Food Production Equipment Highlight: GSII Stackers

When it comes to supporting food safety worldwide, standardized sanitation practices in the production and packaging processes on an industrial level is key. The majority of frozen, refrigerated, and dry goods are distributed on a global scale. At Forpak, we manufacture unique automation solutions for food safety in packaging systems, including stackers, conveyors, transfers, reject detectors, sorters, laners, and custom designs for OEMs and other customers in the meat, bakery, and pizza industries. We work with trusted partners to source materials and parts, and our engineers and technicians are a skilled design/build team. Forpak is your one-stop-shop for the innovative design and manufacturing of food production equipment that can be easily integrated into new facilities or existing production lines.

Food Production Equipment

Each operation that goes into a food packaging production floor has its own specifications that can vary by product. Even within standard operations like laning, sorting, and stacking, the equipment needs to be fitted to product dimensions, weight, and more. Forpak is here to help clients working in food production fit in the exact extra step they need in their operations line.

One of the main kinds of food production equipment we design and build for clients is our stackers. The bakery, pizza, and meat industries all utilize packaging designs that often require multiple products to be stacked into one unit and transferred down the line.

Our GSII Servo Stackers are ideal for large products like pizza crusts, pita breads, and anything in between.

GSII Specs

  • GSII model stackers have touch-screen controls that allow technicians to specify stacking units through a graphics system.
  • The control system can handle multiple recipes with variable stacking and conveyor speeds.
  • Stacking uses servo-controlled actuators.
  • Stacks are transferred onto a continuously running Take Away Conveyor.
  • GSII stackers are designed to stack 80 pieces per minute in each lane.
  • Stackers have NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures for full wash down capabilities.
  • Conveyors and other moving parts use Intralox modular belting.
  • Our stackers can handle products on 1-3 lanes.
  • GSII stackers come with cardboard feed options to automatically interleave cardboard separators between individual pieces.
  • All our products have CE compliance
  • GSII stackers run on 230/460 VAC with 3-phase power for long-term energy sustainability.
  • All our products meet NSF 3A Standards for the meat and poultry industry and the BISSC Standard for the bakery industry.
  • GSII stackers and all our products are built with food-grade stainless steel.
  • Stacked products can be manually packaged into boxes or moved downstream to other automated operations quickly, safely, and efficiently.

GSII stackers are one of many of our designs for automated food production equipment that support food safety in the global industry. To learn more about our products, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Honoring the Value of Ownership for Food Packaging Automation Equipment

The cost of manufacturing equipment in any size of production facility is nothing to sneeze at. Quality packaging equipment for the food industry in particular is always an investment, and for good reason. The best equipment available needs to meet strict standards set by the USDA, FDA, as well as many other sector standards. It must be sanitary with full wash-down capabilities, run quickly while eliminating damaged or imperfect goods, and fit into a safe workplace setting. At Forpak, we understand the importance of getting all that and more when you make an investment in quality food assembly equipment.

Our innovative food packaging systems for the meat, bakery, and pizza industries are state-of-the-art designs that can be integrated into your existing facility systems seamlessly. Our equipment has long-term reliability, and thanks to our new Preventative Maintenance Program, you can protect the value of your ownership and return on your investment for years to come.

The cost of expanding your facilities with new food assembly equipment can be broken down in two sections: the initial cost of the machine and the maintenance costs down the road.

While typically, maintenance can be the bulk of the lifetime cost of ownership, that’s not the case with our food assembly equipment. Long-term maintenance for our food production equipment is incredibly minimal compared to other assemblies.

This makes it more cost-effective to have regular, preventative maintenance to prevent critical control line breakdowns.

At Forpak, we initiated our Preventative Maintenance Program to support our customers in the long term. Forpak’s food packaging automation equipment designs are unique systems tailored to the exact needs of each customer. To meet those continued needs when maintenance work is needed, we partner with clients to guarantee precise, correct results.

Customers will benefit from our Preventative Maintenance Program with decreased production downtime, lower maintenance costs overall, increased longevity of equipment, maintenance record keeping, and overall improvement of your value of ownership. In addition to these long-term advantages, we also give clients 10% discounts on parts purchased, travel and service costs of our technicians, and emergency services.

All preventative maintenance visits include continued educational training for customer staff members. We will work together to set up a routine preventative maintenance schedule that fits your facility’s production schedule with minimal downtime required.

To learn more about how Forpak food assembly equipment and our Preventative Maintenance Program improves your value of ownership, please contact us today at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online or request a quote to get started with us.

New Preventative Maintenance Program for Forpak’s Food Assembly Equipment

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC partners with Forpak to provide custom, high-quality food packaging solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers. We are proud to announce our recent establishment of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, which is available to all customers with Forpak equipment integrated into their facilities. Because Forpak equipment is unique to each packing solution and because we offer tailoring to fit customer needs, there are times when highly specific parts, repairs, and maintenance are needed. When you work with Forpak directly, you can be sure that our preventative maintenance technicians are the most skilled, knowledgeable, and qualified to work on your innovative food assembly equipment.

 

Every piece of equipment in a facility, no matter what size or how complex, needs routine maintenance. While reactive maintenance is a necessity when parts break, it’s ideal to avoid this type of costly, time-consuming repair work. Thus, preventative maintenance is critical for saving on repair costs, keeping the production line running, and protecting your workers.

 

Our preventative maintenance program was designed for comprehensive support year-round. Our service technicians work with you to determine an effective schedule for maintenance and create a budget that fits your needs.

 

Not only does a quality preventative maintenance program reduce overall downtime of the production line, it also maximizes your total cost of ownership. This means the value of your facilities and product will increase exponentially once reactive repair maintenance is limited to a minimum. Our preventative maintenance can also improve overall production efficiency, increase yield, and maximize the safety of your workers. With a preventative maintenance schedule like ours, your Forpak food assembly equipment will have extended longevity, integrity, and quality.

 

Our service technicians also provide historical recordkeeping and take important data for analysis with each scheduled maintenance session. As an added bonus, customers who utilize our preventative maintenance program receive a 10% discount on maintenance visits, both routine and emergency. Any replacement parts needed are also discounted 10% for all preventative maintenance program participants.

 

While the initial cost of new large equipment puts a dent in any facility budget, the annual cost of maintenance can also chip away at your income and your production efficiency. With preventative maintenance, you can save money and continually improve your business operations.

 

To learn more about Forpak’s new preventive maintenance program for food assembly equipment, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6889 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

 

To learn more about our full services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote.

Importance of Sanitation for Meat Packing and Food Assembly Equipment

Throughout every aspect of the global food industry, protecting the quality and safety of products is the most important ideal to uphold. We’ve come a long way from the horrors of the meat packing floors of the early 20th Century, but we still need to take positive action to continue improving the way we handle meat and other food products.

 

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our partners at Forpak work to provide unique and innovative packing solutions. Our engineers and technicians are dedicated to supporting the use of quality food assembly equipment that will eliminate the compromise of safety for efficiency.

 

Forpak specializes in manufacturing custom food assembly equipment for the bakery, meat, and pizza industries. Our solutions include stacking, laning, conveyor, counting, sorting, transferring, and an overall provision of a streamlined motion of products from one packing location in your facility to another.

 

When it comes to food assembly equipment solutions for the meat industry, the number of standards and sanitation requirements our customers must meet increase in several ways. The meat processing industry has strict restrictions on timelines, methods, and materials used in the packaging system. These restrictions are established to protect meat products from exposure and cross-contamination of serious food borne illnesses. Pork, poultry, and other meat products are known to potentially carry dangerous diseases such as salmonella, trichinosis, and E. coli. With the right packing solutions and food-safe practices, we can eliminate the danger of these illnesses.

 

One of our most effective solutions that help our customers protect their meat products against contamination is our GSSB stacker bypass conveyor. The GSSB easily transitions between stacking and bypass conveying.

 

GSSB Specifications:

 

  • The GSSB control panels have NEMA 4X grade watershed enclosures that prevent any damage to electrical systems and machines during the sanitation process
  • We incorporate Intralox modular plastic belting into many of our products, including the GSSB. This interlocking conveyor system is abrasive-resistant and meets food hygiene standards
  • CE compliancy is available for the GSSB for customers located in Europe, and CE certification meets standards for food safety, sanitation, and environmental protection for products sold in the European Economic Area
  • Electrical specifications for the GSSB are offered in 240V or 460V with three phase AC
  • Pipeline air flow compression is ¾” at 100 PSI

 

The GSSB is a powerful tool that can be an addition to your facilities that changes the way you process meat products. Like all our unique food packing solutions, the GSSB improves food safety processes and increases efficiency, worker safety, and sanitation in a warehouse setting.

 

To learn more about the GSSB and all of Forpak’s innovative food assembly equipment solutions, contact us at (952) 491-6889 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online or request a quote to get started with us today.

Installation Services and Technical Support in the Food Industry

Anyone working in the food industry knows the strict regulations and guidelines that manufacturers and food producers need to follow to meet standards for food safety and quality control. Because rules under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are so strict in order to protect consumers from foodborne pathogens, facilities need to continue improving their practices and updating equipment standards. In the MultiSource Manufacturing LLC network, our Forpak division works to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers with innovative food packaging solutions, including state-of-art large equipment that can be tailored to specific food-packing needs. Our high-quality laning and stacking machines are designed to support and improve the capabilities of your production line by streamlining the moving and sorting of products. If you are a food industry player, Forpak equipment can be key in making improvements to the packaging process and in the promotion of worker safety.

 

From stackers like our GSS and GSSB models to our sorting and laning systems, all our equipment is ready to be integrated into a client’s current facilities. Our engineers and field technicians provide comprehensive installation services and start-up support for all customers.

 

Full Support Services

  • We offer field installation of all Forpak equipment. This includes the transportation of safely packed equipment components, commissioning, testing and inspection to ensure accurate operations.
  • After our expert service technicians have fully integrated a working assembly into your facilities, we provide Machine Operator Training to any of your own employees who will be qualified as on-site technicians.
  • When integration and training is complete, Forpak support services will still be fully available to all customers, with phone support as needed and on-site qualified technician services at the ready to analyze any issues and make adjustments if needed.
  • Forpak provides a 12-month complete parts warranty, and a spare parts inventory that is ready to ship the day of any request 95% of the time.
  • Not only do we offer support services after installation to guarantee a seamless integration into your facilities, we also provide long-term maintenance services. This includes scheduled upgrades and preventative maintenance services as well as retrofits and software/hardware updates.

 

No matter what type of Forpak food packaging equipment you integrate into your facilities, you can be sure we will do everything it takes to smoothly put new operations and work sites into place without undue issues. To learn more about the packaging solutions we offer the food industry as well as the installation and technical support services we provide, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6889 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Breaking Down Forpak’s Promise to the Food Industry

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak are dedicated to continually improving our contribution to the industrial world and promoting safer, smarter, and more streamlined working facilities. When it comes to Forpak’s work in food packaging solutions, we have a promise to the food industry to provide products that meet specific requirements for the production line, workspace, and general practices of our customers.

With our foundational promise, Forpak can offer customers innovative designs that can be easily integrated into operational facilities and reliable services as a contract manufacturer. If you’re working with packaging meats, bakery goods, or other food products, Forpak can provide the solutions you need for your production lines in the food industry.

In a nutshell, the Forpak promise ensures our customers see improvements in their own production process, including smooth operations, safer facilities for workers, and overall betterment of packaging results. To accomplish this, we promise to adhere to practices and generate solutions that open doors to the following:

  • Reduce labor costs by 30 – 50%: Forpak designs are engineered to create real change in your production line. Our advanced technologies include sorting, laning, stacking, transferring, conveying, and other locomotive operations that can be included in any food packaging facility. Thanks to Forpak products, our customers are able to reduce elements of human labor, maximize worker efficiency, and improve the workspace for essential employees.
  • Reduce exposure to human contamination: One of the most important aspects of food safety in the packaging industry is limiting the exposure of human contact with the product. Humans can carry pathogens and other unsanitary contaminants, and it’s critical to prevent cross-contamination on the production line. Our designs reduce the need for workers at various stages, allowing Forpak to contribute to a safer, more hygienic food industry facility.
  • Reduce Workman’s Compensation claims: Because our food packaging equipment designs streamline the packaging process and reduce the need for workers at many stages, our customers also see a decrease in worker compensation claims. Our products are designed to eliminate or significantly lower the need for human workers in job positions that require repetitive motions and physically demanding responsibilities. Repetitive motion and high physical stress are the most common causes of workplace injury.
  • Allow for increasing production speed and downstream automation: The general goal of our designs, in addition to improving food safety and bettering the work environment, is to improve production for our customers. With our automated food packaging equipment, customers can increase speed in production, limit downtime from traffic jams, and overall improve future reliability in a downstream automation facility.

Our promise as a global food industry equipment provider is what guides us in each design project. To learn more about our services in the food industry and our innovative designs, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6523 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today.

Streamlining Production with Smart Food Assembly Equipment

For over 30 years, Forpak has worked to understand and provide the best food packaging solutions for large-scale industrial packing facilities. Our partnership with MultiSource has further expanded our capabilities over the years, with development of new production technology, facilities, software, and expert team members.

Today, our products are used globally, and we work with Rockwell Automation to generate intelligent machines that can promote streamlined automated production lines. With our capabilities and partnership with Rockwell Automation, Forpak is able to create unique food assembly equipment that changes the way our customers process and pack a wide range of food products.

Automated smart food assembly equipment can be easily integrated into your facilities with minimal production downtime during installation. With our efficient, innovative designs and intelligent automation software, your facilities can see rapid upgrades in production time, quality, and safety. Benefits of automated food assembly equipment include:

 

  • Downtime Reduction: Rockwell Automation and Forpak create solutions that can be quickly installed, so you won’t lose time during new equipment integration. Our packaging equipment solutions are also equipped with easy access to lanes and conveyors with safety locks, so in the event of packaging errors, workers can reset or right any issues quickly and safely.
  • Greater Precision: With streamlined automated production and packaging systems that have intelligent processing centers, your operations line will see a marked improvement in the precision of the finished product. Whether that means more accurate sorting systems or improved packaging results, an automated, smart assembly will eliminate even the smallest lapse in precision.
  • Real Time Diagnostics: Rockwell Automation programs can provide real-time diagnostics both locally and remotely. This includes a broad range of data and diagnostics such as sorting accuracy, production schedule adherence, equipment health, motor efficiency, oil analysis, and much more. This diagnostics capability prevents a broad range of causes of production downtimes.
  • Maintenance Minimization: These diagnostic capabilities will greatly minimize the need for unexpected or undue maintenance. Your maintenance schedule will see rapid relief, and in many cases, the integration of automated food assembly equipment with diagnostic capabilities opens the door for our customers to develop a high-quality, effective maintenance schedule for their facilities.
  • Equipment Longevity: Because of these improved diagnostic abilities and maintenance minimizations, all your facility’s equipment will see a greatly increased longevity and long-term integrity.
  • Total Ownership Cost Reduction: Thanks to these overall benefits from the integration of automated food assembly equipment, your cost of ownership will see a great reduction. In virtually all cases, the installation of automated equipment paid for itself many times over, and often in a short period of time.

 

To learn more about the integration of automated food assembly equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948. For more information about our other services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

MultiSource Will Feature Food Stacking and Laning Solutions at Interpack 2020

From May 7 to 13 this year, MultiSource’s own Forpak division will feature innovative Food Stacking and Laning Solutions at the Interpack 2020 Convention in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since the start of our partnership in 2006, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak have worked together to develop unique, advanced solutions for food packaging of bakery and meat products. Our work in creating new, improved ways to perform stacking, laning, sorting, and packing systems has allowed our customers to streamline their operations and expand their production schedule with the integration of unique Food Stacking and Laning Solutions into their facilities. Our specialized Food Stacking and Laning Solutions will be exhibited alongside some of the world’s leading packaging innovators at this year’s Interpack Conference.

 

The 2020 Interpack Conference will be hosted at Messe Düsseldorf in an exhibition spaces of over 12,000 square meters. Visitors can find Forpak and MultiSource’s booth in Hall 12 at Booth C20-2. Our booth will feature information on some of our newest innovations as well as our tried-and-true equipment, including:

 

  • Stacking solutions like our GS6 stacker for the meat industry, stackers for the baked goods industry, and stacking equipment for the pizza industry.
  • Laning solutions with pre-sorting and counting technology.
  • Equipment that offers conveying, transferring, and feed flow wrapping.
  • Logistics technology.

 

Forpak Food Stacking and Laning Solutions implement advanced technology, including Allen-Bradley controls and Cognex vision system interactive readers. Our custom packaging solutions provide our customers with state-of-the-art equipment that can be easily integrated into their operation schedule and facility. With the additional support of our engineers and technicians, customers can expect communication and guidance throughout installation and use.

 

Our custom Food Stacking and Laning Solutions meet food grade requirements, including NSF 3A Standards for the meat industry and BISSC standards for the baked goods industry. MultiSource and Forpak are dedicated to meeting hygiene and global food safety standards in the manufacturing of all our products, even those with the most unique and innovative designs.

 

Visitors to the Interpack 2020 Conference will have access to new and improved food equipment processors like Forpak’s and other industry leaders as well as cutting-edge technology for better food storage and packaging from a global scale to the common home kitchen. In addition to food storage industry providers, vendors attending the exhibition include companies and researchers working in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, nonfood, and beverage storage industries.

 

To learn more about our attendance at the Interpack 2020 Conference or to find out more information about our own Food Stacking and Laning Solutions, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6523. Request more information or request a quote to get started with us today, and learn more about the Interpack 2020 event at interpack.com.

The Role of Machine Vision for Food Production Equipment and Food Safety

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our most important concern involved in our partnership with Forpak is the support of food safety with global packaging solutions. With Forpak, the MultiSource network works to manufacture unique, innovative solutions for automated food packaging and production equipment.

 

To maintain the integrity of our food production equipment, we also work with Cognex to integrate advanced machine vision systems into our packing solutions. When you work with Forpak and MultiSource for custom manufacturing of food production equipment, you can rely on our use of Cognex machine vision for precise tracking and quality control in the food industry.

 

Cognex vision systems offer an automated, machine-accurate diagnostics for packing information. This includes the tracking of numbers, letters, and other characters, as well as product quality, portioning, damage checking, contaminant inspection, and other conditions specific to your facility and product.

 

With the implementation of Cognex machine vision tools, your food production line and overall product will see improvements in many ways. Cognex vision improves aspects of the food packing process including:

 

  1. Package inspection: Cognex vision has advanced capabilities for the inspection of packaging labels, seals, damages, and overall quality. Any inconsistencies in the print or images of your labeling, damages to the containment, and any other anomalies are detected at every stage of the packaging process.
  2. Contaminant detection: Any foreign objects that might have been introduced into the packaging process at any stage will be detected by Cognex vision systems and alert your production line to remove the contaminated item. The detection of contamination could range from visible particulates to unsafe temperatures. Contamination of the food product or the packaging itself can be eliminated from your production line and your facility can promote food safety worldwide.
  3. Portion inspection: Whether you package fresh, frozen, dry, or refrigerated food products, portion control is critical to the industry. Controlling the weights and volumes of your food products with Cognex decreases waste and improves quality.
  4. Product consistency: Cognex automated machine vision is also key in overall product consistency. From coloration and sizing to label consistency, the integration of Cognex into your production line can prevent any abnormalities in your product.

 

Cognex vision systems play a significant role in the promotion of global food practices as well as USDA and FDA standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

 

We work with Cognex to streamline the quality control and assessment process while your production line runs. To learn more about the use of Cognex for food production equipment, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500, or request a quote or more information online to get started.

Meeting Industry Standards for the Manufacturing of Food Production Equipment

Since 2006, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak have partnered to provide innovative solutions for food packaging systems. This partnership has resulted in unique packing equipment, including conveyors, autotransfers, stacking systems, sorting, laning, and custom products designed for specialized operations. When you work with MultiSource and Forpak for your food packaging needs, you can expect the best in food production equipment. All of our equipment manufacturing processes and components, or full assemblies fabricated, adhere to the strict standards of the USDA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), NSF 3A Standard for meat and poultry, and Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) standards for baked goods. Our BISSC certification ensures safe packaging solutions for fresh, frozen, and raw flour-based food products.

 

The BISSC was founded in 1949 to establish voluntary standards for packagers of baked goods in the rapidly growing national food industry. In 1966, the BISSC formed its Office of Certification to expand the use of BISSC standards and offer a more formalized recognition of companies adhering to the BISSC values. These standards are specific to the equipment used in the preparation, packaging, and storage of all commercial baked goods, including bread products, pastries, breakfast products, dessert goods, and much more.

 

Our certification with the BISSC expands even more so through partnerships with the American Society of Baking (ASB), American Institute of Baking (AIB) International, and the overall development of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards specific to the baking industry. Meeting these standards means our manufacturing of food production equipment has a mark of excellence in all areas, including the following.

 

Understanding of Sanitation: From the prototype to the final product in use, all of our food production equipment meets extremely high standards of sanitation. This includes sanitary materials that resist corrosion and prevent potential growth of mold or bacteria during use, effective sealant from operational materials like lubricant or cleaner, designs that offer ease of cleaning, limited risk of contamination with long-term use, and much more.

 

Support of the Workers: In addition to sanitation, our designs aim to support the employees working on the floor for hours at a time. Our food production equipment limits chronic pain from leaning, lifting, or repeated motion; prevents the risk of injury; and overall promotes a safe, healthy, and comfortable work environment for production floor employees.

 

Efficiency of Process: Whether on a food preparation, food packaging, or food storage production floor, our equipment designs work to improve the efficiency of the process. Our food production equipment is easily integrated into the majority of facilities and it offers a streamlining of the process with increased opportunities for automation and decreased risks of human error.

 

To learn more about our fabrication of food production equipment and our certification with BISSC, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500 today. Or to partner with us, request more information or request a quote online.