Welcome again to the Logical Machines blog post area, Gravitas.
Hello from Vermont! How is Spring treating you where you are? We’re mid-Mud Season up here in the Green Mountain State, from the snow melting up in the mountains, but the Sun’s been emerging at times – a welcome change. And the greenery is just starting to sprout. We are moving forth through the fourth month, April.
"April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden."
– Marty Rubin.
Welcome to April 2022! Logical Machines is, as always, here to provide you with speedy & accurate weigh+fill solutions. You have products to package and we can assist you with that.
Since 1994, Logical Machines in Vermont, a small business itself, has provided solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their weigh+fill packaging needs for dry, free-flowing products. For 25+ years and counting, 28 years to be exact, Logical Machines continues to hand-assemble fast, accurate, reliable, durable, high-quality affordable, weigh+fill scale systems for SMBs, right here in the U.S.A. Many of our scale systems are still in use for 10, 12, 15+ years. Long-time customers are quite often repeat customers, purchasing more Logical Machines as they expand their business.
Logical Machines has mastered leveraging Gravity + Vibration + Logic. We offer a balance of simple yet sophisticated machines that can easily be integrated into larger packaging systems. We’re Vermont-based with a global reach. And, 28 years later, we have customers on five continents; we speak four languages (English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese); and with a wide range of products tested since 1994, we also speak a variety of “product languages”.
Tell us your SMB packaging problems and we likely have a solution for you. It’s only logical.
Gravity + Vibration + Logic: The two big coffee shows were a great success. People were happy to be involved with the NCA Virtual Convention in March and were amped up (by being well-caffeinated) to be at a big show in person, in April, after a couple of years of not being able to do so (thanks COVID…).
Per the NCA: Coffee consumption is the highest it's been in two decades, according to new research released this month: LINK TO PDF of the NCA January 2022 report
The highlights from the Spring 2022 National Coffee Data Trends survey are:
- More people drink coffee each day than drink tap or bottled water
- Specialty coffee consumption has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels (and then some)
- Despite this latest survey taking place in winter, cold brewing is still the 3rd most popular method of preparing coffee (after drip coffee makers and single-cup systems)
Speaking of Coffee, that’s something that Logical Machines prides itself on handling with ease. Whether you speak English or Spanish, we offer “The Perfect Roasted Coffee Filling Machine” / “La Báscula Envasadora Perfecta para los Tostadores de Café”.
In addition to Coffee, two other top categories for Logical Machines are Popcorn and free-flowing Granola.
Popped Popcorn comes in a variety of forms: plain, buttered, kettle corn, and a multitude of flavors that are only limited by the popcorn purveyors’ imaginations. Regardless of the style of free-flowing popcorn, we offer “The Perfect Popcorn Filling Machine”. We can handle popped popcorn and/or popcorn kernels. They require slightly different set-ups, so feel free to speak with Logical Machines to customize a weigh+fill scale system suited to your needs.
And…our scale systems also do well with free-flowing Granola. It may sound a bit repetitious, but we also offer “The Perfect Granola Filling Machine”. When we refer to free-flowing Granola, we mean to say that it’s not granola clusters. That’s a similar, but different, product that may require a similar, but different, set-up, depending upon the size of the clusters. Regardless, we likely have a granola solution for you.
Please let us know if you have any questions about our weigh+fill scale systems for Coffee, Popcorn, free-flowing Granola, or any other product(s) that you may need to package. We’re here to help. You can contact Jairo Blanco at 802.425-2128, jb@logicalmachines, or Neil Boylan at 802.425-2888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, we offer Tech Support from here in Vermont on 802.425.5360 and at our Customer Support page. Please let us know if you have any questions or issues. We look forward to assisting you.
Logical Q & A:
Did you know…? Some factoids about Vermont - A Small State with a Big History
Vermont is generally divided into six physiographic regions: The Green Mountains, The Vermont Lowlands, the Taconic Mountains, the Valley of Vermont, the Vermont Piedmont, and the Northeast Highlands.
The population of Vermont is a mere ~644,000. We’re 49th in the U.S. in population and 43rd in land area - Vermont’s land area is 9,217 square miles - 76 percent is forested.
We tend to be thought of as a farming State, appropriately. Yet there are a wide variety of start-ups and innovations that have been developed in Vermont. Companies here include:
Ben & Jerry’s, Beta Technologies (battery-powered planes), Burton Snowboards, Kuerig (which was started up in MA, but further developed when Green Mountain Coffee invested in them), and Global Foundries microchip facilities; amongst many others. An impressive list, to be sure.
The State Animal is the Morgan Horse. The Morgan breed is known for its versatility, sturdiness, and reliability and is used for a number of English and Western events.
Similarly, Logical Machines’ weigh+fill scale systems are also versatile, sturdy, and reliable. We regularly interact with customers who’ve owned their scale system for 10, 12, 15, even 22 years (which just happened) and their machine is still going strong. Made in Vermont. Vermont Strong.
National [fill-in-the-blank] Day:
Licorice, Animal Crackers, and Jelly Beans
- 6 April = National Caramel Popcorn Day = You can use a model S-4
- 18 April = National Animal Crackers Day = You‘ll need a model S-4
- 22 April = National Jelly Bean Day = You can use a model S-4
In the case of any product, do feel free to consult with Logical Machines to determine the best machine model and full configuration.
Logical Flow Videos:
Video of 8 oz. of Animal Crackers on a model S-4
Video of 4 oz. of Popped Popcorn on a model S-4
Video of 1 lb. of Mixed Wrapped Candies on a model S-6
- In honor of Spring:
- "When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest." – Ernest Hemingway
- “Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” – John Muir
- “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” – Anne Bradstreet