Service Bulletin – Trunnion Roller Maintenance On DA Mixers

DA650 front-2Peerless Food Equipment is starting a new Service Bulletin program.   Monthly, we will publish blog posts that cover different topics from the service perspective… things like “Preparing for your equipment install”  to “Preventative Maintenance Schedules”, and everything in between.

We are going to kick off this new feature with a post on Trunnion Roller Maintenance in Double Arm Mixers.    The blog post will provide an overview of the full article as well as a link to the full detailed bulletin that can be found on the Peerless Website!   We hope you enjoy this new feature!

When Customers order trunnion rollers for their Double Arm (DA) mixers they may not be aware that these rollers need to be custom fit to their mixer. The reason is because the columns on a mixer frame are not always square with the bowl, differences in bowl widths and the use of a common standard roller. If a customer orders replacement rollers they need to be prepared to machine (lathe) the width of each roller ordered.

Rollers serve two functions on a mixer – bowl support and maintaining bowl center position. Rollers support the bowl at the gear case housings. Gear case housings also have a machined step for the purpose of maintaining bowl center position. These steps limit side to side bowl movement using the back shoulder of the rollers.

Rollers need changed if they become flat spotted, worn in diameter or the brass inner bushing wears. In extreme cases of wear complete assemblies will need to be replaced. Rollers are wear items but you can expect years of trouble free use if you lubricate them weekly. Premature failures are mostly contributed to lack of lubrication.

A good inspection of rollers will include confirming gear case housings are centered in column/frame cut out. As your bowl settles downward the upper rollers will lose contact and stop rotating during bowl tilting. Bowls will always settle downward so expect the greatest wear at the bottom rollers. If rollers are extremely worn the gear case(s) will be contacting and riding against the column cut out.

Thorough and detailed maintenance contributes to the longevity of your mixer!   Please visit the Peerless website for the full service bulletin with detailed instructions about replacing worn trunnion rollers on your double arm mixer!

National Oreo Day – March 6th!

According to foodimentary.com – March the 6th is National Oreo Day.   In order to pay homage to this cornerstone of snack cookies – we offer a link to a video on the History channel titled
Oreo Cookies where you can learn more about the many ways there are to eat a Oreo Cookie!

Did you know that the Oreo has a SONG?  You can download that by visiting Oreo Website and you OReoLadybugcan learn more about the “Wonderfilled” cookie known as Oreo there too!   There are Oreo recipes and Oreo games… it’s a great site!  And there are links to the Oreo Facebook page too!

Did you know that according to the Mondelez Website, the Oreo cookie is marketed in the following countries:  Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Philippines.

The Oreo cookie and brand definitely have a life of their own – and Peerless Food Equipment is happy to celebrate National Oreo Day!

Celebrating the Noodle in March

According to “foodimentary.com” , there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in the month of March.  Not only is March designated as National Nutrition Month, but it also serves as National NoodEgg_noodlesle Month AND National Flour Month.    Flour is a common ingredient used in Peerless Mixers everyday.   And, Noodles, can definitely be a product of the dough produced in a Peerless mixer.
So, celebrating the Noodle certainly seems like a good idea!

According to the Wiki definition, “ In the United States, noodles are flour paste products in various shapes.  In Britain, noodles generally are long, thin strips of flour paste products. The material composition or geocultural origin must be specified when discussing noodles. The word derives from the German word Nudel.

Also according to Wiki, ” The earliest written record of noodles is found in a book dated to the Eastern Han period (25–220) of China. Noodles, often made from wheat dough, became a staple food for people of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).During the Tang Dynasty, the noodles were first cut into strips, and in the Yuan Dynasty, the making of dried noodles began.”

The noodle also has a long history in other parts of Asia, Europe and the Near East.   This staple food has been paired with sauce, served in soup and can be pan fried or deep fried.   The noodle can take on the shape of a flat strip, a round string, a tube or a shell.  The noodle can be made from flour, wheat, corn millet… the base ingredient is limited only by the cooks imagination.  So join us in March as we celebrate the Noodle!

Peerless Mixers – More Than Just Sliced Bread

hallmark-overall_WebPeerless has been in business for over 100 years. Most of that time has been spent mixing dough for bakeries who produce breads, crackers, bagels, cakes and cookies.  However, over the past few years, Peerless mixers have been finding their way into other types of food making facilities.

Peerless mixers are now in plants that mix different products such as pet food and treats, neutraceuticals and nutritional bars. With these adjacent  markets, Peerless is expanding our existing product line to serve different types of food manufacturing.

Pet Food picThe Pet Food Industry is one of the fastest growing markets and is expected to grow to US$74.8 billion by 2017.  Read more here! about the growing Pet Food Industry.

Today, more than ever, consumers are focused on pet food.   There are Pet Food Rating websites, Breeders Clubs that reward volume purchases and pet foods are now frequently labeled “Organic” , “Fresh” and “Premium”.   In the world of “Pet Parents” who want to provide the “Best for the Fur kid” –  “frozen”, “freeze dried” and “grain free” are advertising buzz words.  Peerless has a small presence in this market – our mixers mix pet treats that are cooled and extruded into chews, and are used in a few other pet food locations that use Peerless mixers for R&D projects.   This market is exploding, not only in the US, but around the world.  Keep an eye out for Peerless as we carefully expand in this industry!

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Recently, new research was completed and report published titled the “North America Nutraceuticals Industry Outlook to 2017- Increasing Demand from Ageing Population to Drive Growth” .  This report  gives a comprehensive analysis of the industry past, present and future outlook.  To learn more about this report, click here!.

Statistics in this study include functional food, functional beverages and dietary supplements. Additionally the sub-segments of the industry, ongoing trends and developments, import and export scenario, government regulations and impact and highlight major players operating in the industry. The concept of nutraceuticals is very well prevalent in the North American region, with more than 60% of the population living in the US and Canada claiming themselves as a regular users of nutraceutical products.  The value growth recorded by the nutraceuticals sector in the North American region over the review period of 2006-2012 was 8.4%.   This market has a high growth potential for Peerless mixers as well.   Watch for us in this new market as well.

The return of the pretzel bread and more flavors!

pretzel-bun-sliders-9There has been a lot of talk about artisanal breads in the past, even calling out the now-mainstream trend toward pretzel bread. If you need an example, fast food chain Wendy’s is launching a new limited time offer with brioche (replacing their more recent LTO, pretzel bread). Our culinary teams are looking carefully at what’s next, but breads continue to be big, even in a gluten-free world. As we look at the overarching trend, it’s about the flavor experience of bread and how it’s moving more to the center of the plate. Expect breads in more flavors, more forms, and dipped in more than just egg batter in the future.

Some of this is led by a return to home-baked bread, but it goes beyond that to bread with benefits (flax seed, anyone?), salted bread, flavored breads and bread as the main course. Instead of being a carrier, bread is now surrounding itself with a variety of proteins and flavors. Bread salad, breaded meatballs and meatloaf, bread pudding, muffin cups, flatbread pizzas, stuffing casseroles—all of these are making us rethink how bread impacts a meal.

Read more: http://www.foodchannel.com/articles/article/2014-top-ten-food-trends-part-i/#ixzz3FNcNRrYJ

What’s new about buttering bread?

When Butter’s Not Enough

This year the report is predicting that chefs are going to up the free bread ante and litter your table with creative spreads. For example, at The Pass in Houston, you get black garlic mostarda, vanilla tapenade and tomato jam with your dinner rolls. Other places offer chef-driven spreads like whipped lardo, rosemary hummus, roasted garlic butter, smoked ricotta, whipped beet butter, porcini oil, jalapeno oil, smoked eggplant dip, salsa butter and whipped chicken liver butter

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2014 Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River Watershed

On July 18th,  ten Peerless volunteers, along with 64 others, canoed and walked the riverbanks to remove 3,120 pounds of trash and 54 tires from a 12-mile, Shelby County stretch of the Great Miami River.  This was more than three times the amount of trash and tires removed from this stretch of river in 2013.  Clean Sweep Volunteers

Volunteers: (front row L-R) Joe Lawson, Chris Walker, Darryl Mann, Bob Moore, Johnathan Hale, Thomas Ludwig, JD Poling (back row L-R) Linda Knecht (Kathy’s sister-in-law), Aspen Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), Gary Ellis, Stephanie Wilson, Sara Ellis (Gary’s wife), Kenzie Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), and Kathy Weldy

Some of the most interesting items pulled from the river were a hot tub and a purse with driver’s license and social security card. Our very own JD Poling and Thomas Ludwig made the hot tub find. The Great Miami River Cleanup is a strictly volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River.

The event stretches over 60 miles from Indian Lake to the Ohio River. This annual event is coordinated by many partners and held in November in the lower region of the river and in July in the upper reaches.

This event is for a great cause, but it is also a lot of dirty, grimy fun.