Protective Oils
Shell recently launched Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium, hydraulic oils designed for equipment wear protection. In addition to wear protection, Shell Tellus and Tellus Premium oils help reduce premature pump failures, increase system efficiency and reduce component failure, according to the company. The new products were released after more than four years of extensive testing, research and development. Shell Tellus and Shell Tellus Premium oils provide a range of high-performance mineral oil-based fluids, suitable for use in a variety of hydraulic applications.
— Shell, 700 Milam, PNT 18069A, Houston, Texas 77002

Label applicator literature
Axon Corp., manufacturer of heat shrinkable sleeve labels, tamper-evident bands and stretch-sleeve applicators, distributed product literature about its line of products at PackExpo this year. In addition to heat shrink-sleeve labeling and tamper-evident band applicators, Axon offers specialized machines, including turnkey operations and multi-head systems. New Styrotech literature, which includes information on the advanced stretch sleeve label applicators, also is available.
— Axon Corp., 1341 Express Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27603; 800/598-8601;

Descaler line expansion
Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc. has added seven new industrial models to its UL-listed ScaleBlaster line of electronic descalers. Now shipping worldwide, these models handle standard diameters of non-steel pipe from 12 inches to 40 inches, and of steel pipe from 4 inches to 26 inches. Industrial ScaleBlaster units operate like those designed for commercial- or residential-size pipe in order to avert scale formation.
— ClearWater Enviro Technologies Inc., 1166 Kapp Dr., Clearwater, Fla. 33765; 800/756-7946

Flexible tubing
NewAge Industries has introduced coiled FEP fluoropolymer tubing, which is recommended for applications requiring the combination of fluoropolymer performance with flexibility such as food and beverage lines. Coiltef handles viscous materials without line clogging, temperatures that are hundreds of degrees below freezing, and a wide variety of chemicals. Coiltef is available in five popular sizes from 1/16-inch to 3/8-inch tubing, and I.D. Standard lengths include 12 inch, 24 inch, 48 inch, and 72 inch.
— NewAge Industries Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, Pa. 18966; 800/ 50-NEWAGE;

RFID reader
ACG Identification GmbH has launched a high-speed, fully ISO 14443 A- and B- compatible RFID reader. The HF Dual ISO Reader is available in three versions: an OEM module for customers who mainly want to design their own reader and antenna-board and only require a basic RFID reader-engine; a short-range plug-and-play board with USB interface for customers who wish to quickly integrate the reader into their own packaging without the need to develop an antenna; and a ready-to-use housed short-range desktop reader with USB interface. The HF Dual ISO Reader is interoperable with nearly all RFID transponder solutions. The additional transparent mode allows communication with highly complex and well-protected contactless microcontroller smart cards as well. A built-in advanced anti-collision algorithm enables the reader to read numerous tags presented to the reader simultaneously.
— ACG Identification GmbH, 270 Glen Lake Dr., Atlanta, Ga. 30327; 404/531-9604;

Liquid nitrogen injection
Vacuum Barrier Corp. has introduced the Nitrodose liquid nitrogen injection system. Featuring operation adjustments for many packaging sizes, the Nitrodose Easy Doser is used to pressurize or inert products. The system offers slow, discreet dosing that allows slower capacity product lines to benefit from nitrogen injection, which can enhance package strength and extend product freshness.
— Vacuum Barrier Corp., Barten Lane, Woburn, Mass. 01801; 781/933-3570;

Optimized bearings
SKF has introduced the Explorer, single-row, deep-groove ball bearings recommended for applications such as electric motors, gearboxes, and equipment utilized in the packaging, food and beverage, medical, general manufacturing and construction industries. The ball bearings feature optimized raceways and cage geometry, dimensional accuracy to ISO tolerance Class 6 and ABMA ABEC Class 3, and width tolerance tighter than ISO tolerance class Normal. The bearings also offer advanced sealing designs, which maximize grease retention and provide protection against contaminants without compromising speed capabilities. Lubricant options in sealed or shielded versions include ultra-quiet, food quality and high-temperature greases.
— SKF USA Inc., 1510 Gehman Rd., Kulpsville, Pa. 19443; 800/753-6234;

Container advancements
Linpac Materials Handling has introduced pre-designed and pre-engineered sidewall configurations and height options in its line of 45-inch by 48-inch containers. Standard features on the Ropak 4548 containers include zero-, one- or two-hinged drop doors on the 48-inch side, and feature four-way forklift access. Additionally, the Ropak 4548 is RFID-ready. Other features include added label openings, and the availability of open-winged sidewalls.
— Linpac Materials Handling, 120 Commerce Court, Georgetown, Ky. 40324; 888/209-7052;

Conveyor transfer module
Hytrol has introduced the Tri-Lane O-Ring Transfer, a conveyor that transfers product to side lanes by diverting to the right or left at 90 degrees. The system features three transfer mechanisms that work independently. The transfer module works with Hytrol’s 190 and 138 NSPEZ models, which are horizontal live roller conveyors offering zero-pressure accumulation of product.
— Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc., 2020 Hytrol Dr., Jonesboro, Ark. 72401; 870/935-3700;

RFID-enabled handheld
LXE Inc. has introduced the MX3-RFID, an RFID-enabled rugged handheld computer. The MX3-RFID is based on LXE's MX3 horizontal half-screen wireless computer. It is capable of reading both barcodes and EPC-compliant RFID tags in one unit for both traditional bar code-based data collection applications and RFID applications. The unit includes an EPC-compliant, class 0 (read only) and class 1 (write once, read many) tag reader. The unit's firmware is also Gen 2 field upgradeable, and the MX3-RFID runs the Windows CE .NET operating system.
— LXE Inc., 125 Technology Pkwy., Norcross, Ga. 30092; 770-447-4224;

Vending solution
MEI recently introduced its total cash and credit vending solution, which includes MEI series 2000 combo acceptor for bills or credit cards, MEI Easitrax remote data port and USA Technologies financial services. The vending solution allows consumers to select cash, debit or credit card and MEI coupon payment options. Machine features include a two-line display, a chrome steel bezel exterior for outdoor placement, and up to 32 machines can be linked together through the Easitrax data port, which can also be used in conjunction with MEI Easitrax vending management software for remote monitoring and curbside polling.
— MEI, 1301 Wilson Dr., West Chester, Pa. 19380-5963;; 800/345-8215

Seal applicators
Shure-Glue has introduced NC-Series Hot-Melt Applicators for light-duty, low-volume applications to medium-speed, high-volume case sealing and product assembly. Solid-state controls, accurate RTD temperature sensors, and a thermostatic temperature control optimize system performance. The units feature a reliable air-operated piston pump and can operate with as many as four hoses/guns. Tank capacities range from 12 pounds to 40 pounds. For ease-of-use, a unified operator interface is used across an entire range of melt units.
— Shure-Glue Systems Inc., 457 Circle Freeway Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; 513/874-5581;