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.

Optimizing Your Designs with Value Engineering

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC has worked as a contract manufacturer since 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries, from medical device fabrication to the production of semiconductor components. Our engineers work with many prototyping and production techniques to accomplish the continued precision and quality we offer OEMs and other customers. One of the foundational practices we utilize for the engineering of all our projects is “value engineering.”

Value engineering is a methodology used in many industries to design and build parts and assemblies with continued improvements to the function of the final product while limiting unnecessary costs. Using value engineering allows us to focus on the function-to-cost ratio of products and then target how that ratio can be bettered.

For all the industries we manufacture parts and assemblies for, MultiSource teams use value engineering to maintain our precision-based, industry-leading quality. One of the core parts of value engineering processes is function analysis.

 

Function Analysis

Value engineering is based on a manufacturer’s ability to analyze the function of a part or full assembly and optimize the design of that object to best fit its role. This process is called function analysis, and it can be applied to every part and assembly we manufacture. Function analysis works to first determine the function that must be filled and for how long, the design that will best perform that function, and the way to build that design in the most cost-effective way.

For example, if the function that must be performed is a connection between two components that may need to be removed at some point in its lifetime, the best design to achieve that connection may be a nut and bolt fastening system. Engineers then decide what materials and dimensions will be the most effective without compromising the project budget. The goal of value engineering and function analysis is to optimize project time, quality, and expense by determining the most effective design that can be made with the least cost.

What that means for our customers is that they can trust they will be getting the most out of their materials, costs, and time. Not only does value engineering allow our engineers to build the parts and assemblies that will fit like a glove into the necessary function, it also eliminates excess costs and streamlines the production schedule so our customers can predict their own project goals accurately.

To learn more about the process and tools of value engineering, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 4: PFA

This is the fourth and final part of our blog series covering the plastics our engineers and technicians work with in the MultiSource Manufacturing LLC network. Parts 1-3 cover CPVC, PVC, and polypropylene. In this final section, we’ll talk about perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA), including its properties and uses in the industrial world.

Plastic fabrication is a heavily used process for a broad range of industries, and our manufacturing technicians are capable of performing multiple operations, including welding, bending, and forming. Quality plastic fabrication results require skill and precision because the process often involves a high level of understanding of the chemical reactions that happen when heat and pressure are applied to any given type of plastic. At MultiSource Manufacturing, our plastic fabrication processes are high quality, precise, and utilize comprehensive operational capabilities.

As one of the primary plastics we use in fabrication processes, PFA is a hardy polymer. Because of its extremely high resistance to harsh chemicals, PFA is an ideal plastic to use in a broad range of industrial and commercial settings.

Properties: PFA has a smaller chain length on a molecular level than many other fluoropolymers. This, in addition to an oxygen atom at its branches, make it more translucent with greater thermal stability (effective in a range of -200ºC to 260ºC). Because of this, PFA is resistant to thermal, chemical, and physical stresses. With strong stability at high temperatures, PFA has crack and stress resistance with a low coefficient of friction. PFA is also UV resistant, has antistick properties, and is molecularly stable, even when exposed to almost all other chemicals. PFA is a strong plastic that resists chemical exposure, temperature changes, and repeated bending better than almost any other fluoropolymer.

Uses: Because of its resistance to chemicals, temperature changes, and physical stresses, PFA is typically used in piping, tubing, and as the lining in vessels that will carry caustic chemicals. Medical and laboratory-grade tubing is commonly made with PFA. PFA is also key in fabricating various fittings and lining in components used in corrosive settings such as heat exchangers, valve liners, baskets for semiconductors, nozzles, insulator brushes, pumps, and electrical insulation. PFA is often used in fabricating gas scrubbers and reactors, as well as many areas in crude gas, coal, nuclear, and other types of industrial power plants. On geochemical or environmental analytical chemistry field sites, PFA is often used in sampling equipment as an inert material to help avoid trace levels of metallic ion contamination. MultiSource technicians use PFA in a broad range of applications, from the manufacturing of medical devices to semiconductor components.

To learn more about our uses of PFA, CPVC, PVC, and polypropylene in plastic fabrication processes, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

Our Core Capabilities as a Precision Machining Company

As a precision machining company providing contract manufacturing to a broad range of industries, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC utilizes a wide variety of equipment and high-quality tools in our state-of-the-art facilities. Across our five manufacturing facilities in the Upper Midwest and Colorado, we offer comprehensive precision CNC machining services, including milling, EDM, turning, and Swiss turning. In total, we work with 50+ lathes, 120+ mills, 20+ EDMs, and 20+ Swiss turning machines.

 

As a customer-focused company, all our precision machining capabilities are put to providing the best service and the most reliable results. When you work with MultiSource Manufacturing, you can be sure you’ll receive the integrity of a true partner in precision machining.

 

For over 20 years, MultiSource has worked to grow and improve our manufacturing capabilities. Today, our network provides complete prototyping, manufacturing, and assembly for components in the medical, defense and aerospace, semiconductor, food and bakery, financial processing, and many other industries. Our core values as a precision machining company are built on the capabilities of our machining centers and our skilled CNC technicians. Our biggest advantages in the precision machining industry are our close-tolerance CNC technology, our team of expert engineers and technicians, and our leading CNC software.

 

Close-Tolerance CNC Machining

 

The MultiSource network utilizes a broad range of current precision-based CNC machining equipment, including several multi-axis machining centers. Our production floor is also continually updated, working in new products that increase our ability to meet fabrication standards and even stricter accuracy ranges. With our CNC lathes, mills, turning machines, and multi-tool centers, we can perform at some of the closest tolerances in any machining industry.

 

Our Team

 

Not only does our team of skilled engineers work to build a strong foundation with complete prototyping abilities, our machining technicians then manufacture an exacting product or assembly. With value-added services including grinding, gundrilling, broaching, welding, and wire EDM, technicians can provide any necessary final touches. Within our core values, quality assurance and quality control are both critical. Thanks to our team’s expert use of our Quality Management System technology, we are able to continually receive ISO and AS certifications.

 

CNC Software

 

Paired with our advanced machining equipment and the knowledgeable hands of our team, CNC software plays a critical role in our core capabilities as a precision machining company. With continual software updates at hand, we can operate with the newest abilities in our tool kit. Our CNC software systems mesh seamlessly with precision-based machine operations to guarantee exact results, no matter how complex or intricate a part or full assembly.

 

To learn more about our extensive capabilities outside of our core operations as a precision machining company, contact MultiSource Manufacturing at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote online 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.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 3: CPVC

This blog is the third part of a four-part series covering the plastics and polymers we work with at MultiSource Manufacturing LLC. The first two parts of this series covered polypropylene and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). While we briefly touched on chlorinated polyvinyl (CPVC) in the blog covering PVC, there is still a lot to understand about its properties and applications.

 

All the plastics we use to fabricate a broad range of components, parts, and full assemblies are sourced from quality providers so the MultiSource network can manufacture exactly what original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers need. Our expert engineers and technicians are highly experienced in a range of plastic fabrication processes, such as welding, forming, and bending, that include using CPVC in projects for multiple industries.

 

CPVC is a thermoplastic produced from chlorinating PVC resin. CPVC is very similar to PVC at a molecular level, but has many key differences that make it ideal for certain plastic fabrication processes.

 

Properties: CPVC is much more workable than its PVC counterpart. It can be easily machined, formed, and welded. Additionally, CPVC is highly resistant to corrosion at high temperatures up to 200°F. It’s a reliable plastic to use in the construction of self-supporting components that will be exposed to elevated temperatures. CPVC also holds up to corrosive temperatures in water that would damage other plastics. Like PVC, CPVC is resistant to fire, while also providing better insulation in piping than copper or other metals. In addition to being a better insulator, thermoplastic CPVC maintains water temperature without condensation on exterior piping. CPVC is more ductile than PVC, but has the same maximum pound per square inch (PSI) working pressure, making it ideal for high-stress, corrosive environments.

 

Applications: CPVC has many uses in plumbing and other pipe systems. Because of its resistance to corrosion, CPVC is a critical plastic in many sewage systems and chemical processing settings. It’s also a safe plastic to use in the food processing industry. CPVC piping is heavily implemented in drinking water treatment plants as well as the dairy and beverage industries. Residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing systems widely utilize CPVC piping. Plus, because it is durable, flexible, and corrosion resistant, it’s an ideal plastic for processing industrial and hazardous waste products. At MultiSource Manufacturing, we use CPVC in many parts and full assemblies, from piping and tubes in medical devices to sanitary food packaging equipment.

 

The use of CPVC has been consistent since the 1960s when Geneva Products developed the process for chlorinating PVC to use in distributing hot and cold water throughout its Michigan facilities.

 

To learn more about our plastic fabrication capabilities and applications, call MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or a quote to get started with us today.

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.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 2: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

In Part 1 of this blog series, we covered the use of polypropylene in the manufacturing world, including its properties and implementation at MultiSource Manufacturing LLC. Part 2 of this series focuses on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, including its history, properties, and our use of PVC components as a contract manufacturer. PVC is a common type of polymer used extensively throughout many industries. It is also a versatile type of plastic used in many applications throughout the MultiSource network. As experts in plastic fabrication and in the use of plastic in contract manufacturing, our engineers and technicians implement PVC in several circumstances.

 

History: PVC is one of the older plastics used on an industrial scale. The first PVC was created in 1872 in Germany by Eugen Baumann. By 1926, the B.F. Goodrich Company developed a method to plasticize the otherwise brittle PVC. Thanks to this plasticizing method, the industrial use of PVC skyrocketed throughout the world during the 1900s, and today, approximately 40 million tons of PVC are produced each year.

 

Properties: PVC is the third most commonly produced plastic worldwide. Depending on the type of PVC, rigidity and flexibility can vary. However, PVC is generally harder and more brittle than other types of plastic. Because of its durability, PVC can be used in the fabrication of mechanical components. It has a low heat stability that can be remedied with a chemical stabilizer. If treated with a stabilizer, PVC can be used in electrical insulation. Additionally, PVC is resistant to acids, alkalides, salts, fats, and alcohol. Chlorinated PVC is also used in many manufacturing settings because it is less likely to corrode and better stands up to hot environments.

 

Uses: As most people know, PVC’s resistance to many chemicals makes it ideal for plumbing and other pipe applications. In addition to piping, PVC is used in the plastic fabrication of bottles and other packaging, electrical cable insulation, and wire coating. Because PVC is strong and light, it is also used in some building and large construction applications such as weatherproofing, siding, and insulation. Signage, vinyl films, labels, and many other uses of thin PVC are also common in the manufacturing world. In the medical device industry, PVC is used in a broad variety of components as well as single-use items, mechanical pump systems, catheters, valves, and sample containers. At MultiSource, we use PVC in prototype production, medical device manufacturing, semiconductor component fabrication, financial processing equipment, aerospace and defense production, and many other precision-based industrial manufacturing.

 

To learn more about our plastic fabrication capabilities and use of PVC in various applications, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You may also request more information or request a quote to start 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.