Metal Detector Upgrade
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. offers an upgrade for its metal detector family. Under the Apex solutions product line, the upgrade extends the operational life and improves ease of use, reliability and performance of Thermo Scientific DSP2, DSP3 and Metal Eliminator, the company says. The Thermo Scientific APEX product line detects all types of metals in beverages as well as food products before they are shipped.
— Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 81 Wyman St., Waltham, Mass. 02454; 800/227-8891;
Lift trucks
Raymond Corp. offers new stand-up counterbalanced lift trucks for tough dock applications and complete dock-to-stock needs. The Model 4200 is designed for warehouse systems and other high-productivity applications with load capacities from 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. The Model 4100 is suited for dock applications and has the same load capacity. New additions to the models are quick-disconnect couplings for attachments that lessen the time it takes to change from forks to a drum clamp, slipsheet attachment or other attachment, the company says. The single-axis multifunction control handle includes Raymond’s exclusive four-way switch for sideshifting the forks and tilting the mast. The company also introduced the Model 4400 three-wheel, sit-down electric lift truck for heavy-duty dock operations and higher-speed transport of picked orders.
— Raymond Corp., 20 South Canal St., Greene, N.Y. 13778; 800/235-7200;
Case/tray packer
Douglas Continuous Motion Axiom DL case/tray packer uses direct product loading to pack products onto cases or tray blanks at speeds up to 55 cases or trays per minute. The Axiom DL is designed to use less floor space than most continuous motion case/tray packers. In addition, electric motion controls ensure repeatable changeovers. Walk-in frame construction maximizes accessibility to allow personnel to make changeovers and perform maintenance. Additional features such as the Smartrak Steady Stream Infeed and Slipstream pinless metering can be incorporated as well.
— Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587;
Decaser/single filer
A-B-C announced its Model 156 decaser/single filer is now equipped with an Intelligent Control package that automatically monitors container flow and adjusts the decasing speed to ensure a continuous fill rate. The new feature of the three-in-one machine optimizes productivity by harmonizing operations at various line speeds, the company says. The Model 156 operates as a flap opener/positioner, uncaser and container single filer. It can operate at speeds up to 50 cases per minute and runs a variety of container styles, including glass and plastic. It also uncases containers with no drop and single files with minimum bottle-to-bottle contact.
— A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689; 800/237-5975;
Gun driver
Nordson Corp. introduced a high-performance electric gun driver, called the LogiComm, for all Nordson electric guns. The company says installation is simple; the user selects the gun type from the menu and the corresponding settings load automatically. Also included are advanced diagnostics and LED indicators to simplify set-up and troubleshooting. The LogiComm driver has four trigger inputs to interface to a pattern control, PLC or other device. In addition, it has four or eight-gun outputs with IPX4 water protection and is independently programmable.
— Nordson Corp., 28601 Clemens Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145; 800/683-2314;
Power inverters
Hitachi America Ltd. announced its new X200 Series of inverters. The X200 series volts-per-hertz inverter is a global variable frequency drive solution suitable for fan, pump, conveyor and other general purpose applications. A new Safe Stop feature provides a hardware-based emergency stop function. If AC supply power is lost, the X200 can decelerate and stop the motor using regenerative energy from the load. The X200 also is RoHS-compliant for environmental friendliness.
— Hitachi America Ltd., 50 Prospect Ave., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591; 914/332-5800;
Liquid nitrogen injector
Vacuum Barrier Corp. added the Linerter II to its Nitrodose line of liquid nitrogen injection equipment. The system is designed to provide discreet dosing of liquid nitrogen to slower capacity lines. The Linerter II features vacuum insulation for the lowest liquid nitrogen consumption, PLC control panel with touch pad controls for simpler operation, slim profile to fit into confined spaces and simplified installation.
— Vacuum Barrier, Barten Lane, Woburn, Mass. 01801; 781/933-3570;
Drying system
Paxton Products developed the PowerDry system in response to requests to reduce energy costs through compressed air usage. The system was designed as an easy-to-install replacement for plastic comb, fan nozzles, air jets, disk nozzles, drilled pipe and other common pneumatic blow-off devices. PowerDry generates high-velocity airflows for debris and moisture removal. Its design can withstand washdown procedures so it is applicable for beverage and packaging operations, the company says. The system uses a high-performance Paxton centrifugal blower, and an FDA-compliant hose carries the airflow to a six-nozzle air tube.
— Paxton Products, ITW Air Management, 10125 Carver Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; 800/441-7475;
Machine improvements
Sidel announced its latest Combi machines now can produce up to 61,200 bottles per hour. Combi machines incorporate blowmolding, filling and capping operations for PET bottles. The new generation of machines feature several models designed for multiserve as well as single-serve segments. The Combi’s design requires no intermediate conveying or accumulation equipment and is compact and energy efficient. It is suited for lightweight bottle production in the cleanest possible production environment, the company says.
— Sidel Inc., 5600 Sun Court, Norcross, Ga. 30092; 678/221-3000;
Remote-start stretchwrapper
Lantech released the Q-400XT stretchwrapping system with Simple Automation that eliminates the need for an operator to touch the load or machine. The Q-400XT starts with a remote lanyard to automatically attach film to the load, wrap, lock to the pallet and cut the film. It is designed to wrap 35 to 45 pallet loads per hour. In addition, it has a 15-rotations-per-minute turntable engineered to handle loads up to 5,000 pounds. Its Pallet Grip feature attaches a load to the pallet with bottom wraps of film that have been twisted into a cable along the lower edge of the web without blocking the fork truck entry area.
— Lantech, 11000 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, Ky. 40299; 800/866-0322;
On-premise card stock
LexJet introduced an opaque, super-smooth card stock designed for double-sided UV-curable printing. The DS Blockout has a semi-gloss, smooth surface for photographic image quality and is available in 8- and 11-millimeter thickness. The company says the product can be used for a variety of poster-type display applications, including point-of-purchase materials and window displays. DS Blockout comes in various roll sizes.
— LexJet, 1680 Fruitville Road, 3rd floor, Sarasota, Fla. 34236; 800/453-9538;
Conveyor scale
Cornerstone Automation Systems Inc. released the 700 Series line of conveyor scales that target lower volume semi-manual lines. The CASI 700 Series is the company’s first conveyor scale product line designed to fit into existing gravity conveyors. The line also can be built to custom heights for various applications, including quality control for filling, packing station in-line weighing and other operations where products are either presented or diverted to a gravity conveyor. The system is a low-cost solution that uses easy-to-install off-the-shelf components.
— Cornerstone Automation Systems Inc., 1827 Wesley Dr., Prosper, Texas 75078; 800/401-0304;
Filling valve
Fogg Filler created a new valve for filling glass bottles, its Polymer Tipped filling valve. The valve has a polymer nose, which can withstand cleaning procedures without cracking or coming off, the company says. The valve can be retrofitted to any older Fogg valves.
— Fogg Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Dr., Holland, Mich. 49424; 616/786-3644;
Invisible sign
Alert Guard presents the Invisible Sign, which is only visible when the surface is wet. Invisible Sign is available with a stencil and special solution, which provides 35 percent anti-slip protection when the sign is visible. The solution is applied to untreated concrete and the warning only becomes visible when the sign is wet. It eliminates the need for safety cones and other warning signs, the company says.
— Alert Guard, a division of NCH Corp., 2400 Carl Road, Irving, Texas 75062; 972/721-6718;
Tamper-evident shrinkbander
PDC International has patented and commercialized its R series high-speed tamper-evident shrinkbanders. The shrinkbanders run at line speeds up to 1,000 containers-per-minute for 1- to 3-inch bands at heights up to 2.375 inches. In addition, the machine also can apply thin gauge banding materials and are compatible with all petroleum-based and sustainable films. R Series Shrinkbanders are single headed, in-line, tamper evident shrinkbanders that are easy to use, the company says. Changeovers are made easy with a tool-less feature and motorized height adjustment.
— PDC International, 8 Sheehan Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 06854; 203/853-1516;
Door guard
Steel King’s Steel Guard is available to prevent injuries and lost production time due to forklift accidents. Steel Guard is rugged and manufactured with a three-ribbed design in 11-gauge corrugated steel. The rail systems provide a visual and physical barrier to protect worker areas. They are customizable in length and can be single or double rail in height. In addition to the standard bolted to post system, an optional lift-out/drop-in rail system is available to maintain accessibility to material or equipment. Systems can easily be installed by facility personnel, the company says.
— Steel King, 2700 Chamber St., Stevens Point, Wis. 54481; 800/826-0203;
Hot-melt adhesive hose
ITW Dynatec introduced its new hot-melt adhesive hose, the Gemini Automatic, for use on most standard industrial adhesive supply units. Gemini Hoses incorporate dual heater and dual temperature sensors along with an automatic switch to select first and second circuits.
— ITW Dynatec, 31 Volunteer Drive, Henderson-ville, Tenn. 37075; 800/860-6150;
Process monitor
Hach Ultra released its new Orbisphere 510 for three-in-one process monitoring. The instrument offers multi-channel capability for thermal conductivity sensors measuring CO2 and N2 and electrochemical sensors measuring O2. The system has multiple applications throughout the brewing process, the company says. The Orbisphere 510 features up to three sensor inputs, a full-color touchscreen and digital communication tools for data transfers.
— Hach Ultra, 481 California Ave., Grants Pass, Ore. 97526; 541/472-6500;
Vehicle diagnostic program
Noregon Systems Inc. released the JPRO Fleet Diagnostic v2.6 software, which offers vehicle diagnostics for light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The inclusion of medium- and light-duty allows the software to be applicable for mixed fleets. Version 2.6 allows vehicle technicians to read trouble codes, diagnose malfunctioning sensors, clear codes and read enhanced parameters. It also includes JPRO Fleet Diagnostics software, Data Link Adapters for heavy- and light-duty vehicles in addition to two cables in a rugged case for safe storage. An upgrade for current users of JPRO Fleet Diagnositcs v2.5 is available.
— Noregon Systems Inc., 100 North Main St., Suite 2200; Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101; 336/768-4337;
Cleaning systems
Nilfisk-ALTO Cleaning Systems Inc. released new models of two of its cleaning solution series. The new Poseidon 2 and 3 series mobile pressure washers are available for frequent, low-intensity uses. Both Poseidon models are easy to transport and store and are suitable for small dairy operations, the company says. In addition, the company made available the Alpha Booster 3 & 5 series cold-water stationary pressure washer for high-pressure cleaning solutions. The Alpha Booster is a stationary pressure washer that is installed once and permanently available for use.
— Nilfisk-ALTO, 2100 Highway 265 South, Springdale, Ark. 72764; 800/253-0367;
Label printer
Primera Technology Inc. offers its LX400 Color Label Printer for full-color images and photos on labels up to 4,800 dpi. Printed labels are water- and scratch-proof, the company says. The printer can be used to print short runs of product and box labels for limited-edition products and market testing. The LX400 is equipped with printer drivers for Windows and Macintosh as well as label design software, NiceLabel SE Primera Edition.
— Primera Technology Inc., Two Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, Minn. 55447; 800/797-2772;
Vending security
Abloy Security Inc. expanded its Shut-Out series to complement Abloy Maximum Security Locking Systems, which together provide complete vending security solutions. The Abloy lock system increases asset security, lock longevity and ease of use while reducing administration and maintenance costs, the company says. The Shut-Out line includes heavy-duty vending machine hasps, puck locks, bill stacker boxes and the Shut-Out Safeguard designed to protect the external face of the bill acceptor. Its products are designed for the vending and bottling industry, and are built to resist physical attack and environmental conditions, the company says.
— Abloy Security Inc., 6005 Commerce Drive, Suite 330, Irving, Texas 75063; 800/367-4598;
Wine filtration system
Koch Membrane Systems Inc. launched the KMS Winefilter WF-6 Crossflow Microfiltration Systems for small to medium-sized wineries. The complete systems are designed to offer a single filtration step from fermentation to bottle and are available in two models, the manual WF-6M and automatic WF-6A. Both systems are equipped with KMS Winefilter cartridges that use the newly developed hollow-fiber crossflow microfiltration membrane. Specifically designed for wine, the fiber provides high processing capacity and allows the microfiltered wine to retain color and flavor better than conventional filtration methods. The models can filter up to 20 gallons of wine per minute based on the type of wine. The WF-6 series includes a feed pump, recirculation pump, filtrate magmeter, integral cleaning tank and required safeties that are mounted on a mobile, caster-supported stainless steel frame with PLC and NEMA-4 control panel.
— Koch Membrane Systems, 850 Main St., Wilmington, Mass. 01887; 888/677-5624;
Protective eyewear
Kimberly-Clark Professional extended its KleenGuard brand with a new line of protective eyewear. The line includes 20 new KleenGuard brand eye protection products that are impact-resistant and protect against 99.9 percent of UVA and UVB rays. A variety of features are available in the line, including cushioned brows, gel nosepieces, flexible temples, dual wraparound designs and mirrored lenses. Glasses are organized in various levels of eye protection such as V10 Standard, V20 Comfort, V30 Flexible and V40 Contour.
— Kimberly-Clark Corp., P.O. Box 2020; Neenah, Wis. 54957; 888/346-4652;
Water treatment valve
Kinetico Inc. announced a new advancement for water treatment, the Hydrus top-mount, multiport water treatment valve. The Hydrus valve can be used for softening, filtration, special ion exchange and deionization systems installed in single or multitank configurations. It is lightweight and easy-to-install with 2-inch quick-connect ports. The system is available with a Basic Smart Start controller for easy control of multiple tanks, and an upgrade to Elite Smart Start with Bluetooth technology for remote monitoring and access will soon be offered.
— Kinetico Inc., 10845 Kinsman Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065; 800/633-5530;
Door protector
Stjern Corp. introduced the Defendadoor series overhead door protector to shield industrial overhead doors from damage caused by forklifts, pallet jacks or pallets. The Defendadoor absorbs and displaces the energy from impact by directing the forces downward, to steel side U-channels. The system installs easily using existing hardware and saves money by avoiding repair costs, the company says.
— Stjern Corp., 125 North Park St., Deer Park, Wash. 99006; 800/399-9139;
Rolling storage innovations
Creative Storage Systems offers rolling storage innovations. Ready for forklifts, the UniversAll Slip Sheet accessory is a patent-pending piece of equipment that easily installs on standard forks for versatile warehouse performance, the company says. The accessory has a tip and roller configuration designed to slide under slip sheets, wooden pallets and plastic pallets. The company also offers Dura-Flo Carton Flow Systems equipped with FreeWheeler technology to provide flexible, durable and easy-to-install storage options. Dura-Flo is available pre-assembled to drop into most existing pallet racks. The system can provide 90 percent space utilization and accommodate multiple packaging sizes.
— Creative Storage Systems Inc., 2700 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Suite 500, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144; 770/514-0711;
Material handling systems
Engineered Products featured its Palletrak systems, which can be designed for specific pallet handling applications and engineered to integrate with other material handling systems. The Palletrak System maximizes storage density with its flow-through gravity-fed design that allows pallet loads to flow at a controlled speed to the discharge end for removal. In addition, the company also offers Selectrak and Traytrak systems for material handling and storage rack systems.
— Engineered Products, P.O. Box 6767; Greenville, S.C. 29606; 888/301-1421;
Flexible liquid storage
Environmental Packaging Technologies showcased its family of shipping solutions, including the BigRed line. Part of its BigRed line is the Flexitank, a durable, flexible bulk liquid storage and transport system. Flexitank is constructed of two independent food-grade tubes and an abrasion-resistant safety sleeve. In addition, the tank features a patented stainless and composite inlet/outlet coupling device that is pressure-formed to the Flexitank. The device eliminates a common cause of leakage, the company says. A $25,000 guarantee cash refund for product loss for certain types of leakage is offered as well. The tanks are available in 24,000-liter standard and custom designs.
— Environmental Packaging Technologies Ltd., 2200 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 325, Houston, Texas 77056; 713/961-2795;
Product control system
Ometric Corp. featured its real-time, in-line spectroscopy applications for the beverage and food industry. Spectroscopy provides measurement and monitoring of moisture, fat and protein. Ometric’s MultiAnalyte SpectrInLine Processware F&B 3.0 can enable better quality control and manufacturing efficiencies.
— Ometric Corp., 201 Arbor Lake Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29223; 803/233-4683;
Recycling scrap material
United Plastics Recycling Inc. purchases a wide variety of post-industrial scrap for grinding. The company’s clean reground materials can be used in compounding, extrusion, injection molding and other applications, which allows the end-user to reduce its raw material costs. It purchases post-industrial parts, purge, runners, sprues, bales, trim waste and regrind. In addition, United Plastics Recycling Inc. expanded by adding capacity as well as trucking services. Its annual recycling volume exceeds 90 million pounds of all resin type.
— United Plastics Recycling Inc., 4290 Alatex Road, Montgomery, Ala. 36108; 334/288-5002;
Laser coding system
ID Technology made available its Series KIP-1000 CO2 Laser Coding Systems with IP65 rating for harsh environments. The system is build with an airtight casing to protect the laser and touchscreen controller from dust, water, and other properties found in a harsh environment. Laser coders offer superior imprint quality, low maintenance and minimal operating costs, the company says. Series KIP-1000 is available in 10-, 30- and 60-watt models featuring compact design, adjustable marking head and ability to mark on variety of surfaces, including labels, cardboard, PET and glass. With MACSA’s exclusive software, multiple laser systems can be linked for increased production and control.
— ID Technology, 2051 Franklin Drive, Ft. Worth, Texas 76106; 888/438-3242; b>