Precision, speed key in latest beverage equipment releases
Manufacturers address mixing, labeling trends
Spirax Sarco Inc. offers its CSM-C 600 compact clean steam generator, which can produce as much as 1,275 pounds an hour of clean steam at 45 psig, depending on plant steam pressure and feed water temperature, the company says. A skid-mounted system providing dry saturated steam, the generator can be used in any processes that rely on sterilization or humidification, it adds. Other features include modulating control of water level and plant steam inlet delivering tight, accurate control; a programmable logic controller (PLC) digital computer with color touch-screen human machine interface (HMI), providing clear indications of operational parameters and alarms; and a long tube bundle life expectancy dependent on water quality, it adds.
Spirax Sarco Inc., 1150 Northpoint Blvd., Blythewood, S.C. 29016; 800/575-0394; spiraxsarco.com.
NORD Gear Corp. introduced its SK92.1 and SK93.1 series helical-bevels, which are two-stage bevel
drives that help achieve gear efficiencies by as much as 97 percent, the company says. Typical right-angle worm reducers range in efficiency from 40 to 90 percent depending on size, ratio and output speed. The increased efficiency can result in as much as a 30 percent energy savings, it adds. The drives also offer a wide range of available ratios; a UNICASETM, quiet, leak-free housing design; and wear-free infinite life gearing. NORD offers an optional industry interchange footplate with either threaded or through holes designed for standard worm mounting situations as well.
NORD Gear Corp. USA, 800 Nord Drive, Waunakee, Wis. 53587; 888/314-6673; nord.com.
Fast-speed, customized blending
Charles Ross & Sons Co. announced its 42N-80S Sanitary Ribbon Blender with a maximum capacity of 80 cubic feet and 150-grit stainless steel 316 product contact parts. The dust-tight blender cover includes custom ports and a bag dumping station with safety grating, the company says. Driven by a high-efficiency 50-horsepower gearmotor, the double-ribbon agitator turns at variable speeds as fast as 28 ribbons a minute to a maximum tip speed of 280 feet a minute. During the blending cycle, precise liquid additions are delivered via spray bars with fan-type spray nozzles. In addition, spray balls are installed on the cover for convenient cleaning between batches, it adds. Available from 0.5 to 1,000 cubic feet capacities, Ross Ribbon Blenders are designed for a number of processing objectives including dry powder blending, mixing solids of different shapes and sizes, paste mixing and more, it adds. Other features include a heating/cooling jacket, end wall scrapers, interchangeable paddle agitator, vacuum capability and abrasion-resistant wetted parts, the company says.
Charles Ross & Son Co., 710 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788; 800/243-7677; mixers.com.
Splicing it right
P.E. Labellers offers a PS Automatic Reel Splicer that provides increased speed in as much as 25 percent less space compared with no-stop redundant PS units, the company says. A small strip of adhesive on the initial part of the second reel aids in label preparation, it adds. When a reel finishes, the automatic splicer cuts and splices the “leading edge” of the label reel previously prepared automatically, which decreases downtime and increases production efficiency. The system also features self-learning software that ensures labels are positioned properly, the company says.
P.E. Labellers, 89 Partnership Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241; 513/771-3820; pe-us.com.
Xylem Inc. introduced its BevJet Compact system, which distributes water, wine, non-pulp juices, iced teas, syrups and alcohol of less than 15 percent concentration through its motorized unit. It is ideal for applications requiring flow rates from 0.8 to 1.0 gallon per minute (GPM) or 3.0-3.8 liters per minute, the company says. Supported by Flojet’s electric diaphragm pump technology, the system employs an automatic shut-off technology that senses when a bag-in-box or bottled water unit is depleted, it adds. Other features include quick-disconnect ports for easy installation and cleaning, a quiet, long-life motor and rubber mounting components to minimize noise. Certified by Underwriters Laboratories, the device is available in 115/230 volt, 50/60 hertz models, and is a reliable solution for food kiosks, drink stalls and small restaurant and vending operations, the company says.
Xylem Inc., 1 International Drive, Rye Brook, N.Y. 10573; 914/323-5700; xyleminc.com.
Century Refrigeration, a division of RAE Corp., introduced its N-Series Chillers, which offer the advantages of a Century Comdustrial design in a complete, factory run-tested chiller package engineered for durability and serviceability, the company says. It features accessible components and appropriate fin spacing for easy maintenance, it adds. The company also offers custom N-Series Chiller units for a range of chilling applications.
RAE Corp., 4492 Hunt St., Pryor Creek, Okla. 74361; 918/825-7222; rae-corp.com.
Locking it up
VT Hackney offers two new Remote Locking Systems (RLS) incorporating a key fob to allow wireless locking capabilities for fleet trucks’ body and trailer roll-up doors. Available on new units, the RLS “Touch” eliminates body locking handles and gives the operator complete control to lock both the driver and curbside doors with a push of a button, the company says. When the key fob lock is pressed, standard programming triggers the truck horn, headlights and taillights to activate once to indicate all body doors are down and locks have been initiated. Used for side-load bodies and trailers, the RLS “Bolt” incorporates the same wireless key fob and signal indicators, but works in conjunction with the current body locking handles and eliminates the need for a body lock key while providing “deadbolt” added protection, it adds.
VT Hackney, 911 W. 5th St., Washington, N.C. 27889; 800/763-0700; hackneybeverage.com.
Esko introduced HD Letterpress plate imaging technology for metal-backed plates. It features a digital inline ultraviolet (UV) curing system along with a magnetic drum. The technical innovations of HD Letterpress platemaking are the digital inline UV head with a directed UV LED light source and 4,000 dots per inch (dpi) high-resolution imaging, which can help metal cans and plastic tubes stand out on the shelf, the company says. The imaging optics offer three times more pixel data than a standard 2,540 dpi resolution, it adds. The Esko CDI plate imager has the ability to create an image from any type and brand of digital ablation letterpress plate with a wider tonal range, increased detail, and improved reliability and productivity, it adds.
Esko, 8535 Gander Creek Drive, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342; 937/454-1721; esko.com.
Antaira Technologies announced the expansion of its industrial networking infrastructure line with the LMX-0602 series. The device is a cost-effective six-port industrial managed Ethernet switch with a 12- to 48-volt DC power input range support. Each unit is designed with four 10/100Tx Fast Ethernet RJ45 ports and two 100Fx fiber ports with SC- or ST-type connectors that have the option for either multi-mode (2Km) or single-mode (30Km) network distance expansion, the company says. The series provides high EFT, surge (2,000-volt DC) and ESD (6,000-volt DC) protection. In addition, all units have a dual-power input design with a reverse-polarity protection and a relay warning function to alert operators when any ports break or power failures occur. This makes it ideal for applications that require high reliability and distance extension in harsh environments, it adds.
Antaira Technologies LLC, 3490 E. Miraloma Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92806; 714/671-9000; antaira.com.