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Food Ingredients

Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste and appearance. Some additives have been used for centuries, e.g. preserving food by pickling (with vinegar), salting, as with bacon, preserving sweets or using sulfur dioxide as in some wines. With the advent of processed foods in the second half of the 20th century, many more additives have been introduced, whose origin can be both natural or artificial.

Food additives can be divided into several groups, although there is some overlap among them.

Acids
Food acids are added to make flavors "sharper", and also act as preservatives and antioxidants. Common food acids include vinegar, citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, fumaric acid, andlactic acid.

Acidity regulators
Acidity regulators are used to change or otherwise control the acidity and alkalinity of foods.

Anticaking agents
Anticaking agents keep powders (such as milk powder) from caking or sticking.

Antifoaming agents
Antifoaming agents reduce or prevent foaming in foods.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants such as vitamin C act as preservatives by inhibiting the effects of oxygen on food, and can be beneficial to health.

Bulking agents
Bulking agents such as starch are additives that increase the bulk of a food without affecting its taste.

Food coloring
Colorings are added to food to replace color loss during preparation, or to make food look more attractive.

Color retention agents
In contrast to colorings, color retention agents are used to preserve a food's existing color.

Emulsifiers
Emulsifiers allow water and oils to remain mixed together in an emulsion, as in mayonnaise, ice cream, and homogenized milk.

Flavors
Flavors are additives that give food a particular taste or smell, and may be derived from natural ingredients or created artificially.

Flavor enhancers
Flavor enhancers enhance a food's existing flavor. They may be extracted from natural sources (through distillation, solvent extraction, maceration or others) or created artificially.

Flour treatment agents
Flour treatment agents are added to flour to improve its color or its use in baking.

Glazing agents
Glazing agents provide a shiny appearance or protective coating to foods.

Humectants
Humectants prevent foods from drying out.

Tracer gas
Tracer gas allows (for package integrity testing) to prevent foods from being exposed to atmosphere, thus guaranteeing shelf life.

Preservatives
Preservatives prevent or inhibit spoilage of food due to fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms.

Stabilizers
Stabilizers, thickeners and gelling agents, like agar or pectin (used in jam for example) give foods a firmer texture. While they are not true emulsifiers, they help to stabilize emulsions.

Sweeteners
Sweeteners are added to foods for flavoring. Sweeteners other than sugar are added to keep the food energy (calories) low, or because they have beneficial effects for diabetes mellitus and tooth decay and diarrhea.

Thickeners
Thickeners are substances that, when added to the mixture, increase its viscosity without substantially modifying its other properties.

imeco provides a full range of solutions to the food ingredient industries, such as vitamine loss in weight feeders, food ingredient loss in weight feeders, powder loss in weight feeders, food ingredients screw feeders, powders process weighers, ingredient bulk weighers, food ingredients compact gross weight packers for low production requirements, food ingredient manual bag placing net weight bagging lines, food ingredients manual baggers, powders manual bagging lines, food ingredients manual bagging lines, food ingredients bag hangers, food ingredients high speed automatic bag placers, food ingredients fully automatic bagging lines for pre-made open mouth bags, FFS bagging lines, food ingredients palletizers, food ingredients conventional palletizers, food ingredients high in-feed bag palletizers, food ingredients low in-feed bag palletizers, food ingredients robotic arm palletizers, gantry palletizers, as well as turning table wrapping machines, wrappers, rotating arm wrappers, in-line bag check weighers, metal detectors for filled bags, stretch hooders, food ingredients jumbo bag fillers, food ingredients FIBC weighing & filling, drums weighing & filling line, bulk load-out weigher, bag truck loading systems
 
Food ingredient dosing, weighing, bagging, packaging, palletizing machines from imeco are accurate, heavy-duty and reliable.

Our solutions for this section:

The CSEp is intended to measure high capacity of free flowing granular and powdery products; a typical installation could be bulk product monitoring after ship uploader or product intake monitoring in a storage silo. Thanks to our special design we do not need for surge hopper.
CSE
The CSE has the same concept of the CSEp but smaller sizes, it is intended to be used for monitoring bulk product flow. The use of 2 weighing hoppers alternately fed by a diverter switch feeder allows a non-stop incoming product flow.
TSE
The TSE machine is intended to measure flows of granular and floury products.
ACM
The loss in weight feeder ACM is intended to accurately measure and control the outgoing flow of powdery products, such as additives, flour improvers, chemical powders, powder salt, etc. The entirely made SS execution is also available.
FCM
The loss in weight feeder FCM is intended to accurately measure and control the outgoing flow of powdery products, such as additives, flour improvers, chemical powders, powder salt, etc. The entirely made SS execution is also available. A special execution for semolina dosing on top of pasta lines is also available, mod. FCMS.
GWS
Suitable for low production rate. It is ideal for all powdery product bagging.
SBS
Suitable for average and high production rate. SBS is based on simplex or duplex net weight bagging scales and it is designed to handle both granular and powder products.
ABF is suitable for both granular and powder products. His capacity is ranging from 4 to 10 bags/min. It can handle bags of different material, even the most difficult one such as woven PP bags.
ABP120 is suitable for both FINE POWDERS AND GRANULAR products. The maximum speed is ranging from 10 to 20 bags/min, depending on the product density granulation. It can handle bags of different material, even the most difficult one such as woven PP bags.
ABP120UR has been specially designed for floury products high-speed bagging, but it can successfully be used with free and semi-free flowing products. Maximum production is up to 20 bags/minute. It can fill bags ranging from 10 to 100 Kg of woven PP bags, paper, plastic, laminated polypropylene, etc.
LCS
Portable and heavy-duty sewing systems suitable to close any pre-made open mouth bags
Portable and heavy duty heavy sealing systems suitable to close pre-made open mouth thermoplastic material bags
Heavy duty heavy sealing systems specifically designed to seal pre-glued, multi-wall pinch-style paper bags.
FTS
Portable and heavy duty HYGENIC bag sealing systems suitable to close pre-made open mouth multiwall paper bags
Labels are sewn together with bag
Automatic applicator for sticky labels. Labels are stuck on the filled bags.
NP
Heavy duty in-line check weigher for filled bags.
MD
Heavy duty in-line meteal detector for filled bags.
Pneumatically operated rotating clamp bag turner for inline bottom-ahead bag presentation.
Free roller static bag turner for inline bottom-ahead bag presentation.
High speed automatic bag turner for inline bottom-ahead bag presentation.
Automatic bag kicker able to present filled bags 90 deg. to the bag closing conveyor, laid-down, bottom-first.
Truck or wagon loading system for filled bags.
Automatic bag palletizer with high infeed. Several models and configuration are available for production up to 2400 bags/h
Robotic gripper high level bag palletizer. Several models and configuration are available for production up to 1000 bags/h
Automatic palletizer with low infeed. It is suitable for bags, bundles, boxes and cartons. Several models and configuration are available for production up to 900 bags/h.
Cartesian or Gantry or Column palletizer. It is suitable for bags, bundles, boxes and cartons. Several models and configuration are available for production up to 500 bags/h
Turning table automatic wrapping machine. Several models and options are available for production up to 40 pallets/hour
Rotary arm automatic wrapping machine. Several models and options are available for production up to 70 pallets/hours
Rotary ring automatic wrapping machine. Several models and options are available for production up to 140 pallets/hours
Stretch hooder. Several models and options are available for production up to 100 pallets/hours
Designed for the automated handling and stowing of FULL pallets.
RPS
Jumbo bag (FIBC) weighing filling line. Several models and options are available for production up to 80 Big Bags/hours

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