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.

 

 

 

 

Implementing Preventative Maintenance for Quality Food Production Equipment Fabrication

With six facility locations across Minnesota and Colorado, the MultiSource Manufacturing network has capabilities that meet the needs for a wide range of manufacturing industries. Our production of components and assemblies for the medical, aerospace, semiconductor, food, and many other industries is currently provided worldwide to OEMs and other customers.

 

As a contract manufacturer, MultiSource is a one-stop-shop for many services from precision CNC machining to plastics fabrication. Forpak, a division of MultiSource Manufacturing, is a leader in the design and manufacturing of quality food production equipment, has opened the door for the MultiSource network to offer more and more specialized equipment for players in the food sorting and packing industry.

 

With over 25 years of experience in engineering and building innovative food production equipment, Forpak has been able to provide unique and effective solutions with more growth under the umbrella of MultiSource. Recently, Forpak has worked to improve and implement a rigorous, well-planned preventative maintenance program.

 

New Forpak Preventative Maintenance Program

Forpak customers benefit from more than just a quality product built with their needs in mind. They also get the long-term benefits of Forpak’s technical support and newly improved preventative maintenance program. This program is designed to provide routinely scheduled visits from Forpak’s maintenance technicians. Not only does this maintenance program limit downtime for your production schedule and properly train staff on operations, Forpak also offers options for discounts on parts, scheduled maintenance overall, and emergency visits.

 

The quality preventative maintenance Forpak customers will receive increases the time equipment is spent in effective production, improves complete project efficiency, reduces cost of ownership, extends the lifetime of their Forpak equipment, and provides precise historical record keeping of the maintenance schedule.

 

Each visit from Forpak’s preventative maintenance team also offers comprehensive staff training on the equipment’s operations, troubleshooting and review of the equipment’s performance, optimization of the equipment, and access to a wide log of available parts.

 

This new preventative maintenance program ensures your Forpak equipment will continue to operate at peak performance with an extended lifetime and access to all the parts you may need. With the added support of Forpak’s technical team just a phone call away, you can rest easy that your equipment will never compromise your production schedule.

 

To learn more about Forpak’s new preventative maintenance program and their food production equipment manufacturing, contact Forpak at (952) 882-6211, request more information, or request a quote online.

 

Custom Equipment Minimizes Error and Promotes Safer Food Packing in Burnsville, MN

With reports of increases in food-borne illnesses, frequent product contaminations, and overall food industry scares, it’s becoming more important that we turn our attention to our own practices and begin to make improvements where we can. MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC offers high-quality automated equipment with our custom manufacturing services, and as a player in the food industry, we believe it’s our responsibility to continue bettering our practices and products. With our partners at Forpak, we work to promote food safety and security with innovative solutions for food packing in Burnsville, MN.

Forpak has over 25 years of experience in the design, fabrication, and assembly of high-quality food packing equipment, including conveyors, stackers, sorters, autotransfers, and more. Along with our established line of automated food packaging equipment, Forpak specializes in manufacturing custom packers for customers around the world.

No matter how high the quality standards our automated equipment meets, however, our first concern is to always meet industry and company standards for sanitization, hygiene, and overall food safety.

 

Industry Standards

Forpak strives to meet industry standards for food safety with every new project and on a daily operations basis. This includes meeting strict sanitary rules for NSF 3A Standard requirements for meat and poultry and BISSC standards for baking.

 

MultiSource Standards

Forpak and the MultiSource network as a whole works to meet our own standards in manufacturing for food safety, hygiene, and sanitization. In addition to in-house regulations for workers, fabrication practices, and overall rules in support of long-term food safety, we focus on another key component of maintaining healthy food packing outside of our own facilities: automation.

Forpak specializes in designing and building fully-automated food packing for baked goods, pizza products, meat products, and poultry products. Automation of a wide variety of packing equipment allows companies using our equipment across the world to eliminate human error in the sorting, stacking, and packing process. This alone reduces the risk of food contamination from human error at every step of the packaging process where Forpak equipment is utilized.

The role of food packaging in the industry is a critical one but is also a role notorious for compromising food security and safety. Our goal as manufacturers of the equipment used in food packing is to continue innovating and improving ways of automating the process. Our line of custom equipment is built with food safety and security at the forefront of design. When you choose to partner with Forpak and the MultiSource network for high quality food packing equipment, you get the benefits of well-designed, flawlessly-built machines as well as the promise of food safety in the packaging process.

To learn more about our expertise and experience with food packing submit a request more information. For more information about MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC, please submit a request more information, or request a quote to learn about our full network services.