Douglas Machine Inc. released its new Continuous
Motion Axiom DL case/tray packer. The machine’s compact design
features all servo functions to maximize flexibility and also includes
large size ranges, repeatable changeovers with minimal change parts and
walk-in accessibility for maintenance efficiency. The Axiom has fewer parts
for lower operating and maintenance costs. In addition, it has patented
pin-less metering for stable product handling, direct product loading and
operates at speeds up to 55 cases or trays per minute. — Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa Street, Alexandria, Minn.
56308; 320/763-6587; douglas-machine.com.
Flexible, stand-up pouch
Ampac Flexibles launched PureFlex, a new clear
stand-up pouch for water and other taste- and odor- sensitive beverages.
The pouch has a seven- to nine-layer proprietary coextrusion with
organoleptic sealant layer, nylon and optional ethylene vinyl alcohol
copolymer layer for additional oxygen barrier. PureFlex will be available
in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from 175 ml. to 1000 ml., and can be
customized with a variety of spout options. — Ampac Flexibles, a unit of Ampac Packaging LLC, 12025
Tricon Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; 513/671-1777; ampaconline.com.
One click titration
Mettler-Toledo introduced its new Titration Excellence
line featuring One Click Titration for simple, efficient and secure
titration. Available in three configurations, the line offers multiple
efficiency options for daily laboratory tasks. Short cuts can be set to
start manual or automated processes with one keystroke. Burette, burette
drivers, sample changers and balances are automatically recognized and
configured upon recognition. Secure titration is provided by the reliable
monitoring of resources, including titrants, sensors, standards and blank
valves. The machine also allows for personalized home screens for as many
as 30 users. —
Mettler-Toledo, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Mass. 01730; 781/301-8808;
FKI Logistex announced the new GS100 family of
low-price, entry-level palletizers. The GS100 series provides cost
effective, fully automated palletizers that can process at speeds up to 30
cases per minute and offer heavy-duty construction, flexibility and
reliability. The series is available in three models: GS120 for manual
pallet handling, GS130 for semi-automated pallet handling and GS140 for
fully automated pallet handling. All three models feature metric designs,
pattern utility and layer-edition functions. — FKI Logistex, 9301 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo.
63132; 877/935-4564; fkilogistex.com.
Distribution sales software
Intervolve Inc. released
Distribution-Suite Sales Analysis software that delivers innovative new
market intelligence and performance analytics. The software enables
beverage wholesalers to gain new market views and insights into sales
performance. DistributionSuite provides customers with real-time market
data to help plan, execute, measure and adjust to dynamic market
conditions. The newest release gives performance analytics, new reports and
enhancements across existing reports to help the company gain new insights
on product performance. — Intervolve Inc., 319 West Martin Street, Raleigh, N.C.
27601; 919/828-5727; intervolve.com.
A-B-C Packaging announced its Model 360 unpacker/case
packer, which can automate unpacking empty containers from reshippers and
repack filled containers. The machine’s servo-operated robotic-style
transfer head performs both uncasing and case packing. With every cycle,
two separate actions occur simultaneously: filled bottles are packed as
empty bottles are gripped for unloading. Empty bottles are then deposited
onto a conveyor for filling and additional filled containers are picked up
for packing. The Model 360 operates at speeds up to 15 cases per minute, is
compactly designed and can be programmed to pack or unpack multiple cases
per minute for increased volume. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak Street,
Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975; abcpackaging.com.
The Sidel Group featured
numerous packaging innovations at recent European industry trade shows. At
Brau Bevaile, Nuremburg, Germany, the company launched Actis 48, equipment
for PET bottle barrier treatment. The Actis 48 meets market demand for
high-speed PET packaging of beer, carbonated soft drinks and
oxygen-sensitive beverages. The company also showcased innovations with
Simonazzi, which it merged with recently. In Paris, at Emballage, Sidel
unveiled a newly designed and patented system for dry decontamination of
beverage containers, Predis. The Predis system is applicable to extend the
shelf life of dairy and fruit juice beverages. — Sidel Inc., 5600 Sun Court, Norcross, Ga. 30092;
Internal gate release adaptor
introduced an Internal Release adaptor for its amGard range of modular
safety gate switches. It provides an internal release function for safety
and access key installation and is compatible with a Fortress Stop, a
non-solenoid gate switch that will switch off safety circuits. The
company’s amGard range has both trapped key and gate switch
technology to control access to equipment protected by safety guarding. The
adaptor provides a means of escaping potentially dangerous areas by
allowing an operator to unlock the door from
the inside. — Fortress Interlocks, 21
Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Ky. 41018; 859/578-2390;
Small vehicle mount computer
LXE Inc. introduced the
VX3X vehicle mounted computer. The half VGA, Windows CE .Net-driven
computer is smaller, more economical vehicle-mounted computer suitable for
smaller warehouse vehicles such as pallet jacks, walkies, pickers and
narrow lift trucks. It has multiple options for data entry, including
touch-screen, full QWERTY keyboard or attachable scanner. The VX3X also
includes a radio, is equipped with LXE’s Tough-Talk voice recognition
technology and an internal, isolated power supply. The company also
announced its MX7 and MX3X handheld computers have been certified for Cisco
Compatible Extensions Version 3. — LXE Inc., 125 Technology Parkway, Norcross, Ga.
30092; 770/447-4224; lxe.com.
Water analysis photometer
Palintest introduced a new portable photometer for
water analysis. The 7100 model replaces the Palintest Photometer 5000 and
enables advanced instrumental analysis of water tests. The waterproof
machine floats, is easy to use and provides accurate test results for any
onsite testing application. The Photometer 7100 is fully integrated with
the whole range of Palintest water tests and uses light to measure color
changes in water samples treated with a reagent. — Palintest USA, 21 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Ky. 41018;
Kink, crush-resistant hose
NewAge Industries announced its kink- and
crush-resistant Vardex hose for pressure and vacuum applications. The hose
is made of clear PVC with steel wire reinforcement and is suitable for
either fluid or air transfer. The reinforcement allows the wire to resist
kinking, crushing and collapsing even at full vacuum or in applications
with bends and turns. Vardex eliminates the need for extra attachments.
Nine stock sizes and custom options are available with permanently
crimped-on fittings, cut-to-length pieces, special sizes, formed shapes and
thermal bonding to other PVC tubing and hose. — New Age Industries Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton
Pa. 18966; 800/506-3924; newageindustries.com/vardex.asp.
AdvantaPure has made
available anti-wick seals for flexible braid-reinforced, platinum-cured
silicon hose. The APSH with anti-wick seal prevents liquid absorption
within the hose walls. Wicking, or liquid absorption, is prevented by
molding silicone material to the cut end of the hose to seal in the
polyester yarn braid. ASPH is also available in color tracer braid in red,
blue, yellow, green and purple in addition to a double braided white option. — AdvantaPure, 145 James
Way, Southampton, Pa., 18966; 888/755-4370; advantapure.com.
Pump control system
Flowserve Corp. introduced IPS Tempo, a pre-engineered
intelligent pump optimization, control and protection system. IPS Tempo can
improve performance, lower total cost of ownership, reduce power
consumption up to 50 percent and improve time between repairs. The system
can be programmed to respond to process and condition variables to protect
pump equipment against adverse operating conditions. IPS Tempo adjusts pump
operations for flow, pressure, temperature and fluid level changes in
addition to monitoring process variables and pump power. Also incorporated
are variable frequency drive technology, pump-specific optimization
software, industrial-grade electric drive and menu-driven user interface. — Flowserve Corp, 5215 North O’Connor Boulevard,
Suite 2300, Irving, Texas 75309; 972/443-6500; flowserve.com.
Vehicle mount computer
DLog Logistics Inc. announced the new DLog MPC6
vehicle mount computer. The fanless, mobile touchscreen can be mounted on
indoor and outdoor forklifts or construction machinery. DLog MPC 6 includes
1Ghz Intel CPU processor with 1 GB and CompactFlash memory, and comes
equipped with either Windows XP Professional, XP Embedded or a Linux
operating system. Multiple optional features are also available, including
highly visible touch-screen, heating capability, internal storage battery
and automatic switch-off feature. — DLog
Logistics Inc., 332 140 Village Road, #148, Westminister, Md. 21157;
Krohne Inc. launched its new Optiswirl 4070 C
flowmeter, a multivariable instrument combining a vortex flow sensor with
built-in temperature compensation. An integrated pressure in a two-wire
configuration is available as an option. The Optiswirl 4070 is an
all-in-one product that delivers accurate measurement of volumetric and
mass flow of conductive and non-conductive liquids, gases and vapors. The
machine features a stainless steel structure resistant to corrosion, high
pressure and temperatures. In addition, it features an Intelligent Signal
Processing System to allow for stable flow readings while eliminating noise
and frequencies in the process. — Krohne
Inc., 7 Dearborn Road, Peabody, Mass. 01960; 978/535-6060; krohne.com.
Auxiliary power unit
Carrier Transicold has improved its ComfortPro
Auxiliary Power Unit. The improved unit has a 1,000 hour service interval,
R-134a refrigerant and powerful 60-amp alternator. The ComfortPro APU is an
anti-idling solution for the trucking industry that provides air
conditioning, heating and household electrical current for a truck sleeper
cab, battery charging and truck engine warming. The new alternator provides
50 percent more power than the original. Other improvements include a new
condenser with a proven fin-and-tube design, thermostatic expansion valve
and low-pressure sensor. — Carrier
Transicold, a unit of United Technologies Corp., One Carrier Place,
Farmington, Conn. 06034; 860/674-3000; corp.carrier.com.
Alcoa Closure Systems International introduced the
28-mm. Xtra-Lok mini, a beverage closure specifically designed for
carbonated soft drinks. The Xtra-Lok mini can deliver cost savings by
reducing closure and PET bottle finish weight in addition to increasing
product fresheness. The closure has a lightweight, two-piece design with a
short height bottle finish. The interior has a new closure design using
Alcoa’s CSI high-performance CT liner to maximize seal integrity and
product freshness. — Alcoa, 201 Isabella
Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212; 412/553-4545; alcoa.com.
Water sanitation system
Pall Corp. announced its Pall Aria SA water filtration
system, designed to meet sanitation requirements, is now available. The new
system combines stainless steel components with proven microfiltration or
ultrafiltration membrane modules. It treats water from municipal, surface
or ground sources in custom configurations. The system can help beverage
processors meet water quality standards and reduce total cost of
operations. Automated air scrub, enhanced flux maintenance processes and
semi-automated clean-in-place processes promote efficient membrane
recovery. — Pall Corp., 2200 Northern
Boulevard, East Hills, N.J. 11548; 866/905-7255; pall.com.
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