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Bread pictureGluten Free seems to be the buzz word of the past 2 years.  Every magazine, newspaper and TV show is talking about gluten.  Restaurants are now offering menu items that are gluten-free.  Since when did eating a sandwich, pizza or a delectable dessert become so harmful?  Well, if you look at the surge in diabetes, celiac disease and over-all trend in healthy eating you can see why the everyday typical consumer demands such a product.

Gluten is the gluey protein that is in a lot of the things we eat on a daily basis.  Staples such as breads, pastas and cereals contain gluten which gives the baked goods their “full”,  “fluffy”  or “stretched” appearance.  Gluten is different from an animal protein, a protein in rice (a grain that doesn’t have gluten), or even a dairy protein because it is really hard for the human stomach to completely digest.  And just because you don’t have celiac disease doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be more conscious.  We as Americans tend to eat a lot of processed food. Everything is processed and uses wheat fillers, so basically, our stomachs are facing a very unnatural gluten over load.

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Manufacturers are seeing the trend and responding to the needs with new products to offer the consumer. The grocery stores now have isles with gluten-free pancake mix, brownie mix, cereals, flour; the list goes on.   However, not all dough is the same.  There are a few obstacles to over-come such as its very labor intensive, the existing equipment may not be able to adapt to producing the product and it may require custom pieces or attachments.

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The global gluten-free product market is projected to increase in growth according to this report found on NASDAQ.com. Add the growth to the increased labeling requirement issued by the FDA and you have a great market segment to watch!  With demand like this as well as healthier, better tasting products, the growth is unlimited.  Bakers are creating baked goods that have a great taste, texture and visual appeal of wheat based products by incorporating specialty starches, flour blends and other functional ingredients.  It can only get better!

With all these changes and focus on ingredients, it is a good thing that Peerless still provides the best mixers in the industry!  Please visit our website and contact your sales executive with your new Gluten Free recipes.  We would be happy to design a mixer to meet your exact ingredient mixing needs.

 

 

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recycling-symbol1Several years ago, Peerless created its own “Green Team” in an effort to “Go Green” and improve our sustainability.  Through this process of recycling, conservation and foot print awareness, we discovered The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center right in our own back yard.   This program conducts free assessments for mid-sized industries and provides valuable feedback regarding energy-saving recommendations.

On January 27, 2014 The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center (US-IAC) came to Peerless to identify and evaluate opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. During the one day visit, the team gathered data, met with plant management and identified several substantial cost saving methods.  HVAC, Lighting, Compressed Air and CO2 emissions were all evaluated.  The results were amazing!!!  Our results showed we could decrease our current plant utility costs by about 35% and CO2 emissions by about 26% per year with a 4 month simple payback.

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Sustainability and being responsible for our foot print is something we all need to think about and this audit by The University of Dayton certainly was a valuable tool for Peerless.

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Time is precious, especially to bakers.  The smallest problem can cause valuable lost time Bread picturein production and that equals = MONEY.  Plan a strategy that will help prevent breakdowns and ensure your productivity will keep going.   Here is a list of monthly preventative measures for high-speed mixers you can do to help maintain production and prevent costly repairs in the future.safety

  1. Agitator-High Speed Roller Bars–Re-torque bolts. Replace as needed.
  2. Agitator-High Speed Roller Bars  –Check for side-to-side motion.
  3. Agitator Shaft Bearings Check for undue noise, vibration, excessive heat.
  4. Bowl Mounting  Re-torque all bolts.
  5. Canopy–Check flour gate system.
  6. Canopy–Inspect all seals for damage or wear. Replace as needed.
  7. Gear Reducer–Check oil level, quality.    Monthly
  8. Gear Reducer–Drain, flush, refill reservoir. (Six Months)
  9. Hydraulic Tilt System–Change fluid. (Six Months)
  10. Hydraulic Tilt Cylinders–Manually grease rod ends.
  11. Motor Coupling–Check rubber element. Check set screws.
  12. Refrigeration System–Check for refrigerant leaks.
  13. Refrigeration System Replace refrigeration hose (DX only).(Yearly)
  14. Bowl Side Seals–Check for adjustment and wear.
High Speed, Roller Bar Horizontal Mixer made by Peerless Food Equipment

High Speed, Roller Bar Horizontal Mixer made by Peerless Food Equipment

Here at Peerless, we highly recommend a PMP or Production Maintenance Program.  This program offers inspections to your machine in a 6, 12, 24 and 36 month interval.  Our technicians will inspect, repair, calibrate and document machinery performance, as well as provide technical training to operations and maintenance personnel.    To learn more about this program visit us today at http://www.peerlessfood.com/parts-and-service/

Sanitary Shaft Seals – Are they worth the added expense?

Over the years, how many times have seal leaks affected your production?  How many times have you had to stop a line because of contamination caused by leaks.  How much money did that cost in lost production and downtime?  If you stopped to think about it, I bet you would be amazed.  Bakers have accepted this nuisance as common industry standards.  

Our customers have said they want seals that do not leak.  Quick and easy sanitation.  Quick and easy maintenance and field retrofitable.  shaft seal picture

The NEW Peerless Shaft Seals are designed to withstand the most stringent applications in mixing.  The Rotary Shaft Seals (available for both Horizontal and  Vertical Mixers) are reliable and easily maintained.

Here is the value added to your productions bottom line:

  • Seals do NOT leak
  • Does not wear shaft
  • Field retrofitable
  • Long life, low maintenance
  • Available for Slurry Mixers
  • Available for Horizontal Mixers
  • Custom design available for competitive product
  • Seal consumable

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With these new seals, you eliminate the daily tasks of disassembly, cleaning and reinstalling of shaft seals.  They provide almost zero maintenance for thousands of hours and prevents bearing and shaft failure.

Sanitation is a key word in todays industry and on the mind of bakers around the world.  Wtih the Sanitary Shaft Seals with Air Purge, you can see how this is invaluable.

Visit Peerless at Interpack, Booth 1C23, May 8-15, 2014

InterpackLogoPeerless Food Equipment will be exhibiting at Interpack 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany May 8-14, 2014.   We will feature our NEW!  KleanVue Mixer line as well as our updated Peters Sandwiching machine!

Stop by booth 1C23 to see a 6 row, updated Peters Sandwiching machine and to speak with one of our sales team about how Peerless equipment can help alleviate your sanitation concerns and increase your production efficiency.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with a Peerless rep at Interpack in May, please complete the Contact Form below and we will be happy to arrange a meeting time.

Peerless rings the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

KettleEach year, Peerless employees volunteer to take an hour out of their day to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.  On November 27, 2013, seven employees rang the bell from 10 AM – 5 PM at the local Kroger grocery store in Sidney, Ohio.

Kettlebell1-480x330The Salvation Army is an extraordinary organization that is worldwide and assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.  Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.

4 Reasons to choose a Peerless Double Arm Mixer for your cookie, pretzel or granola applications

DA650 frontOur Double Arm Mixers have been designed to provide the ultimate in durable, high-performance mixing.  Here are 4 reasons why we think our Double Arm is the mixer of choice!!

1. Sanitation - High-Quality Bowl Construction made for a Long Production Life and Extra Clean Mixing Conditions, Patented Z-Jacket Bowl Design available keeps your Dough at your Specified Temperatures, End-To-End Canopy protects the Integrity of your Dough, shaft and seals are designed for easy cleaning.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. Durability – Stainless Steel Exterior over Heavy-Duty “Unibody” Frame, Stainless
Steel Mixing Bowl with 5 Year Warranty, Agitator Shaft and Tilt Mechanisms built for 24/7 operations, Variable-Frequency Drive (VFD) Adjusts to Mixing Environment

3. Productivity – Peerless Mixer Solutions are designed to integrate with all Ingredient Handling Systems and Baking Processes, PLC allows for Intuitive Operation and Control of the Mixing Process, and for Single-Person Control, Safety Features support Productivity without compromising Worker Safety

4. Service global installation / commissioning, service, preventative maintenance and support, Customer Support Team can quickly order commonly replaced “wear” parts to ensure uninterrupted production, Peerless Support and Service Teams have Worldwide Reach and Unmatched Experience.

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For  more information, please visit our website at http://www.peerlessfood.com/equipment/peerless-double-sigma-mixer.html