Stainless steel, integrated drive, connection capacity, design: mini motor – from the great success of 2017 to the new projects for 2018

It’s been a year of hard work and great success for Mini Motor, leading company in the electric motors, drives and brushless gear motors based in Reggio Emilia. “Growth has been our keyword for 2017: new products, new functions, a higher integration and new markets”, tells the managing director, Andrea Franceschini. “Our expanded range of products has helped us to establish our presence in the international market”, explains Franceschini, “not only in more traditional markets such as Europe,USA and India, but also in the Middle East, South America, Russia and China, a country that is getting more attentive to quality, innovation and new technology”.

During Simei Drinktec in Monaco and Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Mini Motor presented to the international public the new on going projects, especially the new DR product: an evolution of the single phase and three phase asynchronous motors, the motors of the DR series will feature the integrated drive, connection capacity and especially a brand new design – the motor will be much smaller than the actual options.

Among the available products there is the DBS series, an excellence in the automation and motion control, which has been enlarged in 2017 with some new models: it’s a brushless servomotor with integrated drive and magnetic absolute encoder able to save in its system up to 6 months the last functions used, making it easy to restart after a breakdown.

Every product is easy to fit into an Industry scenario because all models are equipped with outstanding connection capacity, which permits  configuration with the following primary protocols: CanOpen, Ethercat, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Profinet and Powerlink. Their compact  design is synonymous of small dimensions and makes them easy to install, access and maintain.

In the particularly demanding sector of food&beverage, the motors of IP69K series are important products for the market given their small dimensions and the use of the stainless steel: with a totally smooth surface, these motors are ideal to be used in aggressive environments and where high hygiene standards are required. The stainless steel is similar to glass and porcelain, and it ensures:

  • corrosion resistance, especially to detergents, solvents, and disinfectants;
  • surface consistency with no porosity;
  • effective bacterial removal during the clean ing process and low bacterial retentiveness after the cleaning process.

MiniMotor has always been up to date with the technological evolution, both in terms of production processes and regarding the characteristics of the materials. The constant commitment in looking for innovative solutions has allowed Mini Motor to realize the core concepts of the smart manufacturing: working in an intelligent way with its resources – both human and robotics increasing the speed and the flexibility of the manufacturing process. Mini Motor can guarantee great customization as well as high quality at competitive prices even in standard productions, making each product with high levels of quality, precision and efficiency, and therefore greater performances at lower costs.

Mini Motor is active in more than 55 countries around the world  with 4 branches in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA (a new branch in the Emirates will open soon), and a widespread network of distributors. Today the company can offer thousands of items, including worm gear motors, coaxial geared motors and planetary reduction units, brushless servomotors with integrated drive, brushless servo gear motors, drives and frequency converters.

Makro Labelling: technology in evolution on the small and large scale

Modularity, flexibility and practicality are key concepts in a company whose strong point is technological innovation and development. This is what the market wants and this is what customers get from the Italian based Makro Labelling, international standard setter for industrial labellers in the beverages, food, detergent and pharmaceutical sectors. The thirty years’ experience of its founders, a team of 90 people, a dense and wellorganised sales network consisting of the branch offices Makro UK for the United Kingdom and the new Makro North America in Saint Philippe (Montreal) for Canada and the USA, together with agents and representatives in the most important countries throughout the world, plus an impeccable assistance and spare parts service guarantee satisfaction of every labelling need and constant expansion on all the most important international markets.

A range of labellers for production speeds of

1,500 to 50,000 b/h The range includes labellers able to process from 1,500 to 50,000 bottles per hour, applying up to five labels per bottle and available in wet glue, hot melt, self adhesive and combined versions. For companies with limited production requirements, the MAK 01, MAK 02 and MAK 1 labellers provide speeds of up to 12,000 b/h with mechanical or electronic rotation of the bottle plates. With special applications and able to cope with production speeds of up to 50,000 b/h, the MAK 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 labellers, on the other hand, satisfy the needs of medium to large companies. The range includes a high speed self adhesive labeller with reel winders and non system enabling production to continue at maximum speed even during reel changes and a combined labeller to apply the fiscal guarantee seal.

For the high volume PET market, such as the water and soft drinks sector, Makro Labelling has developed the MAK Roll Feed series of rotary labellers. The 6,000 b/h to 40,000 b/h production speed and use of wrap round plastic labels on a reel with hot melt application guarantee maximum economic benefits in the production process. The modularity of the machine also allows the roll feed unit to be replaced with a hot melt unit for precut, wet glue or self adhesive labels. Again designed for the  water and soft drinks market, but needing between 6,000 and 16,000 b/h, the new series of MAKLINE Roll Feed labellers features motorised axles and brushless motors to minimise costs while maintaining meticulous labelling quality.

The new double station self adhesive MAKLINE is, on the other hand, designed for the beverages, food, detergent and pharmaceutical sectors. It packages large and small containers and offers the same high quality labelling as a rotary machine.

In common with the entire Makro range, the MAKLINE is fitted with the Vision Control system to verify the quality and correctness of the packaging and manage rejects. The Follower optical guide system (an exclusive patent) enables the bottles to be aligned for application of the labels in precise positions with respect to a reference on the bottle and reduces format change times and costs. It is available in carbon fibre and fitted with a line scan camera.

Thanks to a special, patented paper delivery system, the new MAK AHS2 self adhesive labelling module responds to the need for faster, more precise machines. It guarantees a linear speed of 100 metres a minute at a label pitch of 20 mm.

The technical and R&D departments monitor the market closely to understand its demands and anticipate them with new solutions able to offer efficiency, speed and a concrete response to specific labelling needs. The latest developments include the C Leap prototype, the M.A.I.A. (Makro Advanced Inline Analysis) optical guide system and the A.L.I.C.E. (Advanced Label Inspection and Control Environ ment) system.

Equipment for refrigeration, storage and transportation of fresh and frozen food

For over 50 years, Zanotti Spa has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the refrigeration, storage and transportation of fresh and frozen food. Founded in 1962 as a family-run business with the conception of the new and revolutionary “uniblock” system, a complete cooling system that is autonomous and ready to be used for small needs, the management changes made in 2002 led the Zanotti company towards international grounds and turned it into a managing structure that was better prepared to face competitors worldwide.

Over time, Zanotti has improved its series, which are now the most complete offers available on the market. Zanotti can meet the food cooling needs of the entire cold chain, thus, of the pres- ervation of raw materials, of their processing, storage and distribution to supermarkets, specific shops or restaurants.

The units designed for refrigerated transportation complete the series and ensure foods are handled safely. The products developed by Zanotti cover the needs of small to medium-sized cooling necessities, as well as the needs of logistic and storage centers: monoblocks, multicompressor stations, condensing units and cooling systems for food, but also for the aging of cold meats and cheeses, to refine wines or to dry grains in silos. The diesel unit completes the cooling chain with its split battery system or others, which were specifically designed for the short, medium to long dis- tance transportation of food.

The industrial division designs and implements equipment for ice tracks, like the new ones of Courmayeur and the Arena of Minsk, which is the biggest one in Europe. Recently, the company acquired a new contract to make a track, with Olympic features, in the new ice stadium of Ka- zakistan. The works will soon begin.

The installation will be implemented with the latest free-cooling technologies that use the cold from outdoors at certain times of the year. Re- cently, Zanotti was chosen by a major airline of the United Arab Emirates to make a system for their new catering center for a value of 21 millions of dollars; in the international airport to increase the production of 260,000 meals a day that will be distributed on board of the new Boing fleet. It’s one of the biggest and most modern structures of this kind world wide and, therefore, it requires highly reliable systems, top notch final touches and strict hygienic conditions with regards to the equipment.

As a result of this important contract, Zanotti recently won the tender for the supply of a similar installation; which should be implemented in the new airport of Muscat, in the Sultanates of Oman.Other successes ensure the reliability of the Zanotti installations, implemented worldwide, such as the one of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic to design and provide an installation to preserve apples in a controlled atmosphere for long periods, up to 7 months. Here, Zanotti has crushed the German competitors by presenting projects with advanced technologies that use intermediate non- toxic fluids from a nutritional viewpoint.

Nationally speaking, Zanotti has completed works with a leading Italian cheese manufacturer by implementing an aging system of the highest level thanks to the latest technologies; maximum energy savings with low operating costs, maximum reliability to reduce maintenance and to ensure the continuity of operations through central- ized management and with a supervision system. Today, Zanotti Spa is an International Group with production plants in Spain, England and it counts on a strong network of certified suppliers who provide expertise and assistance worldwide.

The quality of the Zanotti products is the primary concern of the production unit. Actually, the products have been ISO 9001 certified in Italy, they have received the EC marking in Europe, the Gost in Russia and the UL in the US for several years now. These markings and certifications are based on the local standards of quality. The attention devoted to customers and the flexibility of the products are essential characteristics for Zanotti: investing in research and development to better meet customer demand by providing more convenient solutions in terms of energy savings and reliability of use is a priority. The know-how Zanotti acquired over 50 years also concerns the environ- mental aspects involved since the products are developed

to provide low energy con- sumptions and reduced noise levels; as to meet the current technological trends that aim to contain greenhouse gas emissions. This is how the BESTCOP® technology was created. It is applied on themotorized condensing units that are manufactured by Zanotti to improve the efficiency and energy consumption levels of the cooling equipment. This basically can be translated into energy savings (from 15 to 20% depending on the different environmen- tal conditions).

The technological research is at the base of the investments Zanotti allocates every year to better meet the needs of the customers’ requirements by taking their work needs and the greenhouse gas emission standards into consideration. Innovation, energy savings, quality and competence are the key words that best de- scribe the works implemented by Zanotti up to today and they also represent a promise for the future.

Recently Zanotti is joining the Daikin Group. This special event symbolizes the 3rd phase of evolution of Zanotti and can now be truly considered to be one of the largest, if not THE largest refrigeration Company in the world today, with certainly the most diverse product range imaginable. Zanotti is still the head office for the refrigeration field, but is now stronger with a great partner like Daikin.

Weightpack: constant innovation, day after day

In a globalized market, in constant, unexpected change, few businesses can truly boast a history based on the principle of constant innovation, day after day. Weightpack’s roots lie in the example of its founder, Carlo Corniani who, in 1979, had the vision to revolutionize the coeval filling technique: rather than focusing on achieving a certain linear volume, he instead based it on the net weight of the product placed in the container, net of the tare. He was thus able to guarantee consistent product quantity, free from variations in density and temperature, while bypassing the dimensional tolerances of the containers.

The “Net Weight” concept was not, in fact, the first patent filed by Corniani, but it signified a historical change in the history of filling machines the dawn of a new era. In this context the weightpack philosophy began to form, investing every year considerable resources in research and development in order to increase the quantity and quality of proprietary patents. Modular Systems, Direct Drive Plugs, 24 bit weighing electronics and self adaptive power management represent the top of the innovation process reached by the company in the last year alone all technologies that are about to enter the market.


The heart of the system consists of the filling capping monoblock, which can be coupled to input and output modules.The input modules can be assigned to the type of treatment (blower, rinser, peroxide and steam, PAA and sterile water) or act as a connection with the stretch blow molder. The whole system can, in turn, be coupled to a locking machine or, for the NH versions, to an output module for elimination of the output format change.

The stainless steel draining modules have the same geometry and components, regardless of whether the machine is NH or BH or independently of the type of industry targeted by the machine itself. The modularity principle, on which the design is based, makes it possible to produce independent and extremely reliable systems. Weight pack is able to produce the same monoblocks, regardless of how they are used, guaranteeing a significant upgrade in the level of industrialization and reliability, together with a considerable reduction in delivery times. In addition, Weightpack is able to design and manufacture separable aseptic machines in individual watertight modules.


Thanks to Direct Drive technology, Weightpack is able to guarantee a precise and constant control of both the delivered torque and the vertical load, as well as perfect electronic control in vertical translation and rotation. Any screwing strategy, including the initial counter rotation for twist off caps, can be easily implemented, satisfying the customer’s needs. There is also the possibility, in combination with vision systems, to orient the cap, in order to obtain the best possible result. The plugin capping units are extremely compact, with very low inertia and suitable for any application, from corrosion proofing to aseptic.


Next generation electronics, characterized by the use of the EtherCat protocol, allow for the optimization and modularization of monoblock geometries and the interchangeability of free and plug and play tool components.


Tankless filling systems guarantee absolute and certified sterilization in the product loop and favor the minimization of production heads and tails.In conclusion, Weightpack is a driving force in the filling sector for the scope of its innovations and for its intrinsic ability to read the market’s current and future needs, with a view to simplification based on the concept of research and development. Just as Carlo Corniani had wanted.

Weightpack: Innovation First.

TMG Impianti, packing and palletizing solutions

Established in the 1976, TMG has been successful on several global markets, thanks to a continuous research and a professional experience that allowed to gain a qualified technological know how,to apply in the end of line systems all over the world. The direct contact with the customer is a chance of constant innovation of our packing machineries range, resulting progressively suitable for any needs and different applications.

The products range comprises carton erector, carton packer, carton sealer, palettisers, depalettisers and robot. These machines are often combined together to supply complete turnkey solutions of automated packing systems end of line. In the latest years, TMG has realized many palletizing and packaging systems of different products, especially in Beverage sector, in which it has satisfied many international customer’s needs. Nowadays TMG produces around 200 palletisers per year and has installed almost 7000 palletising systems all over the world since 40 years.

Production range: 

Palletisers Carton erectors Case Packers and unpackers.Tape and Glue sealers,Robots,Stretch wrappers.Conveyors and transports  Pallet handling.

Market sectors: 

TMG Impianti is specialized in handling bottles and containers, both glass and plastic (like PVC and PET) for the food sector, beverage (wine, juices, beer etc.), chemical

and home and care industry (shampoo, detergents, washing powders) and special applications like mineral oil and edible oil. Another important industry where TMG Impianti is present is the “big bags and sacks”.

The company is one of European leading company in the sacks big bags palletisation with several applications around the world in this industry.


The new blow moulder ebs k ergon is the national winner at the european business awards

Since 1987 SMI has been developing cuttingedge projects and technologies, in order to offer turnkey bottling lines and flexible, ergonomic, efficient packaging machines.

The new EBS K ERGON stretch blow moulder is one of the latest innovation developped by SMI: a compact, efficient, flexible, ergonomic machine, equipped with innovative technologies inspired to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Available in 2,3 and 4cavity models, it is the ideal solution for manufacturing PET containers in the output rate range from 3,000 to 9,000 bottles/hour and offers all the benefits of the rotary technology.

Thanks to the EBS K project SMI was namedone of 11 National Winners from 189 businesses representing Italy for The European Business Awards, Europe’s largest business competition, sponsored by RSM.

SMI was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in Italy in the category “Awards for Innovation”, and will now go on to represent Italy in this category in the final stage of the competition. The National Winners from each country will face further judging in their chosen category, and the final Category Winners will be announced at the European Business Awards Gala Final in Warsaw, Poland on 23rd May 2018.

The new EBS K ER GON stands out in its market segment for series of advangtages:

  • The preform heating section (tunnel) is integrated with the stretch blow moulding section (blowing wheel) in a single, very compact module, which can be installed even in small bottling The tunnel features a horizontal preform feeder chain and an optimized ventilation and aeration system. Moreover, the infrared lamp units responsible for heating the preforms in transit are equipped witha system of thermoreflective panels made of a highly energy efficient composite material, and are situated both in front of and behind the lamps. This technically advanced solution ensures excellent reflection of the heat generated by the IR lamps and consequently ensures a more uniform distribution of the heat over the entire surface of the preform; the inside of the tunnel is also equipped with an aluminium diffuser to provide optimal temperature control and prevent overheating problems.
  • The structure that contains the tunnel and the blowing wheel is equipped with safety doors that are slightly rounded, providing more space inside the machine to perform cleaning and maintenance tasks easily and
  • The stretch blowing wheel is equipped with motorized stretch rods controlled by electronicdrives and do not require mechanical cams; this innovative solution ensures precise control of the stretch rod’s travel and position, as well as significant energy savings. This technology makes it possible to change the stretching speed without mechanical intervention (switching cams) and greatly reduces the vibration stress on the blowing wheel compared to traditional solutions.
  • The stretch blow moulding system uses high performance, low dead volume valves that reduce preblowing and blowing times, thereby improving the machine efficiency and the quality of the bottles produced.
  • The mechanical as sembly of the mould isequipped with its own motorization, which ensures the utmost precision for the up/ down motion of the mould bottom and the opening/closing of the mold holder unit; the integration of this innovative solution with the electronic stretch rod system effectively makes SMI’s EBS K ERGON stretch blow moulders a “cam free” system, with considerable advantages in terms of greater kinematic accuracy, less maintenance, less vibration, less noise and increased system longevity.
  • The system is controlled by the tested Motornet System® for automation and control, which ensures constant maintenance of optimum processingparameters throughout the entire production cycle and the direct modification of machine settings, thus simplifying format changeover operations.
  • The blowing pressure is automatically regulated according to bottle format, offering unquestionable advantages compared to the manual adjustment solutions employed on the linear blow moulders that SMI’s EBS K models compete with
  • The new machine also comes standard witha two stage air recovery system. The new EBS K ERGON rotary stretch blow moulders have a very attractive quality/price ratio and also provide savings on installation and startup costs, as the compactness of the system permits these operations to be performed in a single day.

Document what goes into a great beer and repeat, repeat, repeat

Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”Confucius obviously met a few craft brewers in his time. And it’s an easy job to love: more art form than production process, with its own unique heritage, its own tricks of the trade and the pleasures of the end result. For many, it will always remain a passion and a pastime, with the journey from pilot batch to tasting party mostly under taken manually.

For some, however, a taste of success makes them want to take things further, to scale up and develop a pastime into a profession. Never a job like working in an office,but a business venture nonetheless. And why not, when the demand is there and you’re creating brews people love? This is the point where, retaining the art of the process, you can turn to more practical tools to maintain the consistency of your brews without losing the artistry, so that every time drinkers choose a particular label or style, they get the same experience that brought them to you in the first place.

The art of great brewing is in the wisdom, intuition and inspiration that goes into recipe design and ingredient selection. From then on, it’s about making the process repeatable, efficient and costeffective. And this is where automation comes in, giving brewers the ability to document what goes into a great beer and repeat, repeat, repeat.

In technical terms, automation can provide accurate brew house control, making each step more efficient and meaning more brews per day. Having fermentation temperature control drives batch quality and consistency.

State of the art equipment reduces the need to tend to the process manually and boosts productivity. It cuts energy and utility costs.For example, an automatic pH meter that shows when equipment is rinsed free of chemicals means more cost effective and sustainable cleaning processes.

For brewers who have moved beyond brewing as a hobby, automation is the simple way to in crease capacity and maintain product quality without having to invest big money in new systems.

So rather than committing to an expensive new 10barrel system, you can automate your existing five barrel system to produce more, more consistently, and save yourself money and time.

With sequencing and better utilization of equipment and timing, we have worked with brewers to increase output by up to 50% without having to invest in more tanks.Plus there are the benefits that we’ve come to expect as consumers in today’s digital world. Brewers can now start and monitor fermentations via their mobile phones.

Flexible recipe management enables them to be creative, modify existing recipes, and try new styles of brews, all with a few simple, digitally driven procedures. Where too many parts per million of oxygen can reduce a beer’s shelf life, they can check these numbers during the canning process. And an automated system can help to reduce the impact on product quality that comes from natural, year on year variations in hop or barley characteristics.

The reason many craft brewers closed down during the 1990s was the fact that even though they were making fine beers, they weren’t able to maintain the consistency of those brews.

If brewery automation had been as accessible then as it is now, it would be a different story. And if you’re in a position where you want to make more of your brewing art, having the conversation with an automation provider might give you the extra momentum you need.

To learn more on our brewing solution visit: www.rockwellautoma- dustries/food-beverage/

Microthermics innovations: reducing time and costs in beverage development

MicroThermics offers the most advanced process capabilities in small scale UHT, HTST, and Aseptic processing and Aseptic Laboratory Filling.

Driven by consumer’s ever evolving tastes, the beverage industry is in a constant state of flux. Companies must introduce new beverages, line extensions, and clean label updates of existing products, virtually every day. To succeed in this environment, accurate R&D tools that speed development are critical.

Through constant innovation, MicroThermics’ small scale UHT, HTST, Aseptic processors (& services) enable companies to stay ahead of the market’s demands. They provide convenient, accurate, and efficient equipment to process products at actual plant conditions.

Through accurately processing new products at the R&D stage, products can move from the lab directly to the plant. Additionally, expenses due to unnecessary staffing, travel, and even repeated failed plant trials are minimized and even eliminated.

Additionally, these process capabilities create R&D efficiencies that reduce development time from months to days, resulting in products being brought to market in record time.

Historical Highlights As part of their constant innovation, MicroThermics has always strived to introduce new equipment and technologies.In the early 90’s, they pioneered the use of the equivalent point method and empirical methods to evaluate and simulate production process Shortly thereafter, their uniquely designed jumper panel made their equipment the most flexible on the market.

Later, they led the market with their Direct/Indirect processor and were subsequently the recipients of The IFT Industrial Achievement Award. Most recently, they introduced patented smallscale Aseptiwave Microwave Heating and the world’s first actual Aseptic Laboratory Filler.


For more than 28 years, MicroThermics has specialized in smallscale continuous thermal processing. Their deep knowledge of the complexity of processes and products enables them to fully understand their clients’ needs.

The expertise of MicroThermics’ staff, their network of technical distributors, and the variety of their services, enables them to provide innovative solutions to companies developing new finished products, or supplying ingredients and services to finished beverage manufactures.

Based in Raleigh, NC, MicroThermics has distributors in Europe, Central and South America, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Additionally, they have a service and sales staff based in India to support their clients in Asia and Africa.

Equipment and Tech MicroThermics has a processor to fit virtually any need and budget.They offer multiple series of equipment and multiple models within each series.All of their equipment is controlled with touch screen controls and PLC’s. These control systems provide a powerful, yet simple interface that has the ability to record process conditions as a process record or for later analysis. Many models also have a “Set Up Guide” making preparations for each style process quick and easy.

If needed, their control systems can also be customized with sequential or other automation Electric Equipment MicroThermics has 4 different electrically heated series of equipment. These require no steam and can be used at HTST and UHT conditions. Depending on the model, products ranging from juice to milk, to puddings (and virtually everything in between) can be processed.

E Development Series With a nominal flow rate of 1 LPM, these proces- sors are just 1.8 M long and have 5 internal hold tubes. They also have a sink and benchtop to help work in a laboratory environment.

Electra Series

Also running at 1 LPM, these processors have 2 internal hold tubes but take up only 1 meter of floor space

Bantam Series

With a nominal flowrate of .5 LPM, these processors provide much of the flexibility of their higher flow rate cousins.

E VEROS Series

These powerful processors run at .5 LPM, with 2 hold tubes but at a lower price.Steam Equipment MicroThermics also offers equivalent steam heated equipment in their SDevelopment, Flex, and SVEROS processors.

Steam Injection Series As the most flexible equipment available, these processors add steam injection heating and vacuum cooling to the extensive capabilities of the SDevelopment Series equipment.

Custom Series Completely custom processors and solutions can be designed from the ground up in their “Custom Series”. This is often done to meet special requirements such as cGMPs or to address particular internal or product requirements. Additionally, through this Series, MicroThermics offers pilot, and smallscale production equipment for products that can only be made in small volumes.

Microwave Series MicroThermics utilizes patented Aseptiwave microwave heaters.These heaters provide rapid controlled heating with no heated surfaces and no added sheer.This style heating has resulted in aseptic products with quality that exceeds that of “premium or fresh products” while also having the highest nutrient retention of any continuous thermal process.Aseptic* Laboratory Filler MicroThermics new filler sterilizes and fills bottles on a continuous basis.

It provides the ability to show new products in actual consumer style packages and is designed to provide a 4 log reduction of bacteria in the filler, and a 5 log reduction in the bottles and caps. These capabilities can’t be found anywhere else.

*High Acid Aseptic and low acid ESL only Options In addition to the different series of equipment, MicroThermics provides a range of options to most closely simulate actual production conditions. The most popular of them are custom hold tubes, multiple heating and cooling steps, inline homogenizers, Ultra CleanFill Hoods. Contact their experts to learn more about their equipment and options.

With nearly 30 years of experience, MicroThermics has a flexible, dynamic approach to working with and finding solutions for their clients’ needs. In addition to offering their equipment, they offer design and consulting services. They also offer custom educational classes and participate in many seminars and short courses.

MicroThermics also participates in major trade fairs across the globe.Come and learn more about MicroThermics equipment and services at ANUGA Food Tech in Cologne, Germany in March 2023, 2018. They are in booth A047.

Nitrogen for beverage

Gas self-production means lower operating costs and significant cost-savings. The range of Atlas Copco generators have been designed in order to converge the need for low cost productivity. Looking at the technological developments of recent years, looking at ease and streamlining of productive reality.

Focus on the sustainability of the shelf life of the products of this sector.It is known that the Food & Beverage sector is a member of the “additives”, recognized and authorized by the Italian and European legislation. In this case, we talk about gases (or gases mixtures) that prevent the organoleptic and nutritional characteristics of the product from deteriorated over time.

The use of controlled atmospheres is the more the product quality has to be preserved for a long time, as, for example, in the export of products of excellence of our country.

Soft drinks, wine and beer are generally the products of interest, but also for the packaging of water in plastic bottles: the slight overpressure allows the use of containers with thinner thickness, without causing problems of transport.

Leader in sustainable technology and con- tinuous innovation, Atlas Copco offers two complete ranges of Nitrogen generators through which it has become a valuable partner to the largest national and international production companies.

Efficiency and technology characterize the NGP and NGP + nitrogen generators and the whole chain of compressed air and air treatment, of which Atlas Copco can proudly de- fine itself only supplier.

Copco are reliable in time and provide a continuous and efficient production.Who uses the solutions to the self-generation gas Atlas Copco can test a real economic savings and improved reliability of production, given by continuously monitoring parameters even remotely.

All these targets are achieved by working on the applications of our partners and developing customized projects.

Contrinex food-grade inductive sensors withstand high-pressure washdown cleaning

Food-grade washdown inductive sensorsfrom Swiss manufacturer Contrinex are completely compatible with the strict hygiene standards of the dairy industry, helping maximize plant utilization during round the clock production of milkbased foodstuffs.

Rated to IP68/IP69K, Contrinex stainlesssteel washdown sensors withstand both aggressive cleaning chemicals and highpressure water jets, offering highly robust solutions for the harshest operating environments.

Foodgrade sensors are available with IOLink, a standardized serial connection protocol, providing digital communication in washdown areas at no additional cost.

Cleanliness is everything in food processing facilities, and nowhere more so than in the dairy industry. A single instance of contamination during production can necessitate the destruction of multiple batches of milkbased foodstuffs or, if undetected, result in illness, disease or death among consumers of infected products. It’s no surprise that for dairyplant operators, maintaining the strictest possible hygiene standards is an absolute must.

Given the simultaneous need to maximize plant utilization, time consuming cleaning methods are highly undesirable. To avoid lengthy  unproductive intervals between batches, food processing facilities commonly utilize clean in place (CIP) and highpressure washdown systems.Production equipment for washdown areas must therefore with stand both aggressive cleaning chemicals and high pressure water jets as a matter of course.

This requirement extends to the sensors used throughout these areas.The Contrinex Washdown range of food grade inductive sensors addresses these needs perfectly. Devices from both the Series 600 Classics and Series 700 Full Inox families are certified to operate continuously and reliably in harsh conditions. Rated to IP68/IP69K, they are pressure resistant  up to 80 bar, corrosion resistant and ideal for use in food and beverage industries. Sensing the presence and detecting the position of equipment or materials at each stage requires sensors that are both accurate and responsive. Contrinex Wash down inductive sensors are up to the task in all chemicals and highpressure water jets as a matter of course.This requirement extends to the sensors used throughout these areas.

The Contrinex Washdown range of foodgrade inductive sensors addresses these needs perfectly. Devices from both the Series 600 Classics and Series 700 Full Inox families are certified to operate continuously and reliably in harsh conditions. Rated to IP68/IP69K, they are pressureresistant  up to 80 bar, corrosion resistant and ideal for use in food and beverage industries. Sensing the presence and detecting the position of equipment or materials at each stage requires sensors that are both accurate and responsive. Contrinex Washdown inductive sensors are up to the task in all respects.

With a choice of one piece M12, M18 or M30 diameter AISI 316L /V4A stainless steel bodies and sensing faces (Full Inox family) or M12diameter AISI 316L/V4A stainlesssteel body and PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) FDA approved sensing face (Classics family), these fully embeddable inductive sensors offer a highly robust solution  for the harshest operating environment. Industry standard PNP or NPN outputs with an integral M12  connector and IP69Krated cable set ensure compatibility with existing factory systems.

Flow control during milk product processing

Most milk products, whether made from pasteurized or raw milk, undergo a number of common manufacturing operations during the early stages of production. Central to these are two aspectsof process manufacture that require reliable, accurate flowcontrol systems: transportation and CIP. In each case, foodgrade washdown inductive sensors ensure that the correct operating sequence is followed.

Process engineers use dedicated stainlesssteel pipework to transport liquid ingredients from one operation to the next. Typically, fluid flow is managed using control valves fitted with electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic actuators. Depending on process requirements, twoway or multiport valves, often rotaryshaft types, deliverraw milk from holding tanks to each process station in sequence, maintaining specified flow rates and volumetric limits.

Classics Washdown sensors for position sensing

Sensing the position of a rotaryvalve actuator is a routine task for Contrinex Classics Washdown inductive sensors. In this application, the PPS sensing faces are not required to withstand extremes of temperature or pressure, and the 2mm sensing distance of these M12 diameter devices is ideally suited to the application.

These sensors interface directly with a range of industrial process controllers and provide cost effective confirmation of controlvalve status around the clock.Once processing of each batch is completed and all process vessels are drained, closedloop CIP cleaning is initiated. In many instances, plant managers rely on flow transfer panels to ensure separation of CIP and process flows; a flow transfer panel utilizes a multiport manifold that provides a physical break between flow streams in accordance with good manufacturing practices (GMPs). Connection between ports is effected manually by means of Ushaped jumper pipes with positional feedback from inductive sensors mounted on the panel.

Full Inox Washdown sensors for presence sensing

Manual connection carries with it a greater risk of direct contact between assembled parts. Contrinex Full Inox Washdown sensors provide optimum resistance to mechanical shocks, while of fering the option of extended sensing distances. Multiple M30 diameter devices, positioned at predetermined locations on each panel, sense the presence of a locating feature on each jumper pipe, confirming that the correct ports are interconnected before CIP cleaning is initiated. These units, with corrosion resistant one piece stainless steel housings and a 20mm sensing distance, protect against impact damage and also with stand accidental contact with aggressive CIP cleaning solutions.

Full Inox Washdown sensors for positional control

The need for accurate position sensing doesn’t end there. Downstream processing in soft cheese production is equally dependent on highly reliable washdown inductive sensors for effective control of day to day operations.

Curd making is the fundamental process in cheese production. Typically, soft cheese curd is made in large stainless steel vats, where milk is mixed with a curdling agent and heated gently, resulting in the separation of curd from the whey. Automated knives cut the curd particles to the correct size, following which the vat is tipped to discharge firstly the whey, followed by the curd.


Carefully controlled tipping is essential to prevent damage to the curd. The vat rotates slowly about a horizontally oriented support shaft. Washdown inductive sensors from the Full Inox family, mounted immediately adjacent to one side of the vat, detect the position of a cam on the shaft, confirming the degree of angular rotation at preset intervals. These M18 diameter one piece stainless steel devices, with a 10mm sensing distance, match the requirements perfectly.

Full Inox Washdown sensors for filling and packaging

Later, during filling and packaging operations, high volume soft cheese production also relies heavily on position sensing. Sealed tubs of cheese are conveyed from filling stations in single lanes; pneumatic cylinders, mounted beside each conveyor, divert multiple tubs into packing areas in preparation for layering. In these situations, it is essential to control the position of the ram accurately; failure to synchronize cylinder extension with conveyor movement results in damage to products and, potentially, to equipment.

Two M12diameter washdown sensors from the Contrinex Full Inox family, embedded in the wall of each cylinder, sense the presence of the ram as it reaches the limits of its travel in each direction. These highly robust devices withstand pressures of up to 80 bar (1160 psi) and operate reliably and accurately while exposed to the working pressures inside the cylinder.

Sensors with IOLink interface

Plantwide communication is another common requirement for manufacturers. In November 2014, Contrinex announced the availability of IOLink for all sensors incorporating its patented ASIC technology. IOLink, a standard ized point to point serial connection protocol for sensors and actuators, is enabled on all PNP normally open devices at no additional cost, offering the advantages of digital communication in washdown areas without the need for special cabling.

In dairy food production, processes run continuously, with remote diagnostics eliminating almost every need for manual intervention. Interrogating an IOLink enabled device returns its manufacturer ID and product ID, allowing systems integrators to determine remotely that the right sensor is in the correct location. Contrinex IOLink wash down sensors additionally feature an on demand self test function that confirms error free operation at all times.

Systems designers also have the capability to modify the output signal. Delaying the switching pulse accommodates any travel time between a sensor and its corresponding actuation point, while stretching the pulse ensures that slave devices with lengthy response times trigger reliably, even at high throughput rates.

Finally, each sensor provides an output status check derived from its factory calibration data. If the output signal from a sensor falls out side a range that corresponds to a sensing distance between 80% and 100% of its nominal value, an alarm flag is triggered, highlighting the need for investigation. For process engineers with demanding deadlines, peace of mind is a valuable benefit.

Contrinex sensors for food industry Contrinex Classics and Full Inox Washdown sensors provide a robust, cost effective and hygienic solution for manufacturers of foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals, whether on a local or multinational basis. Contrinex provides technical and commercial support via an extensive international distribution network, ensuring that every customer has access to expert product knowledge and directly relevant applications experience. Stainless steel construction and the nocost option of the industry standard IOLink protocol ensures that best in class performance is coupled with ultimate reliability in even the most demanding circumstances.