Cat Lift Trucks introduced the ET3000-ET4000 series of 100 percent AC powered, three-wheel lift
trucks. Featuring a MicroCommand alternating current (AC) control system, an operator presence detection system and an
increased range of motion and maneuverability, the series offers three
models with capacities ranging from 3,000 pounds to 4,000 pounds. The
innovative MicroCommand AC control system offers the elimination of
redundant components typically found on off-the-shelf boxed systems and
increased productivity through MOSFET and thermal management technology.
Equipped with an AC-drive motor, the ET3000-ET4000 series delivers improved
energy efficiency and quiet operation along with top travel, lift and
lowering speeds. Operators are able to control torque and speed separately,
allowing for optimum driving performance and a reduced turning radius. The
trucks are designed with individual thermal
protection systems that guard against overheating of the pump motor, drive motor and control panel. — Cat Lift Trucks, 2121 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N.,
Houston, Texas 77043; 713/365-1000; cat-lift.com.
Vacuum Barrier’s Nitrodose Easy Doser VS
(variable speed) provides discreet dosing at line speeds up to 300
containers per minute. The system works for manufacturers that use
lightweight packaging and have slower capacity line speeds, but still
require the precision of the Nitrodose systems. The system delivers
controlled amounts of low-pressure liquid nitrogen to pressurize or inert
any package type. The Easy Doser is equipped with a simplified PLC
controller with touchpad controls, vacuum insulation for the lowest liquid
nitrogen consumption, and is designed with a low-profile dosing head to fit
into confined spaces. — Vacuum Barrier
Corp., Box 529, Woburn, Mass. 01801-0529; 781/933-3570; vacuumbarrier.com.
Narrow aisle lift truck
Yale Materials Handling Corp. offers a very narrow
aisle lift truck for the warehouse. NTA-SB combines AC-powered engine
technology, ergonomics and serviceability, making this man-up turret truck
ideal for pallet handling and case picking applications. The NTA-SB,
available in 3,000-pound and 3,500-pound capacities, offers Smart Guide
continuous height sensing, auto deceleration braking system, Tri Form and
Quad Form mast with lift heights up to 55 feet and a traverse frame with
pantograph. The lift truck also provides an adjustable operator console; an
open compartment; seat-side joystick controls, armrest and swivel seat; a
no pedal floor (foot switches are integrated into compartment floor to
minimize trip points) and soft-touch electronic steering. — Yale Materials Handling Corp., 1400 Sullivan Drive,
Greenville, N.C. 27834; 800/233-9253; yale.com.
The Douglas Contour SPS-75 Shrink Packer handles
unstable products with ease using the Smartrak Steady Stream Infeed System
and pinless metering. Smartrak eliminates soft bottle product bridging and
removes the gaps that compromise pack pattern accuracy and continuous
product flow. Pinless metering uses new technology to gently meter products
at speeds 50 percent faster than traditional metering. Pinless metering
also eliminates product damage sometimes caused by pin metering, reducing
operating costs. Contour SPS-75 features include a tunnel utilizing heat
and airflow management to deliver tightly wrapped packages for maximum
package integrity and appearance. A servo driven wrapping wand provides
film control and accurate film placement. Speeds run as high as 75 cycles
per minute. — Douglas Machine Inc., 3404
Iowa Street, Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587; douglas-machine.com.
Wine filter system
Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
(KMS) introduced the Winefilter WF-3 Crossflow Microfiltration System for
small to medium-sized wineries. The system, designed to provide a
single-filtration from fermentation to bottle,
decreases the total cost of ownership with lower capital costs, reduces
energy consumption, and offers more sustained filtration runs and longer
membrane life. The Winefilter WF-3 system uses the microporous hollow fiber
membrane from KMS, which does not require periodic backflushing. A nitrogen
blowdown feature minimizes wine loss by recovering filtrate at the end of
each run. The system includes a feed pump, recirculation pump and integral
cleaning tank, all mounted on a mobile, caster-supported, stainless steel
frame that will fit through a standard doorway. Equipped with three 6-inch
membrane cartridges, the filtration system will process batches at 4
gallons to 12 gallons per minute, depending on
the type of wine. — Koch Membrane Systems
Inc., 850 Main St., Wilmington, Mass. 01887-3388; 888/677-5624;
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
Wilkens-Anderson Co., 4525 West Division St.,
Chicago, Ill. 60651; 800/847-2222; wacolab.com.
Thompson Scale Co.
released the TSC 350 16x Checkweigher capable of weighing, classifying and
rejecting up to 16 items simultaneously for quality control in packaging.
The TSC 350 16x Checkweigher is a drag chain style scale designed for large
quantity weighing in high production packaging lines. It utilizes two
strands of Nylatron flat-link chain to convey product across the weighing
portion of each scale. The Model TSC 350 16x Checkweigher is designed for
in-motion weighing of rigid, semi-rigid and stable products weighing
between 5 grams and 10 kilograms. Its design, consisting of 16 lanes,
increases output of packaged products over an average checkweigher by
weighing 16 times the number of items at once. The TSC 350 16x offers
conveyor speeds up to 300 feet per minute, and is capable of weighing up to
5,600 units per minute with accuracies of +/- 0.5 gram. — Thompson Scale Co., 2758
Bingle Road, Houston, Texas 77055; 713/932-9071; thompsonscale.com.
Micro Matic introduces SmartStrip, a tool that
measures the volume and temperature inside the keg. SmartStrip, when
applied to the keg wall, reads remaining beer contents and temperature
using liquid crystal technology. Developed by users in the field with a
need to easily determine the remaining contents in a keg, SmartStrip
eliminates lifting, shaking or guessing the keg content level.
Additionally, most draft trouble calls start with temperature. Determining
accurate keg temperature and then dispense temperature in the glass will
enable the draft service technician to identify the problem quickly. — Micro Matic USA Inc., 19791 Bahama Street,
Northridge, Calif. 91324; 866/327-4159; micromatic.com.
Beverage products catalogue
Millipore Corp. released its 2006 Beverage Products
Catalogue in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian on one CD. The
new CD catalogue includes information on Millipore’s microbial
management solutions for beverage applications, including a comprehensive
line of filters to remove microorganisms and a wide range of tools to
monitor the process. Look for details on clarification and prefiltration,
sterilizing-grade filtration, gas filtration, integrity testing instruments
and housings as well as microbial monitoring, environmental monitoring,
rapid technologies and online process monitoring tools. — Millipore Corp., 290 Concord Road, Bedford, Mass., 01730;
Extech Data Systems released new portable receipt printers for route accounting, a practice used
to reduce the time needed to complete a sale and improve sales force
productivity. With three wireless options, Extech’s printers are
available in 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch widths and are designed to withstand
the rigors commonly associated with the beverage and bottling industries.
Extech’s printers feature high-capacity rechargeable lithium ion
battery, printing more receipts per charge with less downtime. The printers
are available with built-in Flash and SRAM memory to manage all features,
and built-in detectors monitor temperature, voltage and paper-out. Multiple
communication interfaces and optional integrated Bluetooth radio are available. — Extech Data Systems, 285 Bear Hill Road Waltham, Mass.
02451-1064; 781/890-7440; extech.com.
Large glass pack
Systems’ new multi-pack solution, the
Diamond pack, is a marriage of form and function that offers beverage
manufacturers an alternative to corrugate. The Diamond carton, which will
be marketed under the company’s Duodozen carton line, is a paperboard
solution for large multi-packs, particularly for 18-, 20- and 24-packs of
glass and PET bottles. The Diamond pack is created with a multi-ply design
using multiple substrates to give rigidity and strength to the package. The
carton allows for multiple layers of board to be placed on the top portion
of the carton and above the handle openings, which can be found on each end
of the package. This adds strength to the carton and makes the pack
suitable for large multiples. The majority of the dual substrate carton is
converted from MeadWestvaco’s 27 point Coated Natural Kraft
paperboard with wet-strength additive, allowing the board to maintain its
rigidity even when wet. — MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, One High RidgePark,
Stamford, Conn. 06905; 203/461-7400; meadwestvaco.com.
Tape and hot-melt sealer
A-B-C Packaging Machine’s Model 436 top case
sealer is 10-inches long, and built with a stainless steel frame and welded
and bolted construction. Sealing can be accomplished with tape and hot-melt
adhesive interchangeably on this machine, which is designed for packaging
flexibility. Built with independent sealing modules, this sealer changes
from one sealing method to another in minutes: unlatch the sealing module
using the quick-turn clamps, remove the existing module, and replace it
with the alternate sealing module. If only one sealing method is desired,
the case sealer may be furnished for tape or hot-melt sealing only. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak Street,
Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975; abcpackaging.com.
Insight Inc. released a
bundle of software and services that build a prototype strategic supply
chain design model in a day. The bundle enables potential users to gain an
understanding of the scope of SAILS 21 V4.0, a reference standard for
strategic supply chain planning and design. The one-day prototyping service
uses a small amount of available summary data from the firm and leverages
the databases included with SAILS 21 V4.0 to build a working model. The
one-day exercise illustrates all the major steps in the analysis and points
the way to the more rigorous study to follow. The combination of user
interface, support databases, data preparation tools, scenario generation,
evaluation capabilities and optimization engine ensures that the study team
will meet follow-on deadlines as well. —
Insight Inc., 7960 Donegan Drive, Suite 233, Manassas, Va. 20109;
Premier Merchandising introduces the Kodak 1200i
wide-format printing system. The Kodak 1200i printing system offers the
latest advancements in wide-format aqueous inkjet technology. Available in
42-inch and 60-inch models, the 1200i is capable of producing both indoor
and outdoor inkjet prints on a variety of media substrates. The system
prints up to 220 square feet an hour. A dual-component drying system offers
a heated nose and ambient air plenum to improve for instant take up and
faster print-to-lamination time. Ink reservoirs enable users to use 100
percent of their ink, maintain a constant supply of ink to the print head
and allow ink bottles to be changed on the fly for uninterrupted printing. — Premier Merchandising, 419 Century Plaza Drive,
Suite 230, Houston, Texas 77073; 800/545-0392; premiermerchandising.com.
Material handling system
FKI Logistex released the
Boss PC-based material handling system. The system adds high-tech
flexibility to a proven control system for fast, accurate and efficient
material handling and increased distribution center throughput. New
features include a built-in networked graphical Human Machine Interface
(HMI), multiple processor capabilities and support for a variety of I/O
platforms. The Boss system is a PC-based control solution that lets
distribution center managers direct and measure the productivity of their
material handling systems. It combines productivity monitoring tools,
machine control, data collection, system diagnostics and HMI into a single
software package. The software’s new windowing HMI is more intuitive
and provides easy access to status, diagnostic, preventative maintenance
and control information. The new Boss HMI provides client-server capability
that runs on Windows XP, Linux, Solaris, QNX, AIX, HP-UX and Mac OSX.
Built-in HMI capabilities include control, status and diagnostic screens
that automatically adapt to the native platform’s look and feel. — FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.
63132; 877/935-4564; fkilogistex.com.
Krohne Inc. offers an
NTEP-approved single-straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter, Optimass Series
7000. This uniquely constructed flowmeter offers no-hassle installation and
superior performance in density and mass flow. With its single-straight
tube design and broad range of end connections, the meter meets the most
stringent hygienic requirements for food and pharmaceutical applications.
It also complies with industry standards, including ASME bioprocessing
equipment, EHEDG, 3-A and FDA. The meters are approved for use in hazardous
environments. Incorporating its Adaptive Sensor Technology, the Optimass
7000 Series tunes itself, independent of external forces and fluid density,
to produce an inherently balanced meter. It delivers accurate metering for
a wide range of flow rates, in seven full-bore tube diameters. — Krohne Inc., 7
Dearborn Road, Peabody, Mass. 01960; 978/535-6060; krohne.com.
LOOK FOR IT AT East Pack
Seal-It is a converter, manufacturer and printer of
shrink labels and tamper-evident bands made from PVC, PETG , OPS and
Earthfirst PLA films. Seal-It prints up to 10 colors in rotogravure
or modified flexographic. The company operates out of two technologically
advanced facilities. Seal-It hold many years of experience working in the
beverage industry. — Seal-It Inc., 70
Schmitt Blvd., Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735; 800/325-3965; sealitinc.com. East
Pack Booth Number 4665.
Lock Inspection Systems
The rugged MET30+ Pipeline metal detector from Lock
Inspection Systems is ideal for the inspection of fluid products, including
colas, juices and dairy beverages. The unit is designed to withstand
cleaning conditions encountered in liquid applications, where the use of
abrasive chemicals and high temperatures is common. The MET30+ Pipeline, a
fully waterproof system, boasts unique electronics and detects and rejects
all types of metallic contaminants. Improved technical performance and
enhanced integration with management information and quality control
systems are key to Lock’s WeighChek checkweigher series also seen at
the show. And Lock’s WeighChek Combi is a fully integrated
combination metal detector and checkweigher for bottled or packaged
products. A single touchscreen interface controls both the metal detector
and checkweigher, for simple operation. The metal detector’s
automatic multiple frequency selection facility guarantees performance on
all metals, including metallized film, making it suited for foil pouch-pack
juice drinks. —
Lock Inspection Systems, 207 Authority Drive, Fitchburg, Mass. 01420;
978/343-3716; lockinspection.com. East Pack Booth Number 4639.
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