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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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Case former designed with wash-down in mind

From Packaging World

In the food packaging arena, it has traditionally been the practice to keep end-of-line packaging equipment separate from production and primary packaging areas so that the end-of-line equipment wouldn’t have to undergo the kinds of rigorous wash down procedures that primary packaging equipment does. But as space utilization and cost reduction become increasingly important determining factors in ROI calculations, there is a trend toward moving end-of-line packaging equipment closer to production areas. This means such equipment must be designed so as to withstand wash-down conditions.

Take BlueWater Automation, for example, and its F-16 automatic case former. It was carefully designed from scratch with sanitary environments in mind and includes a fully stainless steel open form frame design. Its small footprint (approximately 4 ft x 6 ft) and throughput rate of up to 16 cases/min makes it suitable for food plants where space is at a premium and washdown procedures are a requirement.

Also notable is this machine’s use of the MPA-C pneumatic valve terminal from Festo, which meets the highest hygienic standards and is flexible in its configuration. The terminal is easy to clean and is highly resistant to corrosion and cleaning agents. It meets the requirements for protection class IP69K, incorporating FDA-compliant materials including NSF-H1 grease and is available with fully functional manual overrides.

The MPA-C pneumatic valve terminal can be expanded to accommodate up to 32 valves. It also has the ability to communicate to many different protocols, thus making it suitable for multiple controls architectures. In this case, the PC-based control package from Beckhoff has been selected. The stainless steel panel PCs from Beckhoff are ideal for bringing high-performance PC-based control to food and beverage packaging applications that have strict cleaning requirements, says Keller.

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The Pacproinc Proleaver® Comes To Canada

Pacproinc Proleaver® (right), with optional stacker attached (left).

Pacproinc Proleaver® (right), with optional stacker attached (left).

Tri-Mach Group was pleased to welcome representatives from Packaging Progressions Inc. (Pacproinc) last week. A stop at Tri-Mach’s headquarters marked the beginning of Pacproinc’s Canadian Road Tour with the Pacproinc Proleaver® System.

Tri Mach, together with Pacproinc, brought the Pacproinc Proleaver® to interested facilities, demonstrating the performance and benefits of the Proleaver® interleaving and stacking system.

The Proleaver® is an entry-level system designed to automatically place paper, film, or other materials underneath a wide variety of food products. Items like cheese slices, raw burger patties, flatbreads, and more can then be stacked and shipped without the risk of sticking together.

The unit is constructed with stainless steel, and it can easily interface with existing equipment. With proven accuracy at speeds of up to 100 sheets per minute, as well as comprehensive compatibility with products and interleaving materials, the Pacproinc Proleaver® will boost the efficiency and competitiveness of any small operation.

Tri-Mach Group Inc. is proud to be the exclusive Pacproinc representative in Canada, covering service, sales, and parts. Let us show you how the Proleaver® can improve your production line – contact us to learn more.

Located in Mississauga, Ontario and formed in 1990, Kel-Tech Electric Canada Ltd. provides stainless steel motors and reducers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. They have received awards for outstanding performance from leading companies for delivering superior product quality, which follows strict guidelines and government regulations at fair market price.

Kel-Tech Electric Canada Ltd. - Motors  & ReducersKel-Tech`s motors and reducers are the finest for food processing and pharmaceutical product lines that require frequent washing and sanitation. They suppress wet & corrosive environments and are scratch & abrasion resistant, which reduces bacteria growth without compromising production.

Their motors are designed with smooth bodies, round welded on conduit boxes and have laser etched nameplates. Their reducers are designed with smooth surfaces without any holes on all three sides. This provides the ability to fully wash down their products without fear of paint flaking or harbourage areas growing bacteria.

Tri-Mach Group Inc. integrates Kel-Tech`s stainless steel motors and reducers on their Ever-Kleen® Conveyor Systems to increase their customers productivity and provide the highest level of food safety.

Visit the Kel-Tech website for more company & product info: www.kel-techelectric.com