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Bagging & Bag Closing ( 15 )


Everything in Bagging Equipment

Hamer-Fischbein designs and manufactures bagging equipment and packaging solutions under the Hamer, Fischbein, Saxon and Inglett brands. These trusted brands combine almost 200 years of industrial bag closing and automated packaging experience to improve packaging line efficiency and profitability. Hamer-Fischbein is the worldwide leader in sewing and sealing equipment and turnkey bag management systems. The portfolio includes the widest product range of weighing, filling and bag closing technologies; manual, semi- and fully automatic bagging systems; form fill seal bagging automation; conveyors; and robotic bag palletizers. Hamer-Fischbein serves diverse end markets including agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building material, medical and pharmaceutical, lawn & garden and packaged ice with sales and service in over 190 countries.



Philip Rahm offers a wide range of applications solutions, including:

Filling/Dosing Equipment

Since their introduction in 2008, the Hamer Model 600NW Net Weigh and Model 100GW Gross Weigh scales have been industry leaders.  Easy to use, and easy to service, they are the most rugged designs available.  Both models offer faster, more accurate weighments than any other design available. 

Bag Conveying

For over 7 years Hamer has been manufacturing highly robust, simple to apply bag conveyors for virtually any application.  From knockdown/turning to upright bag handling conveyors integrated with bag sealers, the Hamer line offers economy, durability and flexibility for just about any bagging requirement. 

Bag Sealing

Fischbein, the world leadre in Sewing, Heat Sealing and Pinch Bottom Closers has the most Comprehensive line of sealing products forindustrial bagging applications. From portable hand sewing to sewing systems, tape sew, pinch bottom closing and hot air and hot melt sealing, Fischbein offers market-leading, industrial grade sealing technology with more options than any other manufacturer.

Bagging Automation

Hamer-Fischbein Form, Fill and Seal and Open Mouth Bagging solutions are unsurpassed.  With over 700 industrial form, fill and seal machines across North America and over 20 years of Open Mouth bagging automation leadership, Hamer-Fischbein offers more practical solutions to large format bag producers than any other company.

Sewing Systems

For more than a century, packaging companies of every size and from every industry, have trusted Phlip Rahm Int'l to provide the most effient and dependable machinery for the closing of all types of bag filling.  Fischbein Company manufatures a full line of innovative bag sewing equipment from high-speed, bag sewing systems to hand-held portables for small the smaller jobs.  Along with these highest level products are a line of accessories including bag-top folders, thread, bag coders, tape break detectors and a full range of conveyors. Whether your application calls for plain sew, multi-wall paper bags, sew through tape or woven polypropylene, mesh or jute bags, Philip Rahm can help you meet your needs.

Robotic Palletizing

In 2015 Hamer emerged as the volume and technology leader in Robotic Palletizing solutions.  All Hamer palletizers feature simple, easy to maintain designs, high quality, rugged industrial conveyors, state of the art electronics and our proprietary EasyPic (TM) operator software. From simple low speed, semi-automatic to very high speed fully automatic palletizers, Hamer offers the best built, easiest to use solution available.





Bagging Scales ( 6 )

Scales can be used to determine portion size, so they are essential to meeting production demands that require accurate measurements. There are a variety of businesses in the processing industry that require the use of weight scales.  Each equipment brand has its own designs to offer, with specialized innovations and features contrived to increase their ease of use.  Some are portable, some are wireless, while others are made to withstand harsh use and heavy forces.

The machines may feature specialized functions to fully accommodate specific applications, d
epending on the intended purpose. Packaged goods, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, beverage, and chemicals are all industries that rely on the use of dependable weight scales.

The type of scales used for a task depends largely on the nature of the task and the materials
. For example, a meat processing plant may benefit from a motorized rail system that can calculate the weight of hanging slabs of meat. There are Loss-In-Weight Feeders that release measured increments of materials from an upstream supply at a predetermined, programmed feed rate. The operation of this sensitive device relies on a dependable scale that precisely regulates how much is discharged.

A fast-paced environment may need its weighing done while the product is moving
.  It will use conveyor belts that come in multi-idler and single-idler options. A business that deals with measuring the volume of dry, solid materials, may find that a Volumetric Feeder is ideal for materials that have a consistent bulk density and flow characteristics that remain uniform. Many of the moving automatons are designed with the texture and flow ability of the product in mind. There are also machines designed specifically for handling liquids.

These electronic instruments are capable of making precise measurements regardless of how small the mass is
. There are also mechanical options that utilize springs or hydraulics. Regardless of design type, these devices are engineered to deliver maximum results. Most models can be programmed for specific outputs, which is extremely useful in packaging.

Some machines are outfitted with sophisticated instrumentation that better enables the controller to monitor and supervise the task at hand. These instrumentation upgrades can be used for automated calibrations, measuring units of time and distance, data logging, diagnostics in real time, and providing interfaces for multiple operators.

The processing industry needs machines that can offer optimum performances
.  This requires licensed technicians to periodically calibrate the scales per government regulation. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, (NIST), has published a handbook that details requirements for commercial weight scales.  This handbook regulates both design and installation in order to ensure a margin of error no greater than 10 percent.

Whether it is for industrial or commercial use, it is crucial to have a reputable product whose measurements are as precise as possible.

A good supplier will know their products and their capabilities
. They will be able to offer excellent customer service by answering questions and providing suggestions. Their products will be top of the line, because dependable equipment is at the heart of the production process.



Commercial Shredder ( 11 )

A commercial shredder can significantly reduce waste and minimize the size of debris.  The numerous applications for this type of device have given rise to a variety of machine sizes.  An appropriately sized and feature-rich model can drastically include an organization’s profitability.  Specific designs are available for shredding wood, plastic, and a wide range of other materials.  

Unused wood products can quickly become a space management problem in any storage area
. Reducing this wood to small chips allows it to be used for a number of special purposes.  Chips are often used in landscaping forms.  They can also be recycled to make wood-based products like cardboard.  Wood is also used for space heating in homes and offices.  Recycling wood helps forest conservation efforts and provides a ready supply of both products and energy.  

One particular example of this can be found in unused, old pallets.  Not only do they take up valuable space, they are also an eyesore and a possible safety hazard if they begin to splinter into smaller pieces.  Recycling these pallets into heating fuel or animal bedding is the most practical and beneficial means of disposal.  Non-wood materials, such as nails, screws, and other debris, can be removed and separated by the machine.  

Commercial and household waste is often incinerated for health and safety reasons.  Commercial shredders are essential to the disposal of many substances that are too thick or too large to incinerate as whole objects.  Reducing the material to small pieces makes it easier to burn them.  It also results in fewer toxic by-products.  Various machines feature special designs for breaking down specific types of materials.  

The most commonly used type of commercial shredder is the paper shredder.  It can be used for either office or factory applications. These devices are essential to protecting the identities of people and proprietary intellectual property. Every organization produces documents that contain confidential information about the business, proprietary trademark secrets, and personal information on employees.  

These documents are frequently the targets of theft, so they must be destroyed in a fashion that makes it impossible to retrieve the information they contain
. Reducing them to fine strips of paper is the most effective way for an organization to protect itself and its employees.  It also makes it easier to recycle the paper after it has been run through the machine.

Commercial shredders also help reduce the size of waste materials so that storage and production space can be free from clutter.  Mobile units are available that can be moved from place to place.  Other models can be positioned stationary in key locations throughout the building.  Many companies place at least one unit near the garbage receptacle in order to facilitate rapid facility cleaning.  

A commercial shredder is typically an affordable investment.  While cost will vary between machines designed for various applications, most models fall well within the parameters of budget tolerance for companies of all sizes.  Anywhere from 1-3 quality disposal units will more than pay for themselves through the improved safety and process flow they contribute to facility operations.

Crushers ( 3 )

Industrial crushers are used in the recycling and food processing industries. The primary purpose of these machines is to reduce the size of a material to a state where it can be further processed. While the technology found in these devices has changed little over the course of several decades, improvements in metallurgy and engineering have made them more versatile. Modern versions can manipulate a wide variety of materials and can be finely calibrated to output a specific size. This is extremely important in food processing, where granularity is often required.

The earliest industrial crushers were invented in the early 19th Century.  They used a reciprocating jaw to exert pressure on material. These machines are still in service in the mining and recycling industry, where they are highly effective at reducing the size of materials of any hardness. During operation, one jaw is fixed while the other, known as a swing jaw, moves back and forth relative to it at high speeds. This is normally achieved using a cam or pitman. Improvements to the design include abrasive-resisting plating and segmented construction.  This helps maneuver the machine into tighter spaces during mining operations. While in operation, its size reduction ratio is approximately 3:1.

Rotary crushers are more common.  They are typically built with shaft impactors to create considerable force. Ideal for both recycling and food processing, they can be calibrated for a size reduction ratio between 10:1 and 25:1. With these settings, it is possible to achieve uniform granularity. If the intended operation is for foodstuffs, the machine will need to meet USDA and FDA requirements before it can be used. These requirements mostly concern the cleanability of any surfaces that will be contacted. Before processing food, the machine will need to be fitted with stainless steel surfacing and specialty O-rings that are safe for use.  


These machines function by generating crushing force with a spinning rotor
. Metal hammers are attached to the outside surface of the rotor and strike items as they pass. A material stream is fed the shaft containing the spinning rotor. When the material passes over the rotor, the metal hammers smash into it and propel it against textured surfaces at high speeds. Rotary crushers deliver enough force to greatly reduce the size of the material. However, they are best equipped to handle soft to medium hard items. They can churn through an impressive volume of foodstuffs or recycled items quickly. 3,500 cubic feet of volume can be processed every hour in high-power models.

Crushers can handle a wide variety of items, including sugars, carbonates, crackers, cereals, starches, and salts
. They are also used to process frozen foodstuffs such as vegetables, wax, ice, candy, bones, chocolate blocks, pretzels, pastas, spices, food powders, resins, dry wall, chemicals, minerals, clay, glass, shale, and other rocks. Rotary devices come in many sizes, and their power depends on the speed and scare of the spinning rotor. Low-power machines are ideal when uniform granularity is required for softer items, like food powders. For recycled materials, minerals, or frozen items, higher powered devices will be required. Rotary speed varies from 85 rpm to 1,200 rpm. Modern models can be customized with different sets of hammers that enable the machine to work on different materials.




Dust Control ( 4 )

Dust control is essential for maintaining workplace safety in the food processing and milling industries. Filtration and vacuuming systems are used to remove two of the greatest threats these industries face: deflagration and disease.   Both threats are caused by a fine powder of particulates that accumulate in the air within these facilities.  The most efficient way to neutralize both risks is to remove these suspended particles from the atmosphere.

Deflagration is an explosion caused by the extremely rapid transfer of heat through the air. This is different from a detonation, which spreads through concussive shock. Thermobaric weapons use the phenomenon of deflagration to cause massive damage to structures by spreading a fine mist of fuel before unleashing a wave of heat.

Factories and processing plants that allow suspension of particulates to propagate are setting up the environment for a similar explosion.  A secondary explosion usually follows, precipitated by the rapid rise in pressure caused by deflagration.  As the explosion picks up fuel from the air and spreads, it can become even more destructive than the initial detonation.  The entire facility can be leveled, resulting in massive loss of life and material.  Dust control removes particles from surfaces and the surrounding atmosphere and significantly minimizes this danger.  

The “dust explosion pentagram” is an illustrative concept used by OSHA to describe how deflagration works
. In every heat explosion, there must be five elements present: oxygen, heat, dispersion, confinement and fuel. When these five elements are present, an explosion occurs. If suspended particulates accumulate in the air, their combined surface-area-to-volume ratio makes them highly combustible. Even mundane substances like grains and minerals can be risky when they are present in fine powder form because no heat is lost through conduction.

The best way to illustrate this is to imagine trying to start a campfire. When branches are broken down and mulched, they take a flame much more quickly because there is more surface area to react to oxidation.

However, oxygen is essential to human life, and confinement is a given within an enclosed workspace.  These elements cannot be removed.  Reducing hazardous heat sources can help, but even something as slight as a static electric discharge can be enough to trigger a detonation.  Removing heat sources is also very costly and often difficult.  The most effective way to minimize the risk of deflagration is to remove the elements of dispersion and fuel from the surrounding environment.  This is most easily accomplished through dust control.

Removing powders from surfaces and air will also minimize the health risks associated with working in these plants
. Suspended particles are readily inhaled.  Although the lungs can expel most powders to some extent, they cannot eliminate them entirely. Over time, these substances collect in the lungs and may result in irreversible health conditions. Dust control is critical for safeguarding the health of workers.

Particles expelled by processed grains can cause a permanent condition known as “farmer’s lung.”  Farmer’s lung can cause fibrosis, or scarring, of the lungs.  This results in reduced breathing capacity and makes it more likely that cancer and other chronic diseases will develop. While removing a source of heat may help curtail deflagration to a point, it will not eliminate the health risks caused by suspended particles. Only dust control, performed through filters and vacuums, can accomplish this.

Elevators & Conveyors ( 19 )

Bucket Elevators

When it comes to bucket elevators, our suppliers record of research and performance can't be matched. When you're interested in moving materials of any kind, you'll find a Universal bucket elevator model to match your requirements.



Conveyors are intricate machines with a variety of industrial and commercial uses. As systems, they expand the capabilities of organizations by reducing their dependence on human labor. They are also easy to install because they are manufactured in a range of sizes. These advantages make this type of equipment a cost effective and worthwhile investment.

There are numerous types of devices that are capable of performing in any environment or specific set of conditions. Take, for instance, the need to relocate heavy equipment within the plant. There are machines that are tough enough to carry out such a heavy-duty task.  At the same time, there are other models that are precise enough to sort food-grade vegetation and meat. Still others make it possible to perform excessively “dirty jobs” and still maintain a sanitary environment.

Vibratory conveyors are heavy-duty devices that can easily tackle the toughest conditions. Their design features a solid surface with turned up sides that form a trough.  This makes it easy to move substances that would otherwise slosh over the sides of other systems. They can either be compact or expansive, and they can handle extreme temperatures without malfunctioning. Each machine has a controlled vibration that makes it ideal for screening, sorting, and placing any sized part within a factory setting.

Drag conveyors feature a combination of endurance and performance. They are designed with two or more roller chains and crossbars that move even the finest of materials. They can be operated in both directions, and they are built to work either on a flat plane or at an incline. This type of system is popular because there is less degradation of the product.  Less degradation, in turn, translates to less waste. Of course, the ease of maintenance makes this a popular choice.

Screw (or auger) systems are designed with a rotating spiral blade shaped like a large screw within a tube. They are perfect for moving granular or liquid materials.  These systems are commonplace in industries that handle bulk materials. For instance, in the agricultural industry, they are often used for relocating grains or seeds.  There are applications for systems that are inclined, as well as systems that are flat.  Both types of systems are easy to maintain and clean.

Material lifts, or vertical conveyors, are commonly used in multilevel factory settings.  They allow materials be transported with ease between separate levels. They can come with or without forks, depending on the intended use. In addition, they are available in various sizes to accommodate individual industrial applications. One of the advantages of this type of system is that it does not take up much floor space, so it is easy to find room for installation. A slight incline is often instrumental in preventing slippage and sliding during operation.

Conveyance equipment can be truly invaluable. It reduces the need for manual labor, and it reduces workplace injuries. It also combines safety with convenience—making it an asset that is not easily replicated. The right system is also as time-effective as it is cost-effective because it improves functionality in both the field and in the plant. However, it is important to guarantee that the right system is purchased for the application at hand.

The appropriate system adds reliability and proficiency to the workplace, and it can save the buyer considerable money
. Make sure that the conveyors are built tough to withstand the roughest of environments, and check that the warranty covers parts and labor. Regular maintenance will keep the entire system functioning at peak performance, so be sure to research maintenance requirements in detail before making a purchase.

Food Industry Magnets ( 1 )

Food Industry Magnets

Metal Detection

The most common of foreign material within grain and milling processing is metal. Successful detection and separation of metal will protect your processing equipment from damage, and prevents safety hazards for consumers. Our Metal Detectors cover a full range of industrial applications, whether processing or packaging. All food-grade (or higher) come standard with Metal-Detectable Gaskets & Grommets for an added layer of product safety and brand protection.

Whether you are planning a plant-wide update or streamlining a specific operation, we can supply standard solutions or design and build custom packages to meet your objectives. Our Material Handling Conveyors can move your materials quickly and efficiently where you need them.

Perfect Grain & Milling Plant

Successful detection and separation of metal will protect your processing equipment from damage, which saves your organization money and down time. 

Get to Know Us ( 0 )

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About Our Company

Established in the 1890's, Philip Rahm, Inc. was among the first importers of rice milling machinery to the United States. In operation continuously since that time, initially as the fledgling industry's leading supplier of rice milling equipment and spare parts, the firm has been instrumental in the growth of the U.S. rice industry since its beginning. As the rice milling industry grew in the United States, the firm was responsible for process design and the selection of equipment for milling facilities in the U.S. and abroad.

Named for its founder, the company was purchased from Philip Rahm's grandson in 1968 by the present family ownership. In the following four decades, the company's reputation within the industry for expertise, integrity, and commitment has allowed for the growth of the firm, as we acquired new lines and found new applications for existing ones.

Our success with the milling equipment soon afforded us opportunities to expand our offerings, and we began to assemble a broad range of products with applications beyond milling. In the 1970's we acquired a line of size reduction equipment used primarily in the feed industry, but equally applicable in a number of industries. A line of cleaning, grading, and sizing equipment soon followed, and our evolution continued.

The addition of power transmission, material handling, conveying, packaging, and metal detection equipment has allowed us to position Philip Rahm as a reliable, resourceful, and economical supplier to hundreds of customers, each requiring effective, application-specific solutions to a wide variety of needs in areas such as the food, chemical and recycling industries.

Our relationships with our major suppliers have spanned decades, and have been cultivated to focus our respective abilities on providing practical, proven, and economical solutions to our customers' needs. If you have a problem, or simply want to improve or expand, let us know. Our experienced staff will work with you and our manufacturers to implement a course of action that will best suit your needs and goals.

Much has changed since Philip Rahm opened the doors some one-hundred and forty years ago.  Our list of suppliers has grown to expand our continuing effert to service our customers.  Knowledge, experience, integrity and commitment, however, have always been the cornerstones of good business. These qualities, along with some of the finest equipment made today, are what Philip Rahm International brings to the table every day.

With almost a century and a half behind us, we look now to the future. Get in touch, and give us the opportunity to help you shape what lies ahead.


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Magnets and Metal Detection ( 23 )

Hundreds of applications can be performed more safely and more efficiently with specialized machine shop equipment & magnets.  These shop tools are engineered for specific material handling tasks and/or specialized processes that require the manipulation of ferrous materials.  Precision tools are available for measuring and fabrication.  Other devices are engineered to expeditiously grip, maneuver, or secure various materials handled by workers in the shop.    
Magnetic Tools

This category of specialized machine shop tools & magnets includes precision magnetic tools, magnetic welding equipment, and a variety of hand tools that allow workers to safely and expeditiously manipulate small metallic parts.  Various magnetic stands allow for workers to precisely measure various work pieces.  Welding tools, including a wide range of clamps and hold fasts, allow welders to position materials firmly in place while fabricating various products.  Facilities managers can also invest in a wide array of magnetic tool holders, trays, racks, vise jaws, and hand tools for precision assembly.  

Lift Magnets

This line of products is known for its ease of use in a variety of applications.  These machine shop tools & magnets are designed for lifting a variety of awkwardly shaped and heavy loads.  These devices are user friendly and easy to install.  An added advantage offered by most models is electricity free operation.
Fixturing and Holding

This line of machine shop tools & magnets features devices that are capable of holding 4 to 10 times as much weight as competing equipment models.  This is primarily due to the strength of the permanent magnets manufactured into their assemblies.  Specific product lines include work holding devices, devices that hold rotors in place, island pole, and horseshoe magnets.  Wall storage units are also available that will help supervisors keep work areas and tools organized in a safe, efficiently arranged vertical space.  

One of the most useful accessories that fabrication facilities can invest in is the DVA safe box.  This is basically a metallic shipping box that is secured by a combination lock.  Only the shipper and the receiver know the combination to this lock.  Because the box slips nicely into standard shipping boxes, it can be used to both secure and protect sensitive equipment and documentation when shipping freight through any of the major carrier services.  

Fabrication Facilities Equipment

Fabrication facilities can also choose from a wide range of unique machine shop devices & magnets that can be used to improve efficiency, safety, and overall process flow.  Some of the more notable product lines include computer enclosures that protect information systems equipment that is placed in storage from dust, water, and impact.  There are also numerous sweeping and cleaning tools that can be used to keep fabrication facilities free of ferrous scrap that can easily build up in work spaces.  Devices are manufactured using either rare earth or permanent magnetic materials.  Various carts make it easier for workers to carry parts, tools, or supplies.  A hydration station provides readily accessible hand washing, fluid disposal, and emergency eye wash and drenching shower.  It also includes a first aid kit.



Packaging Equipment ( 9 )

Packaging equipment is typically a bit of an encompassing combination of words that can range from a variety of different uses and functions. In the industrial world, these types of machinery are most often used to enclose and seal certain types of materials so that they can be readily shipped thereafter.

A common type is any sort of machinery that is specifically used to seal a variety of bags
. Many machines exists to quickly seal both paper and plastic bags in either full or semi-automation. What at first glance may seem like an insignificant function, these machines are computerized and otherwise highly complex in order to deal with a high volume of sealing.

Common packaging equipment such as the aforementioned bag sealing machines are used in industries that require a robust volume of plastic or paper bags being sealed. Finding a machine that has built-in bag jam detection mechanisms and full automation is a must for companies that will utilize the machinery without the aid of a person. Additionally, other safeguards such as temperature sensors that constantly monitor for overheating help to not only reduce the amount of energy usage of the device, but the safety and integrity of the overall device as well.

The machines themselves utilize a very hot adhesive that is carefully placed on certain areas of the surface and then use a process known as pinch-style to secure the bag closed. Other variations of this type of packaging equipment are the double roller machines that offer a different style of sealing. A double roll uses a constant melting and sealing system that is used most often for the majority of open mouth and gusseted paper and plastic bags. The speed at which the machine operates is entirely variable and programmable, allowing the user production rates that can range up to 80 linear feet every minute. These machines are also very compact in design and usually contain a control panel for ease of use.

The industries that most commonly utilize these types of machines are those that deal with pet food and food mix products
. The bags that are dispensed from these machines can vary greatly in size. Luckily, there’s a great amount of packaging equipment to choose from, which equally vary in the type and size of bags they are able to operate with.

Aside from sealing, other types of machinery are used to physically sew bags together in a variety of means and from different materials. Multi-wall paper, woven and even laminated polypropylene are just a few of the different materials that typical bag sewing machines are able to operate with. These machines also work in a semi or fully automated bagging line, allowing the operator to use a simple control panel to change the speed on demand.

Other types of packaging equipment include bag hangers and other types of machinery that is used to expedite the process of creating, sealing and handling bags in a quick and efficient manner. Each of which is designed to deal with a certain size and volume of product, while specific models will work in tandem with one another to complete the process of bag manufacturing from start to finish.

Recycling Equipment ( 13 )

At every material reclamation plant, recycling equipment is needed to separate, grind, shred, and crush items so that they can be used again. Reclaiming materials in this way requires precision, because contamination can lead to defects in products or cause mechanical failure. To that end, most of the effort at these plants is spent to make sure everything is separated correctly. Once it is, it can be reduced enough in size so that it can be stored or melted down.

Most separation that’s done at a reclamation plant utilizes gravity, air streams, and detection equipment to slowly fish out different categories of material. The most efficient way to separate metal from glass, plastic, and paper, however, is with magnets. At iron and steel reclamation plants, powerful, crane-suspended electromagnets are handy for picking up large loads of material.  These pieces of recycling equipment are designed to attract ferrous metals like iron, steel, or tin.  These metals are then directed into an alternative production stream.

To separate aluminum (which is nonferrous) from other metals, an eddy current is put in motion.  An eddy current is created by changing magnetic fields in a conductor. This produces a repulsion effect in conductive, nonferrous materials like aluminum, which can then be sifted out from other scrap.

Once everything is properly separated, the items must be compacted and uniformly shaped so that they can be used as raw material again. Recycling equipment designed for this purpose is used to shred, crush, or grind objects down to size. Granulators can process massive amounts of substances at once.  They can grind items with cutting edges that fit together like a wall of bladed wheels. These are ideal for reducing rubber, polymers, and glass.

A pulverizer makes use of impact force to break apart large particles into uniformly-sized pieces. While the technology found in these machines are varied in their approach, one of the more popular designs uses air sweeping technology. These machines are versatile enough to handle any number of items. The material is fed into the pulverizer, which exposes the items to impact plates and grinding hammers. At the end of the process, if the material is too large, it is rejected and run through the device again. Over time, this creates a uniformly-sized mass.

Crushers are also varied in their design, although most feature a rotating drum with a cutting edge
. This edge exerts extremely high levels of pressure on items fed into the machine, reducing its size. Recycling equipment designed for this purpose is typically used for plastics and polymers. These machines can also be outfitted with USDA-certified parts that make them suitable for food processing.

Shredders are the heavy hitters of the recycling equipment world
. Materials that resist impact or grinding are easier to handle with a shredder. This includes high volumes of paper, cardboard, woods, and some plastics. What they are most used for, however, are metals.  Metals are difficult to process using crushers or grinders. Shredders, by contrast, are high torque devices that contain dozens of cutting edges. They are typically affixed to a series of drums. These machines are so powerful that they can shred 55 gallon drums and automotive parts.

Rice and Cereal Processing ( 20 )

Breaking down and processing cereals requires an array of grain mill equipment to accomplish. When cereals are harvested, inedible and undesirable items often get swept along with them. These items must first be separated out before processing can begin. Several machines take care of this process. Once this is done, the material is tempered, grinded and separated again until the bran, germ, and flour are all individually packaged and sent to bakeries or stores.

The first step is getting the harvested material to the factory. This is done with elevators that dump the product into trucks. These trucks arrive at the factory and workers feed the cereals into the production line. During processing, the first pieces of grain mill equipment are used to separate foreign items out from the product. Several mechanisms are employed to ensure this process is extremely thorough. Separators with reciprocating screens are typically first, as they remove large foreign items like sticks and stones from the mix. The small size of the cereals allows them to pass through the screens unhindered while larger objects are blocked by the mesh. Aspirators are next, and they use air currents to blow away lighter items like straw and fibers from the material stream.

Disc separators remove smaller undesirable pieces, like barley, oats and cackle. The discs are grooved so that only pieces that are correctly sized can pass through. Everything else is channeled elsewhere. Next, a scourer grinds off roughage and impurities using abrasive surfaces and rotational forces. Once this is done, the stream is then fed into a magnetic separator that pulls ferrous materials, like tramp iron, out of the mix. This is an extremely important piece of grain mill equipment and ensures food safety.

When everything is finally separated out, the product is ready for processing
. Before grinding, the wheat is tempered to soften the outer bran coating. This makes it easier to remove the bran and get at the germ and endosperm inside. Different wheat strains may be blended at this point to create different kinds of flour. From here on out, all of the grain mill equipment that is used is designed to break down the material, separate the products or purify for food safety.     

Various forms of grinders are employed to break down the bran, germ and endosperm, though most use rotary forces to do so
. Corrugated rollers perform the initial breaking and reduce the seed to its constituent parts. The product is then sifted to pull out bran, shorts and clear flour, which are purified and packaged for use. The smaller pieces are transported to a series of reducing rolls. This piece of grain mill equipment is designed to grind larger pieces (called middlings) into flour or germ. The germ is sifted out, purified and packaged separately while the flour is expedited to the final parts of the process.

Here, the flour is run through several more reducing rolls to produce an even grain and is purified again. The flour is then matured and color neutralized during a bleaching process. Finally, machines enrich the flour with nutrients like thiamine, niacin and riboflavin. Once this is done, the flour is sacked and transported to shops and bakeries around the area.

The Milling Industry

The milling industry is just one of the many businesses that utilize shellers. For instance, this unique device takes an entire ear of corn and removes all kernels of the cob.  The history of the beginnings of the machines is quite interesting.

Back in 1839, Lester Denison of Middlesex County, Connecticut was issued a patent to operate the first machine of its time.  A hand operated, freestanding device would pull the cob of corn through metal-toothed cylinders that stripped off the kernels.  The actual process is quite intricate.  As mentioned, this machine can be hand cranked, but it can also be used by a tractor, electric motor or stationary engine.   When the cob is fed in, each metal wheel operates in the opposite direction.   The teeth then work to pull off all of the kernels until there is none left.   The kernels then fall into a bucket and are collected.  At the end process, the cob is emitted out from the machine.

It is important to understand what happens to the corn once it is removed from the cob.  The corn can then be used by farmers to send out to suppliers.  It can be also used to feed livestock. Other areas that use shellers include the feed, farming and grain industries.  Other foods that are used in this device include rice, peas, pecans and peanuts just to name a few.  Each goes through a similar process to the corn removal.

The invention of this unique device has revolutionized the feed, farming, mill and grain industries.  Shellers have made the whole process from start to finish much more efficient.

Feed equipment is used throughout a broad spectrum of industries that process various food, chemical, and industrial products.  These products are often contaminated with ferrous materials known within the milling industry as “tramp metal.”  The use of magnetic separators and metal detectors is essential in order to prevent tramp metal from damaging processing equipment. 


Plate magnets

Plate magnets are used in high volume feed equipment that stream abrasive products such as minerals or grains.  As the product passes through a gravity-fed chute, tramp metals and metal fines attach to the surface of the plate while the product passes out of the end of the spout.  

Drawer magnets

Drawer magnets remove small metal contaminants from dry, granular materials processed in extruding, mixing, or milling machinery.  The magnets are actually magnetic tubes measuring 1” in diameter.  They are arranged in double, staggered rows so that the product stream can easily filter through the housing as contaminants attach to the underside of the tubes.  

Drum magnets

Drum magnets are used in feed equipment that processes large, abrasive materials.  Coal, sugarcane, various types of aggregates, and ores are common examples.  As these materials pass through the drum, a permanent magnetic field, created by the revolving shell, draws ferrous contaminants to the drum’s interior surface.  The product passes easily through the cylinder, while the iron particles remain firmly attached to the magnet.  These are then carried away from the product in a separate stream that deposits them in a tramp metals collector.  

Free-flow magnets

The stainless steel housing contains a hexagonal, powerful, permanent magnet located at the center of its assembly
.  As the gravity fed product stream flows through the device, the ferrous contaminants attach to the magnet as they impact its surface.  The magnet then rotates the contaminants out of the product stream, where a stripper then moves them into a disposal area separated from the main chute.  

Free-flow magnets are used for processing mined materials and grain with rough surfaces
.  Mini free-flow magnets are idea for smaller areas where space is limited.  

Grate and tube magnets

These magnetic tubes, arranged to form grates, measure 1” in diameter each
.  The product stream passes through them, where metal contaminants affix to the underside of the tubes.  This is a highly efficient and cost effective way of protecting feed equipment.  Tubes can also be used individually or arranged in rows.  They are mainly used to remove tramp metal from food processors and chemical processors.  
Magnetic chutes

Magnetic chutes remove contaminants from high-volume product streams in the milling, packaging, and processing industries.  They are especially valuable in feed equipment which would be otherwise choked by the presence of grate or tube magnets. Each chute contains two permanent magnets attached to either side of its interior.  As ferrous contaminants enter the magnetic field, they are drawn away from the product stream.  A drawer assembly then opens up to move the contaminants into a disposal area.  

Separation rolls

Separator rolls are essentially magnetic head pulleys used in conveyor belt systems.  Contaminants attach temporarily to the rotating surface, moving to its underside before being released from the magnetic field into either a disposal bin or disposal chute.  Meanwhile, the product, now free of ferrous contamination, discharges from the top of the conveyor. 

Suspended Permanent Magnets

These powerful magnets are used in feed equipment systems driven by high-speed conveyor belts.  Capable of drawing contaminants away from products from a distance of up to 12” away, they are used to remove tramp metal contaminants from product streams moving as fast as 700 feet per minute.  As ferrous contaminants affix to the magnetic surfaces, they actually increase the magnets’ ability to draw contaminants out of the stream.  This increases efficiency by minimizing downtime for magnet cleaning.



Rice-Grain-Cereal Processing ( 11 )

Processing equipment is needed in any industry that takes raw materials and coverts them into useable products. This type of equipment is common in factories throughout the country, especially in the food and grain industries. These machines are outfitted for many purposes, including separating, shaping, organizing, and packaging various food products. Each device represents a feat of engineering that combines simple physical principles with speed and efficiency.

In the milling industry, the goal is to render grains edible after they have been brought in from the fields.  Processing equipment in this context has to first feed the grains into machines for a series of preparations. During these processes, various types of milling equipment remove undesirable materials, separate the parts of the grains, funnel them to different areas, grind them down, and package them.

Much focus is placed on quality control during the milling process
. Removing inedible parts of the plant and trace amounts of metal are essential for safety and product quality. Several machines are typically employed to handle these tasks. Scalperators and sifters take the grain stream and run it through a wire mesh. This mesh is sized so that anything larger than the grain is caught by the mesh and separated from the product. The seeds pass through the mesh unhindered.

Another important function of processing equipment is length and width grading
. Devices that perform these tasks ensure that oversized or undersized grains don’t make it into the final product by separating them out with indented discs or meshes.

Once this has been done, the grains must be thoroughly cleaned before they can be ground down into flour
. Agribusinesses prefer to do this with air instead of water, because exposing the grains to liquid can cause them to spoil prematurely. Aspirators are employed to remove loose hulls, straw, and fibers that may contaminate the product. These machines stream a constant jet of air across the grain that is only strong enough to remove undesirable debris.  It does not affect the grains themselves.

Once the grains are clean and ready to be converted into flour, they are sent to processing equipment that separates and pulverizes. The grain is composed of three parts – the bran (or seed coating), the endosperm (or starchy filler that accounts for 80 percent of the seed), and the germ (or the plant embryo).

White flour is produced using only the endosperm, while whole wheat flour is created with all of the seeds parts
. In most factories, the grains are fed into break rollers that spin at high velocities. This causes the three parts of the seed to come apart. The bran, germ, and intermediate endosperm are removed as the bulk of endosperm is ground into flour.

Unifine milling machines are relatively new devices that pulverize the entire seed at once. This piece of processing equipment does this by contacting the seeds against a high-speed flywheel. Unlike roller separators, which create white and whole wheat flour separately, a unifine machine produces extremely smooth and uniformly textured whole wheat flour.

Robotic Palletizing Systems ( 3 )

Your Robotic Palletizing Solutions Leader

Hamer-Fischbein leads the way when it comes to robotic palletizing solutions.  They have provided superior robotic palletizing solutions to a wide variety of bagging applications for close to a decade.  Signing an integrator agreement with Motoman robotics, a part of the Yaskawa Company, the worldwide leader in industrial robotic manufacturing back in 2010 has given Fischbein the tools necessarey to bring top quality equipment to it's customers.  Hamer and therefore Philip Rahm Int'l, is the leading Motoman palletizer integrator in North America.  These robotics offer outstanding service, high quality industrial robot designs and competitive pricing due to their worldwide leadership.  Hamer/Motoman palletizing solutions offer the most durable, highest quality palletizing systems available, while ensuring the best return on your automation investment, hands down.  Based on Motoman's MPL seris robots, it doesn't get any better.


The MPL series out performs and out specs most other robot arms on the market.  All palletizing solutions from Hamer offer high quality infeed conveyors, designed specifically for industrial plant requirements.  Plus, Hamer fetures easy-to-use operator HMI and complete design and build services for our customers.  Every Hamer palletizer is completely assembled and tested in our Minnesota facility before it is disassembled and shipped to our customers' facilities.

Top Yaskawa Motoman Robotics Integrator - 3 years in a row!

Yaskawa Motoman has once again recognized Hamer as a Top Robotic Integrator Partner in North America in 2014.  Motoman Robotics' Strategic Partner Program designates this awared to their "Best in Class" integrators and application developers.  We have been a partner of Motoman's for over six years and have received top hotors for annual volume and growth during 2012, 2013 and 2014.  We look forward to many more!



Service and Parts ( 4 )


In the event of a mechanical breakdown, a processing facility manager should opt for a professional specialized in Fischbein bag closing equipment repair. These devices are highly durable and don’t envolve many moving parts, so they only require infrequent maintenance. However, sometimes help is needed to keep your machinery in perfect running order, especially where environments are dust-filled as in a feed mill or in some cases where chemicals are present that could wear down your equipment quickly.  Our repair technicians are there for you to help you decide the best alternatives to getting your machinery back in working order.  Our in-house repair services are the best in the country with over 30 years of experience at our disposal.  Additionally,  phone support at Philip Rahm Int'l is the best the world has to offer.

Philip Rahm bag closing equipment repair specialists are thoroughly educated and skilled in several technical fields, including mechanical and electrical engineering and programming. Our combination of training and experience allows us to quickly troubleshoot and repair your equipment to your specifications in the field or in our shop. 

Clients can trust a technician certified by Fischbein. These professionals are among the most skilled in their field, and can quickly restore a machine to peak performance.

For those times when your production line is down.... Philip Rahm specialists will evaluate your issue by phone and give your in-house maintenance person professional direction on how to best fix your problem quickly to get you back in production. Further, we offer instructional videos below on how to perform maintenance on several models of Fischbein Sewing Equipment right there in your facility. We understand that time is money to our customers and want to provide the best service possible.  More videos to come.


Call 713-937-3704 for assistance with your Fischbein product.  

or email our service manager at:

Ship all maintanance or repair items to:

Philip Rahm Int'l / 8925 Emmott Rd., Houston, TX  77040



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Thread and Tape Consumables ( 1 )

Bag Sewing Thread


The unique sewing characteristics of Fischbein sewing thread can improve the performance and efficiency of your bag sewing equipment and it’s compatible with most other brands. Fischbein manufactures a continuous strand thread product that minimizes thread breakage and is impervious to prolong UV light exposure and ambient moisture. Fischbein sewing thread is the perfect choice for multi-wall paper, woven and laminated woven polypropylene bags.

Industrial bag sewing thread is used to close various types of bags: multi-walled paper, woven, laminated woven polypropylene, jute, polyester, flat & gusseted.  The type of bag, bagging conditions and the product being bagged are just some of the considerations that will determine the best kind of thread to be used.  

• 100% virgin polyester
• Color white
• 12/4 or 12/5 format
• Continuous strand with no knots
• Diameter 0.021
• FDA compliant lubricant
• 8oz-5lb-15lb cones

  • Resistant to ambient moisture and UV light

  • Enhanced tensile strength

Sewing Thread Specifications



Bagging Tape


Bag closing paper crepe tape is a non-adhesive, crinkled, strip of paper that is folded over the top of a paper bag before it is sewn closed. Crepe tape is used to better seal the bag; preventing product secure inside with no leakage.  It comes in many colors and is used in a variety of applications.

For attractive, crepe tape-sewn bag closures we recommend using Fischbein brand paper crepe tape. Manufactured expressly for Fischbein’s hand-held, tape-sew portable and tape-sew pedestal style bag sewing systems, this durable crepe paper tape is available in two colors, white and natural. Fischbein crepe tape has excellent fold characteristics that create an esthetic tape sewn bag closure. Tape width for our portable is 1 7/8 inches and 2 1/2 inches wide for our sewing pedestals.


• Durable paper stock
• Excellent fold characteristics
• 70 lb basis weight
• Colors white & natural