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Process Optimization and Hygienic Reliability

Nook’s wide range of washdown, non-contaminating, and non-corrosive products are a perfect match to the food processing industry. 

Our products optimize linear motion functions in food and beverage processing equipment. We specialize in tailored solutions that best meet the needs of production, safety, cleanliness, corrosion resistance, and budget.  

 

Food Grade Actuator Design Considerations

 

Filling

The smooth, corrosion resistant exterior and consistent, reliable performance of Nook actuators makes them an efficient and economical electric solution for any filling application that requires faster machine operation in hygienic environments. Nook actuators provide better fill control while adapting to varying bottle heights to reduce change-over time. Nook’s ball screw actuators enable faster speeds (instantaneous force) to provide a more energy efficient system, with fewer components, greater filling accuracy, and lower cycle time than pneumatic systems.

Typical Applications

  • Bottle Filling
  • Volumetric Operation
  • Piston Operation
  • Cup Filling
  • Bag Filling
  • Capsule Filling
  • Form, Fill and Seal

Cutting & Slicing, Chopping, Mixing, Extruding

Nook linear components are fundamental to precision cutting, slicing, and chopping applications. Nook actuators deliver the flexibility to vary the slice size & cutting force need for cutting, chopping, and slicing a wide range of food products.

 

Typical Applications

  • Chopping
  • Cutting
  • Slicing
  • De-boning
  • Extrusion
  • Meat Processing
  • Benders
  • Mixers

Food & Beverage White Paper

Conveyors, Aligning, Packing, Sorting

Various Nook linear actuators are routinely used to properly adjust conveyors and aligning and sorting positioning devices. These can include different environmental conditions (indoor, outdoor, heat, cold, messy). The processing equipment on the conveyor system may require adjustment (such as a heavy heating element). Or, the products themselves may require re-positioning as they travel down the conveyor system (such as bottled water).

  

 

Typical Applications

  • Conveyors
  • Ovens
  • Heat Exchange
  • Injectors
  • Loaders
  • Material Handling
  • Palletizing
  • Packing
  • Pick and Place
  • Separators

Bottled Water Palletizer Case Study

Lids, Stacking, Emptying, Pressing

Nook automated linear motion solutions optimize food processing applications that require operations with reduced costs, increased efficiency, consistent performance, and minimal downtime.

Nook products are ideal for stacking applications that require multiple lanes to independently index lines of food products for optimal throughput and stacking accuracy while maintaining product formation, quality, and safety. Nook products are ideal for opening and closing lids of any size safely, hygienically, and with easy washdown clean-up.

Typical Applications

  • Lids
  • Doors
  • Hatches
  • Safety Feature Actuation
  • Ovens
  • Emptying Containers
  • Pressing

Dough Press Case Study