Food: End of Line Packaging

Food End Of Line Packaging

End of Line Packaging in the Food Industry

At the end of the line, packed cases are palletized for shipping. The flow of packed cases to the palletizer and assembled pallets leaving for shipping must be regulated to prevent line slowdowns and stoppages. The presence and position of empty pallets being introduced to the system must be confirmed. Palletizers, conveyors and other equipment must be safeguarded to protect personnel from accident or injury.  

Banner products solve problems at the end of the line. Banner sensors featuring on/off delay timers monitor and regulate the flow of packed cases into the assembly and palletizing areas.  Banner safety light curtains guard pallet in-feed and assembled pallet retrieval areas, and protect all access points to the palletizer. E-Stop buttons are deployed throughout the palletizing area and rope-pull switches along the conveyors enable staff to shut-down equipment in an emergency. Safety controllers simplify and centralize the management of all deployed safety devices. 

Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series
Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series

With the option to add up to eight I/O expansion modules, the XS26-2 expandable safety controller has the capacity to adapt to a variety of machines, including large scale machines with multiple processes. Program in minutes with easy-to-use configuration software.

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

The rugged Q4X laser distance sensor offers superior performance and solves many challenging applications across a variety of materials, surfaces and colors. Discrete, analog, clear object, and IO-Link models are available.

Laser Measurement Sensor: LE Series
Laser Measurement Sensor: LE Series

The LE laser measurement sensor is ready to measure widths of 100 to 1000 mm right out of the box.

Vision Sensor: iVu Series
Vision Sensor: iVu Series

The industry's first touch-screen image sensor. Combines the simplicity of a photoelectric sensor with the intelligence of a vision sensor.

Simple, Rugged Safety Light Curtains: LS Series
Simple, Rugged Safety Light Curtains: LS Series

LS Series light screens are intuitive, easy-to-use safety devices used for machine safeguarding. They are built to withstand challenges commonly found in manufacturing and packaging environments.

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.

70 mm Modular Tower Lights: TL70 Series
70 mm Modular Tower Lights: TL70 Series

TL70 Modular Tower Light is bigger, brighter and can be ordered as modular segments or pre-assembled. Wireless TL70 Tower Lights combine Banner's popular Tower Light family with its reliable, field proven, SureCross wireless architecture.

50 mm Column Lights: CL50 Series
50 mm Column Lights: CL50 Series

Large, self-contained, IP67 rated indicators that use long-lasting LEDs to provide highly visible multi-color indication in a single segment.

Q60 Background Suppression Series
Q60 Background Suppression Series

Q60 series sackground suppression sensors detect objects within a defined sensing field, ignoring objects just beyond the sensing field cutoff. Offers infrared LED, visible red LED, or laser sensing beam options.

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Accurately Measuring Bakery Ingredients

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
Consistent Dough Height Measurement

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
Measuring the Height of Baked Bread

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
Monitoring Height of Tortilla Dough

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
Thermal Remediation Temperature Measurement

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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