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Comparing Kettle Cooking to ThermaBlend Cooking

Introducing our newest video: Comparing Kettle Cooking to the ThermaBlend Cooking Process. This video explains the heat transfer differences between a traditional kettle cooker and the ThermaBlend.  It also highlights some of the capabilities of the cooker that make it such a versatile solution for large batch cooking, such as:

  • Efficient agitators and patented scraper system that minimizes burn-on
  • Unique agitator designs provide quick homogeneous blending while minimizing shear
  • Direct steam injection and indirect heating customized to the application
  • Options for vacuum cooking and cooling to reduce process time

Learn more about the ThermaBlend Industrial Cooker here!

 



Horizontal Screw Conveyors Provide Bulk Handling for Many Industries

Mepaco's screw conveyors are engineered to the requirements of the food processing application. In the photo, these screw conveyors transported pet food. The conveyor in the foreground was placed after the grinder and transported ground product. The conveyor in the background was utilized before the grinder. It featured a trough design that handled large meat chunks, which fed the grinder.

Engineers work closely with the customer's production experts to design systems that minimize space while maximizing flexibility for product formulations and production goals.

Mepaco's screw conveyor systems have served many food processing industries: Baking and Snack, Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables, Meat and Poultry, Pet Food, Prepared Food and Ready-to-Eat. Application expertise includes: Metering, Reversing, Formulating and Thermal Processing.

For more information on screw conveyors and augers, visit:

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Proper Operational Procedures Improves Dumper Performance

Depending on the complexity of the equipment and controls, there are a few options for production personnel to learn how to operate the equipment. The manual explains the operation of the equipment and its components. The customer can visit Apache for training and testing or contract with Mepaco Field Services for on-site training.

In one example, the production staff did not understand how to operate the DP3000 Dumper, causing the carriage to bind-up where cylinders weren't lifting in tandem. The issue was caused by incorrect operation.

The DP3000 must be cycled fully up and down. It is timed and needs to be bottomed out each time. Incorrect operation may cause damage to the cylinders.

The correction is to pull the hydraulic line off and remove the oil. Then operate the Dumper to the full up and down position at all times.

Please call Joe Hertel, Field Services Manager, at 920-219-2286 if you have any questions about the operation of Mepaco equipment or if a training visit is necessary for new personnel.


Accumulation Solutions Solves Bottleneck for Pet Food Processor

Problem

A Pet Food Processor needed to increase throughput due to production delays in waiting for grinders feeding directly to blenders.

Solution

Mepaco engineered a solution that placed surge loaders between the grinder and the blender, allowing the processor to accumulate and stage a full batch of products to be fed into the blender. This system allows the processor to select different volumes of products from a fresh grinder and a frozen block grinder, and feed them together into the surge loader. As soon as the downstream blender is empty, the surge loader quickly refills the blender to begin the next batch.

 

An integral piece of equipment is the Screw Elevator. This equipment was designed with CIP (clean-in-place) spray ball. It features a fixed based with an elevated pivot track to reduce sanitation time.

Another vital piece of equipment are the specialty loaders. These hoppers were designed with extended side walls for high capacity loading.

Product staging and storage was a key factor in getting the maximum throughput from this grind/blend system. This solution saves valuable minutes off each batch that would be spent waiting if the grinders were to directly feed a blender.

Mepaco, part of Apache Stainless, is known for grinding and blending systems. Equipment products, which are customized for the application, include thermal processing solutions, mixers, blenders, cookers, augers, dumpers, sanitary conveyors and material handling systems.

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How to Plan for Mixer Blender Parts [Infographic]

Mepaco Mixer Blenders are common equipment in food processing lines.  Are the replacement parts organized properly to get the most out of your maintenance program for optimum performance?

In the infographic, GREEN signifies a part that will cause an emergency break down which will include lost product. BLUE indicates parts that require a long lead time either because of custom fabrication or it may be a special order item.  YELLOW stands for preventative maintenance items that should be on hand for daily maintenance schedules.  Finally, ORANGE identifies parts that are recommended spares depending on the use of the equipment.

We welcome inquiries about Mepaco equipment maintenance - click here for Field Services Flyer.


New Video: Mepaco Dumper Equipment Configurations

Mepaco offers a range of dumper configurations that are customized for specific applications in food manufacturing environments.

Column Dumper CD1000  The Column Dumper CD1000 is designed for buggies with a standard working capacity up to 600 lbs.

High Dumper HD3000 The HD3000 has a 3000 lb. capacity with a high discharge height specification.

Lift Dumper LD3000  The LD3000 Lift and Dump equipment provides the  highest discharge height of all Mepaco dumpers.

Pivot Dumper DP3000  The DP3000 (Pivot Dumper) is constructed from T304 Stainless Steel material and is a USDA approved design.

Dumper Equipment Options

  • Pallet Retention System
  • Liner Hold Down
  • Safety Guarding
  • Stainless Components
  • Elevated Load Height Configurations
  • Hydraulic Power-Pack (painted mild steel or stainless) cover
  • Alternative Shoot Designs
  • Custom Carriages

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Why Choose Mepaco for Replacement Parts and Service

Here are the top three reasons why spare and replacement parts should be purchased from Mepaco, your equipment supplier.

  1. Quality and accuracy.  While spare parts can often be found from all types of online and catalog suppliers, will they be the quality parts needed to function properly in Mepaco equipment? Parts ordered from Mepaco are accurate to that specific piece of equipment that will provide optimal performance in your equipment.
  2. Support. Mepaco's parts and service department have years of industry and field experience to support your maintenance team for questions, training or service.
  3. Relationship. Parts managers have a relationship with Mepaco's parts and service department.   We can help to answer your questions and provide preventative maintenance parts and make recommendations on long lead time parts.  We work with our customers to meet their timelines and minimize downtime.

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New White Paper: Comparing Agitator Solutions


Mepaco has recently published a new white paper, "Comparing Agitator Solutions for Food Processing Applications".  The paper, developed in collaboration with sales, engineering and applications teams, is a guide for agitation solutions in Cookers, Mixers, Blenders and Drop Tanks.

In the white paper, there are many details about the technology of agitators, highlighting: ribbon, paddle, combination and double agitator applications.

Download and learn more.

Controls Showcased at Process Expo

 

At the Process Expo, we had a chance to showcase our electrical controls capabilities on the PosiFlo Automatic Chub Loader. In the video, Jason Hicks demonstrates the HMI (Human Machine Interface) capabilities programmed into the pumping system.

In the demo, there are monitoring devices that measure and correct product level, pumping pressure, loading efficiencies and speeds. The monitoring devices talk to the controls program to adjust pumping speeds to meet the requirements of the equipment being fed by the PosiFlo. Downstream and upstream production is monitored through the program to allow for automatic operation and timing.  Another feature is the safety switches which will automatically flag and stop the system if the gates, or pump access are opened. For maintenance and safety, we also monitor the local motor disconnect positions.

On the PosiFlo, Allen Bradley products are featured. However, the components used in our Controls packages are flexible to customer requirements.

There is also an option for remote secured connection which allows for isolated/firewalled connection to Mepaco's equipment for remote support and assistance.

Controls and interfaces are available on all Mepaco equipment and systems.

 

 


A Tour of the New PosiFlo Automatic Chub Feeder

 

The PosiFLo is on display at the Process Expo. A new solution for loading chub machines, the PosiFlo is an automatic chub loader system that can be integrated with most types of chub forming machines.

 

In the video, Tom Hoffmann gives a tour of the features and many benefits of the equipment.  It was engineered with a pump design that improves product consistency and flow to chub forming equipment. With modifiable sizes and speeds available, the PosiFlo solves for increased chub forming production and efficiencies in maintenance and sanitation.

 

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