Reach Truck
Hyster Co. introduced its new ZR Reach Truck designed to enhance distribution center productivity. The new model features improved acceleration, lift and lower speeds as well as travel speeds to minimize cycle time. The ZR Reach Truck uses CANbus communication that provides real-time diagnostics. It also includes electric power steering for maximum efficiency with minimal battery drain; automatic drive tire centering; automatic brake operation; and multiple programmable vehicle modes for maximum speed, acceleration, deceleration and hydraulic ramping. The company also announced its new B60Z AC and B80Z AC Series Walkie/Rider Motorized Hand Pallet Truck.
— Hyster Co., P.O. Box 7006, Greenville, N.C. 27835; 800/497-8371;
Mid-speed case erector
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. offers its Model 390 case erector for the middle range packaging speed (30 to 40 containers per minute). The machine incorporates production features of A-B-C’s high-speed models for top performance on the packaging line. It features a self-feeding case magazine that holds up to three stacks of cases, which automatically refill to maximize production time. In addition, the case feed mechanism is designed to feed cases at high speeds with dual spring-loaded grips. Cases are erected by a cam-operated opening arm that secures them as the inner flaps are folded. Outer case flaps are closed during case transfer, which is powered by a continuous motion main drive motor with sealed bearing linkage.
— A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975;
Tray magazine
Standard-Knapp extended its Continuum line of tray packers with the new Continuum Tray Magazine. The magazine offers ergonomic tray loading and consistent high-speed delivery for a range of packaging materials, including corrugated, chip board and pads. Continuum’s Tray Magazine features a vertical tray stack to ergonomically load trays, and side actuators to provide complete support for a full tray stack of tray blanks. The company highlights the machine’s tray magazine blank retainer, which guides trays for maximum filling, and its increased stroke and cam-driven suction cups, which increase tolerance for warped trays, efficiency on large trays, overall system uptime in addition to reducing double tray pick-up.
— Standard-Knapp Inc., 63 Pickering St., Portland, Conn. 06480; 860/342-1100;
Lab equipment catalog
WACO made available its new Laboratory Equipment Catalog. The 600-page full-color catalog includes product descriptions, pricing and other information for a wide range of laboratory apparatus, instruments, supplies, chemicals and glassware. WACO’s latest edition includes information on balances, pH meters, ovens, incubators, spectrophotometers, pumps, refractometers, fume hoods, furnaces, hot plates, stirrers and water baths.
— Wilkens-Anderson Co., 4525 W. Division, Chicago, Ill. 60651; 773/384-4433;
Deaeration system
GasTran Systems introduced its Deaeration System for achieving ultra-low dissolved oxygen levels in beverage packaging lines. The system can be configured to use vacuum or stripping gas for levels of dissolved oxygen below two parts per billion without the use of membranes or chemicals. Low oxygen levels allow for less foaming and more consistent carbonation levels, the company says.
— GasTran Systems, 1768 East 25th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44114; 216/391-7780;
Advanced lift trucks
Toyota Material Handling USA Inc. unveiled its line of 8-Series lift trucks. The series includes 3,000- to 6,500-pound capacity lift truck models with internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tires. The company says its internal combustion system exceeds 2007 EPA emission standards. Other advancements were made to the durability, ergonomics and overall cost of operation of the machines.
— Toyota Material Handling USA Inc., 1 Park Plaza, Irvine, Calif. 92623; 800/226-0009;
Software upgrade
MEI announced it will provide software upgrades to validate new U.S. currency to users of MEI series 2000 FlashPort bill validators in amusement and vending machines free of charge. The 2000 series features a re-programmable flash memory for easy updates and can be upgraded on location. The company’s Bill Programming Module connects to the bill validator, and with the push of a button it is updated with no need to remove the machine.
— MEI, 1301 Wilson Drive, West Chester, Pa. 19380; 800/345-8215;
Label printer applicator
ID Technology has designed a high-speed printer applicator with stainless steel enclosure for harsh environments. The Model 250 label printer and applicator uses a wipe-on applicator to apply labels. The model can apply labels from 2 inches to 6 inches wide, and 3 inches to 13.25 inches long without setting or tool changes. The hood raises to 20 inches above the controls during use for easy accessibility and lowers to protect the print engine, labels, ribbon and controls from washdown procedures.
— ID Technology, 2051 Franklin Drive, Ft. Worth, Texas 76106; 888/438-3242;
System upgrade
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. introduced its new human machine interface (HMI) to modernize existing Emerson Provox systems, the Simatic PCS7/PVX OS HMI. HMI is applicable in both batch and continuous applications, and provides the benefits of redundant S88 batch management without having to change the existing Provox controller hardware and configuration. The upgrade will allow processing plants to maximize ROA, reduce time to market and increase throughput. It also includes enhanced security features, including electronic signature. The PCS7/PVX OS HMI is capable of graphically monitoring batch executions, allows for fast recipe creation and editing, and can modify batch parameters during runtime. The company also introduced the Scalance S family of industrial Ethernet security to protect plant floor from data manipulation.
— Siemens Energy & Automation Inc., 3333 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005; 800/364-4114;
Enhanced software
Zontec added more than 20 new program improvements to Version 7.0 of its Synergy 2000 Statistical Process Control (SPC) software. Available this month, the updated version of the quality assurance monitoring software can track product consistency, prevent defects, reduce manufacturing costs and complies with contract requirements. The software was designed to give greater dimension to real-time production data and streamline program interaction. New features in Version 7.0 include Windows Vista compatibility; enhanced depiction of marked, held and annotated metadata on SPC charts; viewing of Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word documents by individual SPC characteristic; and calculators for average, maximum, minimum, total indicator runout and true position.
— Zontec Inc., 1389 Kemper Meadow Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; 866/955-0088;
Digital refractometer
Kernco Instruments Co. Inc. introduced its Model 300051 portable digital refractometer with a wide measurement range of 0 to 65 percent. The low-cost unit uses microprocessor technology, automatic temperature compensation, and can be used for sample temperature up to 40º C. The model can read up to 8,000 samples on one battery. Also included with the Model 300051 are a carrying case, battery, pipette and instruction manual.
— Kernco Instruments Co. Inc., 420 S. Kenazo Ave., El Paso, Texas 79928; 915/852-3375;
Brass fittings
NewAge Industries Inc. now stocks brass fittings in both barbed and push-to-connect styles compatible with plastic and rubber materials. Options for the U.S.-made brass fittings include Thermobarb barbed brass and Newloc push-to-connect fittings. Thermobarb fittings are designed for use with soft, flexible tubing and reinforced hoses made from PVC, polyurethane, silicone, thermoplastic rubber, Viton and Hytrel. The easy-to-install and disconnect Newloc fitting works with semi-rigid and rigid tubing materials. Both options are available in a wide variety of styles, including male and female adapters, elbows, T- and Y-shapes, connectors, reducers, swivel types and bulkhead options.
— NewAge Industries Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, Pa. 18966; 800/506-3924;