Robotics: Food for Thought

Robotic Bag PalletizerThere is a “perfect storm” building and it is about to sweep the food processing and packaging industry. But the ways in which the industry is rising to the challenge will actually bring greater efficiency, better products and workforce safety, and lower processing and packaging costs. The main elements of the “storm” are increasing labor costs, workforce acquisition issues, new industry standards and new government regulations.

Then there are the demands of consumers – more choices, more convenience, food that is fresh, readily available on a regular basis, and affordable. For processors, demand for product customization and the resulting variability in process steps and parameters are at an all-time high. Food processors must make efforts to keep up with these trends while also trying to anticipate the future and stay profitable. In combination, these elements are causing food processors and packagers to seek “shelter from the storm” by finding robotics and other automation elements as increasingly attractive. Benda Manufacturing Inc. (BMI), with our extensive robotics experience and food industry domain expertise, stands ready to help the industry meet current and future challenges with the latest in robotics, automation, control, and conveyor technology. Continue reading “Robotics: Food for Thought”

Bump and Turn Helps with the Case-coding Grind

When a major retailer tells its consumer packaged goods (CPG) suppliers that they must comply with new case-coding requirements, suppliers most often do comply, especially when that retailer represents a significant percentage of a supplier’s revenue. That said, compliance with new case-coding requirements can take a bite out of supplier revenue and take up additional floor space.

For example, assume a new case-coding requirement includes printing a GTIN141 bar code and other information identically on all four sides of a corrugated case so that no matter how the cases are stacked and/or palletized, a GS1-compliant readable bar code is presented. In most situations a supplier’s packaging line must be modified to comply with this new requirement, and implementation can result in increased costs and reapportioning of floor space. Continue reading “Bump and Turn Helps with the Case-coding Grind”

Rounding the Bend While Saving Space

zero tangent conveyor system Floor space is a valuable asset in any business operation, whether brick-and-mortar retail or automated factory. After all, the business either paid to purchase structure in which it operates or is paying rent for it. Thus, it is poor practice to waste floor space, no matter what kind of business is using it.

When a conveyor system is part of a fully automated manufacturing, food production, or other operation where items must be moved efficiently, optimizing the utilization of floor space is especially important. Of particular concern in many conveyor system designs is the requirement to move items through a 90- or 180-degree turn, an element that can significantly impact floor space usage. Continue reading “Rounding the Bend While Saving Space”

Benda Manufacturing, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

benda manufacuring logoTINLEY PARK, Ill. (May 4, 2016)—Benda Manufacturing is celebrating 30 years in business. The Tinley Park, Ill.-based manufacturer builds conveyor systems and controls for specialty markets, including food processing, contract and OEM packaging, and pharmaceutical.

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Benda Case Study: Moving a Million Muffins a Day

muffin pan food processing systems and solutionsA large quick-service restaurant chain with its own baked goods operation needed a high-throughput, reliable, safe, and regulation-compliant system to transfer just-baked muffins from metal pans to plastic trays, convey the trays to a freezer, and then to a hand-packing station. To meet the special requirements involved in moving this delicate product, the system integrator for the project turned to BMI to take advantage of our decades-long experience providing leading-edge transfer, conveyor, and pick-and-place solutions to the baked goods industry.

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Secret Ingredients for a Really Smart System: Collaboration, Scalability

Scalable Baked Goods Production Line SystemRenown for mouth-watering, “Old World” European-style breads, Joseph Campione, Inc. still employs stone ovens similar to those used by its namesake founder a half century ago. Amidst stellar growth, the company has kept the family tradition of uncompromised quality while adding an impressive 140,000 square feet in 2009. The company’s wide variety of frozen bread products include garlic breads, Texas Toast, breadsticks, dinner rolls, pizza toast and a new all natural line.

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Robotics In Manufacturing: Top 5 Myths

robotics in food and product handling systemsIn his book, I, Robot, American science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote “… you just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.” The theme of his book, written over half a century ago, continues to transform manufacturing today.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, there are approximately 1.1 million working robots worldwide. Benda Manufacturing has implemented industrial robots in a variety of applications: baking, meat, contract packaging, material handling, palletizing, and high-speed packaging. BMI became a certified FANUC America (a long-time supplier of industrial robotics to the automotive industry) integrator in 2008.

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5 ½ Tips For Maintaning Your Benda System

Benda Manufacturing producct handling system maintenance tipsKeep the tech side of your Benda system running smoothly by following our 5 ½ tips.


1) Follow Benda’s Arc Flash Safety Program.

Keep panel doors closed while wires are live. If the 480-volt electric current leaves its path, it could travel through the air, causing an unnecessary explosion. Operators should wear arc flash personal protection equipment like insulated gloves, and arc flash hats and coveralls which deflect arc flash activity. Use the Arc Flash Indicators located on the outside of a cabinet and always measure voltage to see if line power is present according to NFPA 70-E regulations.

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