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"We have increased belt life to 8 months since switching to the SureCoat breaders. We run our breading applicators up to 16 consecutive hours each day. Any time a breader belt fails the entire line must be shut down for belt replacement, and that quickly gets very expensive. Longer belt life is a big improvement, and the SureCoat breaders have proved to be reliable and durable." ..."We are also very pleased with the service and support provided by Heat and Control."
—Martin Beringer
Process Improvement Manager,
Brakebush Brothers, Inc.
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Volume 1, 2009  Issue 30


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Make all styles of chips with one fryer!

From kettle chips to classic potato chips
Our Universal Potato Chip system introduces a new future of control and efficiency, allowing you to produce unique styles of potato, plantain and similar types of chips in the same fryer.

UPC is composed of independent fryer modules integrated into one continuous system. Precisely adjust the frying time, temperature and oil flow in each module to produce chips with specific qualities for texture, moisture and color.

Production tests indicate the cost to operate UPC is far lower than using separate batch or continuous fryers to achieve the same output. UPC can produce traditional style potato chips with little or no washing.

Although it has been actively developed and tested over the last five years, UPC has much earlier origins. As early as the 1940's, even before founding Heat and Control, the company's principals were creating many different types of fryers for the fledgling food processing industry. Since then, constant research has been conducted to understand the effects of oil flow, temperature, dwell time and product agitation. This knowledge has led to our development of the externally heated frying system, specialized oil inlets, multi-zone heating, product control devices, continuous fines removal and other refinements now taken for granted in modern fryers.

UPC is new technology for a future where success will depend on sustainability, highly efficient production, and the ability to create new, personalized snacks without purchasing new fryers. Contact us to test the fryer of the future today!

Inspection innovations

New developments from Ishida and CEIA are providing unique opportunities for companies to meet their goals for insuring product safety and quality.
 
CEIA THS/MS21 metal detector with fruit bowls
Ishida X-ray inspection system
Prove the performance of our inspection systems by testing your products at our demonstration centers in Lititz, PA and Hayward, CA.
X-Ray Inspection
Ishida X-ray systems for safe, accurate and reliable detection of foreign contaminants now include entry level and washdown models:
  • Economy Model IX-EA is an affordable entry level unit featuring the same
    sophisticated Ishida image processing software as other models, but with fewer advanced features.  More Info
  • Washdown Model IX-GA-DK is built to IP69K standards, making it ideal for meat, poultry and other food processors requiring sanitary construction for washdown environments.  More Info
Metal Detection
No other metal detector is more sensitive or accurate than the new CEIA THS 21. Using patent-pending technology, the system continuously self-calibrates during operation to compensate for changing product conditions that can cause false rejects. Available in configurations to handle a wide range of products and applications, THS 21 metal detectors meet FDA Title 21 requirements to protect against metal materials in food, are easy to set up and maintain, and deliver unbeatable precision and operating efficiency.  More Info
Checkweighing
Reduce machinery requirements and save valuable floorspace by installing a single Ishida DACS checkweigher to inspect different products conveyed randomly to it from multiple production lines. A bar code reader upstream of the checkweigher scans each passing product and automatically calls up the appropriate preset in the DACS for that item. Unique software records proper/underweight/ overweight counts, averages, standard deviations, and other statistics for each different product, providing detailed data of production history.  More Info

Single source service simplifies crouton packaging!

Marcy's Gourmet Artisan Style CroutonsMeMeMe, Inc. needed to increase production. Supermarkets and food service operators across Canada were increasing orders for its Marcy's and private label brands of premium croutons and stuffings. But how could the company handle a major expansion that called for integrating equipment from different suppliers in order to meet specific budget and packaging requirements? The solution was to call Heat and Control.

"The sales and engineering staff at Heat and Control Canada worked hand-in-hand with us to design a system that would meet our operating specifications for throughput, reliability and sanitation, while meeting our budgetary target" recalls Bruce Luczak, MeMeMe's plant manager. "As a single-source supplier, we had the resources and experience to handle all aspects of the project, from design through installation and start-up." explains Heat and Control project sales manager, Scott Morton.

Considering the delicate handling required for croutons and the potential for future production growth, a FastBack 90E horizontal motion conveyor, a washdown Ishida RS 14-head computer combination weigher, a CEIA metal detector, and a PSG Lee pre-made horizontal pouching machine were supplied.

The FastBack 90E was selected because its gentle slow-forward fast-back conveying motion greatly reduces product damage compared to vibratory conveying. It also eliminates unscheduled cleaning downtime because coatings do not build up in the conveyor pan. FastBack conveyors deliver the highest travel rates of any horizontal motion conveyor and efficiently convey heavy loads. Instant stop-start product feed to the Ishida weigher even improves packaging efficiency.

The first of its kind in Canada, the Ishida CCW-RS-214W-S/30-WP weigher features washdown construction. Sized according to MeMeMe's present and anticipated production volumes, the weigher will operate at double the present speed without creating a bottleneck in the production process.

At the discharge of the weigher the final checkpoint before packaging croutons pass through a CEIA metal detector.

Metal detection at this point assures that all product has passed every potential location where metal could enter the product stream before it is packaged by a PSG Lee RP-84T/Z WD horizontal pouching machine, which produces their distinctive Marcy's stand-up re-sealable pouch. Heat and Control worked directly with the supplier to ensure that any potential interface issues were addressed prior to equipment arriving on site.

Croutons in an Ishida Multihead WeigherMeMeMe contracted with a local vendor to fabricate the support platform and provide installation. Heat and Control Canada provided drawings and technical assistance to assure trouble-free integration of all components. "The equipment was delivered on time," explains plant manager Luczak, "and the user-friendly touch screen operator-interface on the Ishida scale made training and product integration effortless".

MeMeMe now produces bag sizes ranging from 125 to 681 grams. "Operating speeds on our 125 gram pouch increased over 200% while maintaining an oxygen residual under 1% (products are gas-flushed for extended shelf life)", says Luczak. "Giveaway and underweight products have been all but eliminated", he smiles. "We've averaged under 1 kg per day total giveaway, or 0.1%, which is down significantly from our previous levels of 2.5 to 3%" he explains. "Moreover," adds Luczak, "the versatility of the equipment has enabled us to switch all of our larger food service formats over to this equipment, which has produced significant labor savings. Design features on the equipment allow our sanitation team to easily disassemble and clean the Ishida weigher quickly and thoroughly to meet HACCP requirements. In fact, the accuracy, reliability and speed of the Ishida scale enable QA, maintenance and supervisory staff to focus on their other duties."

Considering the success of this project, Luczak concludes that as demand for Marcy's croutons and stuffing mix continues to grow, he looks forward to partnering with Heat and Control.

New thermal fluid heat exchanger technology!

Uniform frying & easy cleaning with MasterTherm
MasterTherm Fryer
MasterTherm Tube Assembly
No need to watch our U-Tube
Designed for reliability, heat exchanger U- tubes move independently to prevent stress damage. Generous spacing between the tubes eliminates areas where fines can accumulate causing overheating and sanitation problems.
 
Meat ball, fried chicken pattie, chicken nugget, and fried chicken drumstick
Utilizing our patent-pending thermal fluid heat exchanger, the new MasterTherm continuous fryer gives you every advantage for cost-efficient cooking of coated and uncoated poultry, fish, meat, vegetables and other food products.
Uniform, responsive oil heating
  • Our new U-tube heat exchanger uniformly heats oil throughout the fryer so product is cooked equally and with even color.
  • Cooking oil moves freely between the tubes, promoting uniform heat transfer across the width and length of the fryer.
  • Uniform heating eliminates oil currents that force product to one side of the fryer and cause coating damage and uneven transfer.
  • Rapid circulation of a low volume of thermal fluid in the heat exchanger maintains cooking oil temperature even if product loads change.

  Simple sanitation
  • Generous spacing between heating tubes facilitates cleaning and eliminates restricted areas where fines accumulate and cause overheating and failure of the heat transfer tubes.
  • Elevated design lets you clean beneath the fryer.

  Reliable operation
  • Heat transfer tubes expand independently to prevent thermal stress damage.
  • Robust construction to USDA standards.
Configure MasterTherm with product-specific conveyors, multiple temperature zones, continuous fines removal and other options. More Info

Blend & convey the FastBack way

All-in-one system weighs, blends, conveys
and maintains multiple ingredient mixes.

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FastBack Blending System with horizontal motion conveyors
FastBack Blending System detail
Accurately mix as many snack, cereal or frozen food ingredients as you like - and maintain the blend all the way to packaging.

Our FastBack Blending System uses load cells to precisely measure the delivery of each ingredient. This maintains blend accuracy within 2% to 4% of your target, depending on product. After gentle tumble-mixing, a FastBack horizontal motion conveyor moves the blend without separating its ingredients. Ideal for even the most delicate products, FastBack conveyors dramatically reduce product breakage compared to vibratory conveyors. And product coatings do not build up in the conveyor pan, eliminating unscheduled cleaning downtime.

Blending possibilities are nearly unlimited. Simply add a FastBack feed module for each new ingredient or use your existing static or live ingredient feeding system. FastBack's user-friendly PLC driven recipe control system stores settings for 50 products so you always maintain consistent blends and quickly accomplish changeovers.

FastBack conveyors have been proven reliable in hundreds of installations and require no preventative maintenance. Our new 5-year drive train warranty provides even greater peace-of-mind. For warranty details see our FastBack Warranty Statement


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