Designed to accommodate customers’ requirements
of flexibility combined with low cost, Dorell’s automatic SW30 shrink
limitless collation and changeover capabilities. Featuring a “no
tool” changeover, this flexible system can handle non-supported and
supported products, collating them in numerous configurations at up to 25
bundles per minute. The system is applicable for various product sizes, up
to 14 inches high and 12 inches wide. A small-radius nosebar provides
smooth transfer between the wrapper and the tunnel. Adjustable louvers
improve airflow in the tunnel, minimizing film distortion and providing
package attractiveness. — Dorell Equipment Inc., 14 Kennedy Blvd.,
East Brunswick, N.J. 08816; 732/247-5400; dorell.com.
Electric series forklift
The Komatsu Forklift ASX-BSX high performance series of electric models offers lifting capacities
from 3,000 to 6,000 pounds and also includes a 2,500-pound turret truck.
These ergonomically advanced lift trucks are built with the operator in
mind and the power to move. The forklift series, with fully electronic
power steering and dual-steer tires, provides easy navigation and
maneuverability in narrow aisles. The operator can simultaneously control
travel direction, travel speed, lift, lower, tilt, side-shift, and other
hydraulic functions with one hand. The other hand controls the virtually
effortless electronic tiller steering with Mosfet Drive Controller
providing greater driving performance and maneuverability. The instrument
panel has an easy-to-read digital display for immediate awareness of the
forklift's operational status. — Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. Inc.,
14481 Lochridge Blvd., Covington, Ga. 30014; 770787-5100; 800/821-9365;
Decaser bottle feed
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.’s Model 156
decaser/single filer is now equipped with an intelligent control package
that automatically monitors container flow and adjusts the decasing speed
to ensure a continuous fill rate. This new feature is designed to optimize
line productivity by ensuring harmonious operation regardless of line speed
variations. The Model 156 takes the place of three machines as it functions
as a flap opener/positioner, uncaser and container single filer. Operating
at speeds up to 50 cases per minute, it opens the case flaps, uncases and
single files the containers and uprights the emptied cases for conveying to
case packing. Flexibility is built in, as this machine runs a variety of
bottle- or container-styles, including glass and plastic, and offers quick
changeover requiring no change parts. — A-B-C Packaging Machine
Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/273-5975;
Built for medium-speed case sealing and high-speed
cartoning, Shure-Glue’s NC-20 PRO Series hot-melt applicator delivers
the flexibility, performance and durability for adhesive applications.
Solid-state controls, accurate RTD temperature sensors and motor-driven
gear pumps optimize system performance. The NC-20 PRO Series melt rate (21
pounds/hour) and holding capacity (19 pounds) make it ideal for a wide
range of applications, including low-consumption applications. The New
Pro-Series unit features a touch-screen control panel that offers
capabilities and features such as programmable sequential zone start-up,
automatic temperature setback, high/low temperature protection,
high-pressure protection, system diagnostics, RS-232 temperature control
interface, seven-day programmable clock, digital RPM readout and optional
two-channel adhesive level sensing. — Shure-Glue Systems Inc., 457 Circle
Freeway Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; 513/874-5581; shure-glue.com.
The Imaje 4040 printer has been designed for
manufacturers who need to personalize their packaging on the production
line and who are looking for quality, reliability and flexibility. The
Imaje 4040 Windows-based controller makes selecting texts, graphics, logos,
barcodes and 2-D codes on porous surfaces effortless. The image quality is
a true 180 dpi vertical by 200 dpi horizontal resolution with ANSI Grade
readability that meets market requirements. Imaje 4040 prints any font and
any alphabet, up to 71 mm. height with a single head. The printer can drive
up to four print heads for very large messages or simultaneously print on
both sides of the same packing case. — Imaje USA, 1650 Airport Rd., Kennesaw, Ga.
30144; 770/421-7700; imaje.com.
Filter test device
The Palltronic Compact Star from Pall Corp. is a new
fully automated, portable and easy-to-use filter integrity test device
designed to help ensure consistent wine quality from batch to batch. The
test enables wine manufacturers to protect their brand through preventative
quality control and rapid diagnosis. The Palltronic Compact Star device
provides a simple, fast and accurate check of integrity of the membrane
filters used in wine processing to eliminate the risk of microbial
contamination prior to bottling in a completely automated system. The
Palltronic Compact Star device also performs a pressure hold test, a
non-destructive method that measures pressure decay over time. The test
involves automatically pressurizing the filter housing at a predetermined
level, allowing the pressure to stabilize. The device then takes the test
measurement and depressurizes the assembly through the vent valve. In
addition to the wine industry, the new device can be applied to test filter
integrity in a broad range of food and beverage applications including
beer, spirits, soft drinks and ingredient processing. — Pall Corp., 2200 Northern Blvd., East
Hills, N.Y. 11548; 516/484-5400; pall.com.
Coding and marking
Domino Printing Sciences plc will be bringing its
A-Series range of continuous ink jet printers, which has been developed to
offer a wide range of reliable coding solutions, to Interpack in
Düsseldorf, Germany. The A-Series range at Interpack includes the A300
continuous ink jet printer, which prints up to four lines of text with a
variety of print formats that include logos, bar codes/dot codes, automatic
serial numbering/batch coding and real time clocks. Visitors also will have
the chance to see the A300SE continuous ink jet printer and S200B laser
system in live demonstrations printing onto PET water bottles, while
Domino’s C-Series printers like the C6000, will demonstrate how the
quality of printing for outer cases is achieved with ease. — Domino U.K. Ltd., Bar Hill, CB# 8TU
Cambridge, U.K.; +44 0 1954 782551; domino-printing.com.
Douglas Machine Inc. received a patent for its Pinless
Metering system that uses slip-sheet technology and servo drives to gently
but quickly meter bottled, canned and cartoned products into their
appropriate pack patterns. The Pinless Metering technology also eliminates
product damage that can occur when using traditional metering concepts.
Features include solid conveyors to stabilize product flow and minimal
surge pressure that results in speeds 50 percent faster than traditional
metering technology. Changeovers are accomplished with simple adjustments
and intuitive steps through the control panel. Pinless Metering is used on
Douglas product lines including the new Axiom Servo Case/Tray Packers and
Contour Shrink-Wrap Systems. —
Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587;
Manitowoc Beverage Systems offers BevClean, a no rinse
bag-in-box and cartridge beverage system cleaner. BevClean cleans and
sanitizes fountain dispensing systems, counter electronics, bar guns,
cartridge machines and dairy/cappuccino dispensers, and can clean up to
eight beverage lines simultaneously. Cleaning usually takes two service
technicians an hour, but BevClean allows one service technician to finish
in 15 minutes. The cleaner works on contact and requires no flushing with
water. BevClean is colorless, odorless and leaves no residuals.
Unlike cleaners that can negatively affect
carbonation, BevClean has been tested and proven to have no adverse affects
on carbonation. The product is completely safe for all dispensing
equipment, tubing, pumps and other system components, and can be used for
syrup, juice and fruit drink, tea and beer lines. Stronger concentrates are
available for beer lines to remove beer stone build-up. — Manitowoc Beverage Systems, 1001 Hamilton
Dr., Holland, Ohio 43528; 419/861-0800; mbsus.com.
Kernco Instruments Co.
Inc. now offers Model CDX-1 portable digital refractometer with wide range
of 0 to 60 percent. The model covers many applications where previous
models would only cover a range of 0 to 35 percent. The exceptionally small
and lightweight refractometer performs at the highest level available in a
compact digital design. Model CDX-1 features rugged construction to provide
years of reliable use. The waterproof (IP65) design allows it to be used in
humid or harsh conditions. The aluminum sample well with titanium coating
stands up to even corrosive materials and allows samples to be easily wiped
from the prism. — Kernco Instruments Co. Inc., 420 South
Kenazo Ave., El Paso, Texas 79928-7339; 915/852-3375; kerncoinstr.com.
Thermo Electron Corp.
unveiled the Orion Star Series, a line of meters, accessories and solutions
for electrochemistry measurement. Building upon Orion’s electrode
technology, Thermo’s Water Analysis Instruments product portfolio
offers multiple configurations and highly sensitive electrodes designed for
applications in the beverage and food markets. Thermo has customized the
meters, electrodes and solution packages to fit the specific needs of
customers, rather than offering one standard equipment package. With seven
benchtop models and eight portable models, the
series is suitable for the general lab or for the specialized quality
control lab. — Thermo
Electron Corp., 18 Commerce Way, Fifth Floor, Woburn, Mass.; 781/933-4689;
InkJet Inc. has released
two new inks for Videojet and Marsh inkjet printers. The 25 Ink is a white
ketone-based pigmented ink, designed to provide a bright, high-contrast
mark on dark, non-porous materials. The 25 ink provides a fast dry time and
is suitable for high visibility marking on dark colored glass, wire, cable
and extruded rubber products, similar in performance to Videojet 16-2520
InkJet’s new U Ink is a black ketone-based large
character ink, formulated to provide a dark, high-contrast mark on porous
and semi-porous cartons. This ink is packaged in an 8-ounce pressurized,
non-aerosol bladder that easily connects to the print head with a
bayonet-type fitting. The U ink is similar in
performance to the Marsh Unicorn DOD Series ink. — InkJet Inc., 11111 InkJet Way, Willis,
Texas 77378; 936/856-6600; inkjetinc.com.
The Magliner Keg Mover allows users to move six full
(half-barrel) kegs or 11 empties securely, significantly increasing
delivery productivity. When placed on an Axiom 360, the Keg Mover
stabilizes a bottom row of three kegs so additional layers may be added.
Weighing about 10 pounds, the Keg Mover stores easily in a bay truck when
not in use, allowing users to quickly alternate between case and keg
delivery. — Magline Inc.,
503 South Mercer St., Pinconning, Mich. 48650-9310; 800/624-5463;
Hytrol’s model Plezd is a heavy-duty plastic
belt accumulation conveyor, offering a new approach to conveying and
accumulating heavy unitized or palletized loads. It combines the technology
of the patented EZLogic Accumulation System with the efficiency of the new
EZDrive System. The Plezd uses the dependability of the plastic belt to
convey loads considered nonconveyable, such as flexible plastic pallets and
mis-oriented conventional wooden pallets. — Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc., 2020 Hytrol Dr.,
Jonesboro, Ariz. 72401; 870/974-5642; hytrol.com.
The Pocket Puffy starts out as a business card then
inflates into a full-sized beverage cooler. A customizable diameter makes
the Pocket Puffy the right fit for normal-sized and extra large bottles and
cans and 8.3-ounce energy drinks. The screen print method on the coolers
produces an image superior to dye sublimation available on neoprene
coolers. The image also covers the entire 11-inch by 4.5-inch surface of
the drink cooler and the surface of the pouch, allowing for 50 square
inches of advertising space. —
Pocket Puffy Promotions Co., 3229 Rogers Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76109;
Date code sensor
Focusing on optical character recognition (date codes,
lot codes), the Omron F210 CF date verification vision sensor from Omron
Electrics LLC monitors printed codes for readability and rejects packages
with unreadable, incomplete or missing codes. At the same time, it alerts
system operators of the defects so that corrections can be made before
large numbers of products are affected.
The F210 CF enables complete inline inspection of
codes. The system automatically updates codes daily without operator
intervention and recognizes date formats, including “manufactured
on” and “best before” configurations. Setup and
changeover can be done through a handheld keypad rather than a PC. The F210
CF vision sensor is ideal for use in food and beverage packaging
operations, where clear and accurate date codes are essential. — Omron Electronics LLC, 1 Commerce Dr.,
Schaumburg, Ill. 60173; 866-88-OMRON; omron.com/oei.
FS-Elliott offering compressors to the beverage
FS-Elliott, which recently formed when Fu Sheng Industrial Co.,
acquired the compressor division of Elliott Turbomachinery Co., focuses
exclusively on the design, manufacturing, maintenance and servicing of
industrial air compressors. FS-Elliott’s headquarters, engineering
center and manufacturing operations are based in Jeannette, Pa. However, it
also has an extended service parts facility in Export, Pa., and a packaging
facility in Shanghai, China.
Ronald L. Stewart, FS-Elliott’s chief executive
officer answers a few Beverage Industry questions about the new company, the importance of
compressed air to the beverage industry, and new technologies to help
improve beverage processing operations.
Q: What differentiates your product from other air
compressor companies – isn’t all compressed air the same?
How compressed air is used in any operation can affect
product quality, and production efficiency – including total
availability. In order to maximize these factors, operations does not need
just any compressed air – they need engineered air. That is the focus
of our company.
Q: What makes up engineered air and what are the
benefits to end-users?
We use considerable experience and industry know-how
to develop leading technology, such as state-of-the-art aerodynamics and
advanced control and monitoring systems.
Reliability is clearly a huge benefit and we’ve
engineered our systems to ensure that this important utility – air
– is delivered consistently throughout an operation. The internal
workings of our equipment employ redundant systems to ensure availability
is maximized. In addition, we have worked to reduce the number of moving
parts in these systems to positively impact reliability.
We are giving users greater control over their air
compression systems. Our new Regulus Control System, for example,
allows an operator to control and monitor the entire system through an easy-to-use color graphic touch screen. This
allows for precision control and accurate trending for preventative
maintenance. In addition, our systems are designed with maximum
accessibility, reducing maintenance downtime. Users can easily fine-tune
their system to suit their specific needs.
Q: Are there specific benefits of engineered air to
the beverage industry?
Yes. The beverage industry is an important focus for
our organization. Quality, purity and consistency are vital to this
industry – from PET bottle blowing, to driving a conveyor line.
For instance, it is very important to consumer safety and
satisfaction that the compressed air used to blow PET bottles is 100
percent oil-free and particulate filtered. Our engineers pioneered the
development of 100 percent oil-free air, which directly impacts every
aspect of beverage industry from production to packaging.
Q: What is the most
important benefit that you bring to the beverage industry?
Focus. FS-Elliott designs, manufactures and services
only air compressors, providing a rare level of industry focus. Aside from
the many engineering benefits this focus brings, we are able to provide
unsurpassed customer service.
Q: Is FS-Elliott
developing any new technologies that might be of interest to the beverage
FS-Elliott has recently developed the Star Series
Regulus, an affordably priced programmable logic controller (PLC) based
modular control system that tempers leading technology with ease-of-use.
The Star Series Regulus allows plant services to monitor and control their
engineered air systems from anywhere in the world. It utilizes a color
graphical touch-screen human machine interface (HMI) whichfeatures control adaptability,
multi-functionality and increased energy efficiency.
NewAge Industries has
introduced Thermobarb barbed fittings in an assortment of five plastics.
This expanded offering lets users select the material that works best with
their application, which can range from potable water to chemical transfer
to industrial uses. Thermobarb fittings work well with tubing and hose made
from soft materials such as PVC, silicone, polyurethane or TPR. The plastic
barbed fittings are precision molded in nylon-6, high-density polyethylene,
PVDF, natural polypropylene or new black polypropylene. While all five
varieties of Thermobarbs offer high impact strength and chemical
resistance, each material offers its own
advantages for particular applications. —
NewAge Industries Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, Pa. 18966;
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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