EXAIR Static Eliminators Improves Takeout Food Label Printer

There’s a deli in the new supermarket that opened up down the street from us, and I decided to give them a try for lunch the other day. As I was looking at the menu board, the fella behind the counter asked if he could help me. I was drifting towards the Reuben, so I asked him how their Reuben was. He told me it was his favorite…I generally listen to recommendations of the pros, so I asked him to make me one.

He turned around and started reading the instructions above the sandwich board. Then, he started pulling items out of the cabinet, glancing up at the instructions between each one. Then, he turned to a co-worker and asked if the sauerkraut went on before or after heating. None of this inspired much confidence at all in his “it’s my favorite” comment.

While I was waiting for him to sort all of this out, I saw that they had some samples of some typical deli “sides” available. I was just there for the sandwich, but, not being one to turn down free food, I tried this stuff called Mediterranean Orzo salad. It was FANTASTIC. So good, in fact, that I asked for a container of it. It was actually brand-new, and they didn’t have it in their system yet, so the automated printer connected to the scale printed a label that identified it as “macaroni salad.” We joked about how automated systems ALMOST always make life easier, and that this was the rare exception.

Speaking of labels, and making life easier, I had the opportunity to help a customer whose label printer wasn’t working properly. There was such a high static charge on the labels that it was messing up the ink printing the bar codes on the surface, and it was just fuzzy enough to cause improper readings for the bar code scanner. MUCH worse of a problem than my mislabeled side from the deli.

They installed a Model 111209 9″ Super Ion Air Knife Kit to apply a gentle flow of ionized air across the surface of the label immediately prior to the print head, and are now producing perfect labels, every time.  The product, by the way, is take-out food box lids.

Available in lengths from 3" to 108", the Super Ion Air Knife dissipates even high static charges quickly.
Available in lengths from 3″ to 108″, the Super Ion Air Knife dissipates even high static charges quickly.

By the way, despite the sandwich maker’s lack of experience, the Reuben wasn’t bad…especially since they put the ‘kraut on BEFORE toasting it (I know you were wondering.)

Russ Bowman
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Peanut Butter And The Flat Nozzle

So, the call came in about mid-morning – an operator at a facility that fills plastic jars with peanut butter needed help with an application…

And I almost got stuck thinking about peanut butter. I like food, and peanut butter is near the top of my list. I’ve seen it successfully applied to cheeseburgers, and the peanut butter & bacon sandwich is even a breakfast staple in some of the Boy Scout groups I’ve been involved with. Crunchy or creamy, peanut butter rules.

Never underestimate the power of peanut butter...or bacon...to improve the quality of any sandwich.
Never underestimate the power of peanut butter…or bacon…to improve the quality of any sandwich. And together, they’re unbeatable. Just don’t ask your cardiologist.

Now, I’m a pro, so I didn’t allow this digression to supplant the attention I was giving the caller. The application was simple enough: the nozzle feeding the jars retains a small amount of the product at the tip, which drips off when it’s good & ready, thank you very much. This is oftentimes when the jar is in motion, so this little glob falls right onto the rim of the jar, causing issues with the protective seal, and a continuing mess as this jar with peanut butter on the outside of it travels down the line.

I recommended a Model 1126SSW 316SS 1” Flat Super Air Nozzle, with Swivel Fitting. They can install this to blow precisely where the air flow can direct the last bit of peanut butter from the fill nozzle into the jar, eliminating the mess, and any chance of a faulty lid seal.

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The Model 1126/1126SS 1″ Flat Super Air Nozzle is ideal for high velocity, forceful blow off applications 

If you’d like to know more about how EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air Products might help your processes run a little smoother, feel free to give us a call.

Russ Bowman
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Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao  Creative Commons License