Machine Builders & Design Inc.  

Shelby,  NC 
United States
http://www.mbd-inc.com
  • Booth: 6517

MB&D is the snack-food industry leader in providing quality, value-added cookie processing and packaging equipment. The proven simplicity, reliability, innovation, and performance of our products has positioned us to be the industry leader with over 400 machines operating in 50+ countries. MB&D manufactures the "Cookie Capper" which takes cookies directly from the oven, indexes them, flips one cookie, deposits the filling and sandwiches the products. We manufacture the Traypacker and Placepacker, which places a predetermined amount of cookie base or sandwiches into trays. The Traypacker places the product on edge and the Placepacker places the product flat. With over 45 years of experience in the Food and Beverage market, our company excels in providing highly engineered, turn-key solutions for diverse customer needs. As a customer focused company, we specialize in providing products with state-of-the-art designs, overall footprint relatively small compared to stencil machines, and the flexibility to offer wider equipment. Our products’ flexibility and proven reliability are features our customers can depend on!

Brands: "THE COOKIE CAPPER", THE TRAYPACKER, THE PLACEPACKER, THE OVEN DEPOSITOR, THE TRAY LOADER


 Press Releases

  • Benefits of our Systems – Why MB&D?

    • We are proud to be a one-stop corporation, providing both in-house engineering and manufacturing from our headquarters facility in North Carolina. This translates in a quick turnaround for our customers.
    • We have expertise in filling preparations working with European partners
    • 45+ years of experience and exposure with depositing, capping, and packaging processes
    • Our equipment is built to last. Our first machine, which was built back in the 70’s is still running and in production.
    • Our manifolds are mounted to a servo traveling platform which allows easy removal for cleaning, provides flexibility for multiple fillings and profiles including spot (High rise for mallow, low rise for caramels) and Strip (For elongated products).
    • The overall footprint is the smallest in the market
    • Ability to easily convert the machine to conveyor/bypass mode by a simple HMI selection which will allow running product which doesn’t need to be flipped and/or capped.
    • Most Flexible System! Easy changeover through the use of change part packages which can be easily added to the base machine to be customized via a change part profile. Change parts consist of rotary indexing devices, deposit manifolds, and capping station parts that can be installed in less than 15 minutes.

  • We offer several types of deposit manifolds, specifically designed for a wide range of applications. Our single mechanical extrusion for one filling, is a simple mechanical manifold that will deposit spots or strips on the products. We control the strip via the deposit profile of the platform in which the manifold is mounted. All these motions are controlled with servo motors allowing in some cases up to 64 recipes/types of products in the same machine.

    Our double mechanical manifolds are specifically designed for high-speed applications where we have two manifolds mounted side-by-side with one filling for each manifold or in the case where we put two fillings in the same biscuit. The latter which can also be accomplished with our coextrusion manifold which allows a filling inside another filling (enveloped filling in shell). Our manifold types also support injection for cake products, multi-valve actuated manifolds for our No Product- No deposit applications, sweep manifolds which are rotary nozzles, and wire-cut extrusion.

    With all our deposit types, we monitor the temperature and pressure and we bring the main inlet of the supply line into a plenum and then we water trace the flexible manifold hoses in order to maintain consistent temperatures. This is a key factor in many applications where, for example, crème is heated to a point where everything is de-aerated then pumped through an aeration unit with density control and then pumped over into our manifold.

    Multivalve Actuated Manifolds - Our newer technology of balancing control Manifold which allows to control the weight of the filling on each individual lane directly from the HMI by using special valves which can be timed individually. This feature allows for easy integration with our photo eye system to detect for product missing in a particular cycle and shut off a specific valve to keep filling off the belt. 

    Injection with suck back feature (For Cakes). The injection system is composed of a piston bar, push cylinders and an actuator valve. These components work in harmony within the deposit manifold for the primary purpose of minimizing excess crème protruding (Tailing) from the cake after the cake has been injected with crème.

    Wire-cut Manifold – Special manifold for extruding viscous material into forms and wire-cut placing onto the product. The wire is mounted on our deposit platform and it is easily exchangeable allowing different seasonal shapes


 Products

  • The Cookie Capper
    The Cookie Capper takes a full flow of product directly from a continuous oven band, orienting individual cookies, indexing and flipping every other row, applying accurate amounts of filling, and then positioning the tops onto the bottoms automatically....

  • The Cookie Capper

    The World’s Premiere Sandwiching Machine

     “The Cookie Capper” is our flagship machine for providing a turnkey and highly flexible solution to our customers worldwide. The Cookie Capper takes a full flow of product directly from a continuous oven band, orienting individual cookies, indexing and flipping every other row, applying accurate amounts of filling, and then positioning the tops onto the bottoms automatically at speeds up to 300 cookie rows (150 rows of sandwiches) per minute. The sandwiched products are then transported for enrobing, wrapping or further processing.  Our system is designed to run delicate soft cake, wire-cut and rotary molded cookies that fluctuate in size and shape because of upstream processes. We control the placement of filling and top cookie within + or - 1 mm and control filling target weights to within ±1 %.

    Machine widths up to 2 meters wide (~79 inches) enable high production rates by processing many products per machine cycle.

    Infeed Section

    A special endless conveyor belt with many features to unscramble, receive the product, places it into lanes, accumulate the product appropriately and synchronize it into the Rotodex 1 Indexing device to be registered and prepared for other functions downstream. Products can be aligned and spaced as required with easy changeover of custom made parts.

    Flip-slide Section

    The most versatile and efficient method in the market for flipping every other row to provide alternate rows of tops and bottoms. Our innovative designed provides speeds to 300 rows per minute with also providing the ability to switch to a bypass/conveyor mode with a simple press of a button in the HMI. After a timely release of the products by the flip/slide platform, a precise registration of the product prior to depositing and capping operations is accomplished with Rotodex 2.

    Deposit Section

    Deposit of the crème, jam, chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, or other similar fillings is accomplished with the deposit manifolds. Our State-of-the-art manifolds are mounted onto traveling platforms for easy removal and cleaning. Weight balancing of the deposit for each nozzle can easily be adjusted through the HMI. No Product No Deposit Capability is also offered.

    Capping Section

    It is at this Station, where the sandwiching operation takes place.  The top cookie comes to its final registration at Gate 3.  The Jet picks up the top cookie to a programmable position, which clears the approaching cookie with deposited filling.  Once the deposited cookie reaches final registration at Gate 3, the Vacuum Jet places the top cookie onto the bottom to create a precision sandwich.

    Features

    • Quick Changeover and Versatility– Easily accomplished with change parts in 10-15 minutes. One system is able to run 50+ products with different size, filling, style and number across with a simple changeover and a press of a button in the HMI. All this without any complicated assemblies
    • Flexibility – Our system can handle products from 20 mm to greater than 70 mm in diameter. Any style and size of cookie you can think of, including wire cut, die cut, square or rectangular products, soft cakes, and much more!
    • Simple Process – Our system provides the most smooth, high speed and easy-to-care operation compared to our competitors.
    • Sanitary Design – Our latest improvements on sanitation offer a sanitary and easy to maintain system the most hygienic operation. Stainless steel, titanium, and anodized aluminum construction. This latest design offers minimized plate to plate contact, non-tube penetration for device mounting and stand-offs for an easy clean/stay clean operation. Other design upgrades include:
      • IP65 washdown capable electronic components
      • No chains – Timing belts used for belt drives
      • Polyolefin belting
    • Remote electrical panel - Hoffman Nema 4X water-shed type enclosures utilized. Improved access of electrical devices located within enclosures. Hoffman Wash-down A/C unit utilized on main electrical enclosure.
    • Automatic Product Alignment – Advanced device to track the wander of product as a result of incoming conveyors belt tracking systems.
    • Automatic Speed Synchronization - Monitors product backlog prior to Rotodex 1. Our system switches speed automatically to match the incoming rate of product rows.
    • Automatic Belt Tracking– Tracking roller provided to change the angle in response to a special tracking valve, which monitors the edge of the belt.
    • Linea Capping design – Our  Linear capping design is the latest innovative concept in sandwich processing created in-house specifically for increased machine speeds and performance. With this new design, more precision is achieved for the perfect sandwich at speeds up to 300 rows a minute.
    • Advanced scrap module with dual belt scrape system – Mobile scrap cart with dry side/wet side segregation. Our dual belt FDA approved scrape system with scrape-spray-scrape process is utilized for superior belt cleaning ability.
    • High-Tech Control Systems – Fully integrated operator interface, machine timing and control system package for recipe management, maintenance, diagnostics (SCADA), and servo settings. Pivoting touch screen panel to allow easy operator control access from either side of machine.
    • Servo Driven Technology - For maximum flexibility and scalability. Eliminates the need to change mechanical cams to obtain the required sandwich height. Direct Drive Rotary servo motors are utilized for accuracy, eliminating gearboxes and maximizing cleanability.
    • Central Lubrication – Provides automatic lubrication to all lubrication points simultaneously. Multiple zone distribution blocks.
    • Belt washer – Controlled automatically or by toggle switch to allow water to clean the belt while running. Complete with catch pan for waste and funnel that attaches to drain. All stainless steel.

  • The Traypacker
    The Traypacker takes products at full oven capacity via supply cooling conveyors, guides them into multiple lanes, accumulates and indexes them, place them into groups (slugs) of a predetermined count, and drops them into a tray....

  • The Traypacker

    The Traypacker takes products at full oven capacity via supply cooling conveyors, guides them into multiple lanes, accumulates and indexes them, place them into groups (slugs) of a predetermined count, and drops them into a tray which is positioned precisely by the system. Speeds up to 300 rows per minute are achieved with this process. Various types of cookies can be processed including wire-cut, rotary molded, enrobed, and sandwiched items.

    Infeed Section

    A special endless conveyor belt with many features to unscramble, receive the product, places it into lanes, accumulate the product appropriately and synchronize it into the Rotodex Indexing device to be registered and prepared for other functions in the machine. Products can be aligned and spaced as required with easy changeover of custom made parts.

    Collating and Dump Sections

    This section receives the cookies from the Rotodex and forms groups (slugs) of a predetermined count by a state-of-the-art mechanism with an insertion device in conjunction with the back plate, which continues to move outward pushing the slug into a position ready to drop. At a programmable time, the hinges go into an open position, thereby, allowing the products as a unit to drop into the trays below.

    Delivery Section

    Delivery of the filled trays is presented to the downstream conveyors for further processing. The tray conveyor is a flighted servo-driven conveyor used to precisely index trays underneath the drop section of collating dump section. The unfilled trays can be delivered to another flighted conveyor through an automatic denester.

    Features

    • Tray Cushion Capability– The tray cushion is a servo controlled dampening system used to minimize cookie bounce during the dump cycle. The tray is lifted at a certain time and speed just prior to receiving the cookie slug at the dump. The cushion lift height is adjustable from the HMI.
    • Scalability on Conveyors - Allows ancillary product and tray conveyors to be enabled or disabled. The system allows the user to start the conveyor, monitor the belt speed, and control the belt pitch of each conveyor.
    • Flexibility – Our system is adaptable for products with different sizes and diameters. Any style and size of cookie you can think of, including wire cut, die cut, rotary molded, enrobed, sandwiched items, and much more!
    • Simple Process- Provides smooth, high speed and easy-to-care operation.
    • Quick Changeover - Easily accomplished with change parts in 20-25 minutes. The system has the ability to automatically load a wide variety of additional configurations with change parts.
    • Easy Access- Custom platform utilized for operator access to monitor the in-feed section
    • Sanitary Design – Our latest improvements on sanitation offer a sanitary and easy to maintain system the most hygienic operation. Stainless steel, titanium, and anodized aluminum construction. This latest design offers minimized plate to plate contact, non-tube penetration for device mounting and stand-offs for an easy clean/stay clean operation. Other design upgrades include:
      • IP65 washdown capable electronic components
      • No chains – Timing belts used for belt drives
      • Polyolefin belting
    • High-Tech Control Systems – Fully integrated operator interface, machine timing and control system package for recipe management, maintenance, diagnostics (SCADA), and servo settings. Pivoting touch screen panel to allow easy operator control access from either side of the machine.
    • Easy Transfer - The tray and product conveyors are both on a decline angle to create the maximum parameters for efficient transfer of the biscuits into the tray cells.
    • Denester Option - The empty trays are automatically denested from a magazine and placed into a flighted transfer conveyor.
    • Tray Laning Conveyor – to direct the empty trays from the denester and into the lugged indexing conveyor.
    • Servo Controlled Motion - The servo control system ensures that the timing of the in-feed row of biscuits matches the correct tray position. When the correct tray cell count is obtained, the tray conveyor cycles a new row of empty trays into position.
    • Easy Mobility - The system is mobile for effective removal and re-installation and to allow a temporary hand pack system to be installed in-line.
    • Auto Reset – a device to automatically stop the machine in a proper place in the cycle to start with number one cookie of the stack.
    • Reject System – to clear machine if jams occur without stopping the flow of products.
    • Automatic Belt Tracking – for the endless, quick change belt for the infeed section and secondary feed section.
    • Automatic Cookie Alignment Device – This device moves the infeed guides to line up with incoming cookie pattern.
    • Central Lubrication – Provides automatic lubrication to all lubrication points simultaneously. Multiple zone distribution blocks.
    • Servo Gear Ratio Change - Electronically control the in-feed rate to the cell count. Eliminates the need for a gear change part when the cell-count changes.
  • The Placepacker
    The Place Packer takes a full flow of product directly from a continuous cooling tunnel or supply conveyor, orienting individual products, indexing, collating and placing stacks of predetermined counts of products into a plastic or paper tray....

  • The Placepacker

    The Place Packer takes a full flow of product directly from a continuous cooling tunnel or supply conveyor, orienting individual products, indexing, collating and placing stacks of predetermined counts of products into a plastic or paper tray. Various types of cookies can be processed including wire-cut, rotary molded, enrobed, sandwiched items, and much more.

    Infeed Section

    A special endless conveyor belt with many features to unscramble, receive the product, places it into lanes, accumulate the product appropriately and synchronize it into the Rotodex Indexing device to be registered and prepared for other functions in the machine. Products can be aligned and spaced as required with easy changeover of custom made parts.

    Stacking and Collator Sections

    Once the cookies leave the Rotodex indexing device, they are conveyed into the Vacuum pick-up station. This station utilizes a Vacuum manifold bar to pick up complete rows of cookies from the infeed conveyor and delivers them into the collator station. The collator stages cookies in a stack formation per a pre-determined stack count. Once the proper number of cookies is stacked, the collator bottom section is hinged open to dump load cookies into the trays below.

    Delivery Section

    Delivery of the filled trays is presented to the downstream conveyors for further processing. A special conveyor is provided with cleated conveyor belting. These cleats position the tray in relationship to the collator lane position. This conveyor is Servo controlled and positioned underneath the collator section. It runs in an intermittent fashion indexing the proper number of trays per each machine cycle. The unfilled trays can be delivered to another flighted conveyor through an automatic denester.

    Features

    • Tray Cushion Capability– The tray cushion is a servo controlled dampening system used to minimize cookie bounce during the dump cycle. The tray is lifted at a certain time and speed just prior to receiving the cookie slug at the dump. The cushion lift height is adjustable from the HMI.
    • Scalability on Conveyors - Allows ancillary product and tray conveyors to be enabled or disabled. The system allows the user to start the conveyor, monitor the belt speed, and control the belt pitch of each conveyor.
    • Flexibility – Our system is adaptable for products with different sizes and diameters. Any style and size of cookie you can think of, including wire cut, die cut, rotary molded, enrobed, sandwiched items, and much more!
    • Simple Process- Provides smooth, high speed and easy-to-care operation.
    • Quick Changeover - Easily accomplished with change parts in 20-25 minutes. The system has the ability to automatically load a wide variety of additional configurations with change parts.
    • Footprint
    • Easy Access- Custom platform utilized for operator access to monitor the in-feed section
    • Sanitary Design – Our latest improvements on sanitation offer a sanitary and easy to maintain system the most hygienic operation. Stainless steel, titanium, and anodized aluminum construction. This latest design offers minimized plate to plate contact, non-tube penetration for device mounting and stand-offs for an easy clean/stay clean operation.
    • High-Tech Control Systems – Fully integrated operator interface, machine timing and control system package for recipe management, maintenance, diagnostics (SCADA), and servo settings. Pivoting touch screen panel to allow easy operator control access from either side of the machine.
    • Easy Transfer - The tray and product conveyors are both on a decline angle to create the maximum parameters for efficient transfer of the biscuits into the tray cells.
    • Denester Option - The empty trays are automatically denested from a magazine and placed into a flighted transfer conveyor.
    • Tray Laning Conveyor – to direct the empty trays from the denester and into the lugged indexing conveyor.
    • Servo Controlled Motion - The servo control system ensures that the timing of the in-feed row of biscuits matches the correct tray position. When the correct tray cell count is obtained, the tray conveyor cycles a new row of empty trays into position.
    • Easy Mobility - The system is mobile for effective removal and re-installation and to allow a temporary hand pack system to be installed in-line.
    • Auto Reset – device to automatically stop the machine in a proper place in cycle to start with number one cookie of stack.
    • Reject System – to clear machine if jams occur without stopping flow of products.
    • Automatic Belt Tracking – for the endless, quick change belt for the infeed section and secondary feed section.
    • Automatic Cookie Alignment Device – This device moves the infeed guides to line up with incoming cookie pattern.
    • Central Lubrication – Provides automatic lubrication to all lubrication points simultaneously. Multiple zone distribution blocks.
    • Servo Gear Ratio Change - Electronically control the in-feed rate to the cell count. Eliminates the need for a gear change part when the cell-count changes.
  • The Oven Depositor
    The Oven depositor deposits directly to an oven band with speeds up to 300 deposit rows per minute. The depositor is fully programmable to operate in synch with other deposits or cavities on the band or integrated with an existing rotary molder....

  • The Oven Depositor

    The Oven depositor deposits directly to an oven band with speeds up to 300 deposit rows per minute. The depositor is fully programmable to operate in synch with other deposits or cavities on the band or integrated with an existing rotary molder.

    The Deposit Manifold Section

    Once the biscuit is transferred onto the depositor apron, it will be conveyed underneath a traveling Depositor head. This depositor head is mounted onto a traveling platform plate which is capable of hosting up to two Deposit manifolds. When the deposit function is enabled, the Deposit Manifold actuator shaft will be activated and the manifold will begin to dispense filling onto the biscuit. The biscuit will continue to travel to the exit end of the conveyor until it is discharged onto the oven Band conveyor.

    Features

    • Simple Process- Provides smooth, high speed and easy-to-care operation.
    • Sanitary Design – Our latest improvements on sanitation offer a sanitary and easy to maintain system the most hygienic operation. Stainless steel, titanium, and anodized aluminum construction. This latest design offers minimized plate to plate contact, non-tube penetration for device mounting and stand-offs for an easy clean/stay clean operation. IP65 washdown capable electronic components. The closed manifold system provides improved sanitation with easy cleanup.
    • High-Tech Control Systems – Fully integrated operator interface, machine timing and control system package for recipe management, maintenance, diagnostics (SCADA), and servo settings.
    • Traveling depositing - The manifold support platform will move with the oven band during the deposit cycle
    • Central Lubrication – Provides automatic lubrication to all lubrication points simultaneously. Multiple zone distribution blocks.
    • Belt washer – Controlled automatically or by a toggle switch to allow water to clean the belt while running. Complete with catch pan for waste and funnel that attaches to drain. All stainless steel.
    • Crème Mixing Option – Our 45+ years of experience working with industry-leading crème suppliers allow us to provide turnkey solutions for Crème mixing/tempering/aeration systems easily integrated with our machine.
    • Accuracy - More accurate deposit weights providing equal spread (diameter) of all deposits on the oven band.
    • Convenience - Basic installation options without modifying/cutting the oven band.
    • Flexibility - Options to effectively produce different types of products (batter types, shapes, injection of colors or flavors, produce different colors at the same time, etc.) Offset layout of deposits to allow for a staggered pattern to maximize the oven band utilization.
    • Deposit Platform - Which includes cylinders, valves, and related hardware to operate rotary valve deposit manifolds.
    • Advanced Deposit Manifolds - Equipped with single outlet nozzles for spot or strip depositing.  These manifolds feature easy (no tools) adjusting nozzles for weight balance and include water jackets to control temperature filling for deposit.
    • Metric Execution
    • Servo driven motion profile - includes horizontal and vertical electronic cams to maximize the effectiveness of the deposit placement on the band.
    • Servo driven deposit actuators - Controls the opening and closing of the deposit for very accurate timing control.
    • Batter Distribution Piping – to include digital temperature probe and pressure gauge and quick connect hook ups to deposit manifold. 
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