Video seam monitor

Wilkens-Anderson offers its VSM II video seam monitor: a high-resolution camera and monitor to inspect can double-seam cross sections. The camera includes a solid-state light source that produces a bright image of the can seam for evaluation and measurement, a toggle switch that selects crosshairs on either the X or Y axis, and an adjustable illumination and built-in calibration procedure, the company says.

Wilkens-Anderson Co., 4525 W. Division St., Chicago, Ill. 60651; 773/384-4433;


An aerial view

Pinc Solutions recently released its latest solution to many of the supply chain industry issues: the Pinc Air. The Pinc Air drone provides the ability to efficiently and effectively survey a wide area to autonomously locate inventory and assets. According to the company, the beverage industry can use the Pinc Air inside warehouses to read radio-frequency identification tags on pallets to provide cycle counts. The drone also has sensors for GPS and optical identification of trailers or other high-value assets in yards that cannot be read using ground-based vehicles. In addition, it provides push-button asset and inventory checks as well as video capture of the assets being located.

Pinc Solutions, 1851 Harbor Bay Parkway, Suite 2500, Alameda, Calif., 94502; 510/474-7500;


Horizontal storage

Charles Ross & Son Co. recently released its 96-by-162-inch straight-wall horizontal tank. The tank is fabricated and stamped for full vacuum to 60 pounds per square inch gage at 300 degrees and can hold up to 6,017 gallons, the company says. The carbon-steel tank’s interior surfaces were abrasive blasted to SSPC-Surface Preparation 10 and thoroughly cleaned prior to purging with nitrogen to minimize rusting during shipment, it says. The exterior is blasted, primed and coated with a customer-specified paint.

Charles Ross & Son Co., 710 Old Willets Path, P.O. Box 12308, Hauppauge, N.Y., 11788; 631/234-0500;


Customized with quality

The Stenner Pump Co. recently added the customizable Econ OEM to its Econ pump line for accurate concentrate, beverage syrup and additive dispensing. The Econ OEM can be designed for a specific application with customizable outputs, voltages and more. Its quick-release pump head also provides more convenient tube replacement by eliminating the need for tools, the company says. Stenner peristaltic pumps are self-priming, easy to operate and low maintenance, it adds.

Stenner Pump Co., 3174 DeSalvo Road, Jacksonville, Fla., 32246; 904/641-1666;


Full speed ahead

Simens released its new single-axis Sinamics V20 AC drive. The Sinamics V20 AC drive features both low-overload and high-overload ratings with a power rating that ranges from one-sixth to 40 horsepower at 480 volts AC. Sinamics V20 drives are available in five frame sizes and are ideal for material handling, conveyor, pump, fan and compressor applications, the company says. The drive is compact and can be connected and wall mounted or mounted with head sinks pushed through the enclosure wall. Installation time is minimized because no additional modules or add-on options are required, it says. The drive comes with a built-in display on the basic operator panel, which enables trouble-free commissioning and operation. A Modbus interface also is included for communication with third-party controls, and pre-built connection and application macros are used for facilitating application-specific settings. In addition, the Sinamics V20 is equipped with an energy-optimized mode for increased energy efficiency, the company says.

Siemens, Wittelsbacherplatz 2, 80333 Munich, Germany; 011/49-89-63600;


Smooth spinning

Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co. released its new Spinfinity maintenance-free, kingpinless caster series. Hamilton spec’d a swivel construction with a proven kingpinless raceway design and a massive seal, which is seated with precise tolerances, the company says. Spinfinity features a heavy-duty, extra-thick forged steel mounting plate and ring. This design results in a
100 percent maintenance-free kingpinless caster wheel that swivels smoothly under loads up to 3,200 pounds, keeps grease in, protects against debris, withstands brutal shock, and handles abusive forces, the company says. The line offers 2- and 3-inch wheel widths; 4-by-5-inch or 4.5-by-6.5-inch mounting plates, as well as various wheel diameters and various load capacities.

Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., 1637 Dixie Highway, Hamilton, Ohio 45011; 513/863-3300;


Labelled for recycling

Constantia Flexibles’ Labels Division of Spear USA Inc. released a proprietary technology that allows PET bottles to use pressure-sensitive labels without the recycling contamination of traditional materials, the company says. SpearRC is the result of more than 10 years of work with the Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) to create a cost-effective, recyclable pressure-sensitive label. SpearRC labels are available in clear, white or metalized film material options and are recognized by the APR as being PET-recycling compatible. In addition, the European PET Bottle Platform has deemed it as fully compatible label technology.

Spear USA, 5510 Courseview Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040; 513/459-1100;



Shine a light on leaks

Spectronics Corp. introduced the Leak Tracker, a powerful, economical ultraviolet LED leak detection flashlight that is ideal for all industrial fluid system applications, the company says. The flashlight features a high-output ultraviolet LED light that delivers superior fluorescent dye response, which makes industrial leaks easier to spot, the company says. Oil- and water-based fluorescent dyes all can be detected with the Leak Tracker, including difficult-to-see yellow, white and blue dyes, as well as dirty fluids, it says. Leak Tracker also offers an instant-on setting, and its compact size allows it to fit into cramped areas where larger lamps cannot, it notes. The lamp is designed to withstand years of heavy use with its rugged, corrosion-resistant, anodized body and 100,000-hour LED service life, it adds. Leak Tracker comes complete with a lanyard, belt holder, AAA batteries and ultraviolet-absorbing safety glasses.

Spectronics Corp., 956 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y, 11590; 800/274-8888;


What bartenders want

Perlick partnered with award-winning bartender Tobin Ellis to launch its Tobin Ellis Signature Cocktail Station. The industry-exclusive station includes a suite of new features and is filled with what Ellis calls a “bartender cockpit,” which is dedicated to the efficient production of cocktails in high-volume environments, the company says. More specifically, the Tobin Ellis Signature Cocktail Station includes refrigerated drawers that are National Sanitation Foundation-rated for open food storage and feature in-place ninth-size pans for garnishes, herbs, fruit and more; a 24-inch drain board top with drop-in stainless steel and glass rack panels along with an optional poly cutting board insert; an insulated bottle well with a capacity to hold nine 750-ml juice bottles or six 1-liter Store-N-Pour bottles within arm’s reach of the bartender without cross contamination into serviceable ice; a 30-inch sectioned ice bin with a standard 10-circuit cold plate with stainless steel dividers for storing a variety of ice, including crushed, cubed and oversized cubes; and a prep sink and tool caddy combination that includes a main sink with an integrated glass rinser and a sectional combo. The combination consists of a main sink with an integrated glass rinser, a sectional health-code-compliant tool caddy, a foot-operated faucet, and an optional built-in cubby for additional storage. In addition, the cocktail station is designed with a rounded speed rail to create a “cockpit” feel while keeping bartenders closer to the work station and allow bartenders to store large-footprint bottles that don’t fit in standard speed rails. In total, the cocktail station can hold up to 27 liters of alcohols and mixers.

Perlick Corp., 8300 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee, Wis. 53223; 800/558-5592;


Saving space and packing more

Douglas Machine released its TriVex RLi top-load case packer. The company says the case packer fulfills its customers’ needs for an economical solution with a small footprint. The TriVex RLi utilizes robotic staging and loading that eliminates the traditional cross-push section, which saves valuable production floor space, the company says. The integrated platform efficiently erects cases, loads cartons in multiple tiers, and then seals and discharges the cases, it says. The case packer can work at speeds as fast as 25 cases a minute. It also can accommodate tape or glue and offers vertical pack solutions and product coating systems. The Trivex RLi is available in stainless steel and National Electrical Manufacturers Association 4X for wet environments.

Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn., 56308; 320/763-6587;


Streamlined supply chains

Softeon Inc. introduced its Plan2Fulfill solution, which is a unique set of products that integrate supply chain planning and execution to improve forecasting, inventory and replenishment processes. Softeon’s Plan2Fulfill solution optimizes inventory levels and deployment in consideration of near-term forecasts. It is a tightly integrated, closed-loop solution that optimizes demand and inventory management, the company says. This solution plan should help companies see lower inventories and improved sales through the reduction of out-of-stocks, it says. Plan2Fulfill includes a forecasting engine that offers more than
30 forecasting models; demand-sensing capabilities, which adjust near-term forecasts based on demand; automatic replenishment orders; a milestone management module, which enables users to see and manage key events in a product’s lifestyle; and a warehouse management system.

Sofeton Inc., 11700 Plaza America Drive, Suite 910, Reston, Va., 20190; 703/793-0005;