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;
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; www.mt.com.
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;
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;
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; www.tnb.com.
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; www.us.schneider-electric.com.
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;
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; www.abcpackaging.com.
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;
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;
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; www.tarby.com.
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;
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; www.woodardcurran.com.
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; www.leeind.com.
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; www.flowserve.com.
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; www.sokymat.com.
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; www.wulftec.com.
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; www.label-aire.com.
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; www.thermo.com/apex.
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;
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; www.toyotaforklift.com.
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; www.hitachi.us/ijp.
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