Douglas Machine released
its High-Speed Continuous Motion Axiom BCL case/tray packer. The Axiom BCL
uses electronic motion controls and can adapt to many product types at
speeds up to 80 cases or trays per minute, the company says. It runs
wraparound case blanks and features a walk-in frame design for easy access
for changeovers and preventative maintenance. The machine also can
accommodate a wide range of sizes and its intuitive HMI simplifies the
addition of future product sizes.
— Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria,
Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587; douglas-machine.com.
Aseptic bulk package
International Dispensing Corp. announced a new way to control large-format product safety, the Multiserve
SafePak. The package can range in size from 3 to 20 liters, and protects
beverages and liquid foods from microorganisms and oxygen. The flexible package allows aseptic products to retain freshness
and taste over an extended period with or without refrigeration. At the
product’s core is The Answer, a dispensing technology that ensures
maximum product quality and taste and prevents spoilage, the company says.
Multiserve SafePak users can dispense low- and high-acid liquids without
compromising the sterility of the remaining contents.
— International Dispensing Corp., 10 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 604, New York,
N.Y. 10020; 212/957-9330; idcdispensing.com.
Nilfisk-ALTO Cleaning Systems Inc. presented its
newest hot water skid unit stationary pressure washer from KEW. The Neptune
USG Series is a pressure washer collection with a wide range of engines,
pumps, pressure and flow rates. The series is applicable in industrial
applications with a modular technology that can reduce costs, the company
— Nilfisk ALTO, 2100 Highway 265
South, Springdale, Ark. 72764; 800/253-0367; nilfisk-alto.us.
Ciba Specialty Chemicals offers ShelfPlus UV filters
to protect packaged contents from ultraviolet
light damage. ShelfPlus can block up to 90 percent of UV light, has a clear
color to not interfere with bottle appearance, and is appropriate for a
wide range of PET food packaging. The company also offers ShelfPlus Oxygen
absorbers. The product is an active scavenger that reduces or eliminates
oxygen in a product. The company also offers clarifiers for various
— Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591; 914/785-2000;
Sidel featured its ultra-lightweight NoBottle PET
package for water at the K trade show in Germany. The bottle combines
record-breaking weight, only 9.9 grams for the 500-ml. size, with a design
that spotlights the product while minimizing environmental impact, the
company says. The NoBottle is 25 to 40 percent lighter than traditional PET
bottles and uses Sidel’s new Flex technology. The technology uses
shape memory and offers excellent
lightweighting possibilities, freedom in shape design and industrial-scale
production. At the show, Sidel featured NoBottle production on its new SBO
24xs High-speed blowmolding machine. The model is designed to produce small
containers for still liquids and CSDs at speeds up to 46,000 bottles per
hour. Also available is the SBO 2XL Compact machine that produces PET
bottles up to 10 liters at rates up to 2,400 bottles per hour.
— Sidel Inc., 5600 Sun
Court, Norcross, Ga. 30092; 678/221-3000; sidel.com.
Kenworth announced its
medium-duty conventional models will enter production in the fourth
quarter. The Kenworth T270 and T370 are available with PACCAR PX-6 or
PACCAR PX-8 engines. Customers can choose manual or automatic transmissions
and air or hydraulic brakes. Both models offer multiple exhaust options for
various wheel bases. In addition, the models feature new halogen projector
low beam headlamps and ergonomically designed cab. Standard features
include power door locks, passenger-side electric windows, and Kenworth
DayLite doors with peeper window. The medium-duty line also includes the
K260 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover models.
— Kenworth Truck Co., 10630 NE 8th Place, Kirkland,
Wash. 98033; 425/828-5000; kenworth.com.
Intervolve Inc. announced
new reporting enhancements to its Route Accounting System (RAS) warehouse
and delivery software for beverage wholesalers. The enhanced system now
provides nearly 170 reports, which is double its previous capacity. New to
the system is the Executive Dashboard, which shows a single multi-graph
view of key month-to-date performance indicators. Also new is the Inventory
Transaction Summary report that leverages the real-time inventory
transaction capabilities RAS by grouping and summarizing transaction data.
— Intervolve Inc., 319
W. Martin St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601; 919/828-5727; intervolve.com.
Sato America Inc. released the new high-speed thermal transfer ribbon,
JetWax. The ribbon can produce scannable barcodes, sharp images, and
legible text at real-time print speeds of up to 16 inches per second.
Combined with Sato’s newest OEM print engine family, the S84 series,
JetWax ribbons make printing at high speeds a production reality. The
ribbon is compatible with a wide variety of substrates, including gloss,
matte and uncoated paper as well as a variety of poly materials. The
formulation provides good scratch, smear, heat and water-resistance across
a wide range of thermal printing applications. It is well-suited for
high-speed automated print/apply, date and lot coding, retail compliance
labeling and shipping labels, among other applications.
— Sato America Inc., 10350A Nations Ford Road,
Charlotte, N.C. 28273; 704/644-1650; sato-america.com.
Quadrel introduced its Versaline LC system for
high-performance labeling. The Versaline LC labels front, back, wrap,
three-panel and custom applications at speeds up to 300 products per
minute. The system features stainless steel construction, microprocessor
control labeling heads, no change parts, product alignment and multiple
options, including vision systems, barcode scanners, ejection feature and
more. The machine is suitable for multi-shift operations in which long-term
reliability is required, the company says. In addition, the company offers
the Moduline system for pressure-sensitive labeling for front and back,
side panel or full wrap applications. Moduline is suited for packaging
lines operating at 140 products per minute or less.
— Quadrel Labeling Systems,
7670 Jenther Drive, Mentor, Ohio 44060; 440/602-4700; quadrel.com.
Flexible flow system
Creative Storage Systems
introduced the Dura-Stand Alone Module (SAM), a mobile carton flow system.
The Dura-SAM model is on wheels to offer a flexible flow system that can
fit into assembly lines, parts picking work stations and anywhere movable
full case or split case picking is needed, the company says. It
offers a picking option for mixed package widths stored within the same
shelf to maximize space and efficiency. The slots and pick zones are
adjustable to accommodate multiple sizes. And the entire system can be
moved to wherever it is needed.
— Creative Storage Systems
Inc., 2700 Barrett Lakes Blvd. #500, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144; 770/514-0711;
Standard-Knapp released its advanced continuous motion
596S Continuum Shrink Wrapper. The model was designed to handle PET, glass
and metal containers. The 596S was engineered with Single Roll Lap Seal
Technology and is a low-maintenance alternative to shrink wrappers with
traditional mechanical seal bars, the company says. It uses servo motion to
adjust speeds according to product flow and maintains a continuous motion
with speeds of up to 80 trays per minute. In addition, the model has a PLC
control system with operator interfaces for both its tray and shrink
functions as well as a smaller interface at the shrink cut to assist in
set-up. Infeed for the shrink wrapper can also be integrated with a 296
Continuum Tray Packer discharge.
Standard-Knapp Inc., 63 Pickering St., Portland, Conn. 06480; 860/342-1100;
High-flow filter housing
Argonide expanded its lineup of NanoCeram HyFlo filter housings. The lineup now includes five sizes
that can attain peak flow rates of 1,300 gallons per minute. Each stainless
steel housing is 150 psi-rated and uses clamp or swingbolt closures.
High-flow applications are now made easier using multi-round Big Blue
filter housings. The HyFlo housing provides flowrates and ultra-high
efficiency and large capacity of the NanoCeram Filters while avoiding the
— Argonide Corp., 291
Power Court, Sanford, Fla. 32771; 407/322-2500; argonide.com.
UV filtration system
Aquionics’ new AF3 amalgam UV disinfections
system offers a high microbial kill rate with low power consumption and
low-hydraulic pressure drop, the company says. The model is designed to be
flexible and can be installed horizontally or vertically. The AF3’s
unique configuration produces and axial flow through an L-shaped, elongated
treatment chamber that can treat flow rates of up to 265 gallons per hour.
Its UV lights produce up to three times the UV output of standard mercury
low-pressure lamps, and have a life of up to 16,000 hours. The system uses
fewer UV lamps and less electrical power to generate a given UV output than
low-pressure UV technology. It is also optimized for disinfection doses
required for drinking water.
— Aquionics Inc., 21 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Ky.
41018; 859/341-0710; aquionics.com.
Chemical cap sanitizer
Fogg Filler introduced its new Chemical Cap Sanitizer.
The machine consists of a conveyor that carries caps through a wash cycle,
which are then treated to a combination of chemical exposure and mechanical
action. The process is monitored by photo-eyes to ensure every cap is
properly dosed. It is designed to remove loose debris and cardboard dust.
The Chemical Cap Sanitizer can process at rates up to 1,000 caps per
minute, the company says.
— Fogg Co.,
3455 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, Mich. 49424; 616/786-3644;
TLV Corp. introduced the SF1 Stainless Steel
Separator-Filter model, which is designed to
improve heating efficiency and product quality by removing condensate and
particulates such as dirt and scale. The SF1 is well suited for
applications requiring dust/dirt-free, high-quality, dry steam or inert
gas. Its built-in cyclone separator has a one-piece design to reduce
installation and space requirements. In addition the model is cleanable,
durable and easy to maintain, the company says.
— TLV Corp., 13901 South Lakes Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28273;
Overload detection system
Wildeck Inc. launched its new line of mechanical Vertical
Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs) with patent-pending AutoSenz Overload
Detection System. The system offers added safety and efficiency for systems
that move material and inventory to elevated levels in distribution
centers, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, parts rooms and other
storage and logistics operations. It features an easy-to-read graphical
display interface that continuously monitors and protects VRCs from jams or
material overload conditions. The AutoSenz system automatically determines
the overload setpoint each time the VRC motor starts.
— Wildeck Inc., 405 Commerce
St., Waukesha, Wis. 53186; 262/549-4000; wildeck.com.
Truck body protection
Rail Protection Plus
provides solutions for eliminating damage to beverage truck body door
rails. A custom engineered clear polycarbonate plastic strip locks around
the rail to absorb impacts from forklifts and other product loading
devices. Rail Protection Plus patented the application of beverage truck
body rail protection and offers strips for every design of beverage truck
Protection Plus, P.O. Box 22575; Louisville, Ky. 40252; 800/725-5132;
announced the availability of Nylotube. The nylon tubing is stocked in both
semi-rigid and flexible grades, in six colors and inch and metric sizes to
offer the best match for various applications. Nylotube offers low moisture
absorption, resistance to flex fatigue and is lightweight. The tube is
available in nylon-12 formulation as well as nylon-11 on a limited basis.
— NewAge Industries Inc., 145 James Way,
Southampton, Pa. 18966; 800/506-3924;
Business management software
Inc. offers a variety of software options for business management. Its
Management Software Suite is specially designed for contract management and
allows maintenance of business process unrelated contracts, such as leases, communication contracts, loans and
maintenance agreements. The suite integrates into accounting processes to
automatically generate payables and receivables. The company also released
a new version of its Business Process Management Software, which allows
customers to document business processes, such as external auditors and
interactive workflows. Also available is the latest version of Document
Management Software, which provides storage and retrieval of any paper
CSB-System International Inc., 2535 Camino del Rio South #350, San Diego,
Calif. 92108; 800/852-9977; csb-system.com.
Smoking Shots offers its Smoking Shot Machine that charges the bottom
of a shot glass to create an eye-catching drink option, the company says.
The machine charges the glass and converts CO2 into dry ice, which creates
a chilled, smoking beverage option. Each machine charges more than 150
shots per 20-pound CO2 tank and prepares shots in close to six seconds. It
will be featured at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Atlantic City, N.J., next month.
— Smoking Shots, 2100 Haber-sham Marina Road, Suite D-101, Cumming, Ga.
30041; 770/656-0000; smoking-shots.com.
Wine sealing system
The Wine Saver PRO is a
solution for saving bottles of wine. The system uses inert Argon gas in a
self-contained five-bottle system that is durable for commercial use. The
Wine Saver PRO features a stainless steel design with a small countertop
footprint. The design accommodates any 750-ml. bottle, and maintains the
seal under pressure with Argon gas from the time the bottle is opened until
the last drop is poured. It can keep wine fresh for 30 days.
— Wine Saver PRO, 435 W.
Linden St., Allentown, Pa. 18102; 610/435-5240; winesaverpro.com.
Malt beverage closure
Alcoa Closure Systems
International expanded its mini brand closure portfolio with two new
product offerings for producers of carbonated and malt beverages. The new
28-mm. Xtra-Lok mini and 28-mm. MB-Lok mini closures are short height
closures capable of handling multi-serve PET package sizes up to 2.5
liters. The Xtra-Lok mini closure can be specified for use on either 1873
or 1881 short height bottle finishes, depending upon customer requirements.
The closure was designed for cold-filled malt beverages packaged in PET
bottles. Alcoa CSI developed proprietary technology, along with its XT
liner, that enables the new closures to withstand the most stringent
packaging conditions, the company says.
— Alcoa Closure Systems International, 6625 Network
Way, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Ind. 46278; 317/390-5000; alcoacsi.com.
Tetra Pak is focused on
providing food and beverage manufacturers with customized, comprehensive
processing and packaging solutions, including processing and filling
equipment, plant automation and a large variety of packaging systems and
secondary packaging solutions. The company says the approach allows Tetra
Pak to, as its slogan says, “protect what’s good.”
— Tetra Pak Inc.,
101 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, Ill. 60061; 847/955-6000;
MACtac offers the OptiClear ICE label, a 2.0-mm. clear
BOPP film for beverage applications seeking the no-label look. The
OptiClear ICE is designed with MACtac MP238 adhesive to provide clarity and
smooth application on glass and plastic. The adhesive is a permanent
acrylic adhesive with wet-out, wet-stick and open time for repositioning,
the company says. The clear-on-clear films, such as the OptiClear ICE, are
available on a 1-mm. polyester liner for high-speed beverage and
auto-application. In addition, the labels can withstand the pasteurization
— MACtac U.S., 4560 Darrow Road,
Stow, Ohio 44224; 330/688-1111; mactac.com.
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. introduced the Model 436
top case sealer. The model is 10 feet long and built on a stainless steel
frame that seals interchangeably with tape and hot-melt adhesive. It can
change from one sealing method to another easily by unlatching the sealing
module using quick-turn clamps, removing the existing module and replacing
it with the alternative sealing module. Hand crank handles make changeovers
easy, the company says. The sealer can work at speeds up to 50 cases per
minute with a pacer belt designed to accept cases spaced or back to back.
— A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St.,
Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975; abcpackaging.com.
Metal detector upgrade
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. offers an upgrade for its metal detector
family. Under the Apex solutions product line, the upgrade extends the
operational life and improves ease of use, reliability and performance of
Thermo Scientific DSP2, DSP3 and Metal Eliminator, the company says. The
Thermo Scientific APEX product line detects all types of metals in
beverages as well as food products before they are shipped.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 81 Wyman St., Waltham, Mass. 02454;
TruckAid LLC, Norcross,
Ga., offers the Airglide Aero Aid, an aerodynamic fuel-saving device for
trucks. Owners of Dry-Freight, Hi-Cube and refrigerated van trucks can
install the Airglide to save on fuel costs, the company says. Airglide can
help refrigerated truck operators keep their units cleaner and cooler. The
pressurized airflow produced by the Airglide also assists today’s
hotter running EGR-equipped diesels to dissipate heat efficiently and
reduce road spray behind the cab. The white colored, inexpensive piece of
equipment can be used on cutaways, medium-duty and full-size box trucks.
— TruckAid LLC, P.O.
Box 923882; Norcross, Ga. 30010; 866/844-8292; truckaeroaid.com.