Food Stackers/Destackers(7 companies)
Handling equipment used in food processing lines to count and align flat food items such as frozen pizza crusts or hamburger patties before dropping the stack into a tray or into another food processing machine. Destackers take individual food items from stacked piles prior to a packaging operation or other food processing application and place them onto a conveyor.
Arr-Tech is an original equipment manufacturer of counters and stackers used in food processing handling for products like tortillas, flatbread and pizza crust. Arr-Tech’s counter/stackers are all equipped with air chute product positioning systems and speed/alignment gates designed for easy operator adjustments for product changeovers. Counters and stackers also feature an adjustable infeed system to accommodate all cooler discharge conveyors. Arr-Tech reports that with its variable speed drive technology, counters and stackers can improve product separation to achieve 99% stack count accuracy.
Benchmark designs and manufactures a complete line of automation equipment tailored to the unique challenges of food and bakery manufacturers. Capabilities include slug loading, product stacking, row distribution, product orienting, automatic wrapper infeeds, vibratory distribution, robotic loading, and other systems.
Forpak makes stackers using in processing and packaging operations for meat, pizza and baked goods. Stacker Model GSII, which stacks at a rate of 80 pieces per minute per lane, is designed for large products like pita bread and pizza crusts. Other automated stacking and laning, feeding, and conveying machines from Forpak handle products such as frozen meat patties.
GEA supplies ingredient handling equipment for food processing applications for meat, poultry, fish, seafood, oils and fats, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, bread, confectionery and food ingredients. Range of ingredient handling equipment includes many products: milk skimming, dairy and pharmaceutical separators; vibratory conveyors for fragile powders, granules and pellets; stacking and handling systems for crackers and bakery goods; dust filters; milling and grinding equipment; and much more.
Hoosier Feeder Company
Hoosier Feeder Company provides a variety of solutions for food and dry ingredient processing. Hoosier’s food product placement solution is specifically designed for frozen food and ready-to-eat assembly automation applications. Food grade centrifugal feeders singulate and orientate products delicately and reliably at high rates of speed. With a focus on food safety, Hoosier’s machines are hygienic, featuring easy-to clean designs, 304 Stainless-Steel and FDA approved materials and components.
Marchant Schmidt, Inc.
Marchant Schmidt manufactures handling equipment for cheese and other food processing facilities, including processing conveyors. Designed for direct food contact, hygienic food grade conveyors are available in flexible belt, flighted belt, urethane belt, converging and diverging designs. Marchant Schmidt offers an extensive range of specialty conveyors for processing applications, such as vacuum conveying systems. Also available from Marchant Schmidt are cheese block stacker/palletizers, dumping equipment and industrial sanitary dust collectors (SDC) for food manufacturing facilities.
RIOS Intelligent Machines
RIOS supplies the DIOS, marketed as the only end-to-end AI-powered foodgrade workcell handling food items. Powered by dedicated foodgrade grippers and advanced tactile sensors, the DIOS handles food items with human-like dexterity.
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