Robotic Bartender
Motoman introduces three models of its RoboBar, a complete, self-contained robotic bar ready for high-volume service bar applications. RoboBar is a unique, dual-arm Motoman DA9IC robot with a compact NXC100 controller and two arms. One is equipped with a gripper to handle cups, glasses and beer bottles; the other can have up to four dispensing guns, each of which can dispense up to 16 different ingredients — in any combination. The robotic bar is available in RoboBar HP, RoboBar E and RoboBar NA models with variations on content, showmanship and delivering capabilities. — Motoman Inc., 805 Liberty Lane, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449; 937/847-6200;
Zero downtime labeler
Label-Aire Inc. introduces its new Model Inline Series 6000 Zero Downtime Labeling System. The system easily applies labels to round containers at speeds up to 200 containers per minute. With a top-trap mechanism to secure the product, label placement accuracy is plus or minus 1/32 of an inch. The innovative labeling system automatically switches between two applicators should labels run out, remains functional if a jam occurs on the line and automatically ejects unlabeled bottles. — Label-Aire Inc., 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833; 714/441-0700;
Clean in place
Fogg Filler introduces its Clean In Place System that will help make cleaning fillers faster, easier and more cost effective. The Fogg CIP System will clean a machine in place by the touch of a button without adding or removing any hardware. It also can help manage product temperature for hot-fill manufacturers. — Fogg Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, Mich. 49424; 616/786-3644;
Stock color expansion
PakTech expands its stock color options from nine to 26. This expansion will add options for bottle, label and cap colors as well as ease matching for secondary packaging. The 26 stock colors also reduce lead time and cost for orders with special requirements. — PakTech, 1680 Irving Road, Eugene, Ore. 97402; 541/461-5000;
Multiple process printer
Spear combines multiple print processes and varnishes in its new RDP Marathon Printing Press. Providing the beverage market with ultimate flexibility, the hybrid press can print high-gloss metallic and opaque colors of gravure printing in tandem with the fine lines, half tones and imagery of offset printing — all in one press run. Located at Spear’s Lille facility in France, the RDP Marathon Printing Press has seven offset, two gravure print stations and one UV flexo varnish print station. — Spear USA, 5510 Courseview Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040; 513/459-1100;
Sign-making software
Intervolve Inc. announces the immediate availability of SignShop, the first merchandising management and analysis software designed for beverage wholesalers. SignShop helps wholesalers manage and control the requisition, approval, production and inventory of merchandising items; track materials to better manage production costs and influence supplier choices; and ensure placement of items for greatest account performance. It also provides cost/volume analyses, brand distribution reports, sales reports and the ability to match promotions with accounts to help achieve corporate and account objectives. — Intervolve Inc., 319 West Martin Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27601, 919/828-5727;
Flexible case sealer
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.’s new Model 436 top case sealer is the solution for contract packagers and manufacturers that supply custom packaging for a variety of customers. The 10 foot long, stainless steel machine can seal with tape and hot melt adhesive interchangeably for reliable closure of up to 50 cases per minute. Case size changeover is made easy with Model 436 thanks to hand crank handles. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak Street, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975;
New bottle machines
Sidel announces three new plastic bottle machines: Actis 48, SBO 4 Compact and SBO 34 HighSpeed. The Actis 48 is the world’s fastest equipment for PET bottle barrier treatment, which is done by depositing a thin layer of hydrogen-rich amorphous carbon inside a PET bottle to help extend the shelf-life of sensitive drinks. The company also introduces two new models of plastic blowmolding equipment for different rates of production. The SBO 4 Compact is a linear blowmolding machine that can produce at rates of up to 6,400 bottles an hour. For higher productions, the SBO 34 HighSpeed produces 24 ounce bottles and smaller at a rate of 1,000 bottles every minute. — Sidel Group, BP 204 – 76053 Le Havre Cedex, France; (33) 2 32 85 82 43;
Updated software
Emerson Process Management releases its version 8.4 of DeltaV system software, which includes enhancements to help users predict and prevent abnormal situations. As part of Emerson’s open, standards-based PlantWeb digital plant architecture, the new version of DeltaV creates alerts and guidance to prevent abnormal situations. — Emerson Process Management, 12031 Research Boulevard, Building 3, Austin, Texas 78759; 512/832-3162;
Floor coatings
Sherwin-Williams Industrial & Marine Coatings announces two new, innovative solutions to the damage moisture vapor emissions (MVE) can cause to seamless flooring installed over concrete. The new General Polymers FasTop MVT Moisture Control System is a waterborne, low odor, self-leveling system that provides MVE protection under any flooring, even in constantly wet environments. Also new is the company’s AquArmor Flooring Systems that uses a revolutionary new water-based resin technology for use underneath any flooring or as a stand-alone system. — The Sherwin-Williams Co., c/o Ultimate Lead System, P.O. Box 739, Berea, Ohio 44017; 800/524-5979;
Print and apply
The Imaje 2000 Print and Apply is capable of placing labels anywhere on the package. The print and apply uses modular applicators to place labels on the top, sides and corners of packages. The choice of consumables and software allow the user to create and download label formats to pilot printers in a network. Seven applicators come in four categories: tamp, blow, wipe and articulated arm. All applicators are suitable for stationary packaging, but for moving packages it is recommended to use a tamp, wipe or blow applicator. The tamp applicator is suitable for labeling the sides and tops of packages. The applicator applies the label by punching it directly onto the package in one motion. The wipe applicator can label the sides, top and corners of packages. It applies the label and wipes it smoothly onto the box. The blow applicator applies the label to any side of the package with a source of air that blows the label smoothly onto the surface. — Imaje USA, 1650 Airport Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144; 770/421-7700;
Braided hose
NewAge Industries made improvements in its manufacturing processes and realized increased capacity for its braided hose production lines. Inventories of the company’s braid reinforced PVC hose, Nylobrade and braid reinforced polyurethane hose, Urebrade have been increased. NewAge’s PVC hose, Nylobrade, is suitable for a variety of applications including air lines, fluid transfer, protective jacketing and discharge lines. Nylobrade is clear and produced in 12 stock sizes ranging from one-eighths-inch to 2-inch I.D. with three wall thicknesses — thin, standard and high pressure — available. Its ingredients conform to USP Class VI and FDA standards. In addition to PVC and polyurethane materials, NewAge also manufactures braid reinforced hose made from silicone. Called Silbrade it is translucent and handles a temperature range between -80°F and 350°F. Silbrade is manufactured from FDA sanctioned ingredients and is flexible. — New Age Industries, 145 James Way, Southampton, Pa. 18966; 888/258-4293;