What’s New

Meet the newest members of our team:

Nathan

Nathan, who joined our team in 2020, acquired a strong background in mechanical engineering while earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following graduation, he worked as a custom equipment design engineer, increasing his awareness of each application’s unique requirements and helping customers solve problems. Nathan is gaining experience in the food processing industry by assisting with technical inquiries and traveling periodically to support our equipment and customers.

Ian

Ian, the newest Application Engineer on our team, joined us in 2021 after completing his mechanical engineering degree. He’s spent most of his time traveling with our sales team, working with equipment we supply in many different processing plants. He utilizes his experiences and knowledge to help customers improve machine performance in a wide range of applications, including berries, frozen potatoes, vegetables, and nuts. He also contributes his design skills, developing innovative layouts with our senior staff. 

Brad

Brad spent summers while earning a mechanical engineering degree working with food processing machinery as an intern at A&K Development (2015 & 2016) and with our company in 2017. He brought new perspectives and experiences to our team when he joined us full-time in 2018. He’s worked in many food processing plants assisting with equipment projects. Brad enjoys helping customers improve performance on existing machines, and provides valuable insights into new equipment.

Harrison

Harrison began his career with our company working part-time during high school, then as an intern while in college, impressing us with his strong focus on assisting customers. He joined us full-time in 2015, and he has become an important part of our team by building a reputation for providing superior support and assistance. After several years working with customers in the Northwest, Harrison moved to the Midwest, where he is expanding the area in which we assist large potato processing facilities.

Take a look at our latest problem-solving innovations:

TOMRA 5C Dried Fruit and Nut Optical Sorter

TOMRA

TOMRA 5C Freefall Sorter

The TOMRA 5C provides next-generation solutions for sorting frozen fruit and vegetables, nuts, and dried fruit. Its sanitary design, powerful integrated data tools, and ease of use will help future-proof operations for years to come.

Design Features & Benefits:

  • New Laser system provides full-color camera style images
  • Optional BSI+ offers Chemometric FM and defect detection
  • New design ejection manifold with smart ejection
  • Hygienic and open design incorporating sloped surfaces and an optional sliding system for cleaning
  • Increased capacity and optimized product flow
  • TOMRA XCD processing platform
  • TOMRA ACT Easy to Use Interface – matches TOMRA 5A and 5B interface
  • Optional TOMRA Insight, providing cloud-based data connectivity
PFI PURmotion™ Horizontal Conveyor

PFI (formerly Meyer/Kofab)

PURmotion™ Horizontal Motion Conveyor

PURmotion™ is the next generation of horizontal motion conveyance that offers a hygienic design while maintaining the gentleness, flexibility, and durability that is expected in your operation.

Design Features & Benefits:

  • All stainless-steel construction
  • IP69K rated components for heavy wash-downs
  • Bi-directional with nearly instantaneous reversal of product flow
  • No hollow tubing
  • Minimal flat surfaces
  • Open design for ease of cleaning
  • Direct drive servo motor for quiet operation
  • No belts, pulleys, or additional lubrication points required.
Vanmark Compact Skid Hydrocutter

VANMARK

Hydrocutter Skid System

Vanmark has used their extensive hydrocutting experience to develop a new compact hydrocutting system. The Hydrocutter Skid provides quality and durability in an easy-to-install system.

Design Features & Benefits:

  • Includes all features of a cutting line – pump tank, pump, cutter, decelerator, and dewatering conveyor in a compact, skid-mounted system
  • Stainless-steel hydro tubes fit products up to 4″ in diameter
  • Flexible throughput – 1,000 to 50,000 lbs. per hour
  • Designed for quick and thorough sanitation and change-outs
  • Especially suitable for growing operations or running seasonal/specialty products
TOMRA 5B

TOMRA

TOMRA 5B Optical Belt Sorting Machine

The TOMRA 5B belt sorter is a state-of-the-art, user-friendly system that incorporates a range of innovative technologies to sort food products according to your specifications.

Design Features & Benefits:

  • 4K color and infrared camera detection
  • Object-based detection and rejection technology
  • High resolution laser-based foreign material detection
  • Advanced size and shape sorting software
  • High intensity pulsed LED illumination
  • Ability to detect biological elements such as chlorophyll and solanine
PFI PURlift™ Vertical Conveyor

PFI (formerly Meyer/Kofab)

PURlift™ Positive Drive Lifting Conveyor

Design Features & Benefits:

  • Positive Drive system
  • Self-tracking belt, with an option to add a Tool-less Weighted Belt Scraper
  • Quick-Release take-ups
  • Sanitary design
  • Long-lasting
  • Low-maintenance
  • Quiet Operation
  • Automatic Infeed Section
Vanmark Lamina Hydrocutter

VANMARK

Lamina® Hydrocutter

Design Features & Benefits:

  • Pumps product through cutting blades accurately without adjustment or wear parts
  • CFD software uses data analysis to improve product yield
  • Flexible hydrotubes fit a wide range of products, including over-sized and odd-shaped
  • Designed for modularity and integration with legacy components
  • Sanitary design allows for quick and thorough cleaning