Lift Trucks
Hyster Co. added the Fortis H40-70FT sit-down, counterbalanced IC, solid pneumatic tire to its line of Fortis lift trucks. With capacities ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 pounds, this new series of lift trucks reduces operating costs by matching the right engine with the proper transmission for specific application needs. Multi-tiered engine transmission configurations create efficient powertrains, which offer greater fuel efficiencies and best-in-class productivity. The redesigned hydraulic system offers simplified hydraulic componentry and routing away from heat sources such as the engine to reduce the number of potential leak points. The electrical systems also have been upgraded for improved reliability. — Hyster Co., 1400 Sullivan Drive, Greenville, N.C. 27834; 800/497-8371;
Fifth wheels
Helping reduce weight without compromising performance, Peterbilt now offers Holland FW17 Series fifth wheels for its full lineup of medium- and heavy-duty tractors. The new optional fifth wheels — available in fixed and air slide versions — are up to 16 percent lighter than comparable competitive products and have a vertical load rating of 50,000 pounds and a maximum 150,000-pound drawbar pull rating. The Holland FW17 Series fifth wheels are designed to handle on-highway applications up to 95,000 pounds gross combination weight. — Peterbilt Motors Co., 1700 Woodbrook Street, Denton, Texas 76205-7864; 940/591-4000;
Inkjet printer
Imaje 9000 printers offer ergonomics, intuitive user interface, easy accessory connections, simple consumables access and replacement and the new “i” key, which provides onscreen help text at the touch of a button. Imaje 9000 printers are integrated easily into any production line configuration, and are simply installed. The printers start up quickly, continue printing during cartridge change and adjust their parameters automatically in response to their environment. — Imaje USA, 1650 Airport Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144; 770/421-7700;  
Case erector/print module
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. introduced a new case erecting technology that allows packagers to print logos, batch codes, product identification or other important data on their cases in-line during high-speed case forming and sealing. The new erector/printer offers complete flexibility as information and graphics are applied to the case body or the flaps as cases travel from the magazine to the forming station. Once erected, the graphics may appear on multiple panels of the case, including the top, side, corner or end. Cases are automatically printed on two sides (side and end) using one print head or all four sides (both sides and ends) using two print heads. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/273-5975;
Stainless steel conveyor
FKI Logistex launched a new Stainless Steel Conveyor. With side frames built in 304 polished stainless steel and all fabricated parts available in stainless steel, the conveyor can be wet-cleaned after production runs. Its corrosion-resistant construction reduces wear and tear and extends conveyor component life. FKI Logistex Stainless Steel Conveyor expands on the FKI Logistex Accumat rollerless conveying system, offering styles for zero-pressure accumulation, transportation, incline, decline and metering. Like Accumat, the conveyor uses a modular plastic-belt conveying surface, eliminating the need for rollers and providing a continuous surface for product conveying. The Stainless Steel Conveyor operates at speeds up to 300 feet per minute, has a live load weight capacity of 70 pounds per foot, and can convey a variety of items from shrinkwrapped packages to corrugated boxes. — FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; 877/935-4564;
Actuator series
Duff-Norton offers its 7500 Series actuators for applications requiring continuous duty cycles. The 7500 Series will not overheat during continuous cycles, and perform with efficiency ratings to 70 percent, maximum horsepower ratings up to 10 hp and capacities of 3,500, 12,000 and 27,000 pounds. All models are available with top plate, clevis or threaded end mounts. —  Duff-Norton Co., P.O. Box 7010, Charlotte, N.C. 28241-7010; 800/477-5002;
Case erector warranty
Combi’s CE-10 case erector now comes with a three-year standard warranty. The case erector features low-case, low-tape alarms with stack light and powered case magazine and case counter. Ideal for applications that require more throughput than manual case erecting can provide, this machine erects and bottom seals corrugated cases at speeds from 500 to 700 cases per hour. — Combi Packaging Systems LLC, 5365 E. Center Drive NE, Canton, Ohio 44721; 330/456-9333;
Expressway belt sawtooth
Hytrol’s Expressway belt sawtooth offers a new concept in sawtooth merges. It consists of a belt-over-roller design. The rollers extend beyond the belt into the tooth where its diameter allows merging cartons to transition onto the belt. The tooth also contains a powered guide rail to positively convey merging product through the tooth area. This allows preset carton gaps to be maintained through the merge. — Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc., 2020 Hytrol Drive, Jonesboro, Ark. 72401; 870/974-5642;
Coding system
Videojet’s Focus S60 laser coding system delivers permanent quality codes on a variety of materials such as paperboard packaging, plastics, glass, labels, claycoat and secondary packaging. The Focus S60 provides high-quality print resolution for nearly 100 percent verification system read rates. Using CO2 laser technology allows the Focus S60 to provide clean, low maintenance operation and eliminate consumable fluids and parts associated with other printing technologies. To meet the needs of nearly any coding requirement, this flexible system can print mixed fonts, logos, special characters, RSS/Composite bar codes and 2-D symbols. — Videojet Technologies Inc., 1500 Mittel Blvd., Wood Dale, Ill. 60191-1073; 800/843-3610;
Wipe-on applicator
Label-Aire Inc. released its new Model 3115 RFID Wipe-One Primary Applicator. The new 3115 RFID Wipe-One is the affordable way to bring an operation into the RFID technology age. Features include automatic speed following, which allows product surface profiling, ensuring wrinkle-free labeling on even the most difficult product shapes and label materials (optional encoder required). Zero downtime labeling allows production to continue without costly interruptions. Product/label queuing and missing label compensation eliminate unlabeled products. — Label-Aire; 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833; 714/441-0700;
Inks for Marsh printers
Diagraph, an ITW company, added ITW Inks to its range of product offerings. Formulated for use in Marsh Ink Jet Printers, ITW Inks provide a cost-effective ink alternative. For selecting the appropriate ITW Ink, Diagraph offers an ITW Inks Reference Guide for Marsh Printers, which provides a cross-reference tool for identifying the ITW Ink part number for the Marsh equivalent. Offered are water-based inks and cleaners, alcohol-based inks and cleaners, solvent-based inks and cleaners, MEK inks and cleaner, high-resolution ink, ink cartridges and cleaners. ITW Inks can be used with the following Marsh equipment: Dli, ML8, ML4, Patrion Plus, Marsh Encore and Unicorn ink jet printers. — Diagraph, An ITW Company, 1 Missouri Research Park Drive, St. Charles, Mo. 63304-5685; 800/526-2531;
Six pack carrier
In addition to 6Pak handles for single-serve 24-ounce to 6-ounce bottles, PakTech has created 6Pak handles for cans. The new 6Pak handle ranges in size from smaller energy drink-type sizes to standard 12-ounce beverage cans. All bottles and cans have different neck and bottle diameters, but the 6Pak handle is based on a standard PakTech 6Pak handle design. Rather than reaching into the rings in order to carry the 6Pak, consumers can now pick up the package by the loops. The new handle allows the package to flex under the weight of the cans or bottles, making it more comfortable to grab and carry. — PakTech, 1680 Irving Road, Eugene, Ore. 97402; 541/461-5000;
Hot-melt applicator
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 packaging professionals demand in their adhesive applications. Solid-state controls, accurate RTD temperature sensors and a motor-driven gear pump optimize system performance. The NC-20 PRO Series melt rate (21 pound per 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. Specifics include multi-language display, programmable sequential zone start-up, automatic temperature setback, high/low temperature protection, high-pressure protection, Fahrenheit or Centigrade option, 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 Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; 513/874-5581;
Labeling system
The P.E. Modular Labeler delivers maximum labeling system flexibility. The labeling stations are modular for interchangeable labeling depending upon the application, and for applications that require pressure-sensitive, cold-glue, hot-melt or roll-fed labeling. The labeling system is available for speeds ranging from 100 to 800 bottles per minute. — P.E. USA Inc., 11560 Rockfield Court, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241; 513/771-7374;
Tray shrinkwrapping
PMI manufactures a complete line of innovative tray shrinkwrapping equipment from small footprint, low-speed units up to high-speed continuous motion systems. Whether the project requires clear film or print-registered material, PMI has the shrinkwrapping solution. — Packaging Machines International Inc., 1260 Lunt Ave., Elk Grove, Ill. 60007; 847/640-8451;  
Bottle bag
Termika offers the first European insulated bottle bag that is made specifically to fit 16.9-ounce bottled water. The reusable bag folds into a 2 by 2 inch square. Termika also offers the bag in larger sizes, and it can be customized with a company or drink logo in up to 10 colors. — Termika U.S., 474 Persimmon Lane, Roswell, Ga. 30076-7721; 678/585-7767;
Gable-top packaging
Evergreen Packaging Equipment offers a new slim gable-top carton and packaging machine.  Based on the EH-3 half-gallon platform, the EH-3S fills new, smaller cross-section cartons (3.45 inch by 3.45 inch). The machine includes the same ELL features and produces a pyramid bottom for stable retail shelf placement. Evergreen also now offers BFCG-32/16, an economical solution to gravity-fill bottling needs. The fully CIPable machine fills 8-, 16- and 32-ounce bottles at speeds up to 400 bottles per minute and includes an integrated screw capper. The machine’s features are specifically designed to allow for maximum product shelf life along with superior in-plant performance. — Evergreen Packaging Equipment, 2400 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406; 319/399-3200;
Silicone tubing
AdvantaPure has available Color Silicone Tubing for fluid and air transfer. The solid-color tubing offers quick recognition of individual tubing lines while it retains the performance characteristics for which silicone is known. Applications include the transfer and processing of liquids and gases in industries including beverage, dairy and food. — NewAge Industries Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, Pa. 18966; 800/50-NEWAGE;
Low height container
Linpac Materials Handling provides the Ropak 3A Series of reusable containers featuring a 32-inch by 30-inch footprint, and is now available in a new 18-inch height. All containers in the 3A Series offer load capacities of up to 2,000 pounds. Designed with fixed sidewalls, the Ropak 3A18’s low height makes it ideal for warehousing, distribution and transport of small, dense parts in a variety of applications. The 3A18 holds 5.4 cubic feet of volume, and weights 50 pounds. — Linpac Materials Handling, 120 Commerce Ct., Georgetown, Ky. 40324; 502/863-5500;
Vehicle tracking system
Sky-Trax Inc.’s new Vehicle Tracking and Management System (VTMS) monitors the movement of lift trucks and other process vehicles. VTMS works indoors, pinpointing vehicle locations in real-time and creating a map showing all vehicle locations within the facility. In addition to the graphical display, VTMS stores vehicle tracking data for fleet management purposes. Managers can access VTMS graphics and tracking data via local area network or secure Internet, allowing remote operations monitoring and management. — Sky-Trax Inc., 245 Quigley Blvd., Suite I, New Castle, Del. 19720; 866/927-4927;
Video recording
Monitoring Technology Corp. released 20/20 HindsightgigE, an advancement in high speed video recording. 20/20 HindsightgigE transforms the arcane art of high speed video into an easy to use plug-and-play industrial device. Its gigabit Ethernet (gigE) technology provides ease of use while supporting recording speeds in excess of 2,000 frames per second. Storage capabilities measured in terabytes make six-hour plus recording times possible. The full-duplex continuous buffer allows a user to both record and review video simultaneously. — Monitoring Technology Corp., 12701 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va. 22033-4306; 703/698-5520;
Industrial AC drive
The Reliance Electric GV6000 multipurpose industrial AC drive is the newest member of the Reliance Electric AC drive family. The drive will meet virtually all application needs in a platform that is expandable. The GV6000 package is ideal for stand-alone, retro-fit or new equipment where high power density is required. The drive comes standard with an Operator Interface Module to provide metering, programming and operator control. The drive’s OIM is removable and contains CopyCat functionality for transferring parameter sets between drives. The GV6000 follows the same intuitive navigate TAB programming style as the popular general purpose Reliance Electric MD65 V*S drive. — Rockwell Automation, 6040 Ponders Court, Greenville, S.C.; 29615; 864/281-2171;
Innovative Labeling System
Daydots has launched its new Duo-Dots labeling system. Currently patent-pending, Duo-Dots are the first labels of their kind to indicate both “first day” and “last day” of use for products on one label using dual color-coded designations. This innovative labeling system takes the guesswork out of food rotation. The new Duo-Dot labels make it simple for employees to ensure the freshness of food being served. The system eliminates the need for wall charts or other reminders by providing foodservice professionals with all the information they need to maintain proper rotation and food quality. The labels are available for three-, five- and seven-day rotation periods, and are color-coded to correspond to each day of the week. — Daydots, 1801 Riverbend West Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118; 800/321-3687;