Counterbalanced lift truck
Raymond Corp. has introduced a new three-wheel, sit-down counterbalanced truck
that the company says will increase productivity and enhance energy efficiency.
The new model 4450 can handle up to 4,000 pounds and has a short head length to
reduce turn radius and to make it easier to stack pallets or transport products
in small spaces. The truck also features a four-cylinder mast that increases
visibility for the driver.
The Raymond Corp., P.O. Box 130,
Greene, N.Y. 13778; 607/656-2311; raymondcorp.com.
Machine Inc. has added an auto-adjust feature to its Douglas Contour shrinkwrap
machines. The feature eliminates most hand adjustments for changeovers, the
company says, and replaces them with electronic motion controls. An error
message will appear on the machine to alert the operator to parts that have not
been removed, preventing costly damage, the company says. Changeover time will
be reduced to less than 15 minutes, it says.
Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa
St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308;
Forklift Trucks introduced a new line of mid-size internal combustion pneumatic
tire forklift trucks designed in five capacities ranging from 8,000 pounds to
12,000 pounds. The new line of forklift trucks include handling features that
allow them to be used outdoors and on rough surfaces. An Engine Protection
System keeps the truck from overheating by reducing rotations per minute when
coolant becomes too hot. The company says the operator compartment is spacious
and comfortable during long shifts.
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, 2121
W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston,
AG has introduced the Teinecker TwinPro, a cellar concept based on double-seat
valves, grouped together in filling and draining racks. Tank loops link
multiple tanks to the filling and draining valve racks. The company says that
connecting the filling and draining racks via pipe bypasses will optimize
production and cleaning.
Krones AG, Böhmerwaldstraße 5, 93073 Neutraubling,
9401 70-0; krones.com.
released a 2010 update to its Visionary QC program, which is data acquisition
software designed specifically for the canning industry. The Visionary QC
software will connect to almost any gauge and lead operators through quality
inspections and provide reports for process control. The updated software will
include customizable reports, e-mailed reports, database assurance and
compatibility and support for multiple languages.
CMC-Kuhnke Inc., 1060 Broadway, Albany,
relaunched the Real Time Solutions order-fulfillment system, which includes
pick-to-light, pick-to-voice, pick-to-cart and order fulfillment software. The
systems are suitable for warehousing, fulfillment and DC environments and are designed
for customer-driven workflows, the company says. The company says the system is
flexible and can be tailored to fit any operation. Real Time Solutions order
fulfillment system offers multiple picking methods and picking styles.
Intelligrated, 7901 Innovation Way, Mason, Ohio 45040;
steel air cleaner
Motor Co. has released a stainless steel, cowl-mounted air cleaner and cap that
the company says will improve performance and increase durability and
serviceability. The filter uses nanotechnology to trap submicron contaminants
and has a seal designed to reduce contamination and make inspections and
servicing easier. The air cleaner can be used on Peterbilt Models 389, 388 and
367 in the 13- and 15-inch diameters for single or dual side installations.
Peterbilt Motor Co., 1700 Woodbrook St., Denton,
GmbH & Co KG released a motor modular system that the company says offers
numerous drive combinations. The DR motor series is optimized for food and
beverage plant operations, the company says. For example, it includes coating
options and seals to keep chemicals from damaging the motor and has brake
control modules that can operate in freezers. The motor also includes
customizable options for brakes, encoders and mountings.
Sew-Eurodrive GmbH & Co KG, Ernst-Blickle-Straße 42, D-76646 Bruchsal,
Germany; 49 7251 75-0; sew-eurodrive.com.
Advanced Polymers Inc. introduced a film extrusion grade of cyclic olefin
copolymer that lowers the commercial glass transition temperature down to 33
degrees Celsius. The Topas 9903D-10 resin is used in polyolefin formulas for
several packaging film applications, such as shrink film, shrink sleeves and
shrink labels for bottles. The resin also has improved stiffness and shrinkage
without additional force that can distort or crush a package being wrapped.
Topas Advanced Polymers Inc., Industriepark Höchst, Gebäude F821, 65926
Frankfurt, Germany; 49-01805-1-86727; topas.com.
Development introduced the dual-chamber Steamer shrink tunnel with an
integrated, low-volume steam boiler. The machine’s design lets the user adjust
internal pipes to allow the steam to shrink areas on the container with the
highest shrink requirements. It is designed to maximize temperature with
minimal power, the company says. The steamer can process up to 150 containers
per minute, depending on the container’s shape, size and sleeve material, the
Karlville Development, 1111
Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, Fla. 33131;
Inc. has released its Optimass 1000 Coriolis mass flowmeter. The company says
the flowmeter is reliable between -40 degrees and 130 degrees Celsius. The
flowmeter is configured with a close-coupled twin tube with an optimized flow
splitter, which can handle flow rates during pressure fluctuations. It also
features hygienic process connectors for the food and beverage industries, the
Krohne Inc., 7 Dearborn Road,
has introduced three new labelers: the 3111-NV Air-Blow Labeler, the 3114-NV
Tamp-Blow Labeler and the 3115-NV Wipe-On Labeler. All three labelers are
designed to operate at high speeds and include velocity compensation to more
accurately place labels, the company says. The labelers’ displays are digital
and can be configured to display in one of five languages and standard or
Label-Aire Inc., 550 Burning Tree
Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833;
USA introduced its K15-CNC, a rotary indexing screen printer with up to eight
printing heads, to decorate cylindrical, conical, oval, flat plastic and glass
containers. The machine features touch panels to input data about the container
and automatic adjustment of screen stroke, article rotation and squeegee
movement. Containers travel through all printing stations in the machine,
enabling the machine to decorate with multicolor patterns without a register
mark or lug.
Kammann USA Inc., 330 W. State St., Suite 200, Geneva, Ill. 60134;
Hi-Speed has launched its new XC3 CombiChecker, a combination three-conveyor
high-speed checkweigher and Safeline metal detector. The system can inspect
products and packages in dry, dusty and wipe-down environments and segregate
packages weighing up to 3,500 grams at a rate of 125 packs per minute. The
company also included a color touch-screen display to access its basic
functions. It stores package set-ups to make production changeovers faster. The
Safeline metal detector can detect all types of metal, including stainless
steel, the company says.
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240;
and metal detector system
has released a combination E-Z Tec Dual-Beam Multi-Zone X-Ray and Metal
Detector System that the company says will reject almost any foreign object for
packaged or bulk-flow applications. The X-Ray machine will detect ferrous,
nonferrous, stainless steel and non-metallics, while the metal detector will
detect aluminum. The machine will pinpoint single products with a foreign
object instead of rejecting an entire row of products, the company says.
Eriez, 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, Pa. 16506; 888/300-3743; eriez.com.
released its 2010 catalogue of facilities maintenance supplies, and it includes
more than 300,000 maintenance, repair and operating products. The company added
85,000 new items to the catalogue because of customer feedback, making this
year’s catalogue the largest yet, it says. The catalogue, which is printed on
Forest Stewardship Council paper, includes technical information about products
as well. The company also offers nearly 500,000 products online.
Grainger, 100 Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, Ill. 60045; 847/535-1000;
Transmission Solutions released its new, consolidated gearing catalogue.
Customers can order the catalogue by logging into the Literature Portal of
emerson-ept.com and selecting the Product Literature icon. Some of the product
lines available in the catalogue include Browning TorqTaper Plus shaft mounted
reducers, Browning IRA worm gear reducers, Morse PoweRgear worm gear reducers
and Morse M series bevel gear reducers.
Power Transmission Solutions, 7120 New Buffington Road, Florence, Ky. 41042;
Genie developed a unit that can be used in food and beverage packaging to heat
the package’s contents. The heater, which does not use chemicals, can heat a
large volume of foods and beverages despite being relatively small, the company
says. The unit is in its third prototype and is the first to be commercially
viable, the company says. Each unit costs about $0.10 to manufacture, it says.
Heat Genie, 3913 Todd Lane, Suite 509, Austin, Texas 78744; 512/501-3800;
Technology began shipping its LX900 color label printer, which will print
full-color, high-resolution beverage labels. The printer produces 4.5 inches of
labels per second and features separate ink cartridges for cyan, magenta,
yellow and black to keep replacement costs low, the company says. The company
is selling the printer, which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh
operating systems, for a suggested retail price of $2,995.
Primera Technology, 2 Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, Minn. 55447;
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