Packaging Machinery

PE.show/300

New England Machinery, Inc.

PE.show/135

Matrox Imaging

PE.show/706

Nichimo International Inc.

PE.show/624

Matthews Marking Systems

PE.show/152

NIMCO Corporation

PE.show/810

Maxcess

PE.show/695

Nita Labeling Systems

PE.show/507

Medical Packaging Inc.

PE.show/247

NJM Packaging

PE.show/119

Mega Speed

PE.show/444

NORD Gear Corporation

PE.show/440

Mega Technical Company LLC

PE.show/816

Norden Inc.

PE.show/578

Mehta Flex LLP

PE.show/811

Nordson Corporation

PE.show/151

Mekitec LLC

PE.show/241

Norwalt

PE.show/670

Mentpack

PE.show/843

Norwix Inc.

PE.show/222

Mespack

PE.show/316

Nuova Caveco

PE.show/794

Metsa Board Americas

PE.show/630

Nuspark Inc.

PE.show/506

METTLER TOLEDO

PE.show/148

O

METZ CONNECT USA

PE.show/768

Oden Machinery, Inc.

PE.show/396

MG America, Inc.

PE.show/179

Ohlson Packaging

PE.show/314

MGS

PE.show/315

MHI - Maruho Hatsujyo Innovations

PE.show/254

OMAC - The Organization For Machine Automation and Control

PE.show/671

Middleby Processing & Packaging

PE.show/186

Midwest Metal Craft and Equipment

PE.show/844

Milliken & Company

PE.show/767

Mini Motor SRL

PE.show/866

Minipan SRL

PE.show/845

OMAG srl

PE.show/795

Omega Design Corporation

PE.show/505

Omron

PE.show/397

OnRobot US Inc

PE.show/696

Optel Group

PE.show/766

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123

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SHOWROOM URL

EXHIBITOR

SHOWROOM URL

OPTIMA Machinery Corporation

PE.show/483

PMMI

PE.show/312

ORBIS Corporation

PE.show/484

PMMI Media Group

PE.show/401

Oriental Motor USA Corporation

PE.show/599

Pneumatic Scale Angelus

PE.show/283

Orion Packaging Systems

PE.show/398

POBCO, Inc.

PE.show/438

OSP (Primark American Corporation)

PE.show/755

Point Five Packaging, LLC

PE.show/252

Ossid

PE.show/182

Polipak Plastik Ambalaj San. Ltd. Sti.

PE.show/798

Overnight Labels, Inc.

PE.show/226

Polymer Solutions International, Inc.

PE.show/673

P

Polymerall LLC

PE.show/262

P.E. Labellers

PE.show/399

Polypack, Inc.

PE.show/141

PAC Machinery

PE.show/131

PPC Flexible Packaging

PE.show/681

PAC Strapping Products, Inc.

PE.show/400

PPi Technologies Group

PE.show/486

Pacific Packaging Machinery, LLC

PE.show/731

Precision Automation Company, Inc.

PE.show/545

Pack Leader USA

PE.show/744

Preco, Inc.

PE.show/205

Packaging Digest

PE.show/613

PE.show/672

Pregis LLC

Packaging. Switzerland. (by Switzerland Global Enterprise)

PE.show/629

Premier Protective Packaging

PE.show/581

Packsize International, LLC

PE.show/242

Premier Tech

PE.show/582

PakTech

PE.show/194

Pressco Technology Inc.

PE.show/632

Palletizur

PE.show/598

Presto Products Company

PE.show/729

Panther Industries, Inc.

PE.show/212

Paper Converting Machine Company

PE.show/485

Paperboard Packaging Council

PE.show/765

ParityFactory, LLC

PE.show/612

Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems

PE.show/764

Pattyn North America, Inc.

PE.show/340

Paxiom Group Inc.

PE.show/796

Paxton Products - ITW Air Management

PE.show/209

PDC International Corporation

PE.show/597

Pearson Packaging Systems

PE.show/149

Peco InspX

PE.show/161

Peel Plastic Products Ltd

PE.show/636

Per-Fil Industries, Inc.

PE.show/753

Perfect Pallets, Inc.

PE.show/546

Perfex Corporation

PE.show/754

PerkinElmer

PE.show/730

Pester USA Inc.

PE.show/504

PFM Packaging Machinery Corp.

PE.show/439

Pharmaworks LLC

PE.show/211

Phoenix Wrappers

PE.show/579

Piab Inc.

PE.show/206

Pineberry Manufacturing

PE.show/705

Plan IT Packaging Systems Inc.

PE.show/264

Plastic Ingenuity, Inc.

PE.show/580

Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC

PE.show/113

Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

PE.show/797

PLCopen

PE.show/697

Plex Systems, Inc.

PE.show/763

PMI KYOTO

PE.show/171

Primary Packaging Incorporated

PE.show/847

ProAmpac

PE.show/227

ProMach, Inc.

PE.show/339

Propack Processing & Packaging Systems Inc.

PE.show/487

Proseal America Inc

PE.show/728

Prospection Solutions LLC

PE.show/848

ProSys Servo Filling Systems

PE.show/114

Putoksnis

PE.show/631

PWR Pack Inc

PE.show/727

Q QC Conveyors

PE.show/311

QIMAROX

PE.show/414

Quadrel Labeling Systems

PE.show/544

Quantum Design Inc.

PE.show/403

Quest Industrial

PE.show/310

R R.A Jones

PE.show/150

Raytec Vision S.p.A.

PE.show/437

Raziele Inc.

PE.show/726

Reading Bakery Systems

PE.show/240

Redzone Production Systems

PE.show/533

Regal Beloit Corporation

PE.show/293

REISER

PE.show/583

Rena

PE.show/584

Rennco LLC

PE.show/503

Republic Manufacturing

PE.show/274

Reusable Packaging Association

PE.show/338

RICCIARELLI SPA

PE.show/799

Rite-Hite

PE.show/502

Robatech USA Inc.

PE.show/199

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EXHIBITOR

SHOWROOM URL

Roberts PolyPro

PE.show/282

Sidel Inc.

PE.show/191

Robinson, Inc.

PE.show/858

Siemens Digital Industries US

PE.show/108

Robopac

PE.show/698

Signode

PE.show/256

Robotiq

PE.show/859

SIKO Products, Inc.

PE.show/500

Rockwell Automation

PE.show/337

Silgan

PE.show/528

Rollem Intl.

PE.show/404

Simco-Ion

PE.show/332

Romaco Group

PE.show/674

Slideways, Inc

PE.show/587

Ronchi America, LLC

PE.show/336

SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring

PE.show/407

Ropak Manufacturing Co., Inc.

PE.show/725

SMC Corporation of America

PE.show/107

ROVEMA North America, Inc.

PE.show/250

SN Maschinenbau GmbH

PE.show/408

RPI Graphic Data Solutions

PE.show/405

SNAC International

PE.show/724

RR Donnelley

PE.show/243

Soft Robotics, Inc.

PE.show/588

Rychiger NA

PE.show/501

Sollich North America, LLC

PE.show/433

Ryson International Inc.

PE.show/335

Somic America, Inc.

PE.show/499

Sonoco

PE.show/136

S.T.V. Di Salati Giovanni Snc

PE.show/800

Sonoco Healthcare Division

PE.show/309

SABEU GmbH & Co. KG

PE.show/834

Span Tech, LLC

PE.show/498

SACMI Packaging & Chocolate SPA

PE.show/615

Spartech

PE.show/822

SACMI USA LTD DBA Hayes Machine Company

PE.show/640

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.

PE.show/163

Sani-Matic, Inc.

PE.show/406

SPX FLOW, Inc.

PE.show/676

Sappi North America

PE.show/488

Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc.

PE.show/308

Satake USA Inc.

PE.show/675

STALAM S.p.A.

PE.show/821

Savage Brothers Co.

PE.show/801

Standard-Knapp, Inc.

PE.show/122

Scan American Corporation

PE.show/436

Starview Packaging Machinery Inc.

PE.show/277

Schenck Process LLC

PE.show/585

Statco-DSI Process Systems

PE.show/752

Schmalz Inc.

PE.show/435

Statera

PE.show/465

Schneider Electric

PE.show/112

Stevanato Group

PE.show/527

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.

PE.show/275

STMicroelectronics

PE.show/815

Schober USA, Inc.

PE.show/809

STOCK America Inc.

PE.show/526

Schoeller Allibert USA

PE.show/531

Stratus Technologies

PE.show/497

Schreiner MediPharm

PE.show/489

Straub Design Company

PE.show/634

Schubert North America LLC

PE.show/192

Südpack Oak Creek Corporation

PE.show/628

Sealstrip Corporation

PE.show/111

Sullair A Hitachi Group Company

PE.show/106

Selene

PE.show/802

Super Duty Fans

PE.show/804

Selig Group

PE.show/434

SYNERLINK S.A.

PE.show/281

Senzani Brevetti SPA

PE.show/803

Syntegon Packaging Technology, LLC

PE.show/117

Septimatech Group Inc.

PE.show/172

Syntegon Pharma Technology, Inc.

PE.show/307

Serac Inc

PE.show/110

Syntegon Technology Services, LLC

PE.show/306

Serpa Packaging Solutions

PE.show/334

Systech

PE.show/185

Servi-Tech Inc

PE.show/849

Systech Illinois

PE.show/432

ServiceNow

PE.show/530

System Packaging

PE.show/751

Sesotec Inc.

PE.show/529

T

Sharkcrates

PE.show/586

Taisei Lamick USA

PE.show/249

Shemesh Automation

PE.show/850

Tanis Confectionery

PE.show/723

Shrink Tech Systems

PE.show/333

Tapecase Ltd.

PE.show/677

Shurtape Technologies, LLC

PE.show/639

TAVIL IND, S.A.U.

PE.show/873

Shuttleworth, LLC

PE.show/109

Tawi USA, Inc.

PE.show/589

SICK, Inc.

PE.show/276

TC Transcontinental Packaging

PE.show/409

S

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Technipes SRL

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Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies

PE.show/428

Tecnopool S.P.A.

PE.show/805

Vimachem Industrial Solutions

PE.show/876

Teinnovations LLC

PE.show/490

Vishakha Polyfab Pvt. Ltd.

PE.show/761

Tekni-Plex, Inc

PE.show/105

Visstun

PE.show/590

Teknika Strapping Systems

PE.show/699

Visual Components North America

PE.show/594

Teledyne TapTone

PE.show/278

VMek Sorting Technology

PE.show/495

TEXWRAP

PE.show/410

VNE Corporation

PE.show/877

TGW International

PE.show/204

Volm Companies, Inc.

PE.show/522

Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Volpak

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Thriller Metal Fabrication & Manufacturing

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Thwing-Albert Instrument Company

PE.show/496

Water.io

PE.show/875

Tippmann Group

PE.show/595

Weber Packaging Solutions, Inc.

PE.show/126

TIRELLI

PE.show/305

WECO The Science of Optical Sorting

PE.show/302

TNA North America, Inc.

PE.show/524

Weidmüller, USA

PE.show/290

Toli Packaging Sdn Bhd

PE.show/623

Weiler Labeling Systems

PE.show/164

TOMRA Food

PE.show/331

Weima America

PE.show/722

Toppan USA

PE.show/491

WestRock

PE.show/158

TopTier Palletizers

PE.show/258

Wexler Packaging Products, Inc.

PE.show/493

Tourmaline Enterprises

PE.show/411

Wexxar Bel

PE.show/116

Triangle Package Machinery Co.

PE.show/140

Winpak Lane, Inc.

PE.show/593

TriEnda Holdings LLC

PE.show/104

Wire Belt Company of America

PE.show/701

Tripack LLC

PE.show/874

WON ST LLC

PE.show/679

Tube Council North America

PE.show/743

World Packaging Organisation

PE.show/762

Turbofil Packaging Machines

PE.show/700

Wuhan Rentian Packaging Automation Technology Co., Ltd.

PE.show/861

Wulftec International Inc.

PE.show/301

U UCIMA - Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

PE.show/860

Ultra Packaging, Inc.

PE.show/431

Yamato Corporation

PE.show/330

UNICO LLC

PE.show/704

Yaskawa America, Inc., Drives & Motion Division

PE.show/427

UNIMAC-GHERRI

PE.show/304

Unitech Srl

PE.show/806

Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division

PE.show/189

United Barcode Systems

PE.show/703

Yeacode (Xiamen) Inkjet Inc.

PE.show/494

UniTrak Corporation Limited

PE.show/678

Yeaman Machine Technology

PE.show/329

Universal Labeling Systems, Inc.

PE.show/162

Universal Pack, S.R.L.

PE.show/492

UPM Raflatac

PE.show/221

UVA Packaging

PE.show/280

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VacPack

PE.show/303

Valco Melton

PE.show/103

Vanguard Shrink Films

PE.show/429

Vanomation

PE.show/819

VC999 Packaging Systems Inc.

PE.show/523

VDG (Van der Graaf)

PE.show/102

Veo Robotics, Inc.

PE.show/702

Videojet Technologies Inc.

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Zacros

PE.show/426

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PE.show/807

Zarpac

PE.show/467

Zhoutai Pouch Machine

PE.show/592

Zip-Pak

PE.show/591

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Industrial Magnetics, Inc.

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Aerzen

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Interpak LLC

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

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JBT-Avure

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Ampco Pumps Company

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King Plastic Corporation

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AmTrade Systems, Inc.

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Klöckner Pentaplast Food & Packaging

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Anderson Dahlen Inc.

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Kollmorgen

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Anritsu Infivis Inc.

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Linde

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Ashworth Bros., Inc.

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Lubriplate Lubricants Company

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Atlas Copco Compressors

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METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection

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Bunting

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Miura America Co., Ltd.

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Busch Vacuum Solutions

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Multi-Conveyor

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Cablevey® Conveyors

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Munson Machinery Company, Inc.

Calbrite Stainless Steel Conduit

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Paratherm

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Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC)

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Precision Food Innovations (PFI)

186

Central States Industrial Equipment (CSI)

144

P.E. North America

187

Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP)

145

PPM Technologies Holdings, LLC

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Cleveland Gear Company

146

Radar Process

189

Columbia Machine

147

ROSS Mixers

190

Coperion & Coperion K-Tron

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Samuel Packaging Systems Group

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CRB

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Sani-Matic, Inc.

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DELMIAworks

150

Schenck Process

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Deville Technologies Inc.

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Schneider Electric

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ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.

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SEW Eurodrive, Inc.

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EnSight Solutions, LLC

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Shape Process Automation

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ERIEZ

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Shick Esteve

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ESI Group USA

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Sleeve Seal

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Festo Corporation

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Spokane Industries

FLEXICON CORPORATION

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Spraying Systems Co.

FlexLink Systems Inc.

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Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc.

201

FPS Food Process Solutions

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Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc.

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Fristam Pumps USA

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TDI Packsys LLC

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ThermOmegaTech®, Inc.

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General Oil Equipment — Amherst Stainless Fabrication

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Tippmann Group

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Gericke USA, Inc.

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tna North America Inc.

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Gorman-Rupp Pumps

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Graphalloy

164

Triangle Package Machinery See allCompany the Leaders in 207 Processing at www.pr URSCHEL 208

Hapman

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VAC-U-MAX

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Haver & Boecker USA

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VDG (Van der Graaf)

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Heat and Control, Inc.

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Verder, Inc.

211

Hillbrush Inc.

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Veritiv Corporation

212

Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing Provider169

Volkmann, Inc.

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Hoosier Feeder Company

170

WIPOTEC-OCS

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Hurst Boiler & Welding Co, Inc.

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Wire Belt Company of America

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IKA Works, Inc.

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Yaskawa America Inc.

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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. 7201 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18195 USA Phone: 800/654.4567 Email: 800-654-4567 airproducts.com/food Food Freezing/Chilling Solutions for Food Processors Air Products’ Freshline® solutions offer food processors high-purity food-grade gases (N2 & CO2) and equipment to chill or freeze a wide variety of foods. Select equipment highlights includes: • Freshline M Tunnel Freezer Designed with efficiency and hygiene in mind, it uses unmatched heat transfer capability to achieve cryogenic temperatures throughout the entire length of the tunnel. • Freshline Spiral Freezer roviding efficient, continuous freezing chilling to a broad range of meat/poultry products in a small footprint at high production rates. • Freshline® njection Cooling System A tailor-made temperature control system that uses li uid nitrogen or carbon dioxide to deliver rapid, precise temperature control to a blender or mixer grinder, enabling food manufacturers to optimize processing speed and product quality. The benefits of these cryogenic systems include faster freeze times, increased throughput, improved product quality and more. We also offer gaseous solutions including controlled atmosphere stunning, wastewater treatment, modified atmosphere packaging MA and inerting. We can test a customer’s product on commercial-scale equipment in our state-of-the-art food laboratory, or bring our mobile food lab to you to determine the feasibility of using cryogenic freezing or chilling for their specific process. For more information about Air Products’ complete portfolio of Freshline® solutions for food processing, call outside of the U.S. or visit www. airproducts.com/food.

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Ampco Pumps Company 2045 W. Mill Rd., Glendale, WI 53209 USA Phone: 800/737-8671 www.ampcopumps.com Established in 1948 Ampco Pumps Company manufactures the most complete selection of sanitary pumps, mixers and blenders in the food processing industry. The top selling and patented ZP3 positive displacement pump offers enhanced materials and engineered benefits including a front-loading seal, surpassing the inefficient designs of the past. The patent-pending ZP1+, makes the popular ZP1 style PD pump a more maintenance friendly front-loading design. No longer is there a need to disconnect the fluid end from piping for daily cleaning and dynamic O-ring replacement. Rounding out this PD line-up are the ZP3A aseptic pump, AL rotary lobe and SLH twin screw pump. Ampco’s line of sanitary centrifugal pumps includes standard, heavy-duty, high pressure, self-priming and front-loading seal designs. The Ampco AC+ offers an improved shaft design, the first significant improvement in the traditional “C Series” style of pump. The LF Series offers a front-loading seal option for ease-of-maintenance. Ampco Applied Products offers an extensive selection of shear blenders and powder mixers that can be customized for varying applications. Our team of application engineers works closely with customers to select the right product for each process. Blend wet and dry ingredients, stabilize emulsions and enhance textures while improving process efficiencies with this diverse line-up. Products include SBI, SBH, SHEAR-max for in-line blending and high shear mixing, JET-shear for in-tank mixing and the POWDER-max for large scale powder mixing. Ampco Pumps manufactures quality products with enhanced features, competitively priced and with the best delivery times in the industry. Ampco is ISO 9001:2015, 3A and EHEDG Certified.

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AmTrade Systems, Inc. 12885 Wayne Road, Livonia, Michigan, 48150 Phone: (734) 522-9500 Email: sales@amtrade-systems.com www.amtrade-systems.com AmTrade offers leading-edge food processing systems. From Livonia MI, with team members and distributors in several states, we offer custom solutions, technical recommendations, system design, sales, installation, commissioning, training and aftersales spare parts and service support. SCHRÖTER – Leading Quality The latest technology in smokehouses, fermentation and steam cooking ovens, drying, defrosting and intensive chilling chambers, smoke generators and exhaust cleaning systems tailored to each customer’s exact needs. REX Technologie Innovative and high-quality vacuum stuffers, portioners, forming systems, link cutters, and other attachments and accessories. AmTrade offers REX equipment through distributors in California, Colorado and Ohio, and through our Livonia office. GLASS GmbH & Co. – Made in Germany Food mixers and meat or non-meat processing machines, temperature-controlled mixing & cooking systems and fine choppers tailored to the customer’s needs. K+G Wetter Open and vacuum bowl cutters and grinders for fresh and frozen meat offer reliability, durability, user-friendliness, working safety, highest hygiene standards and low energy consumption. S. BORGO Casing tying machines built to meet the demands of sausage factories or other food processing manufacturers — including machines designed to cover all segments of the industry from semi-automatic to fully-automatic systems integrated into production lines. They perform various methods of tying, adopted to all salamis and sausages styles on the market, including cutting into groups and attaching loops for hanging.

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BUNTING 500 South Spencer Road, Newton, KS, 67114 USA Phone: 800/835-2526 Email: newton@buntingmagnetics.com buntingmagnetics.com Since 1959, Bunting has been a world leader in producing top-of-the-line magnetic equipment for magnetic separation, metal detection, conveying, and more. When moving your products through your facility, ensure that no metal contaminants linger within your process flow by using our magnetic separation equipment to quickly and efficiently remove them. Our metal detectors can sense even the smallest ferrous or non-ferrous metal contaminant that may linger in an item. Removing all metal contaminants from your products ensures you provide your customers with the highest quality, highest purity goods. We also help you to efficiently move product throughout your facility with our range of magnetic conveying equipment. Bunting helps you to achieve the purest product and ship it out quickly to your customers, who will come to associate your brand with exceptionally high quality items. For the food and beverage industry, it is essential to remove contaminant metal particles from the materials being processed. Contaminant particles can damage existing equipment in the facility, as well as having the potential to cause harm to a consumer and cause severe negative consequences for a company’s brand reputation. Bunting has sought to address this industry problem by developing magnetic separation and metal detection equipment that removes contaminant particles efficiently and precisely, ensuring the purity, quality, and safety of the end product. Many of our products, such as the corrosion resistant magnetic liquid trap (CR-MLT), have been designed specifically with the challenges of the food industry in mind. By considering the unique needs of the food industry in handling materials like these, we have been able to create products with greater longevity and higher performance across the board. All of our products are custom designed according to the customer’s specifications, allowing for them to integrate seamlessly into the existing production environment. Our team of engineers works with each customer to deliver a personalized piece of equipment with the physical dimensions to best fit your space and the magnetic components that best suit your separation, detection, and conveying needs.

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Busch Vacuum Solutions 516 Viking Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Phone: 757-463-7800 Email: info@buschusa.com www.buschusa.com Busch Vacuum Solutions is one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world. With more than 50 years’ experience and expertise, Busch provides customized solutions for a variety of vacuum applications. Our customers have always been the focus of our business since the company was founded in 1963. Today, with over 60 subsidiaries in more than 40 countries, we provide expert advice and technical support on site or virtually. Busch USA, headquartered in Virginia, is also home to our engineers, product specialists, customer service professionals and manufacturing teams dedicated to quality and innovation. Our systems building department designs and builds standard and individual vacuum systems to meet our customers’ process needs. • Tray Sealing • Thermoforming • Drying • Evacuation • Molding • Conveying • oT Solutions and more... n addition to our production facilities, we offer uality service from our network of service centers around the country or at your location. Our Field Service Specialists are available for preventative maintenance, on-site repairs or breakdown support. usch vacuum pumps and genuine spare parts are conveniently available at each service center. OEM’s that use usch vacuum pumps, blowers or compressors in their machines know that their customers will receive quality service. The experience of our specialists, our company culture and our modern e uipment see to that. ncrease uptime, optimize safety, and improve efficiency with our reliable vacuum technology and service options.

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Cablevey® Conveyors 2397 Highway 23, P.O. Box 148. Oskaloosa, IA 52577 Phone: 800/247-3344 Email: info@cablevey.com www.cablevey.com Cablevey® Conveyors develops and builds state-of-the-art enclosed tubular drag cable and disc mechanical systems used to convey food and specialty ingredient materials. Based on its patented, gentle, cable-and-disc technology, Cablevey’s conveyors gently move materials such as coffee, nuts, snack foods, breakfast cereal, flakes, powders, pellets, shavings, crumbles, granules, fluff and dust through an enclosed tube with ease. By using no air to convey, friable materials are kept intact as intended, from inlet to discharge points. This gentle approach virtually eliminates the product separation and degradation that occur with traditional conveying systems such as bucket elevators, screw conveyors, pneumatic and aeromechanical systems. All systems utilize cable & disc technology and operate at convey speeds which average 100ft. (30.48 meter) per minute. 8000 Series: Eight-Inch Diameter (203.2mm) System Up to 2,000 Cubic Feet (56.6 Cubic Meter)/Hour 80,000 Lbs per hour/ 31,751 Kgs per hour 6000 Series: Six-Inch Diameter (152.4mm) System Up to 1,240 Cubic Feet (35.4 Cubic Meter)/Hour 49,420 Lbs per hour/22,420 Kgs per hour 4000 Series: Four-Inch Diameter (101.6mm) System Up to 525 Cubic Feet (14.87 Cubic Meter)/Hour 21,000 Lbs per hour/9,525 Kgs per hour 2000 Series: Two-Inch Diameter (50.8mm System) Up to 75 Cubic Feet (2.12 cubic Meter)/ Hour 3,000 Lbs per hour/1,361 Kgs per hour

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Calbrite Stainless Steel Conduit 6451 Northwind Pkwy, Hobart, IN 46342 Phone: (800) 536-2248 Email: mlang@atkore.com www.calbrite.com Calbrite is the nation’s leading manufacturer of stainless steel conduit and conduit fittings for use in the construction of stainless steel electrical raceway systems. Calbrite manufacturers all of their products in accordance with the applicable UL®, cUL®, ANSI, ASTM, NEMA standards and for applicable sanitary applications Calbrite products are NSF certified. The benefits of stainless steel in electrical raceway systems are numerous, most noted is stainless steels resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel has similar physical strength to other steel raceway systems but the addition of chromium in stainless steel creates a chromium oxide layer that resists corrosion and increases the life span of the electrical raceway system. Beyond the extended life span that stainless steel allows installations subjected to the elements, e.g. roads, tunnels, bridges, etc.; stainless steel has also become the material of choice for sanitary applications, such as food and pharmaceutical processing. In these applications it critical to ensure that the raceway surfaces are not harboring or susceptible to bacterial attachment or biofilm formation. To maintain maximum hygiene, the processing plant utilizes a very strict protocol of harsh chemical wash downs. To help offset the effect of these harsh chemicals, Calbrite’s stainless steel conduit and conduit fittings provide the inherent corrosion resistant properties of stainless steel but the components are also manufactured with a “Brite” polished finish to eliminate any surface imperfection or crevices that may allow microbial bacteria to develop or grow. So, if you are looking for quality, expertise, engineering, service, competitive pricing and the most comprehensive offering of stainless steel conduit and conduit fittings in the country, look no further than Calbrite.

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Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) 3505 S. Airport Road, Jonesboro, OR 72401 Phone: 833/322-0820 Email: filterman@camfil.com https://camfilapc.com Our mission is to safely collect and contain dangerous airborne food dust particles. We take that mission very seriously because keeping your air clean keeps your employees safer and more productive. Clean air also protects your facility from combustible dust incidents and your products from cross-contamination. Camfil APC is the world’s leading manufacturer of industrial dust collection systems. Our filtration systems keep air clean and safe when manufacturing or processing food products and packaging. Our compliance experts recommend dust collectors with explosion venting and isolation equipment that satisfy all OSHA and NFPA guidelines. We offer a full range of technical services to test dusts and analyze specific operating conditions and we carry a variety of products to mitigate dust collector explosions, including explosion vents and ambient fume collection systems with HEPA-grade filters. Gold Series X-Flo (GSX) dust collection systems – This equipment handles all kinds of harmful and combustible dusts including fine, fibrous and heavy dust loads. They exceed OSHA mandates for factory air quality. When equipped with a Camfil explosion vent, GSX collectors offer the highest combustible dust explosion protection in accordance with NFPA and ATEX standards. Replacement filter cartridges – We manufacture replacement filters that fit most other dust collector brands. All filters use our patented HemiPleat® technology that is proven to make filters last twice as long as standard filters and increase any dust collector’s performance. Camfil APC dust collectors are backed by technical services and decades of experience solving the most difficult dust problems.

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Central States Industrial Equipment (CSI) Springfield, MO | Grand Prairie, TX | Durham, NC | Fresno, CA Phone: 417.831.1411 Email: salesteam@csidesigns.com www.csidesigns.com Central States Industrial Equipment (CSI) is an engineering, design, and fabrication partner for hygienic liquid processers. CSI also supplies value-added process components for the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and personal care industries. The CSI team includes experienced process engineers, project managers, and designers. We listen, analyze, and problem-solve every project regardless of size to ensure a successful outcome. CSI uses the latest in 3D scanning and design s to develop systems. We employ AR and VR technology allowing customers to review and critique the process of systems development. We offer a variety of custom equipment such as Clean-in-Place, process skids, utility stations, transfer panels, holding tubes, valve manifolds, jacketed tubing, pump carts and more! Our Clean-in-place (CIP) systems are scalable to meet your needs today and in the future. Smart machine technology is used to enhance performance, flexibility, and reporting. Our process systems are designed to solve existing hygienic process issues and optimize new processes. Systems are skid-mounted and built on time, pre-tested, and ready for utility hook-up to avoid costly delays. CSI has four warehouses located across the United States for the distribution of sanitary processing equipment along with installation materials including fittings, pumps, valves, tubing, and instrumentation. We also stock complete lines of corrosion-resistant Super Alloys™ AL-6XN® and Hastelloy® C-22®. Processors, OEM’s, mechanical and electrical contractors, engineering firms, and resellers in the processing industry turn to Central States Industrial Equipment for its breadth of experience, depth of expertise, and innovation. More information can be found at www. csidesigns.com.

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Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP) 2744 North York River Road, Milton, PEI, Canada, C1E 1Z4 Phone: 800/461-6877 Email: cmp@cmpequipment.com www.cmpequipment.com CMP is a proud member of the Food Process Solutions Corp. family (FPS). We design and manufacture hygienic solutions for food processing customers around the world and have been for over 60 years. At the CMP head office just outside Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, we have over 25 engineers, 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and a dedicated installation team to provide our global customers with turnkey food processing solutions. We Engineer Food Safety. CMP Hygienic Conveyor Solutions Leveraging our industry proven hygienic design and 60 years of food industry experience, CMP delivers best in class sanitary conveyor solutions. All applications are reviewed in detail by our industry experts and a custom solution is developed, designed for our customers product specifications and rates. CMP Tote Handling Systems Our tote handling systems are engineered, manufactured, and industry tested specifically for the food industry including bakery, fruit and veg. processing, meat and poultry, seafood, and potato processing. Whether you need to convey totes, elevate, dump, flip, wash, store, stack, or de-stack your totes and bins, our experienced team will develop a solution for a single unit or combine several pieces of equipment to form an overall tote handling system. CMP Sanitary Spiral Solutions Offering the latest in direct food contact washdown ready spiral technologies, CMP designs and manufactures both Direct Drive Spirals and Side Drive Technology Spirals. Application solutions include hygienic elevators and lowerators transferring to and from FPS freezers, long running conveyors that eliminate transfer points, and non-traditional spiral configurations that overcome layout challenges. Backed by our parent company FPS, the industry leader for spiral innovation and hygienic standards, and Intralox, the global giant in belting known for their service, technology, and accountability, CMP delivers innovative food processing spiral solutions for the food processing industry.

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Cleveland Gear Company 3249 East 80th Street. Cleveland, OH 44104 USA Phone: 800/641-9000 Email: sales@clevelandgear.com www.clevelandgear.com The Cleveland Gear Company has been manufacturing gears for over 100 years. An early member of AGMA, Cleveland is a pioneer and world leader in worm gear technology. Today, Cleveland Gear manufactures all types of open gearing including: helical, double helical, spur & worm gear. We also provide a wide variety of enclosed gear drives: Helical shaft-mount & Screw Conveyor, Standard worm-gear reducers (1.3” to 36” C.D.), Standard parallel shaft and Custom enclosed drives. NEW PRODUCTS include a Size 10 shaft-mount & Stainless Steel. Cleveland further repairs reducers of all types and will reverse engineer drop-in replacements for larger obsolete gear boxes. We have provided “drop-in mounting” replacements for: Linkbelt, Foote-Jones, Falk, Nuttall Gear etc... Cleveland recently launched its Stainless Steel Worm Gear Speed Reducer offering for the Food & Beverage markets. PRODUCT FEATURES INCLUDE: •

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Columbia Machine 107 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 USA Phone: 360/694-1501 Email: pallsales@colmac.com www.palletizing.com Flexible Product Handling Columbia’s conventional palletizers are the most flexible palletizing solutions available and handle virtually every package type, including shrink bundles with and without a pad, plastic totes, high CG, unwrapped trays, and more. Please ask us specifically about flexibility and how it relates to your palletizing application. Industry Leading Standard Safety Features Columbia’s standard safety package contains Category 3 electrical safety components, including dual circuit safety interlocks & full height light curtains. This safety package provides a fully guarded, Performance Level D palletizer to keep your employees safe while enhancing OEE and production demands. Complete System Integration Columbia Machine manufactures conventional high-speed, high-level, floor-level & robotic palletizers, load transfer stations and provides complete system design and integration. With the most flexible and modern palletizing solutions available, Columbia is the leading palletizer solutions provider in North America. High Performance AND Sustainability Columbia has a palletizing solution for virtually any application, each equipped with standard features designed to safely maximize OEE, throughput and uptime. Please ask us about features included to address the industry’s increasing demand for higher levels of sustainability.

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Coperion & Coperion K-Tron 590 Woodbury Glassboro Rd. Sewell, NJ 08080 Phone: 856/589-0500 Email: info@coperion.com www.coperion.com For decades, global food manufacturers of all sizes have relied on the extensive application experience and design expertise offered by Coperion and Coperion K-Tron. Our components for feeding and material handling offer the highest technology options, while our systems designs can help to optimize and automate your process. A variety of equipment designs are available, depending on the specific needs and sanitary requirements of the application. Whether adhering to EHEDG, FDA, FSMA and/ or GFSI initiatives, standards and regulations, the systems and equipment provided by Coperion and Coperion K-Tron ensure optimal product and process safety. With more than 30 locations, 2,500 employees and numerous representatives worldwide, Coperion and Coperion K-Tron can respond quickly and offer local support. In addition to the highest accuracy standalone ingredient feeders, or rotary and diverter valves specifically designed for the highest hygienic standards, we also offer a wide variety of pneumatic receivers, product pick up components, and unique quick release bin vents for silos and large bins. In addition, our high efficiency twin screw extruder systems provide versatile configurations ideal for a wide variety of food extrusion applications. Whether transferring the raw ingredients from the truck, railcar, bulk bag or silo, and/ or batch weighing, feeding and scaling of macro and minor ingredients, all the way to the mixing and twin screw extrusion process steps, Coperion and Coperion K-Tron have experienced technical engineers available to discuss your application in detail. At Coperion and Coperion K-Tron, we offer not only the best components, but even better systems…the recipe for perfect food!

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CRB 1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64116 USA Phone: 877-4-CRBUSA Email: info@crbusa.com www.crbgroup.com Safe, high-quality, value-driven food + beverage facilities fuel your growth and success. Scale up a small process or expand and improve a large-scale operation. No matter your size or goals, you need an adaptable facility that quickly responds to consumers’ constantly changing tastes and meets increasingly strict regulatory standards. Get engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to help you: > Increase production rates > Optimize energy efficiency > Improve speed to market > Achieve food safety compliance Have confidence in your project knowing that we understand the intricacies of your operating environment and the complexity of your industry. From planning to production, you’ll get a safe facility that meets your budget and requirements, minimizes long-term operating costs and maximizes your return on investment. Quality food + beverage products rely on excellent processing plant design and construction. Deliver the best products to your community and the world with our help. ENGINEERING | ARCHITECTURE | CONSTRUCTION | CONSULTING

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DELMIAworks 2231 Wisteria Lane, Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA Phone: 805/227-1122 Email: delmiaworks.info@3ds.com www.3ds.com/DELMIAWORKS DELMIAworks (formerly IQMS) is an ERP and MES software company focused on midmarket discrete and batch process manufacturing. The comprehensive ERP system offers native extensions to shop floor management, CRM, QMS, and WMS that does not require 3rd party product integrations to achieve full manufacturing capabilities. DELMIAWORKS delivers a progressive platform for managing growth, data integrity, and accessibility to help food manufacturers: - Reduce costs associated with spoilage and lot expirations - Simplify and automate customer and industry audits - Manage inventory, ingredient, and production resource availability to meet delivery dates - Reduce recall risks with end-to-end traceability of all lots and batches DELMIAworks’ ease-of-use, ability to support multiple manufacturing environments, and real-time production and quality monitoring make it particularly suitable for food manufacturers. The powerful ERP and MES solution includes features tailored to meet the unique challenges of food manufacturing including: - Quality and compliance reporting including support for FDA and other government requirements including 21 CFR Part 11, 2002 Bioterrorism Act, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) - Recipe flexibility with batch processing capabilities and industry-specific BOMs that assist reformulation - Multiple UOMs supported (volume, weight, pounds, cases, etc.) - Individual and multi-plant seasonal demand forecasting - Batch, lot, and serial number traceability from receiving through shipping - Private labeling functionality - Expiration, spoilage, and shelf-life tracking - Robust scheduling engine to handle volume scheduling, advanced sequencing, wait times, and other complex scheduling requirements

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Deville Technologies Inc. USA: 9550 58th Place, Kenosha, WI 53144 CANADA: 8515 Henri-Bourassa Montreal, CDA Phone: 866/404-4545 Email: info@devilletechnologies.com www.devilletechnologies.com Deville Technologies is a solutions oriented manufacturing technology company that provides high capacity shredders dicers and slicers for cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables. We work with companies ranging from Fortune 500 members to small entrepreneurs requiring sanitary, durable, practical, and efficient food cutting equipment. Cutting edge technology coupled with traditional craftsmanship, quality materials and intelligent, hygienic principles, allow us to deliver a complete line of solutions that provide high performance with low maintenance. With over 40 years experience in the sanitary food equipment industry and our exclusive North American partnership with FAM (one of Europe’s most respected brands in the industry), we provide the ultimate food cutting solutions. Deville has two state-of-the-art Client Centers so that clients may run trials with our equipment without incurring the cost of halted operations. Our detailed trial reports provide the necessary data to review cut quality, options and gain an understanding of the impact our sanitary cutting equipment will have on their business; all of which assist informed investment decisions. Our technical experts are always available to meet our client’s needs; whether it be to provide telephone-based support, a customized engineering solution to solve a specific challenge, or to schedule an on-site visit to assist with expansion planning. We have a vast inventory of genuine parts for all our equipment readily available; because we understand the cost of recurring labor for replacing parts can quickly consume a maintenance budget.

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ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. 1427 Meadow Wood Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604 USA Phone: 919-760-6363 Email: bdaniels@electricities.org www.electricities.com ElectriCities has been powering the food processing industry for years through its public power communities. From bakeries to fisheries, the food processing industry in North Carolina is a diverse and growing sector. More than 62,000 people are employed by the state’s 1,000+ companies. Our recipe for success is quite simple; companies enjoy easy access to raw materials and a rapidly expanding consumer base. Powerful resources exist to support continued growth of this important industry. North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension offers educational programs to help entrepreneurs launch food-focused businesses and provide information to enhance product quality and profitability while meeting state and federal regulations. The Industrial Extension Service at NCSU works to identify advanced technologies to improve production processes and increase worker safety. The North Carolina Community College System offers customized training to eligible new and expanding businesses so new employees are able to hit the ground running. The North Carolina Workforce is ranked #1 Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast; ranked #2 Competitive Labor Environment by Area Development, 2018; has elite higher education — 53 colleges and universities including the Tier 1 research universities NCSU, Duke, and UNC; and produces 22,500+ STEM Degrees Annually. ElectriCities represents member communities to expanding and relocating companies. We maintain comprehensive databases for all public power municipalities in North Carolina. Prospects can order detailed reports on dozens of sites, from mountains to coast. Within 48 hours of a request, ElectriCities will send profiles of locations that precisely match the company’s specifications. “They find all the information they need in one place,” says Brenda Daniels, the organization’s economic development manager. Companies recognize the cost efficiencies and superior customer service public power provides. Municipal utilities don’t have to pay dividends to shareholders, and those savings can be passed on to the utilities’ customers.

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EnSight Solutions, LLC 549 Evergreen Road, Strafford, MO 65757 Phone: 855-736-2195 Email: sales@ensightsolutions.us ensightsolutions.us Specializing in engineering, custom manufacturing, automation and robotics integration, our mission has been the same for 100 years: helping you feed the world. EnSight Solutions, LLC serves our customers by solving unique food processing challenges with reliable, sanitary, and tailored solutions. We serve you with start-to-finish solutions: engineering support, manufacturing capabilities, and integration services. EnSight is made up of four divisions: A-One, Bridge, Bematek, and Likwifier, and is headquartered in Strafford, MO. EnSight’s A-One line offers material handling solutions that can move your product through your processing line with ease. Our further processing Bridge line specializes in hygienically designed forming, shaping, positioning, and portioning equipment to help you achieve your ideal consistency and taste. When you need a batch or inline mixing system solution for ice cream, candies, icings, slurries, condiments, or anything requiring extreme particulate reduction, our industry leading Likwifier and Bematek lines can help. Our automation and unique full wash-down robotics solutions can improve many of your processes, including: deboning, sorting, carton loading case packing, and palletizing. We help processors by providing engineering bandwidth, manufacturing capabilities, and integration services. Move, shape, mix, blend or automate: We help you share your secret recipe with the world.

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ERIEZ 2200 Asbury Road. Erie, PA 16506 USA Phone: 814/835-6000 Email: eriez@eriez.com www.purity.eriez.com Your Best Defense Against Metal Contamination Whether it’s protecting equipment from damage, or ensuring your consumer products are free of metal contaminants, Eriez offers equipment and systems to protect product purity and increase the efficiency of your process--from the moment ingredients enter your plant to the time the end product ships from your dock. Eriez’ wide range of Metal Detectors, Magnetic Separators and Vibratory Feeders, Screeners and Conveyors are designed for the unique needs of the food manufacturing industry. Xtreme® Metal Detector—Eriez’ Xtreme® Metal Detector sets the standard for “best-inclass” performance and offers the greatest dollar-for-dollar value of any detector on the market. This feature-rich, multi-frequency unit is designed to achieve the highest levels of sensitivity to detect small ferrous and non-ferrous metal contaminants. Magnetic Separators — Eriez, the world leader in magnetic separation technology, offers the widest selection of permanent and electromagnetic equipment to remove ferrous contaminants from any process application. From purifying powder with a Dry Vibratory Magnetic Filter to removing steel fragments in a grain chute with a low-cost ProGrade grate magnet, Eriez has a solution for every process. Our line of Magnetic Separators effectively draw out fine tramp metal along critical points of your production line. These separators— including Plates, Grates and Traps—come in different styles and magnetic strengths, so you can choose the right product for your particular needs. Feeders... For Every Application — Looking to feed, convey, meter or screen a food product? Start with Eriez’ line of Electromagnetic and Mechanical Feeders, designed for everything from bulk granular ingredients, fine fluffy powders and sticky or even leafy food products. Our line of compact electromagnetic feeders are used for everything from simple metering to moving difficult leafy products, powder/talc or gummies, as well as high- speed packaging and high material load applications.

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ESI Group USA 950 Walnut Ridge Drive, Corporate Office, Hartland, WI 53029 USA Phone: 866-369-3535 Email: sales@esigroupusa.com www.esigroupusa.com ESI Group USA is a nationally recognized design-build engineering and construction management firm dedicated to smart building solutions. With headquarters in Hartland, Wisconsin and regional offices in California, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Texas, our company specializes in the food industry and is capable of delivering services nationwide. We design and build facilities for food processors, distributors and prepared food operations. This includes companies who work with meat, dairy and cheese, bakery, poultry, fruit, vegetable, organic, and beverage; as well as grocery, foodservice and cold storage. Our food industry experience and dedication have created standards, continuity and long-standing relationships – leading to success for both our clients and our company. ESI Group USA has expertise in low temperature refrigeration, controlled environments, FDA/USDA/SQF/BRC/AMI/AIB compliance and energy efficient design, which has earned ESI Group USA LEED Gold certification for food distribution facilities. Our highly-experienced team of Food Facility Specialists is accredited and consists of ESI Design Services and ESI Constructors. Together, they provide services including site search and evaluation, process layout, simulation and visualization, facility layout and design, material handling analysis and construction management. Our Single Source Approach provides better communication, faster completion of projects and lowers overall costs. This means clients always get our Guaranteed Maximum Price. By managing each project from concept to completion, ESI Group USA ensures each facility meets industry requirements. These factors, combined with our distinguished safety record, have helped us achieve an 85 percent rate of repeat clients. At ESI Group USA, we take pride in our history, our work and our long-term client relationships. Our success is driven by serving our clients’ needs and by providing value to help build, manage, and grow their businesses.

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Festo Corporation 1377 Motor Parkway, Suite 310, Islandia, NY 11749 Phone: 800.99.FESTO Email: customer.service.us@festo.com www.festo.us Innovate today for a new tomorrow For nearly a hundred years Festo has provided proven Industry Leadership, Superior Quality Products, and Global Training & Support that the world’s most successful businesses rely on. We’re ready to bring those same advantages to you. With Festo you’ll gain access to a one-stop portfolio of over 33,000 electric, pneumatic, and process automation technology products that are engineered to the highest industry standards in quality and compatibility. From actuators and servo motors to process valves and positioners, our technology-neutral factory automation solutions are designed to integrate with established production lines, so you can build upon your existing infrastructure as your business evolves. You will also gain a dedicated partner who will bring a holistic view to supporting all aspects of your operations. Our solution experts will proactively look for opportunities to improve processes, regardless of the various technology and component brands that comprise your production facility. In 2018, Festo acquired Fabco-Air Inc. and has since worked closely with its Florida-based facility to produce high-quality inch-dimension actuators. Through these joint efforts, Festo has released new standard products—all while integrating the principles of quality and production that are synonymous with the Festo name and expected from our customers. Realize your vision for intelligent automation. Partner with Festo today.

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FLEXICON CORPORATION 2400 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020-8006 USA Phone: 610/814-2400 Email: sales@flexicon.com www.flexicon.com EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS TO CONVEY, CONDITION, DISCHARGE, DUMP, FILL AND PROCESS VIRTUALLY ANY BULK FOOD MATERIAL Flexicon Corporation is a leading worldwide manufacturer of bulk handling equipment and systems that can handle virtually any bulk food material, from large pellets to sub-micron powders including friable materials, free- and non-free-flowing products, and materials that pack, cake, plug, smear, fluidize or separate. The Flexicon line of stand-alone equipment includes: Flexible Screw Conveyors, Tubular Cable Conveyors, Pneumatic Conveying Systems, Bulk Bag Unloaders, Bulk Bag Conditioners, Bulk Bag Fillers, Bag Dump Stations, Drum/Box/Container Dumpers and Weigh Batching and Blending Systems. Numerous model configurations are offered within each equipment category, as basic, low-cost units up to engineered, automated, highcapacity machines. Customers can alleviate the burden and risk of designing large-scale bulk handling systems, coordinating multiple suppliers, integrating components and trouble-shooting start-up, by relying on Flexicon’s Project Engineering Division for it all. Regardless of whether customers purchase one piece of equipment or an automated plant-wide system, the Flexicon Lifetime Performance Guarantee assures a successful result. Flexicon equipment is available in carbon steel, carbon steel with stainless steel material contact surfaces, and in all-stainless construction finished to food, dairy, pharmaceutical or industrial standards worldwide. Flexicon’s worldwide testing facilities simulate full-size customer equipment and systems, verify performance prior to fabrication, demonstrate newly constructed equipment for visiting customers, and study the performance of new designs. Flexicon manufactures equipment in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa; maintains dedicated factory representation in Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia; and also markets equipment and systems through an extensive network of Applications Engineers worldwide.

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FlexLink Systems Inc. 6580 Snowdrift Road, Allentown, PA 18106 Phone: 610/973-8200 Email: info.us@flexlink.com www.flexlink.com FlexLink’s food offer is a combination of food and technology, aiming to provide applications that improve food production. FlexLink has 40 years of experience delivering turn-key solutions to the food industry and is the perfect partner when facing your production challenges. We are world-class factory automation experts within the food industry. Working closely with customers, we provide innovative, automated solutions to produce goods smarter, safer and at lower operating costs. With a dedicated team, we support the industry directly in over 31 countries and are represented in more than 60. FlexLink’s global food team focuses on providing our global customers with the highest quality service and products. We focus on improving your overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by balancing production flow, offering compact solutions, and lowering your maintenance cost and requirements. We offer high quality products that are easy to wash down and reduce the amount of bacteria build-up – reducing your chances of a recall. Our toolbox of products and services include line design, conveyor equipment, product manipulations and line balancing and controls. FlexLink offers a variety of options for the food industry such as: Stainless Steel/Hygienic Conveyors, Chain Conveyors, Modular Belt Conveyors, Spiral Conveyors, Elevators, Line Balancers, Line Control, Cleaning Devices and Robotic Palletizers. As part of your collaboration with FlexLink you can also utilize our line simulation tools. We truly offer a complete solution for all your production needs. You can find out more about our solutions and global team by visiting our website www. flexlink.com.

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FPS Food Process Solutions 7431 Nelson Road, Unit 130, Ricmond, BC, Canada V6W 1G3 Phone: 604/232-4145 Email: sales@fpscorp.ca www.fpscorp.ca FPS Food Process Solutions is a leading global manufacturer of industrial food processing freezers and chillers including spiral, IQF, impingement, CF/VRM freezers the newly launched Spiral Immersion System™ - a game-changer in the freezing and cooling industry. We are committed to revolutionizing hygienic standards and work with our customers to create solutions that result in superior food quality, lowered cost of ownership and maximized profits. Our state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facilities are housed in over 140,000 square feet near Vancouver. We maintain sheet metal fabrication, a machine shop, specialized insulated enclosure manufacturing, and control panel assembly in-house so that each component is specifically designed for freezing and cooling applications. We believe that investing on in-house manufacturing ensures our customers receive the highest quality and best technologies in their freezing and cooling equipment. We have numerous global offices in Asia, South America, and Europe to help serve our customers around the world. We also have a parts and service center in Cartersville, Georgia and our service and retrofit team is renowned in the industry. In early 2019, FPS acquired Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP) a high-quality equipment manufacturer with over sixty years of experience with layout and design, custom fabrication, and on-site installation and commissioning services. Together FPS and CMP can now provide customers with end-to-end solutions, from raw receiving to final product. At FPS, our goal is simple. We create a singular standard in our industry - the highest standard alongside our customers, we call this the FPS Standard.

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Fristam Pumps USA 2410 Parview Road, Middleton, WI 53562 USA Phone: 800/841-5001 Email: fristam@fristampumps.com http://www.fristam.com/usa Fristam is the leading manufacturer of high-performance stainless steel pumps, blenders, and mixers. Our equipment is designed for precision and durability to outlast and outperform all others. Made in the USA our delivery times are measured in weeks, not months and we employ an expert staff of engineers to help you determine the best solution for your application. Positive Displacement Pumps: Fristam offers the widest selection of PD pumps to fit a broad range of applications, from heavy-duty, high-pressure to gentle, standard-duty to low-pulsation, high-suction. Our FKL Series is built to last with heavy-duty construction that ensures hassle-free operation. The standard FKL Series is full CIP’able with all parts in. A COP version is available for those who chose to strip clean. Twin Screw Pumps: Fristam’s FDS pump is the most robust and easy to maintain twin screw pump on the market. Our FDS pump offers safe and easy maintenance with its front-loading seal and easy gearbox access design; long service life with solid shafts and large, stable bearings; and the ability to pump product and CIP with the same pump. Centrifugal Pumps: Fristam centrifugal pumps serve as the industry benchmark for quiet, efficient, low-maintenance operations. They include standard-duty, heavy-duty, highpressure, front-loading seal and self-priming centrifugal pumps. Blenders and Mixers: Fristam Shear Blenders improve product consistency by removing agglomerates and preventing lumps/masses in product while reducing raw material usage and processing times. Fristam’s Powder Mixer tabletop system provides quick and thorough, repeatable blending of wet and dry ingredients into a fluid stream. At Fristam, we know one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we offer a wide selection of pumps.

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General Oil Equipment — Amherst Stainless Fabrication 60 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228 USA Phone: 716/903.8005 Email: inquiry@goe-asf.com www.goe-asf.com Spraying Systems and Stainless Steel Fabrication General Oil Equipment Co., Inc.-Amherst Stainless Fabrication LLC. (GOE-ASF), located in Amherst, NY, was founded in 1938 as a petroleum equipment distributor. In 1988 GOE purchased Avins Fabrication, renamed Amherst Stainless Fabrication. This acquisition provided fabrication capability for GOE’s now highly acclaimed VPLS spray system which has since become an industry leading spraying system for accurate spraying of oils, slurries, glazes, sugar solutions, sheens, and preservatives. It also led to the development of further food and pharmaceutical equipment design & manufacturing capacity. The innovative VPLS sprayer design offers a superior liquid/slurry sprayer that will handle a wide range of liquids and slurries for accurate trouble-free product coating. As a result, the VPLS system is used worldwide to spray a variety of liquid and slurry ingredients on a wide range of food products. GOE-ASF also designs and manufactures stainless steel liquid processing systems, process and storage vessels, custom and standard tanks, mixers, blending, batching, cheese making equipment, pasteurizers, heat treat systems, evaporators, heat exchange, skid mounted make up and CIP systems, pressure vessels, UHT and aseptic tanks. We have provided expertise and equipment to the baking, snack, cereal, breakfast food, confection, candy, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, pet food, prepared, canned foods, frozen, refrigerated foods and pharma industries. We are ASME, PED, USDA and 3A Compliant. GOE-ASF is a preferred vendor for many leading food processing companies and was selected by Footprint US for their 2020 Ocean Partner Innovator Award. Footprint is a sustainable technology firm specializing in materials science engineering, who was recently named to the 2020 Fortune Change the World list.

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Gericke USA, Inc. 14 Worlds Fair Drive, Suite C, Somerset, NJ 08873-1364 USA Phone: 855/888.0088 x 805 Email: sales.us@gerickegroup.com www.GerickeGroup.com Gericke is a fourth-generation, family-owned company offering a complete range of state-of-the-art equipment and expert engineering services for the automated handling of dry, bulk raw materials from the railcar, silo or bulk bag through to the processing and filling lines. The company custom-designs, manufactures, installs and services pneumatic conveying systems, sifters, feeders, mixers, valves, bag handling stations and other products and accessories. Founded by Walter H. Gericke in 1894 in Zurich, Switzerland, the company operates nine facilities in Europe, Asia, South America and North America, including the Gericke USA headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey, encompassing, design engineering, manufacturing, assembly, testing, sales and technical services. Only Gericke offers the scale, capabilities and experience of a worldwide organization with the hands-on, personal attention, care and concern for each customer of a family company. Complete Line of Sanitary, Dry Process Equipment Gericke offers food-grade bulk processing equipment and systems to promote the safe, sanitary, dust-free transport and secure storage of ingredients for food, beverage, nutraceutical and other products. Its GMS Multiflux® batch mixer has earned acclaim for achieving maximum homogeneity quickly with a gentle mixing action that protects fragile ingredients. Similarly, the Pulse-Flow™ PTA dense phase pneumatic conveying system has become standard equipment for gently transporting fragile ingredients up to hundreds of yards, whether powdered, granular, coarse or agglomerated. The Gericke Nibbler for deagglomeration and other size reduction needs features an optional proprietary advance that helps safeguard against combustible dust issues. Free Test Gericke offers free material testing services in its test laboratory at the company’s Somerset, New Jersey headquarters. For a test with your material, facility tour or quote, call 855/888.0088 x 805 or see GerickeGroup.com.

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Gorman-Rupp Pumps P.O. Box 1217, Mansfield, OH 44901, USA Phone: 419-755-1011 Email: grsales@gormanrupp.com GRPUMPS.COM When you specify Gorman-Rupp, you benefit from worldwide service centers, knowledgeable engineers and a selection of nearly 3,000 pumps. Gorman-Rupp has been manufacturing pumps and pumping systems since 1933. Many of the innovations introduced by Gorman-Rupp have become industry standards. Gorman-Rupp has manufactured high performance, high quality pumps and pumping systems required for lasting service in the industrial, water, wastewater, sewage, municipal, construction, petroleum, and OEM markets. Our extensive line of products includes, self-priming centrifugal, submersible, trash, priming-assisted and rotary gear pumps. In addition, Gorman-Rupp manufactures a complete line of state-of-the-art packaged lift stations and booster stations that include pumps, motors, controls, piping, accessories and enclosures. Gorman-Rupp’s 825,000 square foot manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters located in Mansfield, Ohio, accommodates the most advanced technology available. Stateof-the-art, fully automated machining centers provide high-speed, high-quality machining of pump castings. We have an experienced staff of engineers dedicated to the design of the most efficient and serviceable pumps in the industry. Our representatives are trained to help you select the proper pumps and related equipment for your specific application. They are also available to offer suggestions on maintaining your equipment for maximum performance. Should a problem occur, Gorman-Rupp is available to provide service and fast parts supply for your pump. Cast Iron, Bronze, 316 Stainless Steel, CD4MCu and G-R Hard Iron are available to handle your corrosive and abrasive fluids. Gorman-Rupp pumps are at home anywhere dependability and ease of service are essential. That’s what makes Gorman-Rupp THE RIGHT PUMP FOR THE JOB. Markets: Industrial, Mining, Construction, Municipal Sewage, Petroleum, Agriculture, OEM

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Graphalloy 1050 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703 Phone: 914/968-8400 Email: sales@graphalloy.com www.graphalloy.com FDA Acceptable GRAPHALLOY® Bushings eliminate maintenance and frequent replacements in food applications. Graphalloy is self-lubricating and requires no grease or oil, performs in temperatures from –400°F (-240°C) to +1000°F (535°C), works submerged in low viscosity and corrosive liquids, and there is no lubricant loss in steam or pressure wash. A bakery oven OEM was using rolling element bearings on the conveyor circuit of a tunnel oven with a temperature range from 450°F to 650°F. To reach these bearings, mechanics would have to crawl over the oven belt when the machine was shut down, thus causing damage and presenting a safety risk. Another issue was caustic washdowns that rusted the ball bearings. In some applications, bearing life was as little as 2 weeks. They were researching solutions when they discovered GRAPHALLOY. Graphalloy self-lubricating bushing materials thrive in high temperature environments, handle caustic washdowns, and are maintenance-free. These Graphalloy bushings in stainless steel pillow block housings have been running in this application for several years with no issues. A seafood processing plant in the Southeast was running a conveyor in their freezer area to “flash-freeze” fresh seafood. The environment is a difficult one: The temperature is cold (28°F/-2°C) and wet and the system requires frequent washdown. The conveyor bearings were being replaced every month. The plant maintenance superintendent contacted GRAPHALLOY about the problem. It was determined that the current bearings could not hold lubrication under these conditions and, as a result, breakdowns were occurring frequently. Graphalloy 4-bolt flange block assemblies were installed and have been running successfully for more than five years!

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Hapman 5944 East N Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 USA Phone: 866/697.9273 Email: sales@hapman.com www.hapman.com Hapman is a worldwide manufacturer of bulk solids handling equipment including conveyors, feeders, bag handling equipment, lump breakers, liquid/solid conveying systems, and more. PRODUCTS AND EXPERTISE FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY Hapman understands your needs to maintain product quality and safety. We offer sealed conveyors, dust containment, cleanability options, foodgrade components, automation through controls, minor ingredient addition, and custom-engineered, complete systems. Our application experts have extensive experience with bakery products, dairy product, grain products, snack products, sugar and confectionary products beverages, and more. Rely on us for the expertise to design and deliver equipment and systems that rise to meet your unique challenges. Our engineers have experience with over 2,700 distinct materials, 12,000+ applications and customer relationships in 26 countries. DESIGNED AND BUILT TOUGH TO KEEP PRODUCTION RUNNING Trust Hapman equipment to stand up to your application. We draw on decades of proven engineering, fabrication, and materials of construction to ensure long life and reliable performance. We can point to a 98.9% success rate, with only 1.1% warranty claims since 2014. Some Hapman equipment is still operating in the fi eld after 40 years. BUILT FOR FAST, EASY SERVICEABILITY AND CLEANING Hapman equipment speeds cleaning and batch turnarounds. It’s designed for fast, easy disassembly and reassembly to maximize food processing uptime. Since 2012, we have made 22 design improvements to maximize serviceability, including 12 made specifi cally for tool-less access. 24/7 SUPPORT TO HELP Hapman maintains live support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to provide customers the parts or service needed to maintain uptime.

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Haver & Boecker USA 460 Gees Mill Business CT NE, Conyers, GA 30013 Phone: 770/760-1130 Email: info@haverusa.com www.haverusa.com Haver & Boecker USA is a leading global manufacturer of fillers, baggers, and palletizing machinery. We supply equipment using various degrees of automation and requirements for dry bulk materials and liquid products. We focus on consistent quality, weight accuracy, high output rates, simple operation, and user-friendly maintenance. For the food industry, we specialize in food-grade machinery for liquid filling, baggers, and palletizing. Our aim is to provide the marketplace with high-quality machinery to get the job done right. Our machinery ranges from semi-automatic to fully automated equipment. Our product portfolio is below: Our Machinery •

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Heat and Control, Inc. 21121 Cabot Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545 Phone: 800/227-5980 Email: info@heatandcontrol.com heatandcontrol.com Heat and Control®, a world-leading equipment manufacturer, offers the latest technology and the highest quality equipment for processing, coating and seasoning, conveying, weighing, packaging, inspection, and control/information systems and develops innovative solutions for production challenges. Established in 1950, they are a privately-owned company and have 11 manufacturing facilities, 12 testing centers, and more than 30 offices around the world. Heat and Control builds food processing and product handling equipment for the food industry, and it can also integrate complete lines and systems, including equipment for unloading, washing, storing, seasoning, coating, cooking, frying, roasting, conveying, weighing, inspecting, and packaging. Heat and Control has partnered with other global manufacturing leaders, including Ishida (weighing packaging and inspection) and CEIA® (metal detection), and their brands include FastBack® (horizontal motion conveyors and on machine seasoning), Mastermatic (fryers), and Spray Dynamics® (coating and seasoning application systems). They can assist manufacturers with equipment for all types of food as well as provide pre- and post-sale technical support, including applications assistance, engineering, installation, parts, service, and training to maintain peak efficiency. They have built an extensive knowledge bank and developed a wealth of experience and expertise with access to production and technical support from a network of engineers, food technicians, field service technicians, skilled tradespeople, and support teams to provide food and non-food manufacturers with the ability to achieve their production goals. Contact them to visit one of their demonstration centers to test products on their latest equipment.

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Hillbrush Inc 811 Rolyn Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21237 Phone: 410/325-7000 Email: officeus@hillbrush.com hillbrush.com/us Hillbrush has been making brushes and cleaning equipment for nearly 100 years, and today operates from a new state of the art facility in Wiltshire, England. We manufacture brushes, squeegees and other cleaning products for the agricultural, equestrian, domestic, industrial, janitorial, medical and food processing sectors. We also have an advanced injection molding division, where we make our own plastic brush backs, and other moldings to order. Hillbrush offers over two thousand different standard products, and distributes to more than 90 countries. Hillbrush Inc has operated out of Baltimore MD since 2001, distributing our highly advanced food-contact approved brushes and cleaning equipment. We continue to strive for excellence in everything we do, including product development and customer service. Hillbrush is a family-owned and operated business. All Hillbrush Hygiene products are FDA food contact approved and suitable for use with cleaning protocols such as HACCP and 5S. For a quality clean, choose Hillbrush. FDA Food Contact Approved Products BRCGS Members SQF Members Campden BRI Members ABMA Members ISO9001:2015 Accredited Royal Warrant Holders

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Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing Provider 2250 NW 84th Ave Unit 101, Miami, FL 33122 USA Phone: 305/639-9770 Email: a.zapata@hiperbaric.com www.hiperbaric.com Hiperbaric – Global Leader in HPP Technology Hiperbaric is the world’s leading supplier of High Pressure Processing (HPP) equipment for the food and beverage industry. Hiperbaric headquarters are located in Spain and offers a full service to the US market from its delegation in Miami. In addition, there is a commercial and technical team located in Mexico, Singapore, and Australia. Since its inception in 1999, Hiperbaric has designed, developed, produced, and marketed its high pressure processing equipment internationally with hundreds of clients around the world. It offers the most reliable and productive units in the market endorsed by its more than 20 years of experience, its specialization and its constant R&D dedication. Its leadership is based on its full-integrated service that encompasses all the stages in the value chain from production to installation, including a 24/7 aftersales service and high qualified team of HPP PhD’s. High Pressure Processing – Food Safety. Extended Shelf Life. Clean Label. HPP technology is a non-thermal processing technique by which products are subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure to inactivate foodborne pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, extending the shelf life considerably, without adding any preservative to the original product. HPP also preserves the quality of fresh food, opens opportunities to new markets for clean label products due to the extension of shelf life and protects brands against recalls. HPP is a highly versatile technology that can be applied to a wide range of foods: juices and beverages, meat, fish and shellfish, fruits and vegetables, wet salads, dips, and sauces, pet food products and Ready-To-Eat products. For more information on High Pressure Pressing, please visit us at www.hiperbaric.com.

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Hoosier Feeder Company 100 W. Morgan Street Phone: 765-445-3333 Email: info@HoosierFeederCompany.com HoosierFeederCompany.com The food industry encompasses a wide variety of specifications for each type of application. It is important to know which specifications to comply with and knowing the limitations of the machines. From being able to withstand high pressure wash downs and corrosive cleaners each machine must adhere to each type of sub-category restrictions within the food industry. From the prepackaged foods to the bakery and meat standards Hoosier Feeder Company has the machines to meet both your demand and the specifications required. Hoosier Feeder Company has three types of food grade feeders for our customers to choose from. The first is the Hoppman Styled Unit that is ready to tackle anything the meat industry can throw at it. The second is our Food Grade Orienting Conveyor that is rated for the bakery industry. Lastly comes our Ultimate Orienting Conveyor, it can handle prepackaged foods and baked goods that require BISC standards. We are currently working on a version that will meet the meat standards of the AMI but still must get it certified. If you have any food applications that you are looking to automate then give Hoosier Feeder Company a call. We have the machines to do it and we are investing in future machines that will change the industry for the better. Together we can help make your food aspirations become a reality.

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Hurst Boiler & Welding Co, Inc. 100 Boilermaker Lane, Coolidge, GA 31738-3765 USA Phone: 877/994-8778 Email: info@hurstboiler.com www.hurstboiler.com Gas, Oil, Wood, Biomass, Coal, Solid Waste and Solid Fuel Fired Steam & Hot Water Boilers Hurst Boiler & Welding Company, Inc. has been designing, engineering and servicing a complete line of solid fuel, solid waste, biomass, gas, coal and oil-fired Firetube and Watertube steam and hot water boilers since 1967, for thousands of satisfied customers. Hurst also manufactures a complete line of boiler room peripherals such as blowdown separator surge tanks, and pressurized feedwater tanks. The Hurst Product Line includes Packaged boilers: 6 to 4,500 hp, pressures to 900 psi. Fire-tube, water-tube & feedwater equipment for all heating & process applications including: schools, dry cleaning, hospitals, universities, military & all commercial/industrial operations. Hurst is a custom manufacturer of engineered packaged boilers & boiler systems, biomass boiler systems, integrated PLC-based boiler controls & accessories. Low NOx modular boilers & burner configurations are available for all models, starting at 9.5 hp, meeting all state environmental requirements, including SCAQMD. Hurst proudly offers major repairs as well as service & preventative maintenance of Hurst steel boilers, ASME welding, “R” & “PP” stamps, refractory & tube repairs. Hurst Boiler stocks a large inventory of boiler parts including pollution control systems & exchangers, controls, forced draft burner parts, feedwater tanks, water softeners, chemical feed systems, castables, refractories & insulations. We offer in-stock replacement parts for all major commercial/industrial boilers. Services include domestic & export sales, parts, and service, and we pride ourselves in our extensive worldwide distributor/dealer network. Critical delivery services are also available. Field Installation & Product Education Our installation crews are headed by the most knowledgeable people in the boiler industry, backed with solid years of on-site experience. During the installation process, we educate your maintenance staff with the proper use, care and maintenance of your boiler.

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IKA Works, Inc. 2635 Northchase Pkwy SE, Wilmington, NC 28451 Phone: 910/452-7059 Email: process@ikausa.com www.ikausa.com Food manufacturers are always seeking innovative mixing technologies. At IKA they will find what they are looking for, regardless of the individual technical demands. With IKA mixing technologies, products retain exclusive organoleptic characteristics and a particularly appetizing look. IKA possesses an extensive know-how when it comes to the food industry’s multifaceted mixing processes: emulsifying and homogenizing, wet grinding, dispersing and powder input, drying and mixing of free-flowing solids. For example, IKA offers two powerful machines for the production of high-quality emulsions such as mayonnaise and ketchup: The Master Plant and the Standard Production Plant with a patented dispersing module. Both work under pressure or vacuum. During the everyday production process, they ensure maximum flexibility: they can mix, disperse, suck in and moisten solid substances, temper the mixture and eventually discharge it. IKA colloid mills and inline dispersing machines clear the way for particularly smooth spreads, horseradish and mustard matter. CMX machine developed by IKA enables the instant preparation of starch and sugar solutions in any desired amount. Additionally, IKA is revolutionizing bread baking. IKA machines make it possible for dough masses to be produced as part of a continuous process. A particular version of the inline machine ULTRA-TURRAX UTL does not only achieve a previously unmatched productivity, but also gives the dough its own special baking characteristics. All of IKA machines and equipment meant for the food industry are made exclusively from high-quality materials. They meet the highest hygienic requirements and are scalable. 3A certified machine version are also available.

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Industrial Magnetics, Inc. 1385 S M 75. Boyne City, MI 49712 USA Phone: 231/582-3100 Email: imi@magnetics.com https://www.magnetics.com/ Providing industry leading magnetic metal separation solutions for 60 years, since 1961. Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) is an industry leader in providing both permanent magnets and electromagnets for magnetic separation. Our specialty is custom fabricating. We design, engineer and manufacture magnetic assemblies and magnetic separation devices for our customers’ specific requirements, and take pride in the quality and performance of our products. We are always striving to make things better. Many of our magnetic separation products are HACCP International Certified and USDA AMS Accepted Equipment. Our Sanitary GradeRare Earth Magnetic Grate Tubes are certified by HAACP International and fully conform to HACCP International’s Food Safety Standard (0909MAGSEP 1-2010) for direct contact with food product as well as USDA AMS accepted Dairy, Meat and Poultry magnetic separator processing equipment. With worldwide distribution through a combination of a direct sales force and channel partners, we strive to provide personalized service and innovative solutions to meet the exact needs of our customer’s application. IMI is proud to be a United States- based manufacturer of magnetic assemblies and our USA M.A.D.E™ logo is how we like to show it. You will find our USA M.A.D.E™ logo on any of our products that are Manufactured • Assembled • Designed • Engineered here in the USA at our facilities. IMI employs over 100 personnel, with departments including: Sales, Marketing, G&A, Engineering, and Manufacturing.

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Interpak LLC 6107 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412 Phone: 865/209-4794 Email: sales@interpakllc.com www.interpakllc.com “Interpak was founded in 1992. We began by being agents for certain companies throughout Germany. We now have agencies and a global footprint today working with companies large and small. We are a team of experienced experts in the field of packaging machines and palletizing systems. Our portfolio serves our customers with packaging solutions from a single machine up to a complete system. Our services are designed to take care of your machines and train your staff. We are proud to have completed projects all over the world! We in recent years have taken the agency for Samwoo Automation based in South Korea. We serve the North and South American markets. Samwoo builds our machines to American Standards and reaches or exceeds German/American quality. We use only Rockwell Controls, so Allen Bradley is our standard. Most parts can be sourced locally, and your support is based in the United States. We also have the agency for Samwoo through our subsidiary, A+V Packaging Machines in Germany. We cover all of Europe, parts of Africa, and New Zealand. Our core business is end packaging building case packers, flow wrappers, side loaders - top loaders - and bottom loaders, picker cells and general robotics, buffer systems, collation systems, cartoners, case erectors, case closers, hooders, sleevers, and conveyor systems. We look forward to discussing your needs for future automation. You will find we have sound solutions at an affordable price. We are proud to now offer lease purchase options. The advantages to lease purchasing options include: 100% Financing, deductable Expense & Accelerated Write-Off, Conserve Working Capital, reduce Budget Limitations, off Balance Sheet Financing, preserve Credit, Lines, and hedge against inflation. Each year 80% of American businesses lease all or a portion of their equipment! Join our satisfied customer list around the world!

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JBT—Avure 1830 Airport Exchange Road, Suite 160, Erlanger, KY 41018 USA Phone: 614/255.6633 Email: info@avure.com www.avure-hpp-foods.com HIGH PRESSURE PASTEURIZATION (HPP) is cold pasteurization in pure water; it uses ultra-high pressure purified water to keep packaged food pathogen-free to stay fresh longer. At very high pressures bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella are inactivated. Foods using HPP include ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meats, ready-meals, fruits and vegetables, juices and smoothies, soups and sauces, wet salads and dips, dairy products, seafood and shellfish. HPP helps producers increase food safety and extend shelf-life while providing consumers with nutritious, natural, flavorful food. Avure Technologies created the first commercial high pressure processing system more than 60 years ago. Today, Avure features multiple HPP systems, including the AV-X, with upgradeable, energy-efficient and space-saving designs, worldwide tolling centers and partnerships with more major food brands than every other HPP manufacturer. Avure’s expandable machines enable a producer to buy the machine that best suits current needs, and as the company grows and volume expands, the machine can be upgraded to keep up with increased demand. With Avure HPP, producers are manufacturing in record volumes, reducing shrinkage and growing their distribution overnight. Avure also manufactures a vertical machine, the AV-S, developed specifically to allow seafood producers to more efficiently process shellfish, removing 100% of the meat from the shell, increasing yields by up to 30%. Avure operates an in-house research and development facility to help partners perfect their HPP-friendly recipes plus maintains service centers around the globe to answer questions, provide on-site maintenance and spare parts fulfillment.

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Kollmorgen 203 Rock Rd W, Radford, VA 24141 USA Phone: 540/633-3545 Email: support@kollmorgen.com www.kollmorgen.com Kollmorgen is a brand of Altra Industrial Motion with more than 100 years of motion experience. We deliver breakthrough solutions to help food and beverage OEMs and processors create more ambitious hygienic machine designs with more capable engineering and more confident delivery to every facility around the globe. More Ambitious Design for Hygienic Motion. Food and beverage producers are under constant pressure to maximize uptime and minimize product giveaway while ensuring food safety. Among Kollmorgen’s hygienic motion solutions are AKMH 316L stainless steel servo motors; AKD-N IP67 decentralized servo drives; and vented, washdown-ready cables. These solutions and more enable better control over filling and slicing accuracy, faster and more thorough washdown, and longerlasting performance for a more resilient and profitable production line. More Capable Engineering for Every Machine. Kollmorgen provides the widest range of standard products to meet the needs of your entire product line, and we can easily modify products to achieve special requirements. Our products are compatible with the leading control systems and drives used throughout the food and beverage industry. And we offer the know-how of senior engineers with decades of proven food and beverage experience. More Confident Delivery for Every Facility. Kollmorgen products meet the highest national and international safety standards. Our selfguided design tools, co-engineering expertise, and personalized support help you realize your project exactly as envisioned. And with our global footprint of manufacturing, design, application and service centers, you always have dependable access to the industry’s most highly respected motion solutions. Engineer the Exceptional with Kollmorgen.

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Linde 7000 High Grove Boulevard, Burr Ridge, IL 606527 Phone: 1-844-44LINDE Email: contactus@linde.com www.lindefood.com Rapid heat removal with cryogenic liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide offers processors a variety of options that meet their processing needs. Customers working with Linde’s industrial gas and equipment systems can boost productivity and maintain high product quality targets in freezing, chilling and cooling operations. Tunnel, spiral, flighted, snowing and in-line cooling systems provide cost saving benefits to our customers. For Linde and the food processing market areas we serve, there are three unique competencies to address the needs of our customers. The focus on 1) product temperature through precise heat removing properties of cryogenic gases, 2) the scientific application knowledge of the gases and gas atmospheres acquired by servicing thousands of customers, and 3) the system support coupled with engineering experience that allow our customers to rely on Linde to help improve productivity. Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company. We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality gases, application technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & refining, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde’s industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to highpurity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. For more information about the company and its products and services for the food processing market, please visit www.lindefood.com.

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METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection 1571 Northpointe Parkway, Lutz, FL 33558 Phone: 813/889-9500 Email: pi.marketing@mt.com www.mt.com/pi METTLER TOLEDO is the world’s largest manufacturer of metal detectors, checkweighers, X-ray and vision inspection equipment, delivering a wide range of solutions for foreign body protection, regulatory compliance, and improved profits. Systems range from economical to state-of-the-art with customized material handling solutions. Safeline metal detectors automatically reject all types of metal contaminants, including the most difficult to detect stainless steel. Systems are offered for dry, bulk, packaged, liquid or frozen products for gravity feed, conveyorized, pumped and throat applications. Safeline x-ray inspection systems use high-performance image processing to detect and reject all types of dense physical contaminants, as well as measure mass, check for missing or broken product, and confirm fill levels to guarantee product and package integrity. CI-Vision machine vision systems verify label content and integrity to prevent recalls. The use of these systems in your food safety program can help you prove due diligence, pass regulatory audits, and protect your brand. Hi-Speed checkweighers deliver productivity and profits. A wide range of sizes and configurations are available to handle nearly any container type or package design even at high production rates to ensure accurate product delivery, reduced giveaway, and optimized production processes. Patented weighing technology and over 50 years of package handling expertise ensures repeatable performance from the first to the last package weighed maintaining tight production tolerances. As a member of OMAC, METTLER TOLEDO is committed to connectivity and data storage and retrieval to help meet regulatory requirements. Inspection systems can be connected using a variety of methods, including our own ProdX data collection and management software. METTLER TOLEDO inspection systems are backed by the most comprehensive engineering solutions, product testing, and training in the industry with nationwide customer service and 24 hour telephone support.

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Miura America Co., Ltd. 2200 Steven B Smith Blvd., Rockmart, GA 30153 USA Phone: 888/309-5574 Email: us.info@miuraz.com www.miuraboiler.com MIURA: THE WORLD’S LEADER IN STEAM BOILER SYSTEMS Miura is a world leader in innovative steam boiler technology, with advances that include “cold start to full steam in less than 5 minutes,” or “On-Demand Steam,” a unique feature that allows users to turn boilers on or off easily according to load demands. Miura’s once-through watertube boilers are also exceptionally reliable, efficient, safe, and feature a range of impressive benefits that set them apart from traditional firetube boilers. Among these are best in class efficiency and reduced fuel requirements; enhanced operational reliability; modular, space-saving design; advanced controls and remote monitoring; and a best-in-industry safety record with zero catastrophic vessel failures resulting in casualty. The fastest growing steam boiler company in the North American market, Miura, along with Hartford Steam Boilers and Armstrong International, recently introduced “Steam as a Service” to meet Steam Generation needs for industry, while solving today’s capital funding, declining workforce expertise, and subpar system efficiency concerns Miura’ compact-designed LX Gas/Low NOx Series, Low and High Pressure Steam Boilers (available in boilers from 50 -300HP) use natural gas or propane and are available in a range of steam options. Their naturally low NOx (nitrogen oxide) ratings are as low as 9ppm depending on model. Miura’s EX Gas/Oil Series High Pressure Steam Boilers (available in boiler models starting from 100HP, and in 50HP increments up to 300HP) are the most versatile industrial steam boilers in the world. The EX design minimizes carryover and produces dry saturated steam. For over 60 years Miura has been committed to developing, manufacturing and servicing the most outstanding steam boiler systems in the world.

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Multi-Conveyor 25 Windustrial Road, PO Box 10, Winneconne, WI 54986, USA Phone: 800-236-7960 Email: info@multi-conv.com www.multi-conveyor.com We are a custom and standard conveyor manufacturer. Our products are multiple and unique. No one product defines Multi-Conveyor. Our projects are both large and small in scope. Our Designers and Engineers factor in sanitation, safety, ease of use, maintenance, longevity, and agency compliance using quality components that meet or exceed your requirements. The country’s leading raw and packaged food producers know we keenly understand OEE, effective, easy-to-clean, CIP/COP and wash down equipment. “Food grade conveyors may require features such as clean out ports, spray nozzles, belts lifts, and easily removable carry way and return way components. Standard sanitary features should include standoffs for frame mounted elements, sanitary supports and wash down rated power transmission components,” explains COO, Joe Miller. He continues, “Multi-Conveyor knows what it takes to be food agency compliant and meet regulatory and food safety demands put forth by USDA, FDA, WDA, 3-A Dairy, and AMI, to name a few.” Critical agency compliance, if not met, can increase your budget and create production down time. If this research is not done up front and a system is purchased on lowest initial cost, a poorly performing conveyor and extremely expensive retrofit could have you scrambling with interrupted production and a major headache in the process. Remember, conveyors are the lifeline component that keeps your products moving. Don’t let price and quick delivery take over. When comparing conveyor systems or bid quotes, make sure they’re apples-to-apples in construction, sanitation, performance, safety and compliance. Learn more. Call today. “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Munson Machinery Company, Inc. 210 Seward Ave., Utica, NY 13502-5750 USA Phone: 315/797-0090 Email: info@munsonmachinery.com www.munsonmachinery.com LEADERS IN MIXING, BLENDING AND SIZE REDUCTION MACHINERY SINCE 1823 Munson Machinery Company is a leading manufacturer of mixing, blending, size reduction and separation equipment serving the food, dairy, coffee/tea, nutraceutical and hemp industries. Munson offers the industry’s widest selection of equipment for mixing and blending of bulk food products (with or without liquid additions) including: Rotary Batch Mixers, Ribbon/ Paddle/Plow Blenders, Cylindrical Plow Blenders, Vee-Cone Blenders, Fluidized Bed Mixers, Rotary Continuous Mixers, and Variable Intensity Blenders. For size reduction of spices, herbs, nuts, dates, roots, grains, beans and other bulk food products, Munson manufactures Lump Breakers, Pin Mills, Attrition Mills, Screen Classifying Cutters, Knife Cutters, Shredders, and Hammer Mills. For solids separation, Munson’s Centrifugal Sifter can sift and scalp bulk food materials at high rates with virtually no product degradation. Munson equipment is available constructed of #304 or #316 stainless steel and finished to food, USDA dairy or pharmaceutical standards, with optional CIP systems. The exceptionally broad selection of full size equipment in Munson’s laboratory allows side-by-side testing of your actual material, and documents precisely how effective — or ineffective — any given machine would be at meeting your specific performance requirements. This assists customers in specifying a machine at no cost or obligation—and takes the risk out of purchasing bulk food processing machinery. Established in 1823, Munson offers unparalleled experience in solving the most challenging problems encountered by customers through most of two centuries, continuously improving equipment performance to a level unmatched by any comparable manufacturer worldwide.

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Paratherm 2009 Renaissance Blvd., King of Prussia, PA 19046 USA Phone: 610-941-4900 Email: info@paratherm.com www.Paratherm.com Paratherm - Heat Transfer Fluids has been in business for over 30 years. We are a dedicated team of service-oriented people with a variety of training, skills and experience. Our sales engineers can help you select the appropriate heat transfer fluid for your application. We also offer technical services to assist with troubleshooting along with a superior fluid analysis program. Paratherm products are always in stock and available globally. In a pinch, Paratherm can provide shipments same-day, and sales engineers are on-call 24 hours a day to get you what you need when you need it. Paratherm’ s fluid analysis laboratory analyzes thousands of samples a year. Our state-ofthe-art laboratory provides streamlined results that you can be confident in. Results and recommendations are provided in a clear, concise report, and follow-up consultation is included with every analysis. Paratherm has been a leader in food grade heat transfer fluids since it’s inception. Hundreds of systems in the food processing industry count on Paratherm’s industry leading fluid technology for their critical operations, including several of the largest food processors in the world. Paratherm offers several food grade heat transfer fluids registered with NSF and compliant to FDA 21 CFR 178.3570 suitable for a wide operating range to meet all food processing application requirements. Paratherm is well equipped to provide several food grade heat transfer fluids over a wide operating range. We your preferred heat transfer fluid supplier for over 30 years.

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Precision Food Innovations (PFI) Algona, IA, San Antonio, TX USA Phone: 515/295-7265 Email: sales@pfi-global.com pfi-global.com Precision Food Innovations (PFI) is an employee-owned company specializing in bulk material handling and conveying equipment for the food processing and packaging industries. Acquisitions of Meyer Industries and KOFAB companies has empowered PFI to offer industry-best, customized equipment along with creative solutions to help customers overcome even the most difficult application challenges. We offer a wide array of time-tested, proven conveying solutions for belt, vibratory, horizontal motion and bucket conveyors. Platforms, product dumpers and other supporting equipment round out our range of products giving them the ability to integrate all your conveying needs. Food manufacturing requires high sanitation standards and PFI’s commitment to those standards is a key piece of what sets us apart from the competition. As the requirements for sanitary conditions in the food world keeps growing, we are positioned to offer innovative designs to fill those needs. Innovation goes hand in hand with sanitary design. PFI develops better solutions for our customers by partnering with them to exceed their requirements. An emphasis on innovation means we works hard to provide equipment that brings the highest level of efficiency, safety and productivity to the job site. Customer focus is at the heart of PFI. By exceeding customers’ expectations of product performance and delivering on time and on budget, PFI’s trustworthy reputation provides customers the reassurance that they are our the number one priority. As an employee owned company, each of our employees understand the value of working together, how it benefits the customer, individual employee, and the team. At PFI, the goal is to have customers who are excited about doing business with us and know that we care about their food production needs. We want our customers to experience the results of innovation and collaboration to find better ways to create industrybest products. By executing the highest in sanitary design standards, superior quality control and teams dedicated to customer service and satisfaction, WE KEEP IT MOVING®

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P.E. North America 3080 Business Park Dr., Suite 103. Raleigh, NC 27610 USA Phone: 800/598-8601 Email: PE.NA@ProMachBuilt.com www.PENorthAmerica.com | www.AxonCorp.com P.E. North America supports P.E. Labellers labeling systems and Axon shrink sleeve, stretch sleeve and tamper evident band application systems in North America. By bringing these two world class product lines together in a single group, ProMach offers the broadest range of labeling and tamper evident technologies available from any single manufacturer. Dedicated solely to labeling and tamper evident banding equipment P.E. North America supports both product lines with a growing team of highly skilled and experienced technicians. P.E. Labellers – P.E. Labellers offers a wide range of labeling technologies including rotary and linear pressure sensitive labelers, rotary cut and stack cold glue labelers, rotary cut and stack hot melt labelers, rotary hot melt roll-fed labelers, rotary linerless pre-glued roll-fed labelers and truly modular multi-technology rotary labelers. Food, beverage, wine, distilled spirits, personal care product, household cleaning product, laundry product, cosmetic and pet food manufacturers around the world rely on P.E. Labellers for their container decoration needs. With both rotary and linear product lines, and pressure sensitive, cold glue, and hot melt capabilities, P.E. Labellers can provide a labeling solution for almost any application. Axon – Axon’s shrink systems include high speed, mid-speed and low speed applicators as well as steam, radiant, and convection heat shrink tunnels. Our highly flexible shrink systems are used for container decoration, multi-pack and tamper evident applications and our stretch sleeve systems are ideal for labeling large jugs, jars and bottles. Axon project and application engineers work closely with customers to evaluate each container-label combination and identify the applicator and shrink tunnel system that will consistently deliver the desired outcome. Axon’s shrink sleeve, stretch sleeve, and tamper evident band systems are used throughout North America for ready-to-drink beverages, foods, ice creams, personal care products, laundry products, household cleaning products, nutritional supplements, and nutraceuticals.

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PPM Technologies Holdings, LLC 500 E.Illinois St. Newberg, OR 97132 Phone: 503/537-5319 Email: neil.anderson@ppmtech.com www.ppmtech.com With more than 120 years of manufacturing food processing equipment, we like to think we know a thing or two. That experience helps us provide the most innovative and creative solutions to our customers’ challenges. Our focus on processing, seasoning and conveying, allows us to support our global customer base with well-engineered and manufactured solutions for producing snack foods, nuts and seeds, vegetables, meats, seafood and poultry, and much more. We produce a standardized range of products, but also have the ability to customize a solution to meet the needs of an ever-evolving market of unique product applications. Our extensive range of vibratory conveyors, belt and bucket elevators, provides many options for material handling of pre-processed and post-processed food products. Our ingredients and coatings product lines can provide a wide range of oils, tacs and gums, as well as dry powders, seasonings and particulates. Complete systems include heated mix and use kettles with fully automated PLC controls. Our brands include Allen Machinery, Aseeco, Wright Machinery and PPM Technologies, Inc, for which we provide all OEM parts and service, from our USA and UK locations.

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Radar Process 5685 Lake Wylie Road, Clover, SC 29710 Phone: (803) 393-7067 Email: sales@cardinalprocesssolutions.com www.radarprocess.com The food industry, since its inception, has been part of people’s life and evolution. Today, it is an increasingly developed and demanding sector—in terms of production and quality, but also control and automation. Radar Process, founded in 1974 in Barcelona (Spain), boasts over 40 years of experience providing comprehensive solutions to global customers in the handling, automation, and dosing of solid and liquid ingredients. Radar Process combines excellence in developing cost-effective, clean and, safe (under EHEDG and FDA certifications) technical solutions exhibiting great adaptability to the client needs, along with a utilization of the most advanced technology in automation. Radar Process can provide the solutions to convey and receive your ingredient: where you need it, when you need it, in the exact quantity.

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Samuel Packaging Systems Group 1401 Davey Road, Woodridge, Illinois, 60517 Phone: 800/323-4424 Email: packaging@samuel.com www.samuelpsg.com At Samuel Packaging Systems Group, we are committed to providing our customers with innovative, high quality, cost-effective packaging systems, supplies and solutions. Our technical expertise takes customers’ packaging and unitizing requirements from the initial concept to advanced CAD engineering through to fabrication, installation and maintenance. Our comprehensive in-house research and engineering capabilities, modern manufacturing plants and responsive customer service teams provides customers complete packaging and unitizing solutions. At Samuel, we strive to be the preferred strategic supplier of packaging equipment and consumables for many different markets across North America. With an extensive service organization providing installation, training, technical support and field service on all the products we sell, we also deliver the support customers need for the markets they serve. Samuel’s technical expertise takes customers’ packaging and unitizing requirements from the initial concept to advanced CAD engineering through to fabrication, installation and maintenance. OUR PRODUCTS & SERVICES: • • • • • • • • • • •

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Sani-Matic, Inc. 2855 Innovation Way, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Phone: 800-356-3300 Email: hello@sanimatic.com www.sanimatic.com Let Sani-Matic help solve your problems with process integrity or capacity, thorough automation of sanitation and cleaning processes including CIP, COP, Tunnel Washers, and more. Our Products • SaniCab® pan, tray, bucket, hose, and more washer • SaniTrend™ Cloud and local automated data recording and OEE optimization •C uilt to purpose Clean- n- lace Systems • CO Clean-Out-of- lace systems for every need • Tunnel ashers Conveyorized, high capacity washing • Centralized ashdown systems oosted pressure systems and rinse-foam-sanitize stations • Sanitary Components Components - High quality, off-the-shelf and custom fabricated components such as strainers, static sprays, rotary and jet sprays, CO baskets, and more. Services - Sani-Matic’s team of field service engineers provides onsite cleaning system audits and optimization, preventive maintenance, system start-up, and aftermarket services. Sani-Matic: Improving food and beverage processors’ production uptime and sanitary results for more than 75 years. It’s been that way since the Sani-Matic story began in 1943. That’s when we developed a Clean-Out-of-Place (COP) Parts Washer for the dairy industry and began a precedent of high-quality equipment innovation at the forefront of automating sanitary cleaning processes. Today, we continue our commitment to sanitary cleaning results for a diverse range of industries including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, biotech, nutraceutical and personal care.

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Schenck Process 7901 NW 107th Terrace Kansas City, MO 64153 Phone: 816/891-9300 Email: americas@schenckprocess.com www.schenckprocess.com/us Schenck Process engineer’s cutting-edge technologies and solutions across the bulk material handling spectrum, delivering unmatched precision and accuracy for dry powder pneumatic conveying, mixing, depositing, extruding, forming, milling, sifting, weighing and feeding. For plant safety a wide range of dust collection systems are also part of the product portfolio. Through the integration of its Mac Process, Clyde Process, Baker Perkins, Schenck AccuRate, Kemutec, Raymond Bartlett Snow and Stock Equipment brands, Schenck Process boasts a streamlined business model that enables it to deliver a unified process solution for customers in every corner of the world. Technology Growth – With the recent acquisition of Baker Perkins the Schenck Process Group can further serve the food industry with a complete line of food processing equipment that includes: • • • • • • •

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By adding these technologies to the Schenck Process product portfolio we now offer an even wider solution package for bakery, confectionery, biscuit, cookie and cracker, breakfast cereal and pet food end-markets. roduct Description hether conveying , lbs. of sugar or feeding small amounts of food additives, the experienced staff at Schenck Process will work with you to select the most cost-effective and energy efficient technology for your product. Schenck Process delivers all types of pneumatic conveying, mixing, depositing, extruding, forming, milling and grinding technologies along with offering a complete selection of air filtration, weighing and feeding solutions to solve your toughest bulk material handling challenges.

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Schneider Electric 8001 Knightdale Blvd, Knightdale, NC 27545 www.se.com/us/en/work/solutions/for-business/food-and-beverage/ At Schneider Electric, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment. We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. Our solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods industry are based on expertise, proven methodology, reuse, and a deep understanding of your markets and their challenges. Our experts and partners help you specify your installations and advise you on the best solutions. Our international teams coordinate the implementation of complex projects, increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the industry in charge of feeding the world. In today’s quickly evolving landscape, it’s important to have an experienced partner to help your company maintain its competitive edge. Under the Schneider Electric umbrella of companies are industry leaders such as ASCO™, Modicon™, Foxboro™, Square D™, Altivar™, Triconex™, and AVEVA™ that offer industrial automation components to make your facility run smoothly and reliably.

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SEW-EURODRIVE, Inc. 1295 Old Spartanburg Hwy. Lyman, SC 29365 Phone: 864/439-7537 Email: cslyman@seweurodrive.com www.seweurodrive.com | www.ptpilot.com Engineering excellence and customer responsiveness define SEW-EURODRIVE, a leading manufacturer of gear units, motors, and electronic control systems. SEW- EURODRIVE solutions set the global standard for high performance and rugged reliability in the toughest operating conditions. With its global headquarters in Germany, the privately held company currently employs over 17,000 employees with a presence in 52 countries worldwide. U.S. operations include a state-of-the-art manufacturing center, 5 regional assembly plants, more than 65 technical sales offices, and hundreds of distributors and support specialists. This extensive representation enables SEW- EURODRIVE to provide local service, support, and manufacturing from coast-to-coast to around the world. TorqLOC® Hollow Shaft Mounting System SEW-EURODRIVE’s patented TorqLOC® mounting system is the premier choice for a hollow shaft connection. Its keyless, taper bushing design allows easy installation and removal, even after years of operation in a chemical or wash-down environment. It is perfect for applications where safety prohibits the use of belts and chains. Plus, its corrosion resistance and non-fretting design make it the perfect solution for wet environments. No need to cut the drive shaft to remove the gear unit! Unlike a shrink disc that requires a ground shaft with very high tolerance, TorqLOC can use standard stock material without additional machining. TorqLOC offers advantages to both the OEM and the end user by reducing costs for machining, inventory, and installation. No wonder it is SEWEURODRIVE’s best-selling shaft design! Machinery in the food industry must endure particularly harsh environments, and SEWEURODRIVE has engineered a motor built specifically to meet those challenges. The DRN Series motor with an encapsulated stator and conduit box meets the rigorous demands of the food processing industry, where damp conditions and chemical washdown are standard. From customer experience, this design typically outlasts the competition in harsh facilities such as poultry processing.

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Shape Process Automation 1255 Harmon Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, USA Phone: +1 (248) 829-2800 Email: spainfo@shapetechnologies.com www.shapeprocessautomation.com At Shape Process Automation, our goals are simple: help you satisfy your customers and meet their expectations by enabling you to deliver products that are consistently high in quality and help you meet the increasingly strict government food safety requirements; today and in the future. Our strong background in waterjet cutting and robotic integration, paired with our custom factory automation expertise, gives us a unique perspective covering the entire manufacturing process. From cutting and trimming to handling and packaging, and through to end-of-line palletizing, we design and build solutions that help solve some of the most common industry-specific challenges, including an inconsistent and unreliable labor pool, rising compensation costs, increasing food safety regulations, traceability and more. We proudly partner with other leaders in the food processing industry to deliver highly innovative and automated solutions. Together, our capabilities include waterjet cutting and trimming of protein, produce, and baked goods, High-Pressure Processing (HPP) automation via robotic load/unload, line design automation, robotic case packing, robotic pick and place, and robotic palletizing.

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Shick Esteve 4346 Clary Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64130 USA Phone: 877/744.2587 Email: info@shickesteve.com www.shickesteve.com As the only global provider focused solely on the food industry, Shick Esteve provides the latest in ingredient automation solutions and process design. Our expertise includes automation of bulk, minor/micro, liquid ingredients and process design. Quality, robust ingredient automation. Unmatched service and exceptional value that create enduring relationships. Shick Esteve provides integrated data and process control that focuses on giving customers greater access to their data. Clarity Process Management provides clarity of data in a contextual format, allowing customers to make real-time decisions that will maximize their production. Our industry leading Clarity Software Suite includes data acquisition, recipe/batch management and traceability. Integrated, easy and secure systems for anyone to use. Simply put, we provide the right data so you can make decisions. Our global network means you’ll have access and accountability 24/7, no matter where you are. We deliver peace of mind with flawless project execution and reliable, repeatable production processes. We are your trusted partner, from design and installation to maintenance and upkeep. Food-focused for more than 60 years. Global resources that deliver more. Shick Esteve is a complete ingredient automation solution provider. We design, manufacture, install and service ingredient automation systems for customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.shickesteve.com. LINXIS group’s purpose is to leverage our collective expertise to develop and implement specialized equipment solutions, enabling our customers to be best-in-class industrial players wherever they operate. www.linxisgroup.com

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Sleeve Seal 14000 Dineen Drive Little Rock, AR 72206 USA Phone: 501-492-3893 Email: sales@sleeveseal.com sleeveseal.com Shrink Labeling Solutions Vertical Shrink Sleeve Labelers Sleeve Seal is focused on a new era of repeatable labeling performance. Built-to-last American manufacturing expertise and modern engineering combine to produce speeds from 25 to 1600 CPM on robust machines equipped with intelligent Allen Bradley controls. Heavy weight construction and the fastest, most durable drive train in the industry provide countless hours of high efficiency runs. Sleeve Seal machines are engineered to provide quality-labeling performance with simple, tool-less changeovers between container formats. Other patented innovations, such as a multi-blade cutter assembly with quickchange blades have been developed for ease of maintenance. Cap Sealers Sleeve Seal Cap Sealers offer the same rugged construction and precision application as our vertical labelers with rapid tool-less changeover of change parts. Our cap sealers and vertical shrink labelers utilize identical drive trains, allowing the user to switch safely and easily from format to format. Shrink Tunnels The line of Sleeve Seal shrink tunnels features a new style of tunable controls that make shrinking labels on containers both precise and repeatable. In order to shrink labels at higher speeds, our shrink tunnels come in a broad range of sizes that compliment all of our labelers. In addition to newly designed controls, Sleeve Seal tunnels feature 316 stainless steel interior lining and components for maximum corrosion resistance. Every shrink tunnel model features external controls that allow the adjustment of individual arrays without exposing the operator to heat.

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Spokane Industries 3808 N Sullivan Rd, Bldg 4, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 USA Phone: 509/921-8868 Email: Ken@spokaneindustries.com www.SpokaneIndustries.com Spokane Industries®, founded in Spokane, Washington in 1952, has been serving and supporting customers for many decades. We are a stainless steel equipment manufacturer, specializing in custom engineered tanks, vessels, and equipment. We service a wide variety of industries in addition to food processing including: water, wine and spirits, aviation fuel, defense, biochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and agricultural. This vast experience opens up new ideas that can be cross-pollenated to provide solutions to the food products industry in ways never before imagined. Our engineering team is the foundation of the commitment to our customers. Innovation isn’t just a word here, it is at the nucleus of what we do. Using state-of-the-art solid modeling & FEA tools, they eagerly embrace customer’s challenges, conceiving innovative solutions that are on the leading edge of the industry, including ASME Pressure Vessel & UL Code certified design. Smart solutions to help your facility perform at peak production efficiency. And if product support is required, our attentive team will assist you and get the issued solved quickly! We are committed to your complete satisfaction! Our production team has the experience to complete the job, on time, and on budget. Several of our craftsmen have been with Spokane Industries working with stainless for over 30 years! Their fabricating expertise shows in the high quality welding and finishing of the completed product. Let us assist and provide you with custom engineered tanks, pressure vessels, mixing systems, fryer components, custom process components, and any other item that can be manufactured from stainless steel. All of the highest quality, always made in U.S.A. We are here to serve, as we have been since 1952! We look forward to your call!

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Spraying Systems Co. North Avenue and Schmale Road, P.O. Box 7900, Wheaton, IL 60187-7901 USA Phone: 800-95-SPRAY Email: info@spray.com www.spray.com Spraying Systems Co., the global leader in spray technology, has been providing food and beverage processors with solutions to cleaning, coating, lubricating, drying and other challenges for more than 80 years. Our spray nozzles, tank cleaners and automated systems help processors operate more sustainably by reducing water, energy and chemical use; minimizing waste and improving food and worker safety. Our spray technology helped one snack food producer reduce water use by 500,000,000 gallons, lower water costs by $3,000,000 and save $7,000,000 on energy. A bakery reduced egg wash use by 50% and product scrap by 10% by using one of our Precision Spray Control systems. Another food processor using soybean oil as a release agent, eliminated worker health hazards – slip hazards and airborne mist – by using our AccuCoat® Heated Spray system. Our PathoSans® On-Site Generation Technology that produces a highly effective cleaner and disinfectant on-site and on-demand, helped a poultry processor increase disinfection of its facility without exposing workers to the toxicity of conventional chemicals. These are just a few of the ways we’ve helped food processors operate more safely and efficiently. If you are challenged by messy wasteful overspray or want to reduce water use in cleaning operations, extend product shelf life through efficient application of mold inhibitors or antimicrobials, reduce energy use in drying applications we can help. You’ll find a spray specialist in your area, ready to assist with these applications plus more.

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Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc. 1840 St. Regis Blvd. Dorval QC H9P 1H6 Canada Phone: 888-278-5555, ext. Email: sales@starview.net www.starview.net Starview Packaging Machinery, Inc. is a primary manufacturer of tray sealers for food tray packaging with over 25 years of supplying standard and custom packaging systems to our customers and distributors. Providing the Processed Food Industry with Innovative Packaging Machines for: • Fresh Foods • Frozen Foods • eady to Eat Meals • Customized ackaging E uipment • Systems with Automation and ntegration We design, engineer, and manufacture a comprehensive line of manual, semi-automatic, and automatic tray sealing machines. Available in shuttle, rotary, and inline conveyor configurations, a variety of standard and custom sealing areas are available to meet the specific re uirements of customers and maximize productivity. Machines are configured to suit specific applications with a focus on efficient, easy to operate, safe to use, and cost effective to run. Starview’s distinct competitive advantage is in providing a range of both standard and customized uality packaging systems backed by solid machine designs, robust machine construction, and superior service. Starview offers many value-added features for our machines such as auto tray loading, fillers, product sensing, printing and/or verification, automatic packaging materials loading, automatic lid placement, finished package unloading with reject feature for non-compliant packages.

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Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. 24711 Emerson Road, P.O. Box 418, Sterling, IL 61081 USA Phone: 800/257-7214 Email: sterlingcontrols.com www.sterlingcontrols.com Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has over 45 years of experience and a unique industrial application knowledge base. Our reputation is earned. We are a premier provider of efficient solutions for automated batching systems, weighing, bulk bag filling, bulk bag unloading, process controls, and plant automation. We create custom designed, engineered and manufactured systems based on the exact goals and needs of each customer. Today, our custom state-of-the-art designs utilize the latest technology specializing in weighing and batching systems, data management, as well as raw material and production data tracking. Sterling Systems & Controls software, electrical and mechanical engineers design complete processing systems for various automation requirements within a wide array of industries. These systems include automated weighing/batching systems, complete plant automation, modular weighing systems, and upstream/downstream equipment including raw material handling systems, bulk bag filling stations, bulk bag unloading systems, conveyors, and post batch material handling systems. In addition to process equipment, we provide process controls, motor control centers, control panel fabrication and general automation utilizing many standard hardware and software platforms. Our forte is custom batching systems, material weighing systems, as well as process and plantwide automation systems. Sterling Systems provides the best single-source solutions due to our eye for details and a well-rounded history in working with the Food, Baking, Feed, PetFood, Agriculture, Chemical, Rubber, Plastics, and other industries. We also can integrate our automated process and plant control systems with your general business system. And if you need remote monitoring of your control system data, we can provide this capability with our WebCentral™ software application. WebCentral is a browser based application that allows you to access the database of the automated control system. Because it is browser based, it is very simple and intuitive to use. Similarly we offer our preventative maintenance planning software application, PMPlanR™, as a browser based solution as well.

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TDI Packsys LLC 974 Corporate Woods Parkway Phone: 877/834-6750 Email: sales@tdipacksys.com www.tdipacksys.com At TDI PACKSYS, we believe the small things matter. Which is why we offer X-ray inspection machines that can find contaminants as small as 0.3mm. That’s 25% smaller than any other X-ray machine. We also provide better and more comprehensive, expert service. We think that dedication to our customers is a pretty big difference between us and our competitors, and a very big deal. Product safety is critical to the success of your business. We take that responsibility as seriously as you do. That’s why our inspection systems are the most sensitive in the industry. Our multi-dimensional X-ray machines can view a contaminant from multiple angles, significantly improving the detection rate in jar and canister products. Our line-up of X-ray machines can uncover metal, glass, ceramic, stone, and bone better than anyone else can. We also offer remote service, so we can troubleshoot any issues off-site. We know machine downtime is costly. We make sure our solutions are not. Our best-in-class products also include packaging automation designed to meet your seal of approval. Think of our solutions as high-performance vehicles, ready to zoom ahead to the finish line. They feature state-of-the-art German engineering you won’t find anywhere else. Our global manufacturing platform ensures that you always get the best engineering and quality. Our high-end machines are the finest in the world, but unlike our competition, we offer a range of machines to fit your needs and your budget. We work with you to determine the true gamut of your needs, not only the ones you face today, but those you may encounter in the future. Then, we’ll uncover the best, customized solution for you, incorporating the highest quality, industry-leading machines and systems. We’ll optimize performance and maximize value because with TDI PACKSYS, you get the complete package.

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ThermOmegaTech®, Inc. 353 Ivyland Road. Warminster, PA 18974 Phone: 877/379-8258 Email: valves@thermomegatech.com www.ThermOmegaTech.com Founded in 1983, ThermOmegaTech® is an innovator in the design and manufacture of self-actuated thermostatic technology. We are a privately held organization located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our company provides solutions for a wide range of applications including washdown, freeze & scald protection, tepid water delivery, mixing & diverting, thermal relief, and other temperature control needs. Over 95% of ThermOmegaTech®’s products are manufactured, calibrated, and tested in-house. R&D, prototype development, integrated solutions, and engineering support are also on site. ThermOmegaTech® is ISO 9001:2015 & AS9100 certified. STVM Washdown Station - ThermOmegaTech’s STVM® Washdown Station delivers a high temperature wash at a user-defined temperature using a proprietary mixing valve to combine steam & water. Our Silent Venturi Mixing Valve (STVM®) design is self-scouring which minimizes mineral buildup and reduces maintenance frequency. Maintaining competitor washdown units is time consuming due to complex disassembly, special tooling requirements, and non-reusable components. Our washdown station utilizes a simple cartridge design which can be removed with a wrench & cleaned in a descaling solution before reassembly. The station is in-line serviceable, so the operator simply switches out the cartridge with a spare and the unit is back up and running in minutes, significantly reducing downtime. The station operates at around 20 decibels less than competitor mixing units, reducing operator stress and improving workplace conditions. Safety is our priority which is why the unit includes interlocking shut-off ball valves that instantly shut-off of both inlets & prevents accidental steam only operation. Our thermally actuated over-temperature shut off design will also reduce flow if the output temperature exceeds the factory set point (150°F/185°F) & will completely shut down 15°F above that to protect personnel.

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Tippmann Group 9009 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 USA Phone: 260/490-3000 Email: tippsales@tippmanngroup.com www.tippmanngroup.com Tippmann Group is a unique combination of two companies, Tippmann Construction and Interstate Warehousing, which are dedicated to safe and efficient design, construction and operation of multi-temperature processing and distribution facilities for the food industry. In business since 1968, our refrigeration expertise and owner/operator experience make Tippmann Group your single-source provider for all of your temperature-controlled facility needs. Tippmann Group’s QFR Zone® utilizes improved airflow to provide an energy and labor efficient blast freezing solution, freezing products faster and more cost efficiently than traditional blast systems. The QTR Zone® utilizes the same technology for thawing frozen product quickly. Tippmann Construction Design/build construction of multi-temperature warehouse and production facilities; New builds, expansions and renovations; Master site planning; Members of U.S. Green Building Council; Owner/operator experience & knowledge Interstate Warehousing 5th largest PRW in United States; 115,000,000 cubic feet of cold storage space; SQF certified facilities; Customized distribution solutions; Retail and Foodservice consolidation programs; Comprehensive management development & training program

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tna North America Inc. 680 S. Royal Lane, Suite 100, Coppell, TX 75019-2800 Phone: 972/462-6500 Email: info@tnasolutions.com www.tnasolutions.com tna is a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions with over 35 years of industry experience and 14,000 systems installed across more than 120 countries. The company provides a comprehensive range of products including materials handling, processing, cooling and freezing, coating, distribution, seasoning, weighing, packaging, inserting and labelling, metal detection, verification and end of line solutions. tna also offers a variety of production line controls integration & SCADA reporting options, project management and training. tna’s unique combination of innovative technologies, extensive project management experience and 24/7 global support ensures customers achieve faster, more reliable and flexible food products at the lowest cost of ownership. A customer-centric approach dominates tna’s business philosophy to address any production challenges and suggest innovative solutions to help customers stay ahead of the game. tna combines the expertise of its team members to offer innovative technology solutions that cater to the ever-evolving demands of the food industry. Our aftermarket services provide real time remote assistance for collaborative maintenance, repairs and inspections. When tna was founded, its offering was a single, innovative packaging machine (tna robag®). Today, the brand is a single-source supplier for an entire food production line. Whether it’s for building a new line, or upgrade a current production line, tna is the soughtafter partner to provide the perfect solution. It is tna’s belief that a company’s performance must be measured by its contribution to building economic, social and environmental capital towards enhancing societal sustainability. It is with this belief that the Nadia and Alf Taylor Foundation has evolved into a Foundation that has supported more than 150 charities across 39 countries and has directly impacted the lives of over 19,000 people.

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Triangle Package Machinery Company 6655 West Diversey Ave., Chicago Illinois 60707 USA Phone: 800/621-4170 Email: info@trianglepackage.com www.trianglepackage.com Looking to improve production and efficiency? Our packaging solutions can help you do just that. Founded by Louis Muskat in 1923, today the family’s third generation continues a tradition of innovation in packaging machinery. We offer superior engineering, a complete manufacturing facility and dedicated customer support. In addition, our vffs baggers, scales and cartoners are made in the USA - designed and built at our Chicago headquarters. Triangle’s core solutions include Vertical Form Fill Seal (vffs) Baggers; Combination Weighers; Cartoning/Bag in Box Systems; Tray Loaders/Depositors; and Rotary Pouch Machines. VFFS Baggers Whether your application requires pillow bags, 3-sided seal bags, zippers, Doy bags, flat bottom or stand-up pouches (SUP), you can count on Triangle to deliver a trusted, costefficient solution to your packaging machinery needs. Our vffs baggers provide improved efficiency and production, quick and easy changeovers, and clean, accessible, sanitary designs that can meet USDA/3A standards. New solutions this year include our Delta Bagger, which offers ease of use and a rugged, sanitary design. Our Compact Sanitary Bagger, Model CSB, features a machine width of only 36”, yet can run bags up to 13” wide. To double production with minimal floor space, users can pair two CSBs in a dual configuration with a single scale. For liquid and semiliquid fill applications, check out our new Model XYTLF vffs bagger. InLine Combination Weighers Triangle InLine Combination Weighers offer unmatched accuracy and efficiencies. Pair with a bagger, tray loader, or rotary pouch machine for a seamless, integrated system. A Name You Can Trust Finally, with one of the largest and most experienced field service staffs in the industry, we can keep you running 365/24/7.

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URSCHEL 1200 Cutting Edge Drive, Chesterton, Indiana 46304 U.S.A. Phone: 844/877-2435 Email: info@urschel.com www.urschel.com As the Global Leader in Food Cutting Technology, Urschel remains the market leader in industrial food processing plants throughout the U.S., Europe, and all countries where food is commercially processed. Headquartered in Chesterton, Indiana, one hour outside of Chicago, Urschel designs, manufactures, and sells industrial grade precision cutting machinery. Leading processors around the world in food and allied industries depend on Urschel to deliver targeted, capable cutting solutions. Urschel recently released five new dynamic models. New to the Affinity® line, the U.S.D.A., Dairy Division accepted Affinity Integra-D Cheese Dicer and the Affinity CD-L Dicer, focusing on dried fruits/bakery products and offering higher capacities compared to the CD-A and L-A dicers. New to the DiversaCut® line, the DiversaCut 2110A® with Conveyor Dicer provides batch and controlled discharge of product. The new TranSlicer® 2520 Cutter is available in two models – standard or short length – this new slicer builds on the TranSlicer name and offers a newer design that greatly reduces cleaning and washdown times. View the Urschel website to learn more. Free-of-charge test cutting services are available to assist with R&D, learn more about an existing Urschel machine, or help evaluate a capital equipment purchase. Customers may witness test cutting of their product in-person, via video, or live remotely. Contact Urschel for more information.

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ABB Motors & Mechanical new.abb.com/drives/energy-efficiency

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. 1

Admix www.admix.com

27

111

100

115

Cleveland Gear www.clevelandgear.com

98

CMP (Charlotte Met www.cmpequipment.com

48

www.haverusa.com

www.ikausa.com

www.magnetics.com

www.interpakllc.com

www.tdipacksys.com/x-ray

99

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www.tippmanngroup.com

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tna North America

www.opxleadershipnetwork.org

www.tnasolutions.com

PENorthAmerica.com• AxonCorp.com

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59

Triangle Package Machinery 73

www.trianglepackage.com

10

Urschel Laboratories, Inc.

Paratherm.com

65

www.urschel.com

39

VAC-U-MAX

www.paxtonproducts.com

98

www.vac-u-max.com

www.pfi-global.com

53

Van der Graaf 35

www.vandergraaf.com/PF

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Verder, Inc.

www.ppmtech.com

51

www.verder.us

68

Veritiv 4

www.veritivcorp.com/food

113

Volkmann, Inc.

www.mixers.com

29

www.volkmannUSA.com

www.samuelpsg.com

70

WIPOTEC-OCS, Inc. 67

wipotec-ocs.com

41

Wire Belt

www.sanimatic.com

13

www.wirebelt.com

Schenck Process LLC 81

103

Tippmann Group

www.munsonmachinery.com

Sani-Matic 83

71

www.thermomegatech.com/linesmoving

Samuel Packaging Systems Group

www.schenckprocess.com/us

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Yaskawa America Inc. 75

www.yaskawa.com

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Schneider Electric 64

www.se.com/food-and-beverage

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SEW Eurodrive, Inc. 108

Interpak LLC 44

69

www.multi-conveyor.com

ROSS Mixers

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102

ThermOmegaTech

Hillbrush, Inc.

www.hurstboilers.com

www.sterlingcontrols.com TDI Packsys LLC

www.miuraboiler.com

www.radarprocess.com

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Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc.

PPM Technologies 85

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www.starview.net

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www.heatandcontrol.com/alwaysinnovating 105

www.hoosierfeedercompany.com

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www.mt.com/pi

Radar Process

www.hiperbaric.com

www.spray.com/reduce Starview Packaging Machinery

www.lubriplate.com

Heat and Control, Inc.

www.hillbrush.com/us

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PFI (Precision Food Innovations) 43

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. 134

Deville Technologies www.devilletechnologies.com

hapman.com/profood

www.lindefood.com/vision

Paxton Products 96, 102

IIKA Works, Inc. 55

DELMIA Works www.3ds.com/delmiaworks

www.graphalloy.com

Hurst Boilers

CRB www.crb.com

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Spraying Systems Co.

Paratherm

Hoosier Feeder Company 63

Coperion K-Tron www.coperion.com/food-extruders

www.GRpumps.com

www.spokaneindustries.com

P.E. North America 2

Hiperbaric USA 9

Columbia Machine, Inc. www.palletizing.com

GerickeGroup.com

Haver & Boecker USA 33

CSI—Central States Industrial www.csidesigns.com

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Hapman 66

Camfil APC www.CamfilAPC.com

www.goe-asf.com

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Munson Machinery 97

Graphite Metallizing 72

Calbrite www.calbrite.com/sanitary-strut/

www.fristam.com/FDS

Gorman-Rupp Pumps

Cablevey Conveyors ww.cablevery.com

8

56

Spokane Industries

www.kpfilms.com

Multi-Conveyor

Gericke USA, Inc. 125

Busch Vacuum Solutions www.buschusa.com

www.fpscorp.ca

www.sleeveseal.com

Miura 45

General Oil Equipment 79

Bunting Magnetics www.buntingmagnetics.com

www.flexlink.com

106

Mettler-Toledo Cov-2

Fristam Pumps 20

Atlas Copco www.atlascopco.com

www.flexicon.com

17

Sleeve Seal

www.kingplastics.com

Lubriplate Lubricants 52

FPS Corp.

Ashworth Bros., Inc. www.Ashworth.com/ProFood

www.festo.us

FlexLink Systems 88

Anritsu Infivis Inc. www.anritsu.com/infivis

18

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www.shickesteve.com/clarity

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Flexicon Corp. 47

Anderson Dahlen Inc. www.andersondahlen.com

www.esigroupusa.com/services

76

Klöckner Pentaplast 61

Festo Corp. 107

AmTrade Systems www.amtrade-systems.com

www.Eriez.com

COMPANY/WEBSITE Shick Esteve

www.Avure-HPP-Foods.com King Plastic Corporation

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ESI Group USA

Ampco Pumps Company www.ampcopumps.com

www.

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JBT-Avure 30

Eriez Magnetics 32

Air Products www.airproducts.com/QuickChill

www.electricities.com EnSight Solutions

57

Aerzen USA www.aerzenrentalusa.com

PAGE COMPANY/WEBSITE

www.seweurodrive.com

Cov-4

Shape Process Automation 127

www.shapeprocessautomation.com

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‘Bending the Curve’ of Foodborne Illness Through More Traceability Rules A traceability initiative proposes to overcome barriers to giving FDA accurate, timely, and comprehensive information about a food’s manufacturing history to prevent further distribution and public health crises during a recall.

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ITH TODAY’S ONLINE shopping experience, consumers can basically know how, where, and when purchases get from the manufacturer, through the distribution chain, and to their front door, amazingly with a delivery picture to prove they reached their destination! Many retail sellers provide a fully transparent tracking experience, using a unique tracking number and a link to a package carrier where buyers can watch the product’s path along the national or even global distribution chain. This customer service traceability benefit is so common, we tend to take it for granted and expect the seller to routinely provide us with a tracking number as a condition of our purchase. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now proposing an enhanced level of traceability for consumer packaged goods (CPG) food products as they move through the supply chain. For certain highrisk covered foods (see box, opposite page), it is up to companies to develop and maintain electronic records from farm to retail outlet. Until now, the required level of track and trace has only been the one step forward/one step back approach derived out of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 (Fed Reg, 2004) with further advanced recordkeeping requirements found in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 (Barach, 2017). Now, the FDA has proposed implementing additional rules, based on FSMA Section 204(d), to mandate developing, keeping available, and providing to FDA records with much more detailed information about a food’s journey along the entire food chain. These proposed rules are outlined in the September 2020 Federal Register Notice (Fed Reg, 2020) announcing new “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods.” The driving forces behind these new proposed 218

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rules are twofold. First, it’s an initiative from Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response. Since he joined the FDA two years ago, Yiannas has been eager to bring blockchain technology to the food industry (Yiannas, 2018), as noted in a previous ProFood World article (Barach, 2019). This strategy is outlined in the FDA’s newly released New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. Secondarily, the U.S. food industry continues to struggle with foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning each year—leading to 128,000 hospital stays and 3,000 deaths. In recent years, the CDC has seen an increase in foodborne illness outbreaks that span multiple states (CDC, 2020). The timing of the proposed rule is further driven by a number of recent foodborne illness outbreaks involving high-risk foods, notably produce. The FDA’s current list of covered foods was developed using a high-risk food ranking model. It includes seven specific criteria (such as biological and chemical characteristics, but not allergens), and it identifies risky foods based on the frequency of outbreaks and the occurrence of illness associated with them. The list of covered foods is slanted toward produce because it can be difficult to rapidly and effectively track and trace their movement in the food chain. As seen with outbreaks in fresh leafy greens and other foods over the past decade, anonymity and lack of traceability in the food system are factors that hinder significant progress in rapid traceback efforts to identify contaminated foods. Although the CDC has developed tools to identify possible multistate outbreaks and investigate their causes, both the FDA and the CDC need tools that provide accurate and specific information to better communicate with CPGs in the event of an illness outbreak. That is where this traceability initiative pro-

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poses to overcome barriers and give the FDA accurate, timely, and comprehensive information about Cucumbers Soft a food’s manufacturing history to Leafy Fresh cheeses Melons Nut butter Shell eggs greens track and trace a hazardous food, herbs preventing further distribution and Finfish resolving a public health crisis dur& smoked crustaceans ing a recall. Ready-to-eat Mollusks, Tropical The problem is outlined in Tomatoes deli salads Peppers bivalves tree fruit Sprouts the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint section on “Tech-Enabled Traceability” (FDA, result of having paper-based, limited-step systems 2020a). The blueprint describes is that many foodborne illness outbreak investigathe current situation of limited transparency in tions have been slow, resulting in more illnesses and today’s food chain system and the inability to rapidly economic loss. Improved traceability, as envisioned track and trace foods and ingredients in the event by the proposed rule, should allow the FDA to more of a public health emergency recall. It explains that quickly identify the source of a contaminated prodthe food industry still has a way to go regarding the uct, reduce the scope of product recalls, and conestablishment and maintenance of records. duct more timely investigations to learn the root For many CPG companies, the records involved in cause of the problem and more about how the conmoving food through the food chain are still largely tamination occurred. It also should allow the FDA to paper-based. This old-school system can work when develop approaches to prevent future outbreaks. it is necessary to take one step forward to identify The current Bioterrorism Act and FSMA record where the food has gone and one step back to idenrequirements form a baseline for traceability recordtify the previous source. However, this approach is keeping, but they provide only limited information insufficient for identifying the product along the to effectively and rapidly connect shipments of food supply chain because it creates an inability to rapidly and ingredients through each link in the food chain. track and trace food in the event of a recall. The proposed rule requires CPG companies and othUnfortunately, when an outbreak occurs, this limiers (domestic and foreign entities) that manufacture, tation can cost lives, millions of dollars in product process, pack, or hold a food described on the covlosses, and damage to consumer trust and brand ered foods list (shown above) to establish and mainconfidence. Limited data and slow data retrieval also tain records associated with specific critical tracking stand in the way of the transparency needed to gain events (CTEs): growing, receiving, transforming, crea better understanding of the scope of the affected ating, and shipping. supply chain in the event of public health crises. The For each CTE, entities would be required to estabKEY CONCEPTS OF FDA lish and maintain records containing key data elePROPOSED TRACEABILITY RULE ments (KDEs). Examples of KDEs include the traceRequires covered entities to maintain records ability lot code, the date the product was received, for foods on the Food Traceability List to support the date the product was shipped, and a product more efficient and accurate traceability of description. The traceability lot code is an important potentially contaminated food and ingredients. KDE throughout the supply chain, intended to establish critical linkages that will help facilitate rapid traceOnly applies to certain foods identified back and trace-forward investigations during foodusing a risk-ranking model based on outbreaks borne illness outbreaks and recalls. In addition, those and illnesses. subject to the rule would be required to create and maintain records related to their internal traceability Touches the whole supply chain from farms program, which would help regulators better underand facilities to retail food establishments. stand a firm’s recordkeeping practices and traceability operations. The proposed rule contains exempIncludes both foreign and domestic entities. tions, such as farms selling directly to consumers, and a proposed exemption for transporters of food. Some exemptions and partial exemptions apply. The traceability initiative would require records

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to be maintained as either electronic, original paper, or true copies. In addition, the proposal states that, in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak, a product recall, or other threat to public health, the FDA could require that firms submit, within 24 hours, an electronic sortable spreadsheet containing relevant traceability information for specific foods and date ranges. More generally, the FDA encourages all food businesses to maintain traceability records electronically, whenever possible, to expedite the identification of traceability information when needed to address public health threats. The requirements of the proposed rule would apply only to foods that are on the covered foods

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list, which also includes foods that contain listed foods as ingredients. The proposed rule includes several exemptions; for example, additional traceability records would not be required after a kill-step (a process that significantly minimizes pathogens in a food) is applied to a food, but documentation of the kill-step application would have to be established and maintained. In summary, the Food Traceability Proposed Rule is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and would implement Section 204(d) of FSMA. If finalized, the rule would standardize the data elements and records companies must establish and maintain, and the information they would need to develop the traceability lot codes used in the supply chain to facilitate rapid and accurate traceability. Though limited to certain foods, this proposed rule lays the foundation for a new standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt, harmonize, and leverage more digital traceability systems in the future. Where possible, the FDA has drawn on existing recordkeeping standards that industry members might already be using. Existing FDA regulations require much of the food industry to establish and maintain records to identify the immediate previous sources and the immediate subsequent recipients of foods. In the future, certain high-risk foods will require an added level of traceability that covers food from farm to retail outlet. Ideally, the outcome will be new traceability systems that allow CPGs to provide the FDA with data in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner, resulting in better management of food and ingredient recalls to help protect public health in a smarter way.

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