New Pet Packaging
Tradewinds Beverage Co. recently asked Constar International to help design its first PET package. The goal was to recapture the look of Tradewinds’ original 22-ounce glass package but in clear, unbreakable PET. This hot-fillable, 1-liter, portable-package bridges the gap between take-home and single-serve packages currently on the market. The company says the long neck design strikes a nostalgic chord with Tradewinds’ loyal customers. — Constar International Inc., One Crown Way, Philadelphia, Pa. 19154; 215/552-3700;
Case/tray packer
Douglas Machine Inc.’s new Axiom Series Case/Tray Packers incorporate electronic motion control technology to maximize machine flexibility, speed and simplicity. The Axiom Series features a rugged platform, which contributes to greater line efficiency by enhancing changeover repeatability and simplifying fault detection and recovery. The design includes durable stainless steel frames and nearly 50 percent fewer components, resulting in fewer replacement parts and reduced maintenance. The Axiom operates at speeds up to 45 cases or trays per minutes. — Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587;
Articulated forklift
New England Machinery Inc. produced a battery-powered Aisle-Master articulated forklift that benefits more operations. In addition to operating in aisle widths of 6.5 feet in palletized storage areas, the Aisle-Master forklift’s maneuverability has increased available manufacturing and processing space by as much as 50 percent. With 4,000-pounds capacity, the electric truck can work both inside and out, eliminating the need for normal counterbalance forklifts or narrow aisle trucks. Solid pneumatic tires fitted to the Aisle-Master also make loading in the yard possible. — New England Machinery Inc., 6204 29th St. East, Bradenton, Fla. 34203; 941/755-5550;
Packaging technology
Crown Holdings Inc. strategically partnered with ScentSational Technologies to manufacture product packaging employing ScentSational’s patented Compel Aroma technologies. Crown Holdings and Jetrion LLC also introduced a new technology in high-quality printing on metal packaging – the first high-resolution, full-color, digital inkjet printed can. — Crown Holdings Inc., One Crown Way, Philadelphia, Pa. 19154; 215/698-5100;
Streamless beer clarification
For small breweries, Pall Corp. offers Ecoflux Smartline Filtration System, which features an automated, one-step clarification process. The Ecoflux Smartline system simplifies beer clarification by combining the primary and polishing filtration steps into a one-step process. The system, specifically designed for breweries producing less than 10,000 barrels per year, removes bacteria and yeast from beer with minimal product loss. The compact system also uses less space and energy compared with typical processing methods. Pall also offers new beer filtration Depth Filter Sheets, which have a long life, high stability and high solids and microbial retention. — Pall Corp., 2200 Northern Blvd., East Hills, N.Y. 11548; 516/484-5400;
Cap technology
U.S. Beverage Inc.’s Seriously Twisted Technology introduced the FlavorINfusionCAP, a goof-proof and kid-proof way to transform an ordinary bottle of water into a soft drink. The company developed a patented way to incorporate a reservoir into the cap, which releases its contents when the cap is twisted. The caps can be filled with any substance from liquid to powder with a two-year shelf life. U.S. Beverage offers three cap configurations engineered to fit nearly all existing water bottles. —  U.S. Beverage Inc., 300 Highway 29th N., Newnan, Ga. 30263; 770/253-1156.
Air conveyor
Posimat introduced an Access Posiflex-37 unscrambler with automatic instantaneous changeover at the touch of a button and an Access N-15 model unscrambler. These machines have self-adjustable selectors and funnels so that changeover is carried out automatically in a few seconds. The Posiflex unscrambler admits a wide range of bottles, with varying heights and diameters, which makes it well equipped for industries that either modify their format design or need to add new formats often. For manufacturers that run mono-format lines or have only a few applications, the N-15 unscrambler provides a better option.— Posimat S.A., Avda. Arraona 17-23, Pol.Ind. Can Salvatella, 08210-Barberà del Vallè, Barcelona, Spain; 34-93-729-76-16;
Digital pH meter
Kernco Instruments Co. Inc. introduced a new Model 25-30 Digital pH Meter, AC/DC operation with LCD readout. The Model 25-30 portable pH meter features resolution of 0.01 pH over a full 0-14 pH range, including 0-1400 mV recorder output. Model 25-30 also features independent slope and buffer controls, plus manual temperature compensation from 0-100°C. Meter has liquid crystal display. — Kernco Instruments Co. Inc., 420 South Kenazo Ave., El Paso, Texas 79928-7339; 915/852-3375;
Ozone disinfection
The patent-pending Rapid Pipeline Disinfection system uses mass transfer and degas technology from Mazzei Injector-GDT Corp. and Floating Plate air-cooled ozone generating technology from Pacific Ozone Technology. The new ozone system can disinfect a pipeline in one hour, compared to traditional methods using chlorine that can take up to 24 hours. The trailer-mounted system receives water from a local fire hydrant using a fire hose. Ozone is produced from pressurized oxygen cylinders by an air-cooled 180 grams per hour Pacific Ozone Technology ozone generator and is added to the hydrant water using a packaged pressurized GDT ozone mass transfer system. — Pacific Ozone Technology, 6160 Egret Court, Benicia, Calif. 94510; 707/747-9600;
Shrink-sleeve label
SleeveCo Inc. created white, high-opacity, shrink-sleeve labels that depict fruit variety in color for Revolution Tea’s White-T ready-to-drink teas. The 50-micron sleeves, which are made of PETG, are gravure-printed in six colors. Revolution Tea wanted to have the look of glass without the weight and breakage issues associated with glass. SleeveCo’s shrink-sleeve label gave the company that option along with an elegant, quality appearance. — SleeveCo Inc., 103 Lumpkin Campground Road North, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534; 706/216-3110;
Extended length container
Linpac Materials Handling added the company’s longest length ever of 78 feet to its family of Ropak Extended Length reusable, collapsible containers. Specially designed to handle extremely long, hard-to-fit parts, the new 78-feet Extended Length features a footprint of 78 feet by 48 feet, and is available in three heights (25 feet, 33 feet and 34 feet) with a maximum capacity of 2,000 pounds. The containers can be stacked up to four high without racking, either upright or collapsed, and all container heights feature non-sequential folding sidewalls. — Linpac Materials Handling, 120 Commerce Ct., Georgetown, Ky. 40324; 502/863-5500;
Cooler door racks
Martin Paul Inc.’s Hi-Vis, short for “Hi-Visibility,” have been used by convenience stores for introduction of new products on the cooler door. The patented Hi-Vis PowerCups make the display possible by offering longer adhesion directly to the glass surface in refrigerated conditions. In addition to c-store retailers who have been using Hi-Vis racks on the inside of the glass doors, grocery retailers are taking advantage of marketing products on the outside of the doors. Hi-Vis adhesion platforms work equally well in sub-zero centigrade temperatures. — Martin Paul Inc., 9307 Interstate 35, Denton, Texas 76207; 940/458-7976;
Ink jet case printers
Markem Corp. offers a 5000 Series of hot-melt ink jet case printers for beverage tray and shrinkwrap printing. The 5000 Series provides an environmentally friendly printing solution with clean, solvent-fee TouchDry solid ink, and delivers crisp, real-time variable information and codes. Scanable bar codes, detailed graphics and logos also are produced by these printers. The necessity to stock preprinted trays and cases is eliminated with their use, and ink can be refilled during production. — Markem Corp., 150 Congress St., P.O. Box 2100, Keene, N.H. 03431; 866/263-4644;
Precision tubing
The Duff-Norton SuperCylinder adds a precision-guided translating tube system to proven Duff-Norton mechanical actuator components to provide a clevis-mounted actuator line with broad capabilities. The SuperCylinder features speeds as fast as 136 inches per minute with capacities up to 25 tons. A ground and chrome plated translating tube sliding in polymeric bearings produces excellent wear resistance. The SuperCylinder is available in two configurations: Right Angle (using motor straight into a C-face adapter) and Parallel (using a motor and gear reducer through a flange adapter). — Duff-Norton Co., P.O. Box 7010, Charlotte, N.C. 28241-7010; 800/477-5002;
Case erector
Lantech’s new C-300 case erector delivers reliability for a machine in the 10-case per minute speed range, utilizing a technology that holds the case square and erect throughout the process. According to Lantech, the C-300 will erect tape case blanks with unglued seams or irregularities that usually jam other machines. The C-300 comes standard with features such as powered infeed magazine and automatic case on demand operation. — Lantech, 11000 Bluegrass Pkwy., Louisville, Ky. 40299-2399; 800/866-0322;
Outdoor advertising
Gateway Outdoor Advertising has launched the GO Media Convenience Store Advertising Network. Using GO Media, advertisers can reach consumers anywhere in the United States. Manufacturers of food, beverage and other products sold in convenience stores, the media buyer who represent them and advertisers trying to reach their target audiences can advertise and promote on 46-feet by 30-feet framed one-sheet posters near, or at, the entrances of the more than 20,000 independent c-stores nationwide that Gateway has under contract. — Gateway Outdoor Advertising, 31 Route 46, Hackettstown, N.J. 07840; 908/684-8122;
Durable switches
APEM Components Inc. introduces the PBA Series of Piezo switches. The PBA Piezo Pushbutton has no moving parts and is completely sealed for harsh environment applications. APEM’s Piezo switches are ideal for use in applications such as beverage dispensers, lifts, safety and security equipment, and chemical and petrochemical processing equipment. — APEM Components Inc., 63 Neck Road, P.O. Box 82288, Haverhill, Mass. 01835; 978/372-1602;
Antimicrobial technology
Fogg Co. introduced Micro-blc antimicrobial technology as a new feature available in all Fogg elastomers and lubricants. Using inorganic ion-exchange resins, Micro-bloc is a proactive antimicrobial rubber that provides residual protection against contamination. Because the antimicrobial agent is an integral ingredient, Micro-bloc qualities will not diminish over time or usage. — Fogg Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Dr., Holland, Mich. 49424; 616/786-3644;
Anti-static container discharge
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. presents an anti-static container discharge for the company’s Model 108 bulk depalletizer with features that dissipate built-up electrostatic charge and prevent static electricity from causing production line delays in container handling and single filing when running lightweight plastic containers. A low-friction mattop-style conveyor transports bottles from the sweep-off through mass discharge. Guide rails are crafted of low-friction material to prevent bottle contact from transferring an electrostatic charge. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/273-5975;
System cleaner
BevClean, a no rinse bag-in-box and cartridge beverage system cleaner, cleans and sanitizes fountain dispensing systems, counter electrics, bar guns, cartridge machines and dairy/cappuccino dispensers, cleaning as many as eight beverage lines simultaneously. Cleaning usually takes two service technicians an hour, but the BevClean System allows one service technician to finish in 15 minutes. The cleaner works on contact and does not require flushing with water. BevClean is colorless, odorless and leaves no residuals. Unlike cleaners that can negatively affect carbonation, BevClean has been tested and proved to have no adverse effect on carbonation. The product is completely safe for dispensing equipment, tubing, pumps and other system components and can be used for syrup, juice and fruit drinks, tea, dairy systems and beer lines. —  BevClean, 3975 Dayton Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45414; 866/315-0047;
Equipment catalog
The new 800-page full color WACO Laboratory Equipment Catalog has been published by Wilkens-Anderson Co. Product descriptions, pricing and other information for a range of laboratory apparatus, instruments, supplies, chemicals and glassware are included in the catalog. The products are designed to meet the needs of all types of research and development and quality control laboratories. — Wilkens-Anderson Co., 4525 West Division St., Chicago, Ill. 60651; 800/847-2222;