Food: Secondary Packaging

SecondaryFoodPackaging

Secondary Packaging in the Food Industry

Banner Engineering offers innovative solutions for increased accuracy, greater productivity and cost savings in secondary packaging. 

We are experts in advanced optics, LED, laser, and photoelectric circuits. Our rugged, easy to use sensors are capable of solving a number of the most difficult packaging applications, including regulating product flow and detecting targets with vibrant graphics and clear, shiny packaging.  Vision and image sensors from Banner provide comprehensive inspection capabilities for label verification, bar code reading, optical character recognition and date/lot code inspection. Our expanding line of LED lights and indicators provide years of brilliant bright illumination and status indication.

Q3X Series Laser Contrast Sensor
Q3X Series Laser Contrast Sensor

Rugged high speed sensor for challenging presence/absence, orientation and registration mark detection applications with small contrast differences.

Q4X Series Rugged Laser Distance Sensor
Q4X Series Rugged Laser Distance Sensor

Rugged Q4X laser distance sensor solves many challenging applications and comes in a rugged IP69K rating with FDA food grade stainless steel housing.

LE Series 1 m Range Laser Displacement Sensor
LE Series 1 m Range Laser Displacement Sensor

LE's measurement accuracy, ready to measure distances of 100 to 1000 mm, is suitable for controlling, sorting, and inspection tasks in quality control.

WLS28-2 Versatile, All-Purpose LED Strip Light
WLS28-2 Versatile, All-Purpose LED Strip Light

Low-profile LED light for a variety of industrial applications. Available with motion sensors, various lenses & windows for max flexibility.

Hinge Style Safety Interlock Switches
Hinge Style Safety Interlock Switches

Load-bearing hinge, rotary and standard hinge style switches provide an adjustable range of operation.

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TL70 Series 70mm Modular LED Tower Light Indicator
TL70 Series 70mm Modular LED Tower Light Indicator

Big, bright tower lights come preassembled or as modular segments for customized indication. Lights are gray when off to eliminate false indication.

XS26 Series Expandable Safety Controllers
XS26 Series Expandable Safety Controllers

With eight optional I/O expansion modules, the safety controller can adapt to a variety of machines, including large scale with multiple processes.

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30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons
30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons

Patented 30 mm mounting base enables easy installation and hookup with no assembly, individual wiring or additional enclosure required.

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30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons
30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons

Patented 30 mm mounting base enables easy installation and hookup with no assembly, individual wiring or additional enclosure required.

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WLB32 Adjustable LED Workstation Light
WLB32 Adjustable LED Workstation Light

Bright, glare-free workstation light with adjustable brightness improves productivity. Cascadable models for continuous lighting with minimal wiring.

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Accurately Measuring Bakery Ingredients [Success Story]
Accurately Measuring Bakery Ingredients [Success Story]

Baking is a mixture of creativity, precision and attention to detail. The Wilkinson Baking Company has added technical innovation to the mix. The Wilkinson Bread Bakery is a compact, completely self-contained and fully automated bread bakery. This unique machine combines technology with tradition to transform simple raw ingredients into bakery fresh bread at 40 loaves an hour.

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Consistent Dough Height Measurement [Success Story]
Consistent Dough Height Measurement [Success Story]

The dough for one of the company’s many popular breakfast cereals must fall within specific height parameters to ensure that it will have the perfect flake. Dough that is too thick will emerge from baking stiff and heavy. Dough that is too thin will crumble easily. This impacts the quality, taste and texture of the final product as well as product weight and packaging. Any product that does not meet the rigorous quality standards of the company will not be shipped or sold on the consumer market.

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Measuring the Height of Baked Bread [Success Story]
Measuring the Height of Baked Bread [Success Story]

The bakery’s multi-staged baking process begins with mixing, kneading and fermentation and completes with proofing, baking and cooling. At each stage, experienced bakers perform quality checks for appearance, texture, size and weight. Loaves that do not meet the company’s standards are rejected for consumer sales. The company needed to build-in system capabilities to help them better manage their resources and maintain quality standards.

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Monitoring Height of Tortilla Dough [Success Story]
Monitoring Height of Tortilla Dough [Success Story]

A US producer of authentic Mexican foods, such as tortillas and tostadas, strives to provide the best-tasting and freshest products for its consumers. In order to achieve this goal, consistency on the packaging line is key. The company was looking for a way to eliminate inconsistencies in their tortillas. Because they did not have a way to continuously monitor dough thickness on the production line, the dough nips often turned out either too high or too low, resulting in irregular tortilla sizes and weights. If a package of tortillas is under weight, it must be scrapped. In order to help eliminate waste and improve product consistency, the company worked with Banner to find a monitoring solution.

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Thermal Remediation Temperature Measurement [Success Story]
Thermal Remediation Temperature Measurement [Success Story]

The EPA has placed restrictions on the use of many fumigants citing a correlation between their use and ozone depletion. As an alternative, a large-scale flour mill performs three to four thermal remediations per year to eradicate flour beetles. The temperature inside the mill is brought up to 122° F (50° C). This is done gradually to minimize equipment and building strain caused by heat expansion.

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Resources

  1. Industry Solutions for Food and Beverage
  2. Food and Drug Administration