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On-board PLC

Omron Electronics LLC has introduced the 3G3MV-P10CDT-E on-board PLC, which installs directly on an Omron 3G3MV inverter. The combination offers the benefits of a CPM2C-S PLC embedded in the inverter in a compact 68-mm. by 128-mm. by 38-mm. unit. This allows the 3G3MV increased intelligence and autonomy for tasks such as positioning and synchronization. The on-board PLC features RS-232 and Omron hostlink communication. A direct, dual-port RAM connection gives complete access to inverter parameters, as well as providing encoder input, interrupt inputs, and digital,


Pall Food and Beverage, part of Pall Corp. based in East Hills, N.Y., is a sponsor for The Brewing Industry International Awards, held every two years in the United Kingdom. Additionally, TrenStar Inc. signed an agreement with organizers of the awards to provide U.S. brewers funding to compensate for shipping costs. The entry deadline is Feb. 27, and judging takes place in Burton in March and London in April, with the Awards Ceremony at London's Guildhall on May 25.
Pliant Corp., Schaumburg, Ill., recently expanded production of its R122 high-speed machine film and R410 hand film. Shipment of the films from its Toronto, Ontario, manufacturing facility began in December.
Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc., Chicago, has installed four blown film lines at its Neenah, Wis., plant. The lines were installed to keep up with growing demand in the marketplace for multilayer high-barrier films.
Sawmill Cove Industrial Park, Sitka, Alaska, has entered into a long-term purchase agreement to sell raw bulk water from Blue Lake to Quest Imports International, New York City. Quest has identified 20 countries it will target to export a minimum of 40 million gallons per year.
Invensys, London, and Oxford University recently announced a five-year, approximately $5.8-million extension to Invensys’ funding of the University Technology Center for Advanced Instrumentation in the University's Department of Engineering Science. Major accomplishments from the partnership include self-validating sensors, accurate flow measurement, better measurement of data quality and improved condition monitoring for railway points machines.
Multi-Color Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the 7th Most Up and Coming Company in Forbes magazine's 200 Best Small Companies issue.
Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas, recently named Peterbilt of Springfield, Strafford, Mo., the 2002 Red Oval Dealer of the Year. Peterbilt of Springfield is owned and operated by Claire and Glenn Larson. In other news, Cabmate cab air suspension systems have been added to Peterbilt Class 6 and 7 Model 330 truck and tractor configurations.
Tenergy Water LLC, New Britain, Conn., recently signed an exclusive Manufacturing, License and Technology Transfer Agreement with Christ AG, Switzerland. Under the agreement, Christ AG acquired a minority interest in Tenergy Water, renaming the company Tenergy Christ Water LLC.
Thermo Electron Corp., Beverly, Mass., recently received the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for its line of Orion water analysis products. The award is given each year to a company that exhibits market leadership through its marketing strategy.
Exopack, Spartanburg, S.C., recently acquired Plassein International Corp. With the addition of Plassein facilities, Exopack operates seven plastics and seven paper flexible packaging manufacturing facilities.
Constar International, Philadelphia, recently teamed with GlaxoSmithKline to create two bottles for Ribena Juice in the United Kingdom. The 200- and 330-ml. bottles of juice are sold singularly and in multi-packs.
Anderson Instrument Co. Inc., Fultonville, N.Y., has acquired sanitary instrument supplier Negele Industrieelektronik GmbH & Co., Egg-an-der-Günz, Germany.
Rexam plc, a global consumer packaging company, recently acquired 89 percent of the share capital of Latasa SA.
Kenilworth, N.J.-based White Systems, a division of FKI Logistex, recently signed an agreement with Pacific Integrated Handling (PIH), making PIH its exclusive distributor in 13 western U.S. states. The companies also have tentatively agreed to a similar relationship for British Columbia, Canada.
pulse, and PWM outputs. The 3G3MV inverter with 3G3MV-P10CDT-E is recommended for networked or autonomous production systems requiring precise control of positioning. — Omron IDM Controls, 9510 N. Houston-Rosslyn Rd., Houston, Texas 77088; 800/395-4106;
Wipe-on labeler
ID Technology has introduced the Model 150 wipe-on label applicator. Model 150 provides automatic labeling capabilities and is recommended for pressure-sensitive label application of pre-printed UPC barcodes and spot labels. It can also handle an assortment of label sizes and shapes. Top, bottom and side applications can be accomplished with the angled U-arm, which positions the applicator head to the product. Pressure-sensitive labels can be applied at rates as fast as 100 to 250 ppm depending on label size. The Model 150 features a synchronous drive, anodized aluminum construction and an ambidextrous design.
— ID Technology Corp., 2051 Franklin Dr., Ft. Worth, Texas 76106; 888/438-3242;
Spray process monitor
Nordson Corp. has debuted CanWorks iTrax Spray Monitor System for real-time process monitoring of the inside spray process. The system recognizes improperly coated cans as they are sprayed in two- and three-piece container coating operations. The system samples data as many as 500,000 times per second, and identifies guns spraying too much or too little coating. It also recognizes improperly coated cans as they are sprayed to prevent downtime. The CanWorks iTrax system is designed for easy retrofit into existing Nordson CanWorks spray monitoring systems. — Nordson Corp., 555 Jackson St., Amherst, Ohio 44001; 440/985-4385;
Quality regulator
InfinityQS International recently unveiled the 2004 version of InfinityQS SPC. The new software will provide stricter quality control measures and increased compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s latest regulations, according to the company. Features of the upgrade include lot genealogy tracking and reporting, 21 CFR Part II enhancements that support FDA CFR Part II regulatory requirements and a checkweigher data acquisition driver. — InfinityQS International Inc., 7998 Donegan Dr., Manassas, Va. 20109; 800/772-7978;
Dispensing valves
Shure-Glue Systems has introduced a line of hot-melt dispensing valves. The Shure-Glue line includes manual, air-operated and electronically operated dispensing valves, which feature a compact modular design. They are available for every pattern requirement. Specific applications include high-speed, non-contact extrusion, ribbon coating, fine-line gluing and spray. Special and custom configurations also are available.
— Shure-Glue Systems Inc.,
457 Circle Freeway Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246;
Control software
White Systems has introduced the 2100-Series and 2200-Series medium-duty vertical carousels, which offer automated high-density, small-footprint storage-space utilization. The 2100 and 2200 feature various levels of control, from manual up/down control to software-capable controls with a Vertical Carousel Interface Terminal. The high-level control software is compatible with all White Systems’ software packages. The 2100 and 2200 also feature optional counter-mounted pick-to-light displays in two-, six-, and 10-character versions for inventory management. — FKI Logistex White Systems; 30 Boright Ave., Kenilworth, N.J. 07033; 314/993-4700;
Vial accumulator
Garvey Corp. has introduced the Infinity Series accumulator/single filer for accumulating small glass vials at speeds as fast as 1,000 vials per minute. The Infinity Series can convey/accumulate and arrange vials in a single file without backpressure or jamming. A video of the accumulator is available at — Garvey Corp., 208 S. Route 73, Blue Anchor, N.J. 08037; 800/257-8581;
High-pressure valve
Flowserve Corp. recently launched the Multi-Z, a severe service control valve. The Flowserve Multi-Z is designed specifically to handle high-pressure drop applications where entrained solids are a problem, and is recommended for system start-up and boiler-feed water recirculation. The Multi-Z features a multistage trim and plug design and a venturi outlet nozzle. The Multi-Z multistage trim design is available unbalanced or pressure-balanced in sizes ranging from 1 inch to 4 inches, and in pressure classes from ANSI 300 to 2500. It is available in angle or globe configurations, with a choice of carbon steel, stainless steel, and CrMo steel.
— Flowserve Corp., 5215 N. O'Connor Blvd., Ste. 2300, Irving, Texas 75039; 801/489-2393;
Data logger
Onset Computer Corp. recently introduced the Hobo U12 Stainless Temp Logger, a stainless steel, food-grade data logger designed for food and beverage and other industrial applications. The logger, which fits into a standard-sized beverage bottleneck, measures and records temperatures from -40 degrees C to 125 degrees C and can withstand process conditions from pasteurization to flash freezing and wash down. The U12 Stainless Temp Logger provides readings through an internal glass bead thermistor, and offers a direct USB interface for high-speed data offloading and a pressure rating of 2,200 psi for autoclave and underwater applications. — Onset Computer Corp., 470 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, Mass. 02532; 800-564-4377;
Alcohol measurement
Mettler Toledo recently debuted bench-top pH, conductivity and ion meters as well as Densito 30PX, a density meter. The line of bench-top pH, conductivity and ion meters are divided into two categories: SevenMulti and SevenEasy. Features of the meters include an electrode support arm and dual-channel unit upgrade capability. SevenMulti also offers an alphanumeric keypad, help screens, timed interval readings to printer or memory, memory for 10 calibrations and pin-code password protection. The Densito 30PX features a pictogram-labeled key design, a backlit dot matrix display and the capability to display 12 different units such as density and brix. The Densito 30PX is recommended for applications such as electroplating and alcohol measuring.
— Mettler-Toledo Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240; 614/438-4511;
Liquid prefilters
Millipore recently launched Polygard CE prefilters for beverage manufacturing. Designed for colloid removal in wine and bottled water applications, the Polygard CE prefilter offers high retention and throughput levels for processing. The cartridge features a pleated filter design and fused combination of polypropylene with composite glass fiber for absorption. In addition, the cartridge allows for repeat hot water regeneration and is resistant to peracetic acid, chlorine (100 ppm), backpressure and temperature. The prefilters fit all cartridge housings and are available in a range of lengths and pore sizes.
— Millipore Corp.; 290 Concord Rd., Billerica, Mass. 01821; 978/715-4321;

Rexam plc, London, has appointed Stefan Angwald to succeed Rolf Börjesson as chief executive officer.
Stephen C. Schlegel was recently named president of the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers. Schlegel served as vice president and director of corporate development for Hixson Architects/Engineers in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as chairman of the IAFIS board of directors.
Keith A. Barnes, president and chief executive officer at Proliant Inc., recently retired from the company. Barnes will remain with the organization in a consultant role.
Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc., Chicago, appointed Christine Schaefer to the position of market manager of food marketing. In her new position, Schaefer is responsible for sales and marketing of flexible packaging in the condiment, lidding and cup stock markets.
Winfried Witte, president of Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr, Germany, has announced his retirement effective April 30. Manfred Grundke, currently vice president for sales automation as well as president of the electric drives and controls business unit, will become president effective May 1.
The Association for Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technologies, Pittsburgh, has elected four new members to its 13-member board of directors. New board members include Frithjof Walk, of Feig Electronic; Chuck Biss, Hand Held Products; Scott Medford, Intermec Technologies Corp.; and Barry Issberner, Symbol Technologies.
One Network Enterprises, Charlotte, N.C., named Michael Heiberg executive vice president of its new operations in London, and Lane Smith head of its expansion in Mexico City.
Francis D. Gerace, chief executive officer of Multi-Color Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio, was elected to the board of directors of the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc., Naperville, Ill.
Henning Villadsen was recently named technical director at Fortitech Europe. Villadsen's duties will include directing premix formulation, overseeing quality control and monitoring regulatory issues as well as developing custom nutrient systems.
Hap Pool, West Coast regional sales manager at Formost Packaging Machines Inc., Woodinville, Wash., recently retired. Formost has appointed Don Didur to replace Hap. Didor’s territory includes California, Arizona and Nevada.