Douglas Machine’s new Contour S-75 shrinkwrapper runs short to tall products on one machine at high speeds using advanced film cutting and handling technology. The flexible, patent-pending wrapping wand can use several paths for wrapping products, increase film control and provide accurate film placement. The S-75 features a patent-pending tunnel that uses advanced heat and airflow management to deliver tightly wrapped packages for maximum package integrity, consistently shaped bull’s eyes and minimum graphic distortion. It also is backed by Douglas Machine’s three-year limited warranty. — Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa Street, Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587;
pH testing kit
Mettler Toledo announces its new S20FB pH meter complete kit. The kit includes the S20 SevenEasy pH meter, InLab 425 pH electrode and all necessary cables and buffer standards for running samples in the beverage industry. The S20 SevenEasy pH meter features an intuitive interface, correctable temperature controls, an automatic endpoint to improve the reproducibility of the measurement, and safeguards the quality of the results. The InLab 425 electrode can accurately measure sticky and viscous samples of varying temperatures. — Mettler Toledo, 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240; 614/438-4936;
Electromechanical actuators
Duff Norton’s new industrial-duty TracMaster electromechanical linear actuator can accommodate load capacities up to 500 pounds. The actuator has flexible speeds and stroke lengths. Made of aluminum with all metal gears, the durable actuator can deliver strong performance in demanding applications. — Duff-Norton Co., P.O. Box 7010, Charlotte N.C. 28241; 800/477-5002;
Label dispensers
Start International introduces its line of 18 semiautomatic electric label dispenser machines. TheLabelDispenser line can dispense labels from 0.125 inches to 12 inches long and 0.25 inches to 8 inches wide, depending on the model. The dispensers use a solid-state photo sensor that detects the label. — Start International, 4270 Airborn Drive, Addison, Texas 75001; 800/259-1986;
Liquid-tight conduit
Thomas & Betts Corp. introduces its new line of Type A nonmetallic flexible conduit. Its liquid-tight conduit and connectors are designed for applications with continuous flexing, vibration and corrosive environments. The mesh reinforced PVC construction enables the conduit to retain its original shape, even after being compressed. Type A liquidtight conduit is available in 3/8 inch to 2 inch sizes for temperatures ranging from -20° to -60° C. In addition to conduit, the company also manufactures liquid-tight connectors. — Thomas & Betts Corp., 8155 T&B Boulevard, Memphis, Tenn. 38125; 901/252-5000;
Electric sensors
Schneider Electric Sensor Competency Center offers the Virtu 30 by Hyde Park ultrasonic sensor. Available in 30-mm. body style, the compact sensor has an increased sensing distance of 39 inches. It is versatile in many harsh environments, resists most acids and bases, and is teachable with an external, removable push button. The company also introduces the Basic Series of Osiprox inductive sensors available exclusively from Telemecanique. The series offers more inductive sensor options geared towards OEMs. — Schneider Electric, North American Operating Division, 1415 South Roselle Road, Palatine, Ill. 60067; 847/397-2600;
Tray loader and former
Polypack Inc. introduces a series of Automatic Tray Loader and Formers. The systems accept products, automatically divide them into lanes, index the products to create bundles and then load the collated product to a pre-dispended tray blank where it is assembled and discharged to an integrated shrinkwrap machine. They also offer two-minute changeovers and are constructed of stainless steel. — Polypack Inc., 3301 Gateway Centre Boulevard, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33782; 727/578-5000;
Overhead orienter
A-B-C Packaging unveils a high-speed overhead orienter that accepts product for palletizing and turns it to form the optimal pallet configuration. The machine can rotate cases and trays 90°, 180° or 270° for specific pallet orientation. The fully automatic servo-powered machine allows for smooth handling and reliable operation to grip and rotate the product at high speeds. Pallet requirements can be programmed for one-touch operation by the operator. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak Street, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975;
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;
Portable printer
Extech Data Systems’ line of portable 2 inch printers includes the S2500THS, an extremely lightweight model that prints at high speeds with heightened resolution. The unit’s lithium ion battery enables more receipt prints per charge. The unit is available in various Windows interfaces as well as Bluetooth radio. The S2500THS is in-field programmable for firmware, font and logo setup. — Extech Data Systems, 285 Bear Hill Road, Watham, Mass. 02451; 781/890-7440;
Expanded pumps
Titan expands its line of pumps and replacement parts, which includes the new Titan PC pump. The model is designed as a drop-in replacement for seepex BN series pumps with interchangeable internal components. The Titan replacement line reduces downtime and eliminates long delays for replacement parts. Pumps also are available that easily handles fluids from thin, flowable liquids to highly viscous materials. — Titan, 2205 E.L. Anderson Boulevard, Claremore, Okla. 74017; 800/854-1879;
Palletizer options
FKI Logistex announces several new design and interface options for its A-780 case palletizer. Suitable for low- to mid-speed palletizing, the A-780’s new options include a recirculating row pusher, high-speed hoist, optional pattern generation utility or RFID-enabled palletizing. The new options retain the model’s compact size while increasing its capacity and value. — FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 63132; 877/935-4564;
Second-edition handbook
Woodard & Curran releases the second edition of its “Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook.” The second edition is a practical, on-the-job engineering manual. It includes quick-reference charts and tables dealing with waste characterization, waste audit, environmental audit, the EPA’s priority water pollutants and a newly expanded chapter on laws and regulations regarding air pollution control. — Woodard & Curran, 41 Hutchins Drive, Portland, Maine 04102; 800/426-4262;
Portable tanks, kettles
Lee Industries can design custom portable tanks and kettles for specific processing and plant requirements. The tanks and kettles can be equipped with a variety of Lee Scraped-Surface Agitators, high-shear mixers and propeller mixers for normal or heavy-duty applications up to 2 million CPS. Units can be designed for pressure or vacuum service, normal atmospheric operation or with jacketing and insulation. Other options include size variations — from laboratory 1 gallon to large-scale production units — as well as carts and casters for portability. – Lee Industries Inc., Process Systems & Equipment Division, P.O. Box 687, Philipsburg, Pa. 16866; 814/342-0470;
Pump control, protection system
Flowserve introduces its IPS Tempo, a pre-engineered intelligent pump optimization control and protection system. The IPS Tempo improves performance, lowers cost, reduces power consumption by upwards of 50 percent and improves mean time between repair. It can be programmed to respond to process and condition variables to protect pump equipment as well as adjust pump operations for flow, pressure, temperature and fluid level changes. — Flowserve, 5215 North O’Connor Boulevard, Suite 2300, Irving, Texas; 972/443-6500;
Industrial RFID tag
Sokymat SA launches a new RFID tag designed specifically for harsh industrial and outdoor environments. The reliable IN Tag was designed for items in need of secure identification that are subjected to high thermal or mechanical stress conditions. It is compliant with European Union regulations regarding direct contact with food and drinks. The 50 mm. IN Tag has a reading distance of up to 1 meter. — Sokymat USA, One Smith Hill, First Floor, Providence, R.I. 02903; +1 401 248 2552;
Time-saving clamp
Wulftec International Inc. introduces its Smart Start Clamping System that can reduce operator time and increase productivity. The clamping system is designed for most semi-automatic turntables and holds film in place where it is ready for the next cycle. The operator need only cut the film after the wrap cycle and insert it into the Smart Start Clamp, which decreases the operator’s time. — Wulftec International Inc., 209 Wulftec, Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec, Canada J0B 1C0; 819/838-4232;
Oblong, round label system
Label-Aire introduces the newest variant of its Inline Series 6000 Wrap Labeling System for oblong and round bottles, which can easily and accurately apply decorative labels. The IL 6000 Wrap offers increased throughput, accurate label application and quick changeovers. The machine uses Label-Aire’s 3115 Wipe-On applicator and a selection of available options to make quick change from round to oblong containers possible. — Label-Aire Inc., 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833; 714/441-0700;
Metal detector
Thermo Electron Corp. introduces the new Apex High Performance Metal Detector. The new metal detector improves metal detection sensitivity by up to 20 percent. Thermo’s Apex system uses multi-coil technology to increase the effect of the magnetic field by more than 1.5 times, which enables the detector to target and amplify signals from much smaller pieces of metal. It also connects to digital signal processing software to allow customers to achieve previously unattainable sensitivity levels. — Thermo Electron Corp., 81 Wyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02454; 781/622-1000;
Stretch wrapper
Lantech’s new Q-300XT stretch wrapping machine was designed with a larger load placement window in its automatic film cut-and-clamp system to help fork truck drivers. The patented XT film cut-and-clamp system allows a 10-inch offset and automatically attaches and cuts film to eliminate driver dismounts. Standard on all Q-300XT and S-300XT stretch wrappers, the XT module also is available in a retrofit kit for existing machines with the CT cut and clamp module. — Lantech, 11000 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, Ky. 40299; 800/866-0322;
Lift truck
Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. unveils its 7-series electric walkie straddle stacker lift truck with adjustable base legs. Two models are available, in 2,000- or 2,500-pound capacity, are equipped with the industry-proven MOSFET controller and Separately Excited (SepEx) drive motor technology, which offers excellent acceleration and smooth speed control. The adjustable base legs can be set to exact specifications and are versatile in multiple aisle widths. — Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc., 1 Park Plaza, P.O. Box 17419; Irvine, Calif. 92623; 800/226-0009;
High-speed printer
Hitachi America Ltd.’s Industrial Systems Division introduces the PXR-H Series high-speed small character inkjet printer. The PXR-H series small character inkjet printer has the highest printing speed,1,300 feet per minute, for a one-line inkjet printer in its class. The printer has a 10.4-inch color TFT LCD touch-panel for easy operation and maintenance. It also has an auto clean feature, stainless steel enclosure and optional Ethernet connectivity. — Hitachi America Ltd., Power and Industrial Division, 50 Prospect Ave., Tarrytown N.Y. 10591; 914/524-6645;