Flowserve Gestra, a subsidiary of Flowserve Corp. and supplier
of steam trap solutions for flow control, has introduced the new Econoline series
of steam traps. Featuring a compact energy-saving design, the Econoline series
is available in three styles: thermostatic capsule, thermostatic bimetallic
and thermodynamic disc. The Econoline series fits all existing universal connectors,
and requires no initial setting or readjustment. Designed to prevent steam loss,
the traps introduce a new level of steam trap performance in an economic and
compact form, according to the company. — Flowserve Corp., 5215 N. O'Connor
Blvd., Ste. 2300 Irving, Texas 75039; 972/443-6500; flowserve.com
MRC Bearing Services has stainless steel take-up
frames available for food industry conveyor systems that are designed to
provide support for conveyor shafts and deliver correct conveyor belt
tension while withstanding frequent washdowns and harsh food-industry
chemicals. The design features side and bottom openings for draining during
washdowns, and the frames comply with sanitation requirements of HAACP
programs. Available in wide and narrow styles and in a range of frame
sizes, they can be installed to conveyor systems with four mounting bolts. —
MRC Bearing Services, 1510 Gehman Rd., Kulpsville, Pa. 19443-0332;
Industrial Consortium and Nercon Manufacturing have
introduced an infeed system for cooler or pasteurizer bottle feeding. The
ICwedge is designed to handle non-round bottle difficulties associated with
high-speed single-file feeding to mass flow in hot-fill applications. By
increasing throughput by more efficient use of cooler space, the ICwedge
also improves package quality by gently handling the containers. —
Industrial Consortium, 110 Gilmer St./P.O. Box 655, Sulphur Springs, Texas
75482; 877/990-5099; icwedge.com
Squid Ink has launched CPS-1000, a case printing
system that helps users eliminate purchasing pre-printed boxes. The
CPS-1000 allows users to print as much as 1.4 inches of barcodes, graphics
or text on corrugate cases. — Squid Ink Manufacturing Inc., 1173
Osborne Rd., Spring Lake Park, Minn. 55432; 800/877-5658; squidink.com
Hitachi America Ltd. has introduced the SJ200 series
of inverters. The SJ200 employs Sixth Generation Sensorless Vector Control
technology, which eliminates a complicated auto-tuning process to achieve
optimal performance. Incorporating Hitachi‘s latest Inverter System
Power Module, the SJ200 is a compact drive that features advanced trip
avoidance function, side-by-side mounting capability, built-in timing logic
and analog input math (PLC) functions, DIP-switch hand-off-ratio, removable
control terminal connector and RS485 Modbus RTU communication interface. An
optional NEMA4X keypad kit is also available. — Hitachi America Ltd., 50 Prospect
Ave., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591; 914/524-6645; hitachi.us
Thermo Electron Corp. has introduced Orion Aquafast
AQ4500 Turibidimeter for lab and field measurements for food, beverage and
wastewater applications. Featuring dual light sources that allow readings
to comply with EPA 180.1 or ISO 7027, Aquafast AQ4500 also conforms to
guidelines of both the American Society of Brewing Chemists and European
Brewing Chemists. As many as 100 data points can be stored for download,
and the battery can last as long as 1,000 hours. — Thermo Electron Corp., 81 Wyman St.,
Waltham, Mass. 02454-9046; 877/THERMO-U; thermo.com
Control Valve Brochure
Emerson has released a brochure for its Fisher
Enviro-Seal valve-stem packing system, serving both environmental and
non-environmental control valve applications. The 12-page brochure reviews
the system's design principles that result in valve stem sealing to below
100 ppmv. The brochure also illustrates the company‘s sliding stem
and rotary valve systems. In other company news, Emerson Process
Management, a branch of Emerson, has released version 6.2 of its AMS Suite
Intelligent Device Manager. —
Emerson, P.O. Box 4100, 8000 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63136-8506;
Avantis, part of the production management division of
Invensys plc, has announced Release 3.2 of the Avantis XA product line is
available. Release 3.2 builds on capabilities of the IBM AS/400 hardware
platform, Avantis XA with many new and advanced features designed to
further enhance user productivity. — Invensys plc, 33 Commercial St., Foxboro,
Mass. 02035; 508/543-8750; invensys.com
Millipore has introduced a Polygard Trap prefilter for
beverage manufacturing. The prefilter offers 98 percent retention of hard
particles over 2 mm (greater than 99.99 percent retention of hard particles
over 5 mm), and the cartridge features a dual-zone structure and increased
resistance to pressure changes and bleed-through. The prefilter is
constructed from graded density-depth polypropylene media for broad
chemical, including NaOH, and thermal compatibility. In addition, the
prefilter eliminates backwash steps for easy cleaning and maintenance,
according to the company. Available in 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-inch lengths,
each Polygard Trap prefilter comes with a Certificate of Compliance.
— Millipore Corp, 290 Concord Rd., Billerica, Mass. 01821; 800/MILLIPORE; millipore.com/foodbev
DDS Technologies USA Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into
a memorandum of understanding with Colombia‘s second-largest sugar producer,
Ingenio Riopaila S.A. and Central Castilla S.A. that is expected to result in
a joint venture between the two companies to produce ethanol.
eSkye Solutions, Indianapolis, recently announced its acquisition
of Blend Winery Software, based in Santa Rosa, Calif. BWS serves more than 60
winery customers, including Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton‘s Domaine Chandon, Fortune
Brands' Geyser Peak Winery, Silverado Vineyards, King Estate Winery and Golan
Heights Winery in Isreal with its wine production systems.
Vexure Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., has added six sales and operations
agents to its network. The new agents are located in Redondo Beach, Calif.;
Jacksonville and Payette, Ind.; Kresgeville, Pa.; and Houston, Texas.
Alcoa has sold its packaging equipment business to American
Industrial Partners for approximately $45 million.
Flowserve Flow Control, Raleigh, N.C., received Constellation
Energy‘s first “Outstanding Supplier” award for its parts and engineering support
of two of Constellation's nuclear power generating facilities.
Millipore, Billerica, Mass., recently announced the debut of
the 2004 Fisher Scientific Catalog. The catalog offers a comprehensive selection
of the latest tools for laboratory technicians in the life science and pharmaceutical
Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr, Germany, has invested approximately
$10 million in its new manufacturing plant in Wujin, an area of Changzhou, China.
An opening ceremony took place in January.
Transaction Network Services, Reston, Va., and Systech Corp.,
San Diego, recently announced a strategic alliance to simplify the transition
from legacy processing protocols to an IP infrastructure. As a result of the
agreement, TNS and Systech are allowing merchants to benefit from the use of
IP transaction transport without installing costly new equipment.
Checkpoint Systems Inc., Thorofare, N.J., an integrator of radio
frequency identification (RFID) technology into consumer product packaging,
has made an initial minority investment in Goliath Solutions. Goliath is a start-up
developer of RFID-based technology for point-of-purchase advertising and display
compliance for the grocery, chain drug, mass merchandise and convenience store
Maxxium Worldwide, Amsterdam, recently announced that SAP Systems
Integration AG has overhauled its global business processing systems with the
introduction of mySAP CRM. The new system, which includes SAP Business Information
Warehouse and SAP R/3 ERP, will allow Maxxium to track, evaluate and tailor
its worldwide sales and marketing initiatives.
Stahlman Engineering Corp., New London, N.H., and Stahlman Construction
Management Services Inc. announced that they have changed their name to the
Stahlman Group Inc. The change is a result of reorganization allowing the company
to better compete in the engineering marketplace.
Global Logistics Services Inc., Atlanta, recently opened a new
third-party logistics distribution center in Morrow, Ga. The new center provides
a range of services, including warehouse and transportation management for its
clients. In other company news, Mark Stanton has been appointed Global Logistics
Services vice president of consulting services and business development.
Graphic Packaging International Inc., Marietta, Ga., was named
2003 packaging integration Supplier of the Year by Coca-Cola North America.
Graphic Packaging provides cartons and machinery to package cans, plastic and
glass bottles for Coca-Cola brands worldwide.
Satellite Logistics Group, Houston, Texas, has been retained
to manage empty keg returns throughout the United States for Beck‘s North America
with its Kegspediter System. The system handles approximately 55,000 U.S.-bound
kegs annually within the Beck‘s distributors network. The company also opened
a distribution center near the Port of Houston Authority's Barbour's Cut Terminal.
With the new center, Satellite Logistics Group has expanded its warehouse space
to more than 200,000 square feet, double the space available at the previous
Alvey Systems, a division of FKI Logistex, St. Louis, has been
awarded three U.S. patents for new conveyor technologies. A conveyor roller
with a telescoping axle and tapered ends, a snag-resistant opening for conveyor
guide rails, and a conveyor driver pad with a built-in wear indicator have been
added to the list of the company's material handling innovations. In other company
news, FKI Logistex Automation Division, Cincinnati, Ohio, will automate a new
1.2-million-square-foot distribution center for Dollar Tree Stores Inc. in Joliet,
Ill. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-2004.
Alcan Packaging, Chicago, recently received an FPA Gold Award
in printing achievement for the Heinz Premium Condiment Stand-up Pouch at the
Flexible Packaging Association‘s Annual Achievement Awards in Naples, Fla. The
company also received trophies in both the technical innovation and packaging
excellence categories for the Rapak EvacuFilm Bag-in-Box.
Alliance, a division of Rock-Tenn Co., Norcross, Ga.,
has acquired Decision Point Marketing Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., a full-service marketing and
merchandising company serving the consumer products industry. The purchase
also includes Cold-Sell Ò Systems, and 10 former employees of
Decision Point Marketing have joined the Alliance team.
Stuart Watson has been appointed
technical sales manager for D.D. Williamson’s U.S. subsidiary
in Louisville, Ky. Watson is originally from Auckland, New Zealand,
where he began his flavor career. Parrish Stapleton
was named worldwide sales manager of Fluid Packaging Solutions LLC,
Alpharetta, Ga. Stapleton was the former vice president of marketing
and sales for Dixie Canner Co., Athens, Ga. Greg
Crnkovich has joined The Austin Co.’s food and
beverage group as director of planning, food and beverage facilities. Ed Orick was recently named director of
marketing at Douglas Machine Inc., Alexandria, Minn. He was formerly
the company’s global director for beverage and the national
account manager for beverage.
Jeff Adams has joined as
general manager, and Kyle Thomas has been named marketing manager
of Hi-Speed Checkweigher Co. Inc., Ithica, N.Y. Adams is responsible
for providing the strategic and operational leadership for the company’s
business in the same regions. Thomas will be responsible for marketing
programs that build awareness for the company's checkweighers, robotic
case packers and material handling systems in North America and
Latin America. James Dahlke was recently
appointed president at Fogg Filler Co., Holland, Mich. Dahlke was
most recently vice president, group executive for the pump products
group of IDEX Corp., a fluid handling technologies company.
Beverage Industry’s October issue features a cover story on our 2019 Executive of the Year, Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Co. This issue also features a category focus on bottled water and the innovations that abound in flavored, functional and sparkling waters. The issue also includes an ingredient spotlight on the beloved chocolate ingredient as well as voice-picking solutions aimed at streamlining beverage warehouses. As usual, we rounded up the latest trends in products, packaging and ingredients.
Check back throughout the month for additional content.