Food: Secondary Packaging

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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.

Laser Contrast Sensor: Q3X Series
Laser Contrast Sensor: Q3X Series

Robust, high-speed performance laser contrast sensor captures up to 2,000 events per second.

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.

LED Strip Light: WLS28-2 Series
LED Strip Light: WLS28-2 Series

Long lasting LED illumination provide more than 50,000 hours of continuous working life for industrial control cabinets or work stations with poor factory lighting conditions.

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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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.

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.

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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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32 mm Industrial LED Light Bars: WLB32 Series
32 mm Industrial LED Light Bars: WLB32 Series

The WLB32 is a bright LED fixture that features an even light output to eliminate glare.

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Accurately Measuring Bakery Ingredients
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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