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07 Jun 17

Customer On-Site Training Session


Last week, Dorner was proud to co-host an onsite training session with our distributor, Avrex Canada for a key customer in the region.   

This event gave Dorner the opportunity to introduce new technology while reinforcing the use of standard products. The class focused on our Industrial Automation products.

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11 Apr 17

Developing a parts plan that will keep your line moving



Conveyors are a critical. They may not be the machinery slicing product or packaging the food, but when your conveying system goes down and takes your production line with it, the productivity and profits lost aren’t any less costly than if it had been your star piece of equipment. Conveyors don’t require as much time and maintenance as your larger equipment and machines, but a little preventative maintenance—and keeping the right parts in stock—can go a long way. 

The importance of the right parts

The trend towards slimmer maintenance staffs has left many food manufacturers at a disadvantage when it comes to preventive maintenance and stocking parts. Making sure the bench stock is well-supplied comes far down the list of priorities when there are moving parts that need attention. 

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27 Sep 16

Dorner Opens its Doors to Industry Professionals as Co-Host of PMMI’s Annual Meeting Sept. 20


Over 275 processing and packaging professionals from throughout North America toured Dorner Mfg. last week as part of the conveyor company co-hosting PMMI’s Annual Meeting, Sept. 19-21, in Milwaukee.

 Dorner, a 16-year member of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, landed the honor of co-hosting the event along with KHS USA, a filling and packaging company located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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18 Aug 16

Sanitary vs. Stainless Steel Conveyors


Know What You’re Getting Before You Buy

By John Kuhnz
Vice President, Engineered Solutions Group, Dorner Mfg.

 

There are many factors that drive food processors to upgrade their conveyor systems to a more sanitary platform. Leading the charge is
the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which takes a more proactive approach toward food safety by adding safeguards to try and prevent contamination or problems from occurring within the nation’s food supply in the first place. Besides the FSMA, companies cannot afford to have a contamination outbreak traced back to poor sanitary designs in their equipment. The risks to their reputation and to their customers’ well-being are too great.

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24 Jun 16

Four Dorner Industrial Conveyor Platforms Receive Cleanroom Certification


Dorner’s 3200 Series Modular and Flat Belt conveyors, the 2200 Series Precision Move and the SmartFlex conveyor platforms have received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14644-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated cleanrooms. This means the four Dorner conveyors will not contribute to the contamination of cleanrooms conforming to those standards.

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30 Mar 16

Make vs. Buy: The Real Cost of Making it Yourself


With a competitive, evolving global market place, changes in outsourcing, and scarce availability of engineering talent, the decision to make or buy conveyors is one that many companies face every day.

Up front, the decision to make it yourself sounds like a money saving idea:

  • You're already paying your employees...
  • It's less expensive to buy components...
  • You have a better understanding of your needs...
  • You have done it before...

But there are several factors that need to be considered when making the critical decision to MAKE or BUY. There are many aspects that can easily add to the bottom line. Some factors are easily quantifiable, while others are harder to determine and measure.

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16 Mar 16

How to Choose Your Next Conveyor



With a wide variety of conveyor systems available, selecting the right one for your company can get complicated. Each belt and configuration has their own specific purpose—choosing the right belt for your product maximizes throughput, downtime, and safety.

Instead of trying to compare a multitude of options all at once, or spending hours researching what will work best, try using a guaranteed, simple 5 step model to guide your decision-making and expedite the process. [Read More...]



18 Aug 15

Moving Along with High-Tech Conveyor Systems


As seen in Machine Design.

July 14, 2015

If we could climb into a time machine and visit manufacturing facilities in the 1950s, we might be surprised at what we'd see in terms of conveyor belts: rather rudimentary conveyors simply moving parts from point A to point B through packaging and assembly (and just two kinds of conveyor belts-dirty and dirtier).

Today, however, manufacturing sites have changed, with conveyors becoming critical components for complex material handling applications, both for packaging and assembly. And engineers have developed a wide variety of belt and conveyor options, each designed for moving, inspecting, and processing specific products.

Recent trends in conveyor design and belting have increased throughput and productivity as systems are being tasked with performing much more diverse functions that their early predecessors.
Backlit conveyors shine light up through translucent belts to give machine vision sensors and inspectors more contrast between the belt and product. Common applications involve parts being stopped directly over the lighted section or continuing through uninterrupted for inspection. The backlit devices are also are well-suited for applications where extra light is needed.

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14 Aug 15

Advanced Distributor Training


Whether you’ve been you been a distributor for a short time or for many years, continuing education about the products you sell is important. Dorner’s Advanced Distributor Training is a multi-day course held at our headquarters meant to give distributors a more in-depth look at applications, new products, industry competition, Dorner sales processes and basic service items. Before taking Dorner’s Advanced Training distributors are required to take the Basic Training which gives distributors a broad overview of Dorner’s products and the services they offer.

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13 Aug 15

Alexandra Slagle is Recipient of the 2015 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship


Alexandra Slagle, a student at Michigan State University, is the recipient of the 2015 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp. 

This scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools, was established in honor of Richard Ryan, the former president and CEO of Dorner, who passed away suddenly in September 2012.  Ryan was a member of the PMMI Board of Directors and encouraged lifelong learning. His commitment to education inspired the creation of this memorial scholarship.

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