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Ask the Experts-At Process Expo-The ThermaBlend Cooker

 

This ThermaBlend Cooker is available for customer on-site testing and we are glad to have it on display at Process Expo.

In the video, Tom Hoffmann takes you on a tour of the features of this machine in our "Ask the Expert" video series that we are posting daily at Process Expo.

Be sure to scroll through our blog for other "Ask the Expert" videos from Process Expo 2019.


Ask the Experts-At Process Expo-the Pump Feeder

 

It was great to be able to display this customized Pump Feeder at Process Expo - Chicago.

This video is one of several in an "Ask the Expert" series that highlights show equipment. 

 In this video, Cory Buchholz does a walk-though of the Pump Feeder which is part of a system display with the DP3000 Dumper.


Ask the Experts - at Process Expo - the Screw Conveyor

We are highlighting the Screw Conveyor on display at the Process Expo in this video. This particular screw conveyor was customized for a specific pet food processing application.

Mepaco is fortunate to have all this equipment available this year to bring to Chicago.  

Scroll up and down in this blog to watch other videos in this series, called "Ask the Experts".


Ask the Experts - at Process Expo - The Lab Mixer

 

Tom Hoffmann, Director of Mepaco Sales, gives a tour of a lab mixer at Process Expo.  The lab mixer was engineered and manufactured for UW-Madison's new meat science lab.  The equipment is being donated for their new facility and educational center opening 2020.

This video is part of a series called "Ask the Experts" to highlight the equipment at the Process Expo.


Ask the Experts - At Process Expo - DP3000 Dumper


Mepaco is exhibiting this week at Process Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago - booth S2024!

 

To promote our event, we are hosting a daily series on Ask the Experts and highlighting the equipment in our booth.

 

Our first video is in the DP3000 Dumper with a tour given by Cory Buchholz.

 

 

 

 



Tech Tip Download: 3 Seal Trouble Signs

Mepaco's Field Services team have developed a quick-read download on the seal trouble signs that our technicians see in food processing plants. Also Learn about and compare Mepaco recommended seals commonly used on our equipment. 

Download the Tech Paper to learn about the Top 3 Seal trouble signs and what to do to fix them:

1. Product escapes or purges out of the seal

2. Downstream food contamination

3. Loss of vacuum

Our techs make hundreds of service calls to troubleshoot and make repairs to seals on all types of food processing equipment and in many applications.  If you have any questions or have seal related issues, give Joe Hertel a call in Mepaco Field Services at 920-356-7334.

DOWNLOAD TECH SHEET


Holiday Shut-Down Parts Planning [Infographic]

[Infographic] 7 Parts to Consider for Holiday Shutdown.

Tis the season: Are you planning maintenance during the holiday shutdown? Do you have a spare parts budget to use before year end?  

The infographic is a quick guide for common Mepaco parts.  Some items have a longer lead time than others.  Some parts are must-have inventory items.  If you have any questions about parts or timing,  contact monica.planash@apachestainless.com

Please have the model number and the serial number available for inquiries, and include the Apache/Mepaco part number on purchase orders.

Order parts now for your holiday shutdown!


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:

SCREW CONVEYORS

AUGER UNITS


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 HD3000 Dumper, causing the carriage to bind-up where cylinders weren't lifting in tandem. The issue was caused by incorrect operation.

Due to the operational configuration of the hydraulic cylinders, the HD300 dumper must be fully cycled (complete cylinder extension and retraction) each time it is used. The production staff was not fully retracting the dumper leaving the carriage 12 - 18" off the ground. This allowed the cylinders to start up unevenly and compounded if the staff did not fully extend the dumper. This caused the dumper carriage to misalign and bind against the dumper frame.

Once the carriage binds against the frame the only way to safely correct the situation is to lock out the hydraulic power unit, disconnect the hydraulic line from the overextended cylinder and allow the carriage to drift down until it is re-timed. Once the cylinders are re-timed the power unit can be operated to bring the carriage to the fully down position. Air will need to be bled from the cylinder that had the hydraulic lines removed.

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.


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