Forpak Videos Featuring Our Food Assembly Equipment in Action

The food processing industry is unique in the strict sanitation and hygiene requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other government and regulatory organizations. These regulations apply throughout every stage of the harvesting, processing, packing, storage, and distribution operations, including every step of the production line in industrial facilities. At Forpak, we design and build food assembly equipment that meets international requirements for safe-food packaging solutions. Our team of engineers, technicians, and other staff has over 30 years of experience in the automated packing equipment industry. Forpak equipment meets food safety standards for NSF 3A for meat and poultry, and Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) for bakery products.

Forpak manufactures intelligent designs for many packing operations such as laning, stacking, transferring, and more. We also work with clients in need of custom designs that can be integrated into unique facilities.

Food Assembly Euipment

With so many years working in the industry, we’ve created a broad range of designs for highly specialized and advanced food assembly equipment. To document the effectiveness of our equipment for clients and other interested parties, we have a diverse selection of video clips that capture our machines in action. These videos include the following:

Laning:

All our laning equipment can quickly and methodically sort products from a large jumble into neat paths that make packing more streamlined. Our video highlights include laning for two different waffle processing setups and a Melba toast packing facility.

Oscillating and splitting:

For products moving in a single stack down the production line, oscillators and splitters can quickly reduce the large groupings into systematic chutes. These videos, featuring waffles, pancakes, hamburger patties, and pizza crusts, show how quickly our machines can organize your line.

Reject systems:

We manufacture multiple kinds of reject systems, from vacuum rejection to conveyor retraction rejectors. Videos of automated reject systems for Melba toast, waffles, and hamburger patties show how production lines improve quality without needing to halt the machine.

Stacking:

In many packaging scenarios, food products need to be stacked in order to fit correctly into containers. Our automated stacking machines can sort and stack quickly without potential for human contamination in the process.

Diverting:

For single or stacked products, our diverters can control the path of food items moving on conveyors. To prevent overflow, traffic jams, and loss of quality products, diverters are a useful tool on a production line.

Conveying:

Conveyors are the foundation of any production line. Various formats, sizes, directions, and speeds of conveyors can fit into any kind of production facility. Without a reliable conveyor, movement in a facility is limited to human intervention.

Autotransfer:

In the food packaging process, autotransfers are key in organizing and sorting singular or stacked products. Transfers move items down the line in a precise system to prevent contamination or backup.

For more information about our videos and the food assembly equipment they capture in action, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Temperature Control and Meeting Standards for Food Safety in an Industrial Environment

The global food industry is a massive system that brings foods from all around the world to millions of communities. Because the industry is an enormous network with complex supply, storage, and distribution chains, following international safety standards is critical for all aspects of the system. Food industry standards can vary from place to place, but the majority of rules are set through the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and others. In the United States, rigorous regulations are imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Different parts of the food industry also have their own organizations creating more specialized food safety standards unique to the operations of that specific setting. At Forpak, we design and build innovative food packaging systems for the bakery, meat, poultry, and pizza industries. Our equipment follows food safety guidelines and laws with the installation of several features and pieces of equipment.

Equipment that Integrates

All our equipment, from stackers to reject systems, is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing factory settings and production lines. To allow for full wash-down sanitation, our Rockwell Automation controls are protected from water exposure with NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures, and our designs also eliminate the risk of harborage and bacterial growth with stainless steel surfaces.

Fabrication Process

With all our fabrication processes, Forpak meets multiple specialized food safety standards, including NSF 3A for meat and poultry, Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) for baking, and more. After our equipment is installed in client facilities, the next step in food processing safety comes with temperature control.

Temperature Control

Temperature control of an entire facility, a section of the production line, and the equipment itself is critical for refrigerated and frozen processing. Because Forpak equipment handles mostly frozen and refrigerated products, our customers’ facilities meet the required food safety parameters.

Danger zone:

For regulatory compliance, food processors need to operate outside of the “danger zone.” Bacteria, viruses, mold, and other foodborne illnesses are active and reproductive between a zone of 40ºF (4ºC) and 140ºF (60ºC). Because these pathogens can still be reproductive at a limited capacity in a slight range beyond those exact temperatures, food should be handled at a known safety point. For frozen goods, this means industrial processing lines should be kept at 0ºF (-18ºC) to -5ºF (-20ºC). Refrigerated goods can be processed at temperatures between 35ºF (2ºC) and 38ºF (3ºC). Pathogenic reactions aren’t necessarily completely eliminated at these safe temperatures, but they are halted until temperatures rise as food is thawed.

Common Foodborne Bacteria

Common foodborne bacteria and other microorganisms that can be controlled with regulated temperatures include:

  • Hyperthermophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 176°F
  • Mesophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 41–50°F
  • Psychrophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 14–41°F
  • Psychrotrophs: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 32–41°F
  • Thermophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 68–104°F

To learn more about how our equipment promotes food safety, call Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or email us at forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

 

Production Operations Made Possible with the Right Food Assembly Equipment

Forpak designs innovative solutions for customers in the food and bakery packaging industries. Our state-of-the-art food assembly equipment is easily integrated into existing systems, provides effective operations for multiple types of food production lines, and supports the standards of international food safety. When customers partner with Forpak for their food assembly system, they also benefit from our preventative maintenance program. With the majority of ownership costs coming from long-term operations, our preventative maintenance program will save time and money for every customer as well as a direct line to parts, service knowledge, and overall support. With Forpak’s food assembly equipment, you can start to improve and grow your production practices, increase your schedule, protect your workers, and maintain food safety goals.

Our technology provides tools for production operations including:

Conveying:

Moving products throughout your facility and along production lines is one of the most important parts of an effective system. Using conveyors that can quickly, efficiently, and safely move food products can streamline your production process, support food safety, and increase your output. Forpak equipment incorporates conveyor systems throughout our products and into your existing facilities to perfectly integrate new solutions.

Laning: It’s also important to have the ability to keep food products on lanes and have transition systems between lanes. Laning products keeps your assembly or packaging process organized, clean, and moving quickly. Whether food products are simply being moved from one part of the facility to another or getting packaged, Forpak lanes keep things under control.

Sorting: Sorting systems save you hours on the production line and they remove the potential for human error or contamination. Forpak sorters can automatically organize food products one at a time or in bundles by count or weight. Sorting systems will save cost, time, worker fatigue, and more advantages.

Stacking: Like sorting systems, stackers are also innovative tools that will speed up your production process and make it even more hygienic. With machines that auto-stack food products and prep them for packaging, your food assembly equipment can sort and organize items vertically. This improves packaging design, saves room, and provides an even more precise processing system.

Transferring:

When food items are moved from one part of the production line to another, you need to have accurate transfer systems in place to prevent blockages, overflow, and damage. Our transfer systems are a unique design that quickly and precisely moves food products between conveyors, laners, sorters, and stackers to the final packing process.

Quality control: Without a quality end result, none of the other food packaging operations matter. Forpak’s quality control systems can be integrated into multiple parts of the production line. These systems remove damaged or imperfect food items from the line, improve packaging quality, and overall cleanup the assembly process.

Food Assembly Equipment:

To learn more about our quality food assembly equipment, call us at (612) 419-1948 or email forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Benefits of Forpak’s Unique Pizza Stacking Equipment

Look at any supermarket and you’ll find at least one consistency: the sign for the frozen pizza aisle! Equipment like ours helps make that happen. For frozen, dry, and refrigerated pizzas and pizza crusts, there is a large section of the worldwide pizza production that utilizes automated equipment to sort, move, stack, and package premade crusts and pizzas. At Forpak, our engineering and fabrication teams are dedicated to creating innovative solutions for food packaging in the meat, bakery, and pizza industries. This includes our effective, high-quality, custom designs for pizza stacking equipment.

When customers see our pizza stacking equipment in action, they get a sample of just how much our machines can streamline the production line and improve quality while eliminating human error/contamination and decreasing the overall cost of the fabrication and packing process.

Forpak’s primary pizza stacking equipment leading in the food packing industry for premade pizza crusts and pizzas is our GSII Servo Stacker. This stacker is a highly flexible design capable of reducing labor costs by 30-50%.

GSII Pizza Stacking Equipment

 

  • The GSII can stack 80 pieces per minute and is suited for larger bakery products. This makes it ideal for stacking and sorting premade pizza crusts and pizzas.
  • This pizza stacking equipment meets requirements for NSF 3A Standards and the BISSC Standards for Baking, which means it’s not only efficient but also hygienic and sanitary with full wash-down capabilities.
  • Forpak GSII stackers can be calibrated with multiple recipe controls, making it possible to handle pizza products in various dimensions.
  • Our Automated Interleaving options allow production lines to incorporate cardboard or paper feeding in the stacking process, which aids in the packaging effectiveness and helps limit contamination. This also eliminates the need for manual interfeeding of paper packing materials between stacked products, speeding up production and, again, lessening human contamination factors.
  • GSII stackers are customizable to have 1-3 lanes and each machine is built with variable conveyor speeds.
  • Not only do our stackers have full wash-down capabilities, they are all built with stainless steel to prevent corrosion that will damage equipment over time and introduce unnecessary contamination factors.
  • The servo-controlled actuators that provide stacking motion are accuracy-based systems that create level and precise stacks.

 

When it comes to reducing time and costs while improving worker safety and product quality, Forpak’s GSII pizza stacking equipment is an innovative solution proven to be effective, and our food packaging equipment is one of the best in the industry. To learn more about our products, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Why Stacking Technology is Today’s Most Important Type of Food Production Equipment

At Forpak we are dedicated to providing innovative food packaging solutions for the baked goods, meat, and pizza industries. For over 25 years, we’ve worked with OEMs and other customers to provide them the equipment they need, including custom designs that can be easily integrated into existing facilities.

Whether you need a high-powered conveyor system, a laning and sorting operation, or stacking equipment, Forpak can provide a unique, intelligent design meeting FDA and USDA standards for sanitation and food safety. While every operation in a packing facility is integral to the process, we believe that stacking technology is one of the most important types of food production equipment in production lines today.

Stacking systems work to count and stack products into vertical units that are then moved down the line smoothly and in compact portions. This operation is critical for a majority of food packaging techniques because it provides both exact inventory records and the compacting of multiple items into a single unit, streamlining the conveyor process and readying the product for packaging.

Forpak stackers models are ideal for packing frozen items such as meat patties and baked goods. Two of our most beneficial stackers for standard food packaging facilities are the GSS Stacker and GSII Servo Stacker.

GSS Stacker

This system stacks 100 pieces per minute and has built-in flexibility that allows it to handle most products within typical sizes and shapes. GSS Stackers reduce labor costs by 30%-50% and significantly reduce potential human contamination. These systems can operate with 1 to 10 lanes and are fabricated with food-grade stainless steel.

GSII Servo Stacker

This heavy-duty stacker can handle 80 pieces per minute of larger items like pizza crusts with similar flexibility to the GSS Stacker. It can be operated with 1 to 3 lanes and also reduces costs and contamination at the same levels of the GSS Stacker. The key component of the GGSI Servo Stacker is its Automated Interleaving option that allows the integration of cardboard or paper feeding. This eliminates the need for manual interleaving during this part of the packing process.

Additional Capabilities

All our stackers are manufactured with Allen-Bradley touch screen controls and have full wash down capabilities thanks to the NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures. Our systems are NFS 3A Standardized for meat and poultry and meet BISSC Standards for Baking. Forpak stackers can be manufactured with CE compliance on request and every system utilizes Intralox modular belting. Thanks to our servo-controlled actuators, all our stackers provide smooth transitioning and stacking motion.

Stacking systems are one of the most important types of food production equipment because they improve labor costs for packaging facilities, protect workers from having to perform physically stressful tasks, and promote better global food safety. To learn more about all our stacking food production equipment and other capabilities, 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.

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.

NEMA 4X Grade Enclosures for Food Production Equipment

The global food industry requires specific regulations for every stage of the production process. This includes the growing and harvesting, transportation, processing, packaging, storing, and distributing of all food products. The extreme regulations and standards required in the food industry are largely because of the potential food-borne illnesses that can be pervasive without proper handling and contaminant prevention.

 

However, other factors also demand the strict regulation of food processing such as food quality, nutrient preservation, and freshness. At Forpak, we work to provide solutions for safe, hygienic food production equipment with innovative designs that meet all global standards for quality and sanitation. We join forces with MultiSource Manufacturing LLC to design and fabricate high-quality, customizable packaging solutions for OEMs and other customers.

 

One of the most commonly used types of food production equipment in packing facilities are conveyors. Moving products safely without damage from one stage of production to the next is critical on any processing floor. Forpak builds continuous-use food-grade conveyors tailored to your facilities. Our conveyors are built to last longer than any lightweight products available in the industry, with complete washdown capabilities and stainless-steel construction.

 

Because conveyors run on electricity, it’s vital to protect the delicate circuitry controlling your equipment from food particles, liquids, dust, and other common contaminants in a factory setting. It is also equally important to prevent any contamination of food products from electronics. To keep both electrical systems and food products safe, we build all enclosures on conveyor systems to meet NEMA 4X standards.

 

NEMA Standards

NEMA was established as a small enclosure fabricator in 1987 and has since grown to be the industry-leading manufacturer and certifier of electrical enclosures. Today, there are six standard NEMA ratings for electrical enclosures (learn more about all twenty NEMA ratings). The lowest NEMA rating is NEMA 1. NEMA 1 enclosures are for indoor use only and protect workers from exposure to hazardous circuitry as well as preventing dust and other small particulates from falling into the electrical equipment. We build our food grade conveyors to meet NEMA 4X standards, which means our enclosures:

 

  • Protect personnel from hazardous circuitry both indoors and outdoors
  • Prevent contamination of circuitry from solid foreign objects including dust blown with strong winds
  • Protect circuitry from liquid contamination including rain, snow, ice, hose spray, and other sources of water
  • Protect enclosure components and all electronics inside from corrosion with treated steel and other additive measures
  • Maintain peak capacity of interior electrical components even when faced with freezing temperatures and ice formations

 

Because our conveyor enclosures meet NEMA 4X standards, they can be implemented in a wide range of food processing facilities, including freezer warehouses and other climate-controlled packaging settings. With additional protection against liquids, you can maintain high levels of sanitation with routine power washing and hose-downs of processing equipment.

 

If you’re looking to implement innovative systems with quality food production equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online 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.