Case packer
Standard-Knapp has unveiled the Pakmore, the company's latest offering in continuous-motion case packaging. Features of this new high-speed case packer include precise servo product grouping, soft placement of bottles into cases and automated changeover. Additionally, the Pakmore offers positive, continuous operation from the pressureless, zero-gap infeed through placement of bottles into the bottom of the case. Other features include smart and quick fault recovery systems and construction designed for demanding 24/7 operations. — Standard-Knapp, 127 Main St., Portland, Conn. 06480; 860/342-1100;
Steel springs
Stabilus has introduced Lift-O-Mat Inox stainless steel gas springs recommended for industries such as marine, medical and food processing. The Lift-O-Mat can open and close doors and lids, and can securely hold a door in an open or closed position. With a compact design, the Lift-O-Mat is constructed from 316 stainless steel to ensure a high level of protection against corrosive environments. Stabilus uses environmentally friendly oils that are biodegradable and classified as “no hazard to water.” The springs can be used for counterbalancing large covers and objects, and can lift, lower and position heavy or cumbersome objects. — Stabilus, 1201 Tulip Dr., Gastonia, N.C. 28052; 800/247-2860;
Labeling system
Quadrel has introduced VersaLine L.C., a low-cost version of its Front/Back /Wrap Labeling System. The L.C. can be configured for any application and offers options such as a vision system, eject stations, a touchscreen and non-proprietary controls. The line also features stainless steel construction and a high-speed stepper as well as servo-driven drive applicators, AC inverter product handling and ‘no change parts’. The L.C. can deliver at speeds as fast as 300 ppm in many environments. —Quadrel Labeling Systems, 7670 Jenther Dr., Mentor, Ohio 44060; 800/321-8509;
RFID solution
Videojet Technologies Inc. has introduced the Videojet Broadcast System that provides RFID tag application solutions. Working with Accu-Sort  Systems Inc., Videojet has designed a system that encodes and applies RFID tags utilizing a Videojet label applicator, an Accu-Sort RFID reader, and a patent-pending reject identification and recovery system. The Videojet Broadcast System is a portable, flexible and affordable RFID tag application solution, according to the company. It supports Class 0 or Class 1 tags, and can be upgraded to meet the EPC Global Standard. — Videojet Technologies Inc., 1500 Mittel Blvd., Wood Dale, Ill. 60191-1073; 630/860-7300;
Versatile latch
Southco has introduced the new Beetle latch, a compact, lightweight, slam-to-close latching solution. Featuring a durable, brightly polished stainless steel handle and a white-, black- or stainless steel-covered plastic (PC/PBT blend) housing, the latch sits flush to the surface. Designed for doors from 10 mm. to 22 mm. thick, the Beetle offers a built-in adjustable grip that allows the latch’s pawl to be adjusted as many as 6 mm. for a precise fit with the mating keeper. The Beetle latch also features a full-size keylock option. The lockplug’s key code can further be matched to other Southco and Mobella latches, reducing the number of keys required. The latch also is available in a non-locking version. — Southco, 210 N. Brinton Lake Rd., Box 116, Concordville, Pa. 19331-0116; 610/459-4000;
Lift truck series
Hyster Co. has announced its J30-40ZT three-wheel lift truck series is available. The new models, with capacities from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, combine AC technology with maneuverability to make it easier to get around in aisles and congested loading bays. The J30-40ZT series features Hyster’s brushless AC traction and steer motors, an on board diagnostics display and an optional brushless hoist motor. Additionally, the series offers precision rack and pinion hydrostatic steering, large cushion rubber tires, a double-action steer cylinder and dual, independently controlled transaxles. The Hyster Vista mast, which features widely spaced mast channels and a low-cowl design, is also offered on the new line. — Hyster Co., P.O. Box 7006, Greenville, N.C. 27835; 800-HYSTER-1;
Light weight container
Linpac Materials Handling, manufacturer of Ropak reusable container systems, has introduced the new T-pak Max3 container. The returnable, collapsible Max3 was developed specifically for the packaging industry, with a lighter-weight design to maximize payloads and reduce shipping costs. The Max3 features a 44-inch by 48-inch footprint and a 50-inch height with four-way fork entry. Designed with a non-sequential folding action, the container collapses to 11 inches in height. Dynamic stacking capacity of the Max3 is two high, while the container can be stacked five high in a static warehouse environment. Maximum dynamic capacity is 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms). Common applications include cosmetic packaging, crowns, metal closures, PET preforms, pharmaceutical packaging, plastic closure moldings and synthetic cork products. The container is made of high-impact polypropylene, and has been approved by the FDA for packaging handling in food, beverage and pharmaceutical applications. — Linpac Materials Handling, 120 Commerce Ct., Georgetown, Ky. 40324; 888/209-7052;
Replacement ink
InkJet, Inc. has introduced the 308-1LDN, an aftermarket replacement ink cartridge for the Little David OEM ink CPMA-75-308. The 308-1LDN is a black, water-based drop-on-demand carton-coding ink that requires no special changeover procedure, and can be piggybacked directly into the OEM printer without flushing. The 308-1LDN is available in six 1-liter cartridges per case. — InkJet Inc., 11111 InkJet Way, Willis, Texas 77378; 936/856-6600;
Sanitary conditioners
Atlantic Ultraviolet Corp. has introduced Nutripure Sanitary Conditioners, which control condensation and provide filtered, sanitized air to liquid storage tanks. The Nutripure units ensure that bacteria-free air is used to keep the inside air temperature consistent with the temperature of the air outside the tanks. Models are available with or without Absolute Filters, which provide high-efficiency removal of particulates and microorganisms as small as 0.3 microns. — Atlantic Ultraviolet Corp., 375 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788; 631/273-0500;
New films
Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. of Japan recently announced it will market three flexible packaging films for food, medical, and consumer product packaging in the United States: Techbarrier, Supernyl and Santonyl. Techbarrier is a series of oriented films coated with SiOx to achieve oxygen and water vapor barrier properties similar to aluminum foil. Supernyl co-extruded nylon film is bi-axially oriented and contains a barrier resin in the core. It features strength, transparency and printability with an oxygen barrier. Supernyl has replaced much of the PVDC-coated film used in Japan for applications such as packaged fish, meats, and shelf stable products requiring a moderate oxygen barrier. Santonyl nylon film is bi-axially oriented.  — Mitsubishi Plastics Inc.,12 Sugarberry Dr., Greenville, S.C. 29615; 864/288-0128;
New chip
Omnikey, manufacturer of smart card readers, has launched the CardMan Smart Link 2.0, its latest chip set for standalone smart card reader devices. CardMan Smart Link 2.0 supports serial interfaces in addition to the USB 2.0 interfaces and allows easier integration in embedded solutions with TTL or V.24 serial ports. The chip set, pre-certified to WHQL, EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) Level 1 and USB CCID specifications, has been designed as a drop-in replacement for existing CardMan Smart Link reader designs. CardMan Smart Link  2.0 can also be interfaced to hardware ports that control various OEM-specific features such as card eject functionality and user interfaces such as LEDs and beepers. The CardMan Smart Link Design-In Kit contains sample chips and a ready-to-use board as well as the required documentation. Chip sets provided by Omnikey are compliant with all relevant smart card standards such as ISO 7816, EMV 2000 Level 1 and WHQL. Omnikey reader chip sets support any kind of smart card, including microprocessors and memory cards with 5, 3 or 1.8 volt supply. — Omnikey, Am Klingenweg 6a 65396, Walluf, Germany; 49 (0) 6123-7913-0;
Mapping software
MicroAnalytics Inc. has introduced the 3.0 version of the TruckStops Routing & Scheduling Software. This new version offers enhanced itinerary-generating capabilities in addition to the ability to output route data via ODBC. The 3.0 version provides driving directions and distance calculations through a Microsoft MapPoint interface in addition to an enhanced ODBC functionality, which allows users to output route information, or bypass the data export process and save data to another ODBC compliant database. The new technology is available for Windows 95/98/ME/ XP/NT/00. — MicroAnalytics, 2200 Clarendon Blvd., Ste. 1002, Arlington, Va. 22201; 703/841-0414;
Enhanced palletizer
FKI Logistex has announced enhanced features on its Alvey 780 case palletizer. New options include a recirculating row pusher, a new high-speed hoist and an optional pattern generation utility, which provides the ability to create new stacking patterns through the 780's user interface. — FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Rd., Danville, Ky. 40422; 877/935-4564;
Digital positioners
Flowserve Corp. recently debuted the Logix 3200IQ and 500si series digital positioners. The Logix 3200IQ and 500si series are used in oil and gas production and refining, chemical processing, pulp and paper production, and other industries employing control valves. The explosion-proof Logix 3200IQ and the 500si series use state-of-the-art piezo technology and inner-loop feedback with minimal air consumption in compact, lightweight, modular designs. The 500si series is available in two models – the 510si and the 520si. The Logix 3200IQ and 500si series feature easy commissioning control buttons, a direct user interface, highly visible LEDs and a jog calibrate function, which allows the user to calibrate the positioner on all actuators without physical stroke stops. Additionally, with Flowserve SoftTools software or a handheld communicator, a custom 21-point characterization curve can be generated that can be used to change the response of the positioner to meet the process requirements. SoftTools allows the user to gather detailed diagnostic information regarding valve performance and positioner condition, in addition to the LED status codes. — Flowserve Corp., 5215 N. O'Connor Blvd., Ste. 2300, Irving, Texas 75039; 801/489-2537;
Nozzle introduction
Delavan has developed a line of air blow-off nozzles that deliver high-impact compressed air in a flat pattern at noise levels below the OSHA standard. The AJ 150 nozzles can be used to create an air curtain when mounted side by side. The nozzles' 16-orifice design ensures a uniform distribution of air and a good spray pattern across a range of applications such as cooling, warming, drying, cleaning and moving components. The nozzles are made of Polyacetal.
The company also recently debuted its Cool-Cast nozzle system, featuring a rectangular pattern with spray angles between 60 and 120 I, in 12 sizes. The nozzles produce consistent droplets in the 130- to 200-micron range to control the cooling process. — Delavan Industrial Products, 3818 Waters Reach Lane, Indian Trail, N.C. 28079; 800/982-6943;
Boot bottom cleaner
Systemate Numafa has introduced Springdale Sole Cleaner for low-volume cleaning and sanitizing boot bottoms. Featuring two large-bottom brushes, the cleaner works on a timing mechanism that automatically shuts off after use. The Springdale can be used wet or dry, and is 6 feet 3 inches long and made of stainless steel. Systemate Numafa offers a line of boot washers to meet a variety of sanitation needs. Systemate Numafa's product line also includes cleaning vats, containers, racks, smoke trees, smoke sticks, smoke screens, wooden and plastic pallets, totes, lugs and baskets. — Systemate Numafa NA, 884 Univeter Rd., Canton, Ga. 30115; 800/240-3770;
Vector-controlled inverters
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;
Liquid coalescer
Pall Corp. has introduced its PhaseSep HE Series Coalescer, a new cartridge to improve separation of emulsions. Designed to capture small, emulsified droplets while still allowing economical flux rates, the PhaseSep HE Series Coalescer can be used for a range of liquid separations in the refinery, chemical, flavor and fragrance and biotechnology industries. Constructed of fluoropolymer medium and stainless steel hardware, the PhaseSep HE Series Coalescer can withstand chemical compatibility challenges and high temperatures. For the food and beverage industry, the new coalescer is applicable for the production of flavors, such as separation of citric oil from water-alcohol. — Pall Corp., 2200 Northern Blvd., East Hills, N.Y. 11548; 516/484-5400;
Beverage transfer tubing
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. has introduced Tygoprene Pump Tubing, Formu-lation XL-60. The tubing is considered an alternative to silicone and PVC when a longer pump life is required, according to the company. Featuring chemical resistance to a wide range of fluids, the translucent tubing complies with FDA CFR 21, 177.1210 criteria and is NSF listed under standard 51. Applications for the Tygoprene Pump Tubing include chemical transfer and cold or hot beverage transfer. — Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 2664 Gilchrist Rd., Akron, Ohio 44305; 800/798-1554;
Film selection
AET Films has introduced a selection of films and labels for beverage packaging. Its line of matte oriented polypropylene (OPP) labels are for upscale beverage and food packaging. Recommended for product labeling, flexible packaging, overwrap, graphic media, and industrial and holographic applications, OPP films are durable and provide graphic appeal, according to the company. Additionally, the company has announced the launch of the CSL 231-125 OPP cut-and-stack label film for container decoration. CSL 231-125 is a white opaque film designed for sheet-fed presses for cut-and-stack labeling applications as well as roll-to-roll presses with in-line or out-of-line sheeting. The film features a thickness of 3.3 ml., a non-print surface and moisture resistance, and can accommodate many printing methods. AET’s Mirage holographic label films can be used for low-shrink and non-shrink roll-fed label applications, and are available in embossed and embossable base films. The company has also improved its 48 B503-2, a high-yield, transparent overlaminate film for roll-fed label applications that offers better hot-melt adhesion and film flatness, which provide a more uniform and stable coefficient of friction. — Applied Extrusion Technologies Inc., 15 Read’s Way, New Castle, Del. 19720; 302/326-5500;
Rate controller
Fluid Metering Inc. has debuted the V200 Stroke Rate Controller for control of FMI V-Series Variable Speed Metering Pumps. Designed for accurate fluid metering in laboratory R&D, test stand, pilot plant and production applications, the V200 Controller allows pump speed settings to be adjusted manually using a digital potentiometer or electronically using a 4-20mA interface. In addition to controlling fluid flow from 0 to 4 liters per minute in forward and reverse directions, it can also change flow direction by using the toggle switches. The V200 is compatible with Fluid Metering’s RHV, QV, QVG and Q2V Ratio:Matic pump models. Equipped with a multi-position stand with key slot holes for wall mounting or countertop operation, the V200 also comes with accessories such as low-flow fittings, rotational sensors and pulse dampeners. — Fluid Metering Inc., 5 Aerial Way, Ste. 500, Syosset, N.Y. 11791; 800/223-3388;
Conveyor systems
Span Tech LLC has introduced WhisperTrax, a family of modular flexible conveyors. The ST-PLN Straight Closed Top Conveyor, the first unit of the modular system, is recommended for transporting packaged items, assembly work and applications traditionally using a belt conveyor. Available in 12 belt widths from 7.31 inches to as wide as 46.28 inches and a speed range from 5 to 75 feet per minute, the ST-PLN comes with a bed section fully assembled. — Span Tech LLC, 1115 Cleveland Ave., Glasgow, Ky. 42141; 270/651-9166;