Electric Reach Truck
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., released the ETV C20, an electric reach truck designed to excel at stacking and retrieval of merchandise stored at high lift heights and in confined spaces. The rugged workhorse is ideal both for moving pallets and doing continuous racking on single- or multiple-shifts. Outdoor and severe-weather use is a possibility with several optional weatherproof cabin configurations, and the truck’s super-elastic tires can negotiate both smooth and bumpy floor surfaces. With its compact dimensions and Reach Mast feature, the ETV C20 can work narrow aisle widths (down to 112.4 inches), and can lift loads up to 4,400 pounds to heights up to 291.3 inches. Both its mast tilt and optional fork side-shift features can enhance fork maneuverability while the vehicle is stacking or accessing loads.
— Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5701 Eastport Boulevard, Richmond, Va. 23231;
Emerson Process Management has extended its selection of the Micro Motion H-Series line by offering the 15 Ra electro-polished surface finish on its 2-inch line size hygienic Coriolis meter. This new addition expands the H-Series line by offering all five line sizes with the electro-polished finish. Like the rest of the Micro Motion H-Series line, the Coriolis sensor provides accuracy for mass flow, density and volume flow measurement, coupled with drainability and use in clean-in-place applications. With no moving parts to wear out or break down, no intrusive parts and no special flow or piping requirements, Micro Motion H-Series meters offer a hygienic metering solution.
— Emerson Process Management, 7070 Winchester Circle, Boulder, Colo. 80301;
FKI Logistex added a new design and interface options for its A-780 case palletizer. The new options increase the A-780’s capacity and its value as a choice for low- to mid-speed palletizing applications. The A-780 utilizes high-level infeed and right-angle pattern formation to achieve pattern flexibility. Close-center rollers and a bi-parting apron also give the A-780 the ability to handle a wide variety of case and pallet sizes. Its compact footprint is ideal for existing facilities where space is at a premium. A recirculating row pusher is one of several new options offered on the A-780. This feature improves case flow and allows higher palletizing capacities with rates up to 45 case-feet per minute. It is offered as an alternative to the standard reciprocating row pusher.
— FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132;
A-B-C offers the Model 800 case packer with features to accommodate shrinkwrapped multi-packs of beverage and juice boxes. This case packer provides product accumulation, case erecting, packing and sealing at speeds to 25 cases per minute, and offers many variations in packing patterns and product feeds while maintaining optimum product integrity during packing and shipping. It incorporates features for gentle product handling to eliminate scuffed overwraps or damaged graphics. Each product load is stacked in a specially designed accumulation section that is tailored for the product. After accumulation, the entire load is transferred through collapsible funnel gates that open into the erected case, for smooth product transfer that maintains package integrity. This packer is equipped with A-B-C’s standard features to increase line productivity.
— A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak Street, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689;
Shure-Glue offers an extensive selection of industry-standard hot-melt dispensing valves. The Shure-Glue line includes manual, air-operated and electronically operated dispensing valves. Shure-Glue dispensing valves are a compact, modular design and offer reliable service. They are available for every type of pattern requirement no matter how simple or complex. Specific applications include high-speed, non-contact extrusion, ribbon coating, fine-line gluing and spray. Special and custom configurations can also be made available.
— Shure-Glue Systems Inc., 457 Circle Freeway Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246;
Flowserve Corp. launched the 9.3.0 version of Performance!, the company’s control valve sizing and selection software. Performance! employs industry-standard ISA sizing equations, among other measures, to specify Flowserve control valves and similar competing valve products. Among the new features in version 9.3.0 are additions to the program’s product and options database, as well as improvements to the software engine to increase its speed and ease-of-use. Also enhanced in Performance! version 9.3.0 is the program’s valve noise calculations function. Performance! calculates noise based on the latest IEC standard. Offering detailed valve specification information, such as materials, accessories, actuators and positioners in its database, Performance! provides specifying engineers with complete valve sizing data, including flow, pressure, cavitation and documentation requirements. Performance! is built on a Sybase database engine that allows valve records to be isolated by user and project. It also includes support for 76 individual valve models and 29 actuator models.
— Flowserve Corp., 5215 North O’Connor Blvd., Suite 2300, Irving, Texas 75039 USA;
Metalsistem North America introduced the Superbuild series of heavy-duty pallet racking. Superbuild racking features bolted, rather than welded, assembly for fast setup and easy re-configuration to meet the needs of changing operations. Developed for heavy loads, the Superbuild satisfies all pallet racking and drive-in requirements. Drive-in systems, through the elimination of feed corridors, can more than double warehouse storage capacity. Drive-ins come in two standard configurations, single- and double-entry. Compatible with the Metalsistem Unibuild modular racking series, Superbuild is available in three styles with load bearing capacities ranging from 17,000 to 35,000 pounds.
— Metalsistem North America, 428 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123;
Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. has partnered with Eaton Cutler-Hammer to create a zero-pressure accumulation system. While featuring the same EZLogic familiarity, GEN3 incorporates new technologies for ease of installation, operation and maintenance. EZLogic automatically adjusts the conveyor’s zone length to accommodate the length of the carton being conveyed. In singular mode, longer cartons are efficiently conveyed, providing better control of boxes. This increases carton throughput, accumulation density, conveyor efficiency and system flexibility. If desired, zones may be sized for the smallest carton for the most efficiency.
— Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc., 2020 Hytrol Drive, Jonesboro, Ariz. 72401;
Graham Packaging Co. LP developed a new blowmolding technology that produces lighter weight PET bottles without changing design or sacrificing performance characteristics. The first product to emerge from development will be a multi-serve hot-fill bottle. The bottle will be blown in the same mold used for the current, heavier version of the same size bottle. This technology eventually will be rolled out to the entire family of PET hot-fill bottles, and has exactly the same look, height, diameter and footprint as the current version.
— Graham Packaging Co. LP, 2401 Pleasant Valley Road, York, Pa. 17402;
pH sensor maintenance
Mettler-Toledo Ingold introduced a system for fully automated pH sensor maintenance, the EasyClean 400. Approved for use in hazardous classified areas, the system finds application throughout the beverage industry. The premier member of the EasyClean family of automated pH electrode cleaning and calibration systems offers both pre-programmed and user-configured programs offering flexibility tailored to application needs, and also enhanced diagnostics monitor system conditions to ensure optimal operation and safety. Configuration and control is performed via the Mettler Toledo advanced M700 transmitter. Profibus digital communication further expands system integration.
— Mettler-Toledo Ingold, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Mass. 01730;
Screw drive unit
The Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies Group of Bosch Rexroth Corp. has introduced the Ball Screw Drive Unit AGK to add ball screw precision and speed to extended length applications. The Ball Screw Drive Unit AGK uses a high-performance ball screw in a rigid aluminum housing to drive motion at speeds up to 96 meters per minute, even in extreme environments. Specially designed screw supports and optimized bearing configurations reduce screw whip, allowing the AGK to achieve speed improvements when used in extended length applications. Available in ball screw accuracy Classes 5, 7 and 9, and in sizes 20x, 32x and 40x, the AGK is ideal for high-speed, high-precision machines where clearance or environmental conditions require a compact, protected ball screw drive system. The AGK comes as a complete, ready-to-install unit in lengths up to 6000 mm., with optional integrated motor mounts for end- or side-mounted motors.
— Bosch Rexroth Corp., Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, 14001 South Lakes Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28273;
Label-Aire introduced an addition to its RFID Solutions line, the 3115/11 RFID Air-Blow applicator. The Model 3115/11 RFID’s features include velocity compensation for improved label placement accuracy. Zero downtime labeling allows production to continue without costly interruptions. Product/label queuing and missing label compensation virtually eliminate unlabeled products. The unit’s RFID features include EPC, Class 0, Class 0+, Class 1, Gen 2 RFID tag encoding, fully integrated UHF/EPC technology, user friendly Label-Aire RFID tag formatting software and innovative Tag Rejecter mechanism.
— Label-Aire, 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833;
The Douglas Contour M-75 Multiwrapper is designed with a large size range and built-in programming for adding new products to maximize flexibility for existing and future products. Changeovers are completed in minutes with minimal change parts, and new sizes quickly are added through the HMI’s intuitive instruction. Features include the Smartrak infeed, which is designed to eliminate product bridging and gaps that can compromise pack pattern accuracy and continuous product flow; a servo-driven wrapping wand for increased film control and accurate film placement; and management for tunnel heat and airflow, ensuring accuracy in single- and multiple-lane production. Pinless metering is designed to gently meter products into appropriate pack patterns. The film feed area allows for the use of a single width of film when running multiple lane production, reducing film usage and overall material costs.
— Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa Street, Alexandria, Minn. 56308;
Offering a range of technology and services, Rockwell Automation supports customers' predictive, preventive and reactive maintenance needs throughout the entire life cycle of an asset. Rockwell Automation experts are available to discuss a variety of topics related to maintenance including developing a strategic approach to maintenance; leveraging asset utilization tools to boost manufacturing performance; using predictive maintenance tools to improve OEE; and turning maintenance operations into a profit center. Following is a list of recent additions to the Rockwell Automation services and support portfolio:
Rockwell Automation continues to expand the storeroom management capabilities of its RAAMP program. In addition to electrical repair services, the RAAMP program now includes Mechanical Repair Services, which supports a wide variety of equipment from thousands of manufacturers. The addition of RFID Storeroom Tracking capability helps companies maintain reliable inventory levels.
Rockwell Automation continues to expand its Allen-Bradley XM Series line of machinery protection and condition monitoring modules designed for machinery requiring continuous online monitoring.
With RepairTrak, Rockwell Automation customers now have a suite of tools to help better understand electronic circuit board usage, failure analysis and track products through the repair process. This agreement features: distributor pick-up service, access to RepairTrak online tools and an extended warranty.
Rockwell Automation has expanded its suite of condition-based services with the addition of infrared thermography capabilities. When performed on a scheduled basis, infrared thermography identifies reliability issues before component failure by inspecting essential systems, including electrical, mechanical, process, roofing and structural systems.
Through its Network Security Services, Rockwell Automation helps companies protect their manufacturing and controls environment from unauthorized access, changes and other business impacts.
— Rockwell Automation, 1201 South Second Street, Milwaukee, Wis. 53204;