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.

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.

 

NEW FROM THE PRODUCTION FLOOR!

FORPAK® SHIPS LARGEST PROJECT OF 2018

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In June FORPAK shipped its largest project of the year to date – a dual system with two forms of laning equipment, vision and quality control and of course stacking equipment to a North American customer looking to dramatically improve throughput volume in frozen hash brown production.   The FORPAK full system can stack at 800 patties per minute.  In this high-volume application for rectangular product, the customer will achieve dramatic labor reductions while improving product flow and quality.

“This has been a tremendously successful team effort with the customer to develop a great solution to fit their specific needs,” said Forpak GM Patrick Goche.

For more information about the full range of FORPAK products, click here!

Automated Packaging Solutions on the Rise with the Help of Contract Manufacturing

We live in a rapidly changing world. Advances in technology change industries daily, and companies have to keep up to survive. At MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC we understand the importance of change and strive to improve our manufacturing systems every day and work to acquire up-and-coming companies that can offer a greater range of high-quality services to our customers. With our locations across Minnesota and Colorado, the MultiSource network is able to offer reliable, customizable contract manufacturing across the country.

 

In 2006, the MultiSource network acquired Forpak and have since innovated changes in food packaging, stacking, and handling, offering solutions from the ground up. This has made us an industry leader in designing and building automated packaging systems.

 

Designed and built in-house, Forpak’s custom automatic stacking equipment meets industry standards for hygiene and sanitization and limits human contact, and therefore, error. With the additional integration of Allen-Bradley controls and Cognex vision systems, our custom equipment features precision-based processing and data recording capabilities.

 

PR Newswire predicts a rise of food sorting machines value on the market, and growth forecasts like these show Forpak and the MultiSource network the importance of continuing to improve and develop stronger designs and smarter automated equipment for food packing.

 

With the quickly changing food packaging industry, Forpak solutions are meeting customer needs at a critical time when accuracy and production schedules can’t be compromised. Rockwell Automation outlines the benefits our automated packaging equipment offers in “Solutions in Action: Forpak.”

 

Forpak’s GSS, GSSB, and GSII stackers provide the efficiency, speed, precision, and automation the industry needs to streamline food sorting and packing. Our machines sort, stack, and pack at rates of 80-100 pieces per minute per lane, and with customizable lanes, conveyer belts, CE compliancy, autotransfers, and vision systems, our customers can find exactly what they need with Forpak.

 

Because of Forpak and the MultiSource network capabilities in design and fabrication, we can also provide innovative solutions for custom equipment tailored to our customers’ exact specifications and goals in food sorting and packing. From baked goods to meats, our automated sorting, stacking, and packing equipment provides solutions for the food industry.

 

To learn more about our stackers and other equipment, submit a request information or request a quote from Forpak. You can also learn about the MultiSource network and our complete services for contract manufacturing across the country. To get started,  request a quote from MultiSource or request more information about additional services in the MultiSource network.

 

 

 

NEW FROM THE PRODUCTION FLOOR! FORPAK® SHIPS 8-LANE STACKER FOR BAKED GOODS APPLICATION

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In mid-April, FORPAK shipped an 8-lane version of its GSS Servo Stacker to a North American customer looking to dramatically improve throughput volume in backed cracker production.   The FORPAK system can stack at 80 pieces per minute, per lane.  In this high-volume application, the customer will achieve dramatic labor reductions while improving product flow and quality.

For more information about the full range of FORPAK products please click here!

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Forpak Announces New European Distribution Partner

(Minnetonka, MN November 6th) Forpak, the MultiSource brand of custom food packaging equipment, announced a partnership with Dynatec AB of Norway to distribute product in Scandinavia. Dynatec is leading integrator of automation technology for food processing and packaging applications. Together, Forpak and Dynatec will expand support to Norwegian and Swedish customers, to include local technical service. “We are pleased to be taking this step to expand our partnership with Dynatec AB and look forward to growing our business together in the Scandinavian market,” stated Mike Schuffenhauer, MultiSource Chief Executive Officer.

For more information on Forpak products and services explore our website multisourcemfg.com/forpak/
To request information on products, parts & service in Norway, Sweden and Denmark contact Dynatec AB at dynatec.no

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