Filter development

Argonide Corp. announced the development of its NanoCeram-HF high performance pleated filter cartridges specifically engineered and designed to address the bio-contaminant issues in most water treatment applications. The pleated-filter cartridge uses a design whereby a pleated layer of electropositive filter media is wrapped around a 0.15 micron absolute hollow-fiber membrane. This design yields extremely high filtration efficiency for virus, bacteria and cysts, the company says. When used to protect the hollow-fiber membranes, which are rated to retain 99.9 percent of all bacteria and cysts, a NanoCeram-HF filter offers an ultra-high level of filtration efficiency because of the hollow fibers and the high efficiency reduction levels associated with NanoCeram technology, the company says.

Argonide Corp., 291 Power Court, Sanford, Fla. 32771; 407/322-2500;

Press installation

The RB Dwyer Group installed an Infinitely Variable Cylinder Web Offset (IVCO) press, manufactured by RDP Marathon, in its Wilkes Barre, Pa., location. The press is a first of its kind for Dwyer and the only one in North America manufacturing shrink sleeve labels, the company says. The technology provides high-quality printing, and allows for quick changeover for variable repeat lengths that could not be done with traditional offset printing, it says. Customers receive greater flexibility in printing multiple SKUs and the option to change label graphics more frequently without the cost of rotogravure cylinders, the company says.

RB Dwyer Group, 2891 E. Miraloma Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92806; 714/630-4391;

Energy information

Sidel Group launched ECO Audit, a review on bottling lines. The goals are to conduct an “ECO-performance,” review and, in time, reduce energy consumption that would, in turn, reduce reproduction costs, the company says. An ECO Audit is a snapshot of a complete line’s situation in full production. The audit has two major objectives: to evaluate any gaps in production performance and energy consumption between the real operation of the line and its original specifications and to establish a reference point and identify levers for an improvement plan aimed at generating energy savings and improving performance quickly based on concrete recommendations.

Sidel Group, 5600 Sun Court, Norcross, Ga., 30092; 678/221-3087;

Multipack packaging

Karlville Development introduced its new line of equipment CEFMA Handle and CEFMA Pack as well as its Dairy GableTop Multipack. The multipack is formed by two strips of special adhesive tape and then a handle is applied to the multipack to offer convenience to consumers, the company says. The package is available in two-packs and four-packs.

Karlville Development, 1111 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, Fla. 33131; 305/533-1051;

Rail freight tracking

Railinc announced that its RailSight Car Location Message engine for real-time track and trace of rail freight now offers secure, on-demand tracing through RailSight Online. The expanded integration options in this latest release will give rail equipment owners, shippers, third-party logistics companies and transportation management software providers improved ability to manage their critical rail equipment and shipment data, the company says.

Railinc Corp., 7001 Weston Parkway, Suite 200, Cary, N.C. 27513; 919/651-5000;

Alternative keg

Rehrig Pacific Co. introduced PubKeg, a new one-way packaging alternative to metal kegs. This recyclable plastic alternative to metal kegs holds 5.17 gallons. Standard features include integrated handles and an interlocking base and lid for more secure transport and storage. The PubKeg is suitable for brewers looking to distribute their beer across the country or export, the company says.

Rehrig Pacific Co., 4010 E. 26th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90023; 323/262-5145;

Informative movie

Spirax Sarco Inc. has produced a movie demonstrating the principles of the Model 25 Series Pilot Operated Pressure Reducing Valves. The movie is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the model. It outlines the relationship between the spring compression, steam pressure, diaphragm chambers and pilot/main valve positions under various conditions, the company says. To view the 25 Series Movie, go to

Spirax Sarco Inc., 1150 Northpoint Blvd., Blythewood, S.C. 29072; 803/714-2000;

Universal controller

Hach Co. introduced its sc200T universal controller, which allows the use of digital and analog sensors either alone or in combination for compatibility with the broadest range of sensors for water analysis. The controller can be configured to operate either two digital sensors, one or two analog sensor inputs or a combination of both, the company says. Featuring plug and play operation with all of Hach’s digital sensors, the sc200T controller eliminates the need for a variety of dedicated controllers. The new display provides guided calibration procedures and a visual warning system provides alerts for the user, the company says. A card reader allows the user to easily transfer and download data.

Hach Co., P.O. Box 389, Loveland, Colo. 80539; 800/227-4224;

Fleet diagnostic software

Noregon Systems released a new version of its JPRO Fleet Diagnostics heavy-duty software. Version 4.2 has the ability to export data to Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office and Adobe, an improved user interface for vehicle data screens, and embedded links for OEM service literature and troubleshooting. With version 4.2, users can use a toggle switch to display states. Status indicator lights are used for data items with multiple states in the latest version of the software, the company says. The software also features coverage updates supporting Volvo Version2 electronic components, 2010 VIN decoding updates, Cummins EPA 2010 updates, 2010 Detroit Diesel fault code updates and VMAC IV fault code updates.

Noregon Systems, 100 North Main St., Suite 2200, Winston Salem, N.C. 27101; 336/768-4337;

Draft-resistant door

TMI LLC’s Curtron Products launched the Polar-Pro Gravity Hinge flexible swinging door, the newest environmental management solution from the company. The self-closing door can be installed in minutes and creates a draft-resistant barrier to separate cold storage environments from work areas while enabling personnel and light mechanical traffic to pass through easily. The company offers the door in both standard and low-temperature PVC, which can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit and minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. The hardware used to install the door is made from 300 series stainless steel with a lifetime guarantee against rust and corrosion.

TMI LLC, 5350 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205; 412/787-3665;

Conveying brochure

Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. released its new E24 brochure, a new logo and four-page brochure that details the company’s E24 24-volt DC conveying system. To complement the brochure, the company also posted additional information and videos about the E24 to its website, Hytrol also designed a new logo for the E24, making the series more easily identifiable, the company says.

Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc., 2020 Hytrol St., Jonesboro, Ark. 72401; 870/935-3700;

Lab processing equipment

Microthermics Inc. offers ultra high temperature (UHT) and high temperature, short time (HTST) processing equipment for lab, pilot and small scale production processors with sanitary design standard beginning in 2011. The E-Development series of UHT/HTST processors, which are powered by electricity, have a standard flow rate of 1 liter a minute and can process beverages such as juices and milk drinks. The S-Development series has the same capabilities as the E-Development series, but it is powered by steam. For researchers and laboratories that have limited floor space, Microthermics offers its electric-powered Bantam Series and steam-powered Mini Series of UHT/HTST processors. Both have standard flow rates of 0.5 liters a minute and can be connected to in-line homogenizers, steam injection processors and sample port coolers.

Microthermics Inc., 3216-B Wellington Court, Raleigh, N.C. 27615; 919/878-8076;

Lab process applications

Anton Paar GmbH offers a full range of instrumentation for measuring density, concentration and temperature for lab and process applications along with solutions for rheometry and viscometry, chemical and analytical techniques, material characterization, and refractometry and polarimetry. The company’s equipment is available for industrial and research applications.

Anton Paar USA Inc., 10215 Timber Ridge Drive, Ashland, Va. 23005; 804/550-1051;

Multiserve beverage packaging

Eastman Chemical Co. introduced Eastman Aspira copolyester EN177 for large-volume refrigerated beverage, spirit and dairy handleware applications manufactured on high-output platforms. Aspira EN177 will allow for increased design and processing opportunities, the company says. Providing a quality aesthetic, Eastman Aspira copolyester EN177 offers gloss and glasslike clarity. The product can be processed on all extrusion blow molding platforms, such as shuttle, wheel and reciprocating screw, at industry-standard speeds.

Eastman Chemical Co., P.O. Box 431, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662; 423/229-2000;

Pasteurization equipment

Krohne Inc. has introduced Optiflux 6300 Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) meter. The product will shorten the holding time for milk in the pasteurization loop, improving output and increasing efficiency, the company says. Optiflux 6300 is approved by the Atlantic Midwest Dairy Equipment Review Committee for use in pasteurization loops in accordance with Food and Drug Administration requirements. Offered in a range of sizes from 0.5 inch to 4 inches, the all stainless steel Optiflux 6300 PMO meter comes with tri-clover fittings. It is equipped with several new security features, including software with a lock-out feature to preclude tampering, an external locking device that prevents opening the cover to reprogram the meter, and the ability to affix the meter with a state inspection seal.

Krohne Inc., 7 Dearborn Road, Peabody, Mass. 01960; 800/356-9464;

Safety relay equipment

Rockwell Automation Inc. has expanded its new safety relay line from the new Allen-Bradley Guardmaster family. Designed to meet new global functional safety standards, such as EN ISO 13849-1, the new line of safety relays includes seven basic units capable of supporting a broad range of safety devices in a variety of applications, including single- and multi-zone configurations, the company says. The new relay line features a patented, single-wire communication capability that helps eliminate the need for dual-channel connection between relays. Users can expand and cascade safety functions up to a Safety Integrity Level 3 rating using one single wire to connect devices allowing for a reduction in installation time and effort.

Rockwell Automation Inc., 1201 S. Second St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53204; 414/382-2000;

Bulk depalletizer

A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. introduced a sweep-off style bulk depalletizer with special features to run reverse taper bottles and unstable lightweight containers. The Model 108 has features to maintain complete control of the bottles in each layer from the pallet through transfer to laning, to ensure maximum bottle stability throughout depalletizing, the company says. Automatic layer squaring/stabilizing and tier sheet containment are additional standard features to ensure smooth performance for all bottle styles.

A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975;

Computer products

Comark Corp. introduced the 42-inch Panel PC to its Panel Magic product line. Integrating high-resolution displays with high-performance computing, the 42-inch panel has full 1080-pixel resolution and is the largest in the Panel Magic series, which today ranges from 12 inches to 42 inches, the company says. Optional Pentium M, Atom and Core 2 Duo integrated processor are available. Other Panel Magic PC options include resistive touch screens, PCI expansion capability and custom bezel colors. When installed in a panel or enclosure, the Panel Magic PC series meets a NEMA 4X rating. Panel Magic PC is compatible with many brands of automation and HMI software, including Invensys Process Systems, Parsec Automation, Wonderware and Rockwell Automation, the company says. Thin client configurations are available enabled with ACP ThinManager.

Comark Corp., 93 West St., Medfield, Mass. 02052; 508/359-8161;

Suggestive selling technology

LIFT Retail Marketing Technology announced the launch of its LIFT Station platform, an integrated suggestive point-of-sale technology for convenience stores. The LIFT Station is connected to the point-of-sale cash register system. When an item is scanned the platform identifies the best up-sell offer based on the promotional calendar, day-part, week-part, profitability and natural purchase affinity, the company says. LIFT then displays a digital ad on a shopper-facing LCD flat screen and a selling script on a cashier-facing touch screen. The LIFT Station tracks and reports key metrics on cashier performances and offer effectiveness.

LIFT Retail Marketing Technology, 659 Auburn Ave., Suite G12, Atlanta, Ga. 30312; 877/333-5055;

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