Kadant AES, a division of Kadant Inc., introduced UNiGY pump-control technology. UNiGY reduces energy consumption while improving process performance, including system monitoring and diagnostics for both new and retrofit applications, the company says. The system has pump-control software to produce flow rates and pressures demanded by the application. UNiGY prevents excess flow and simplifies hydraulic circuits, which reduces or eliminates the need for cooling loops and fans. The technology can be retrofitted into existing process systems and incorporated into new installations. - Kadant Inc., One Technology Park Drive, Westford, Mass. 01896; 800/237-7628; kadantjohnson.com.
Seven-language Web site
FKI Logistex launched its new seven-language Web site, which provides access to local sales and service representatives around the world. The Web site features streamlined content about the company’s products and services. The languages available on the new Web site are French, Spanish, German, Danish, simplified Chinese, U.K. English and U.S. English. Customers visiting the site can receive personalized support, customized information and product details specific to their needs, the company says. In addition, the Web site offers in-depth case studies, product demonstration videos and a full suite of FKI Logistex brochures. - FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; 314/993-4700l; fkilogistex.com.
Salient Corp. introduced UXT 4.0, the latest version of its activity-based performance management software that helps businesses and government entities measure value and improve overall productivity and performance. UXT 4.0 has two parts working together to provide a way to measure the value added by activity: Salient’s automatic value scoring engine, which measures how day-to-day business activities affect the net economic value of individual persons, products and assets; and Salient Interactive Miner, which enables non-technical persons to search for information and perform analysis without technical support. - Salient Corp., 203 Colonial Drive, Horseheads, N.Y. 14845; 607/739-4511; salient.com.
Case packing, handling
Westfalia Deam Systems offers a complete line of case packing and case handling equipment to move beverage cases throughout a plant, from fillers to storage and/or fillers to the shipping dock. The equipment can move cases in cooler, freezer or ambient environments. The systems are designed to handle various sizes of both corrugated boxes and plastic cases. Westfalia’s team of in-house mechanical and electrical engineers design and build the systems to specific customer needs. - Westfalia Technologies Inc., 3655 Sandhurst Drive, York, Pa. 17406; 717/764-1115; westfaliausa.com.
Comark Corp. announced the addition of its new 42-inch LCD display/computer with an optional touchscreen. The new display/computer is designed to meet National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 12 standards when wall mounted and NEMA 4/4X requirements when panel mounted. Storage options include hard drive and/or compact flash, available up to 120 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte respectively. Touchscreen options include surface acoustic wave and projected capacitive, with alternate screen protection options of polycarbonate shields or safety glass, the company says. In addition, the company says the 42-inch industrial display is a cost-effective way to visually share production data on the factory floor at the work cell or plant level. - Comark Corp., 93 West St., Medfield, Mass. 02052; 508/359-8161; comarkcorp.com.
Intermec Inc. announced its CN3 mobile computer can operate with Windows Mobile 6.1. The CN3 is designed for mobile workers performing mission-critical tasks for in-field and on-premise applications. The mobile computer has features including virtual memory, increased application speed and faster boot-up times, the company says. Users of the CN3 operating with Windows Mobile 6.1 also can use the Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager. The Mobile Device Manager helps IT professionals manage devices similar to the way they manage PCs, the company says. - Intermec Inc., 6001 36th Avenue West, Everett, Wash. 98203; 425/348-2600; intermec.com.
Spray drying nozzles
Delavan introduced a check valve variation on its SDX spray drying nozzles, which gives operators drip-free shut off. Delavan SDX nozzles are manufactured from stainless steel and the wear parts are made from high-grade carbide. The nozzles are designed for quick and easy installation and rapid changeover of wear components, the company says. The spray nozzles are available as original equipment on dryers from manufacturers or can be installed as an in-service upgrade. Delavan provides more than 30,000 pre-engineered nozzles and components to address the need for cleaning, coating, misting, dosing and aeration as well as drying. - Delavan Spray Technologies, Four Coliseum Centre, 2730 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217; 704/423-7000; goodrich.com.
Kenworth Truck Co. introduced its Kenworth T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid tractor for local-haul applications. Kenworth’s goal for the T370 is to improve fuel economy by up to 25 percent in local-haul applications. The tractor is available in several wheelbases, starting as short as 153 inches. The T370 is powered by the PACCAR PX-6 engine and features a transmission-mounted motor/generator, a frame-mounted 340-volt battery pack and a power management system. The hybrid system also is monitored through a dash display. - Kenworth Truck Co., Box 100, Kirkland, Wash. 98083; 425/828-5000; kenworth.com.
Peterbilt Motors Co. launched a Green Technologies Web site to compliment the first customer delivery of its Medium Duty Hybrid Vehicles and the full availability of the line for customer order. The Web site has an environmentally friendly appearance and promotes Peterbilt’s advanced technologies that provide gains in fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, the company says. Vehicles featured on the Green Technologies Web site include Model 330 and Model 335 Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Model 320 Hydraulic Launch Assist and Model 386 Class 8 Longhaul Hybrid Electric development platform. The Web site also highlights the SmartWay certified aerodynamic Models 386 and 387 and the ComfortClass no-idle system. - Peterbilt Motors Co., 1700 Woodbrook St., Denton, Texas 76205; 940/591-4000; peterbilt.com.
Core product enhancements
Magline Inc. announced enhancements to its core product offering. The enhancements include a Contoured Hand Truck Side Rail, which provides a smoother gripping surface on most Magliner hand trucks and Gemini units; Automotive Grade Blind Rivets on all product frames, which enhance clench strength; and Stronger Hardware such as pan-head screws to stainless steel to decrease potential load damage and injury. The other enhancements are Recessed Vertical Straps on hand trucks and Gemini frames, which decreases the risk of package damage during delivery; Thicker Plating on hand trucks to provide greater weather resistance and longer part life; Molded Cross Braces with internal ribbed profiles to improve cross brace strength and frame rigidity; and Premium Magliner Bearings that eliminate the need for greasing and last up to 17 times longer. - Magline Inc., 503 South Mercer St., Pinconning, Mich. 48650; 800/624-5463; magline.com.
Linear drive system
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. and Jacobs Automation LLC agreed to jointly develop a Profinet interface for Jacobs Automation’s PackTrak linear drive system. The interface will allow PackTrak to be fully integrated with Siemens’ Simotion control platform. PackTrak is a flexible linear drive system with straight and curved modules that allow customers to form unique motion paths. By replacing belts and chains with a linear drive system, the spacing of moving carriages mounted on tracks can be independently controlled, the company says. Siemens’ Simotion is a programmable machine controller that enables machine builders to control motion, drives and process elements. - Siemens Energy & Automation Inc., 3333 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, Ga. 30005; 800/964-4114; sea.siemens.com.
Polypack introduced the SFERA, a self-propelled, robotic stretchwrapper that can wrap palletized loads of any shape, weight and size. SFERA can wrap a pallet within one minute. Rather than spinning the pallet, the equipment circles around the pallet and automatically applies stretch film with a mechanized arm. It does not require maintenance and also offers electromagnetic friction control and a motorized pre-stretch system, the company says. Polypack also introduced Omega, a high-speed stretchwrapper that uses a rotating ring to wrap stationary pallets. Omega can wrap 140 pallets per hour. - Polypack Inc., 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park, Fla. 33782; 727/578-5000; polypack.com.
Gateway to Hyster regions
Hyster Co. launched a global Web site designed to serve as the gateway to specific Hyster regional sites, including those for North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China and Asia Pacific. All content has been updated to provide accurate information on all Hyster products, the company says. A feature of the Web site is the Product Selector tool, which allows visitors to find the lift truck that best fits their application needs. A search tool also is on every page as well as a dealer locator system and information on Hyster fleet and financing services. - Hyster Co., Box 7006, Greenville, N.C. 27835; 800/497-8371; hysteramericas.com.
ClearOrbit unveiled Compliance Label Manager (CLM) Pro, a barcode and RFID printing management solution that helps users design and print labels to meet both internal and customer labeling requirements. CLM Pro is the professional edition of the company’s CLM solution, which features a pricing model, online demo and purchasing capabilities. CLM Pro enables companies to become compliant with changing customer and regulatory labeling requirements. It also increases labeling and shipment accuracy, improves customer responsiveness, reduces costs associated with updating label formats. - ClearOrbit Inc., 6805 Capital of Texas Hwy., Suite 370, Austin, Texas 78731; 512/231-8191; clearorbit.com.
Determining oxygen concentration
ASTM International Sub Committee F02.40 in Package Integrity approved a new ASTM International standard that covers a procedure for determining the oxygen concentration in the headspace in a sealed package without opening or compromising the integrity of the package. OxySense offers a complete line of systems that employ this new standard, including the OxySense 210T headspace and dissolved oxygen analyzer, the OxySense 4000B fully integrated oxygen analyzer, the OxySense OxyOTR OTR/Permeation System and the OxySentry MAP Monitoring System for MAP process monitoring. Any of the OxySense systems in a lab can perform headspace analysis, dissolved oxygen studies, and film and finished package permeation studies. - OxySense 13111 North Central Expy., Suite 440, Dallas, Texas 75243; 214/575-7600; oxysense.com.
Fipa GmbH improved its range with the addition of In-line vacuum ejectors. Eight models comprise the In-line vacuum ejectors and all are low weight, compact in size, have minimum air consumption and high suction capacity, even at low supply pressures. The eight ejectors are differentiated by a suction volume of 8 to 28 standard liters per minute, two vacuum levels, and a choice of G1/8 AG screw connector or 6-mm. diameter hose connector. The equipment also has standardized plastic housing, suitable for all installation sizes, the company says. The In-line vacuum ejectors can be used in all Fipa systems. - Fipa Inc., 5000 West Park Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, Ga. 30336; 800/913-7002; fipa.com.
Support service centers
TMW Systems Inc. announced the availability of the TMT Service- Center, software designed to support service centers performing both contracted outsourced fleet management services as well as retail maintenance and repair services. TMT ServiceCenter can be implemented by shops and garages to grow business by offering new customer services, new capabilities and to increase shop efficiencies, the company says. The software also helps automatically track mechanic productivity, and schedule shop operations. - TMW Systems Inc., 21111 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio 44122; 216/831-6606; tmwsystems.com.
Sato announced the latest release of its Label Galley 3 (LG3) labeling software. LG3 is a result of a user-centric product design process to create a more enhanced and better-suited barcode and RFID label design and printing solution for PC and mobile device users. It also offers integration solutions with third-party applications such as a Warehouse Management System, Enterprise Resource Planning system or Hospital Information System. LG3 completed certification testing for Windows Vista and also offers multi-lingual support using the Unicode standard. - Sato America Inc., 10350A Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28273; 704/644-1650; satoamerica.com.
Counterbalanced lift trucks
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. unveiled two new series of high-performance counterbalanced trucks with capacities ranging from 2,500 to 4,000 pounds. The EFG 213-220 and the EFG 316-320 both provide three-phase AC technology in their drive, hydraulic and steering systems. Both series allow the operator to charge and change the battery via access from the side of the truck, and provide the convenience of several battery extraction methods, including the use of a hand pallet truck, forklift or crane, the company says. The 2 Series offers six three-wheel chassis variations, including two compact versions. The 3 Series offers five four-wheel chassis variations and is well suited to applications involving longer runs. - Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5601 Eastport Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23231; 804/737-7400; jungheinrich-us.com.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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