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Food Beverage & Packaging

Food Beverage & Packaging

Food Beverage & Packaging

Food processing and packaging equipment must be relied upon for continuous operation to optimize productivity and withstand the frequent wash-downs with high-pressure/high-temperature water and harsh detergents to meet stringent hygiene regulations. Operator safety and energy efficiency are additional requirements that must be addressed to minimize risk and control operational costs. Airline has a vast array of components and system solutions designed to meet these challenges.We provide components, systems and safeguarding solutions for a wide range of food processing and packaging equipment including conveyors, fillers, sealers, rinsers, closers, palletizers, case packaging equipment and more. We carry many stainless steel and IP69K-compliant products; including cylinders, valves, fittings, motors, sensors, controls and pilot devices that stand up to the toughest high-pressure wash-downs. Our goal is to help you to be more productive, safe and responsive to the demands of this ever-changing market.

Capabilities (including but not limited to):
  • Choosing the proper components for your application
  • Safety surveys and turnkey safeguarding solutions
  • The implementation of a more energy-efficient manufacturing process
  • Sub-assemblies and engineered systems
  • Equipment lubrication and component repair
  • Variable frequency drive retrofits and servo integration
Featured Products
SMC Stainless Steel Cylinders, Series CG5/CJ5

Designed for use in environments with water spray, the CG5/CJ5 series are an all stainless steel exterior actuator. The features offered by this series directly address requirements specific to food processing machines. For example, included in the design is a rubber rod wiper to keep potential contaminants from penetrating inside the cylinder. The rod wiper and seals are available in either NBR or FKM materials. These enhancements increase the life of the cylinder by up to 5x. Further, the smooth exterior surface reduces the potential number of particle entrapment areas.

Aventics CL03 Clean Line Pneumatic Directional Control Valves

The Aventics Clean Line Series was specifically designed to handle your high-pressure wash-down applications. The fiber-reinforced sub-bases withstand detergents and aggressive chemicals. There is space between the valve protection covers making it easy to clean-and at the same time there are no pockets where particles can collect. Since each valve can be individually supplied with two different pressures, one valve manifold can handle up to 32 different pressures. That means you can optimize your application, increasing cycle time and saving on energy costs.

Bosch Rexroth VarioFlow S Chain Conveyor System

The VarioFlow S chain conveyor system is specially designed to meet strict hygiene regulations as, apart from the aluminum version, there is also a variant in stainless steel. With its variety of sizes, it also offers the best basis for transporting different packaging sizes.

Bosch Rexroth Aluminum Structural Framing

With anodized aluminum profiles and corrosion-resistant accessories from the aluminum structural framing product range, you can design custom machine frames, machine guards, lean manufacturing work tables, carts and more. With dozens of bolt-together connectors available for virtually any load or application, almost any structure can be quickly assembled without special tools or skills.

Omron E2FM All-Stainless Proximity Sensor

Stainless steel sensors offer exceptional durability to reduce your maintenance costs. One-piece stainless steel housing with a head wall thickness of 0.8 mm (approx. 4x thicker than previous models) stands up to wash-down with harsh chemicals. Rated IP67 for washdown. Mounts flush in conveyor rails.

Omron E3ZM All-Stainless Photoeye

This high-temperature, high-pressure photoelectric sensor is designed with a food grade 316L stainless steel housing and is IP67 and IP69k rated for wash down resistance.

Schmersal IP69K-Rated Control Devices & Indicator Lights

Schmersal offers a range of products that meet IP69K sealing requirements… tolerating high temperature (up to 175°F) steam or water washdowns at pressures up to 1450 psi. They are easy to clean - specifically designed to prevent the accumulation of process substances, dirt and/or bacteria. In addition to these N-Series control devices and indicators, Schmersal offers IP69K-rated K-Series joystick controls, type 4 light curtains, pulse-echo based safety sensors, and stainless steel coded-magnetic safety sensors.

WEG SharkTM Stainless Steel Three-Phase Motors (IP55)

For food processing and other environments requiring extreme cleanliness and frequent washdowns, WEG offers an all-stainless steel motor, called the SHARK™. It's well-known that nothing stands up to a wet or corrosive environment as well as stainless steel. That's why it's considered the most desirable material for washdown duty motor frames and other exterior motor surfaces. And the entire line is certified Inverter Rated for use with a VFD. This rating meets or exceeds MG1 Part 31 NEMA Specifications. The Shark series of Stainless Steel products also includes our new Stainless Steel CFW-09 Drive Control.

Rittal Hygienic Design (HD) Enclosures

Rittal's new Hygienic Design (HD) enclosures provide the ultimate solution where cleanliness and sanitation are paramount. Crafted of stainless steel, they feature a smooth surface grain, internal hinges, washable gaskets, locks and no crevices to trap debris or contanminants. The new HD enclosures are available with screw covers for smaller, integrated applications or hinged doors for larger installations. Both are created from ANSI 304 stainless steel with a 400 grain brushed surface. Wall and door surfaces are angled to prevent objects from adhering to them so water runs off easily.

Rittal NEMA 4X Air Conditioners

Energy-efficient “Blue e” wall-mounted cooling units in power categories 500 W to 2,500 W with e-Comfort controller integrated as standard, RiNano coating on the condenser and electrical condensate evaporation. Protection category NEMA 4X.

Eaton NEMA 4X Starters

These sturdy, uncomplicated starters are economical, but built to last, and offer big performance in a small footprint. Components are all housed in a dust tight, rain tight, oil tight, water tight and corrosion resistant polycarbonate insulated enclosure.

Featured Applications
Pick & Place Automation Cell for Placement of Yogurt Six‐Packs into Cartons

Airline provided the design and assembly services to build a pick and place automation cell used to package filled yogurt six‐packs into a cardboard display case at a rate of 80 six‐packs per minute. Each display case held three six‐packs and the equipment was capable of simultaneously inserting two groups of three six‐packs into the display cases. Incorporated into the equipment were Bosch Rexroth components, including VarioFlow “S” Series conveyors, X-axis and Z-axis Series CKK ball screw linear actuators, two-axis IndraDrive servo motors and modular aluminum structural framing.

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