Shrinksleeve labeler
Label-Aire introduced the Sleever Series Model 8500 Labeling System. The new model is an easy-to-operate single-head shrinksleeve labeling system that can handle most tamper-evident, overall-, middle- and full-body sleeve applications. Designed for high-speed runs, the Model 8500 can run up to 400 products per minute and handle all industry-standard sleeve materials, the company says. In addition, the machine can accommodate a wide range of container shapes and sizes. Further features include easy-to-operate PLC controls, stainless steel construction, high-speed operation and stepper drive technology.
— Label-Aire, 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif. 92833; 714/441-0700;
Seam thickness gauge
Wilkens-Anderson Co. introduced a new Seam Thickness Gauge for beverage cans. The new gauge aligns the position of the digital indicator precisely with the chuck wall angle, and offers a more accurate seam thickness measurement, the company says. It also features repeatability, a gauge resolution of 0.0005-inches and easy positioning of cans. The Seam Thickness Gauge is suitable for can diameters from 2 inches to 3 inches. As an optional feature, the measurement readings can be transferred automatically into the WACO Accuseam system.
— Wilkens-Anderson Co., 4525 W Division St., Chicago, Ill. 60651; 773/384-4433;
Industrial floor coating
Sherwin-Williams Industrial and Marine Coatings group made available its FluoroKem fluoropolymer urethane floor coating. The urethane coating is durable under the most extreme exterior exposures and offers long-lasting color and gloss retention, the company says. The coating can be used in highly visible areas. FluoroKem provides a fast-drying, ambient-cured finish and is resistant to graffiti, chemicals and abrasions. It also meets AWWA performance standards and is well suited for low VOC coating applications. The coating can be applied by brush, roll or spray to primed steel, galvanized steel and aluminum.
— The Sherwin-Williams Co., 101 Prospect Ave. NW, Cleveland, Ohio 44115; 216/566-2000;
Safety training resources
Yale Materials Handling Corp. introduced three safety resources for companies of all sizes. The resources and programs are designed to improve safety and productivity while helping companies protect personnel, equipment and product, the company says. Yale offers Operator Training, which is a system that helps companies meet OSHA standards and policies through lift truck operator and safety intstruction. The training can be used for large or small fleets and is available in video instruction in English, Spanish and French. Also new is a free educational wall poster that provides an overview of safety “do’s and don’t’s” for the workplace. The company also launched “For the Long Run,” an interactive video game on, that allows users to select a lift truck and run through three levels.
— Yale Materials Handling Corp., 1400 Sullivan Drive, Greenville, N.C. 27834; 800/233-9253;
Tertiary packaging systems
MeadWestvaco launched a new line of tertiary packaging machines designed to complement its secondary packaging technology. The new Combo series was developed to fully integrate end-of-the-line packaging of primary containers, including plastic bottles, glass bottles, cans, bricks and attached or loose cups. The company offers two tertiary systems in the Combo series, a tray packer and wraparound packer. Either can be integrated with MeadWestvaco’s Basket Wrap, Cluster-Pak, Duodozen or Evo Tech machines. Integration can save floor space and the new Combo systems can operate at speeds of 70 cases or trays per minute.
— Mead-Westvaco, 11013 West Broad St., Glen Allen, Va. 23060; 804/327-5200;
Counterbalanced lift trucks
Hyster Co. offers its dependable, low-cost Fortis line of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks. Features of the Fortis line include customizable applications and ergonomics that offer high productivity and operator comfort, the company says. They have power train design, industrial-strength electronics, cooling and enhanced hydraulics. Fortis lift trucks are available in either S80-120FT cushion tire model and H80-120FT pneumatic tire model options. Hyster Fortis counterbalanced lift trucks are available in three pre-configured power train bundles. The company also introduced the remote hour meter reading device. In partnership with On-Board communications, the device is a new approach to reducing maintenance time and labor costs by remotely allowing lift truck owners and operators to track lift truck run time. The system can save time and effort normally spent on maintenance and manual product checks, the company says.
— Hyster Co., P.O. Box 7006, Greenville, N.C. 27835; 800/497-8371;
Electric walkie lift truck
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. introduced its newly redesigned 4,500-pound capacity electric walkie truck, the EJE 120. The model is suited for loading and unloading trailers and for the transportation of loads over short and medium distances. The EJE 120 provides users with a tight turning radius, a 24V-150Ah industrial battery with integrated charger, proprietary AC drive motor and controller technology, fork tip design and optional Pro-Trac-Link stability cast system. The truck has the ability to operate with the handle in the vertical position for “pin-wheeling” within a truck trailer. The model’s shorter overall length simplifies the positioning of a load on a lift gate when exiting the trailer, the company says.
— Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5601 Eastport Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23231; 804/737-7400;
High-performance adhesive
National Adhesives launched Easy-Pac X 34-275 adhesive for case and carton sealing operations. The adhesive was created for carton and corrugated stock and is one of the highest performers in the product line, the company says. It has an operating temperature of 275º F and provides adhesive performance within a wide operating window. It is currently only available as part of an Easy-Pac Package Sealing Solution, which is a complete system developed for case and carton sealing applications. The solution comes with a hot-melt dispensing unit that includes an integrated auto-fill vacuum feeder, new hoses, nozzles, modules and a convenient hot-melt storage bin.
— National Adhesives, 9435 Waterstone Blvd., Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249; 866/266-5565;
Blowmolder monitor
Sidel offers the Equinox system built into its rotary blowmolding machines to ensure consistent, top quality PET bottle production and better overall bottling line efficiency. Equinox monitors and corrects bottle quality during production regardless of output rate. No samples are required because the system automatically measures the exact weight of every bottle base, the company says. If the system detects variation from the setpoint weight, it corrects the problem by adjusting certain blowmolding parameters. The automatic regulation occurs so quickly that no variation in material distribution exceeds the control limits set for the production mode.
— Sidel Inc., 5600 Sun Court, Norcross, Ga. 30092; 678/221-3000;
Machinery diagnostic tool
Emerson Process Management unveiled the CSI 9240 Machinery Health Transmitter, which is a wireless vibration transmitter that provides monitoring of mechanical equipment. It delivers predictive diagnostics for improved reliability and plant safety, the company says. The transmitter fits in with Emerson’s Smart Wireless solutions and connects quickly, easily and economically to any machine. Through PlantWeb digital plant architecture, the transmitter delivers vibration information over a wireless network for use by operations and maintenance personnel. In addition to measuring overall vibration, the CSI 9420 Machinery Health transmitter includes PeakVue technology for advanced bearing diagnostics.
Emerson Process Management, 8000 West Florissant Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63136; 314/553-2000;
Digital data recorder
Invensys introduced a line of digital data recorders that collect and manage process variable information to optimize process production and regulatory accountability. The Foxboro 6100 Data Management Series incorporates advanced digital technologies to provide ease of use, security and adaptability to a wide range of production processes, including batch applications, the company says. The series are paperless data recorders that feature extended input capability to communicate with up to 32 slave devices, providing up to 176 inputs. The slave devices can be used for data acquisition for variable process information, including pressure, flow, temperature and electro-chemical analysis such as pH and conductivity measurements. The Foxboro 6100 Series can be used in stand-alone applications or easily integrated into a larger system.
— Invensys, 8532 SW St. Helens Drive, Wilsonville, Ore. 97070; 508/549-6321;
Coating measurement system
Sensory Analytics released the new SpecMetrix coating measurement systems. SpecMetrix system measures films and coatings over any substrate material and color, including metal, glass, plastic and paper. Specially developed to meet the stringent quality requirements of the packaging industry, these new systems enable manufacturers and processors to measure over-varnish, inside sprays, barrier and protective coatings with nanometric accuracy. The system also measures the thickness of both wet and dry coatings. SpecMetrix includes proprietary SensorMetric software for real-time measurement and the automatic recording and storage of data for subsequent review or for use within existing quality programs.
— Sensory Analytics LLC, 4413-C West Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27404; 888/665-1810;
Polypropylene clarifier
Ciba Specialty Chemicals offers its Irgaclear XT 286 clarifier for polypropylene. The clarifier expands the use of clarified polypropylene and helps maintain performance in recyclates and regrind. Irgaclear has “see-through” clarity at low concentration. It is based on a new chemistry platform for clarifiers that features high thermal and chemical stability for favorable organoleptic properties for clarified polypropylene, the company says.
— Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591; 914/785-2000;
Bottle transport cases
Rehrig Pacific introduced Bottle Armor for transportation of 5-gallon water bottles. In contrast to standard transporters, Bottle Armor provides a cushion to keep the bottles in place during transit, the company says. It uses shock absorbing elastomer bumpers and contoured contact surfaces to cushion and contain 3-gallon and 5-gallon water bottles.
Rehrig Pacific Co., 4010 E. 26th St., Los Angeles, Calif., 90023; 800/421-6244;
Resealable shot glass
Gluug is a custom, clear plastic two-ounce sealable beverage container designed and created for the bar, beverage, special event and nightclub industries. The container’s unique shape and features allow Gluug to be used for pre-poured separated, sealable shots and regular bar shots. It also can be custom printed with a logo for branding opportunities for the sampling market.
— Gluug Inc., 32 Oaklands Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2E5, Canada; 416/920-7629;
Contaminant-blocking air curtain
Aleco announced its JetStream Air Curtain for building entryways that require insect, dust, odor and climate control. The JetStream Air Curtain provides an invisible barrier of air that protects entrances from contaminants, stops wind and reduces infiltration of outside air into heated or air-conditioned areas. It can be used in foodservice and processing facilities, shipping and receiving areas as well as other applications. The JetStream Air Curtain requires an 8.5-inch clearance and offers a corrosion-resistant cabinet with enamel beige finish or stainless steel finish. Available widths range from 36 inches to 60 inches to provide precise, continual and uniform air distribution.
— Aleco, 2720 E. Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals, Ala. 35661; 800/633-3120;
Laser marking system
Videojet Technologies Inc. introduced its 3430 laser marking system. The model has high-speed coding capabilities and 50 watts of laser power in one mobile unit. It has an IP65-rated housing for increased reliability in dirty and wet environments. The Videojet 3430 has flexible system components including an articulated arm and small marking head that is well-suited for tight production line areas. It can mark at speeds up to 2,000 characters per second and at line speeds up to 50 feet per second. The model features language options for display on the user interface, and has password-protected security levels.
— Videojet Technologies Inc., 1500 Mittel Blvd., Wood Dale, Ill. 60191; 800/843-3610;
Shot chiller
Smoking Shots offers its Smoking Shot Machine that charges the bottom of a shot glass to create an eye-catching drink option, the company says. The machine charges the glass and converts CO2 into dry ice, which creates a chilled, smoking beverage. Each machine charges more than 150 shots per 20-pound CO2 tank and prepares shots in close to six seconds.
 Smoking Shots, 2100 Habersham Marina Road, Suite D-101, Cumming, Ga. 30041; 770/656-0000;
Dome cap glands
Remke Industries expanded it line of NEMA 6P and IP 68-rated Dome Cap Cable Glands. The Dome Caps are designed to withstand continuous flexing and bending and can be used with a wide range of cables, both indoors and outdoors. The Dome Cap family includes standard nylon connectors, Spiral-Flex extended version, and a variety of nickel-plated brass connectors. They provide easy handling, quick installation, impact and abrasion resistance, even at very low temperatures, the company says.
— Remke Industries, 310 Chaddick Drive, Wheeling, Ill. 60090; 877/438-8833;
Machine films for film wrapping
Pliant Corp. has made available its family of Stratos Machine Films for automated pallet wrapping. Stratos films are available in 42 gauge and 45 gauge films with load containment properties of thicker films. Material reduction can range from 15 percent to 50 percent depending on current film usage, Pliant says.
— Pliant Corp., 1515 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, Ill. 60173; 888/475-4268;
Operator interfaces
Strongarm Designs offers its operator interface mountings and systems. The interfaces are engineered to improve efficiency and cleanability in food processing and packaging environments, the company says. Strongarm’s designs also are durable and have strong construction to reduce data inaccuracies and unnecessary downtime.
— Strongarm Designs Inc., 425 Caredean Drive, Horsham, Pa. 19044; 215/443-3400;
Nitrogen gas generators
Domnick Hunter offers nitrogen gas generators for use in coffee packaging and wine bottling or blanketing among other applications. The company uses the Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) method of non-cryogenic nitrogen gas generation and uses plant compressed air. The air is filtered and dried through a desiccant air dryer and passed through a proprietary Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) bed. The CMS adsorbs the smaller oxygen molecule, while the large nitrogen molecule passes through. With a quick re-generation, the bed is able to produce a continuous supply of clean dry nitrogen gas. Domnick Hunter also offers the Hyperchill process chiller technology for beverage applications requiring process cooling. The Hyperchill has a high refrigeration yield on low electrical consumption, the company says.
— Domnick Hunter, 5900-B Northwoods Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28269; 800/345-8462;
IT software update
Innovative Routines International Inc. announced two new IT productivity solutions for CoSort Version 9. The updated version is now equipped with Multi-File Joins and Multi-Dimensional Lookups. The new functions help integrate disparate data and create newly actionable information. CoSort users can now simultaneously discover, transform and report on related data, the company says. By performing join and lookup functions on flat files, CoSort users can relieve the DBMS of query overhead and incorporate mainframe/index file, spreadsheet and other data in the process.
— Innovative Routines International Inc., 2194 Highway A1A, 3rd Floor, Melbourne, Fla. 32937; 321/777-8889;
Lightweight closure
Global Closure Systems’ Obrist division expected to launch its PCO 1881 lightweight finish closure for the beverage industry this year. The model will replace the original PCO 1810. Available as a single-piece or two-piece option, the closure has a finish weight that is 1.3 grams less than the PCO 1810.
— Obrist Americas Inc., 4915 Norman Road, Sandston, Va. 23150; 804/222-7272;
Heat-shrink system
Douglas Machine Inc. offers its M-50 Multiwrapper, which uses a film perfing mechanism in the film feed area that maintains the integrity of one piece of film during the film wrapping process when running multiple lane production. The mechanism helps increase film control, placement and speed while maintaining inside and outside bullseyes, the company says. The Contour M-50 features quick-change wand paths coupled with built-in intuitive programming for adaptability.
— Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587;
Case packer
Standard-Knapp announced the 396 Positron Case Packer. The model packs multiple bottle styles of carbonated, non-carbonated and hot-filled PET bottles into corrugated trays or plastic shells. It comes equipped with an Overhead Flight Grouper that provides product control. The Positron’s continuous motion ensures gentle product handling with a stainless-steel frame that reduces maintenance, the company says. The model can process at speeds up to 60 trays per minute and uses variable frequency drives to automatically adjust changing line speeds and ensure smooth product flow.
— Standard-Knapp Inc., 63 Pickering St., Portland, Conn. 06480; 860/342-1100;
High-speed filling machines
SIG Combibloc released its new CFA 312 and CFA 512 filling machines. Both machines are capable of an output of 12,000 packages per hour for medium-sized formats. They also have volume flexibility, with the possibility to change volumes quickly, the company says. The CFA 312 fills volumes of 500 to 1,000 ml. The CFA 512 fills volumes of 500, 750, 1,000 and 1,100 ml.
— SIG Combibloc Inc., 2501 Seaport Drive, River Front Suite 100, Chester, Pa. 19013; 610/546-4200;