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Synthetic Lubricating Grease for Food Plant Bearings

From: Food in Canada

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has released a synthetic lubricating grease for the food and pharmaceutical processing industry.

Klübersynth UH1 14-151is  available from the company’s U.S. facility in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Klübersynth UH1 14-151 is designed with anti-wear properties, water resistance and corrosion protection, which reduce the risk of premature bearing failure, as well as a high ageing and oxidation stability.

The lubricant was developed for incidental contact with products and packaging materials in the food-processing, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and animal feed industries. Klübersynth UH1 14-151 is NSF H1 registered and, therefore, complies with FDA regulations.

The Klübersynth UH1 14-151 lubricates rolling and sliding bearings, lifting cylinders, joints, guide bars and cams.

The Digitalization of Food Palletizing

From: Food Manufacturing

The technological and social revolutions of the past few decades have completely reshaped industry. The food packaging and palletizing industry is no exception. In fact, the last ten years alone has seen the adoption of advanced technologies at an unprecedented rate. Alan Spreckley, robotics food and beverage segment manager, and palletizing robotics expert at ABB, explains how digitalization is repackaging the future of food palletizing.

Spreckly explains that this growing trend places a higher demand for single-portion servings of pre-prepared and pre-packaged food on the food industry, which makes the packaging and palletizing processes less linear than they have previously been. Similarly, the unstable economy of recent years has nurtured a generation of savvy customers, eager for the special offers and deals that retailers regularly provide, further complicating the palletizing process. This leads to scenarios where manufacturers will be required to change palletizing patterns quickly and cost-efficiently.

Robotics is taking over the palletizing industry. In the past decade, robot pricing has come down making this a cost-effective choice for palletizing applications. Robots are more flexible and require less maintenance and floor space. Our sister company (Advance Millwrights Inc.), provides equipment for bag filling/handling, bag sealing and robotic palletizing.

Go to www.advancemillwrights.com for more information on robotic palletizing.

Xiplinx Technologies and Blue Water Automation announce partnership to distribute SITEFLO in CPG market

From Packaging World

Xiplinx Technologies Ltd., developers of the continuous improvement software product SITEFLO, has announced that it will partnering with Blue Water Automation Inc. to distribute its SITEFLO product.

The partnership will allow Blue Water to meet customer demands to rapidly identify performance improvement opportunities in manufacturing facilities, and to implement a discrete software monitoring tool to track progress on improvement objectives in real-time.

“The response to the SITEFLO product from our customer base has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jaime Alboim, President of Blue Water. “We’re working on installations with blue chip companies who we have deep relationships with, and their potential return on investment is significant.”

This is the first in a series of partnership announcements for the firm that produces software for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market.

“We’re fortunate to have the support of the Blue Water team,” said Brent MacDonald, CEO of Xiplinx. “This is a group that truly understands the needs of the CPG market globally, and, they count some of the most progressive organizations in the world as customers.”

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Using Robotics In Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

From PharmTech.com

Automation, including automated inspection and packaging, is becoming an increasingly important part of pharmaceutical manufacturing. The many benefits of automation include efficiency, saving workers from hazardous environments or repetitive tasks, reducing training overhead, eliminating human error, increasing repeatability and reproducibility, and in cleanrooms, removing the potential for human contamination. A study by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) found that robots are expected to handle 34% of primary pharmaceutical packaging operations in North America by 2018, compared with 21% in 2013.

The primary advantage in sterile environments is reduction of risk due to environmental contamination and contamination generated from human intervention during component transfer. In addition, productivity is increased because of the accuracy and efficiency of robots, which often perform at increased speeds and produce less scrap.

Automatic inspection, as part of a robotic system, has the advantage of enabling 100% part inspection. Vision-sensing technology can be used in pharmaceutical packaging to verify serialization numbers for compliance with track-and-trace regulations.

Tri-Mach Group Inc. provides turn-key services and new equipment integration. If you’re looking to automate or improve the efficiency of your processing line, we can help – click here to learn more.

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