Beverage equipment suppliers offer improved designs
Manufacturers offer durability, speed and precision
Charles Ross & Son Co. introduced large-scale, elliptical-head pressure vessels for use as carbon filter tanks. The 5,000-gallon stainless steel vessels are fabricated, designed and stamped for 100 psig at 230 degrees Fahrenheit in accordance with the ASME Code Section VIII, Division 1, the company says. Storage tanks, pressure vessels and reactors are available in sizes that can accommodate 100,000 gallons or larger in a variety of heavy-duty materials, including carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, Monel, Hastelloy and Inconel. Each tank is supplied with various size nozzles, lifting lugs, contoured pipe legs and an elliptical manway, it adds. Other features include agitators and mixer controls, a heating/cooling jacket, internal coils, electrical heat tracing or heat exchanger, along with sheathing and insulation, special coatings and tank liners, and a sanitary design and finish, it adds.
Charles Ross & Son Co., 710 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788; 800/243-7677; mixers.com.
Worry free mixing
NORD Gear Corp. offers several variations of its VL heavy-duty spread-bearing designs — the VL2, the VL3 and the VL4. All three variations have specific features and advantages based on mixing and agitating application requirements, the company says. The VL2 offers reinforced output-shaft bearings with increased bearing distance to accommodate high-overhung thrust loads along with a grease fitting for the lower bearing and a removable plug to allow excess grease to purge from the bearing cavity, it adds. The VL3 dry-cavity design features additional protective measures against oil leakage versus the VL2 spread-bearing design, with NORD’s Quadralip sealing system, which prevents oil leaks from the gearbox into the VL2 flange. The VL4 heavy-duty drop-bearing design with a drywell provides the high-capacity bearing design of the VL2/VL3 with the addition of a drywell. Although most drywell designs have a small oil dam tube inside the gear unit, NORD’s stationary oil dam tube extends vertically above the top of the gear unit housing, providing a higher degree of leak safety, it adds.
NORD Gear Corp. USA, 800 Nord Drive, Waunakee, Wis. 53587; 888/314-6673; nord.com.
ADMIX Inc. introduced design improvements to its Rotomixx product, which boasts a new modular gear drive that accommodates larger motors, as well as several speed ratios for optimal mixer sizing and enhanced results, the company says. The frame’s modular gear-drive assembly directly attaches to the direct-drive bearing frame, which supports longer shafts and higher torque loads, it adds.
ADMIX Inc., 144 Harvey Road, Londonderry, N.H. 03053; 800/466-2369; rotomixx.com.
Argonide Corp. offers CoolBlue, an under-counter water purification system that incorporates advanced microbiological purifier performance that meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Guide Standard for Microbiological Purifiers as tested and certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA), the company says. Effective for waters with high pH levels, the three-stage filtration process utilizes Argonide’s original NanoCeram technology for improved taste and reduction of soluble contaminants. The system’s last step features a patent-pending DEAL filtration media that attracts, captures and retains submicron particles, including bacteria and viruses to offer the cleanest water, it adds.
Argonide Corp., 291 Power Court, Sanford, Fla. 32771; 407/322-2500; argonide.com.
Splicing it right
Douglas Machine Inc. offers its ergonomically designed Douglas automatic film splicer that delivers precise print registration and heat splicing while reducing critical machine downtime, the company says. The easy-access side film stand enables operators to conveniently stage clear or print film while the machine is running. Once staged, no operator attention is needed for splicing, it adds.
Douglas Machine Inc., 3404 Iowa St., Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587; douglas-machine.com.
Mencom Corp. offers its CSH series squich-spring-terminal rectangular connectors for use on harsh manufacturing floors and rugged industrial environments. The connectors provide quick-connect solutions for a variety of production machinery, the company says. Each spring terminal has an actuator button that triggers the spring device of the corresponding terminal to close, safely and reliably connecting the conductor to its respective electric contact in the connector, it adds. The cabling time of the squich-spring connector can be as much as 50 percent quicker than the screw-type connection and 20 percent faster than the conventional spring-type connection, the company says. Other features include a reduced cabling time, no need for tools, quick identification of cabled and non-cabled terminals, pre-opened terminals for conductor clamping, and the ability to use wires or ferrule as wide as 2.5 mm. The CSH series squich-spring terminal connectors are available in 6-, 10-, 16-, 24-, 32- and 48-pole configurations, it adds.
Mencom Corp., 5750 Moever Road, Oakwood, Ga. 30566; 770/534-4585; mencom.com.
OMEGA Engineering Inc. introduced the Wheatstone Bride In-Line Signal Conditioner for use with non-amplified pressure transducers or load cells to amplify the output signal. The signal conditioner features meters and data collection tools that require higher level inputs such as zero to 5 volts DC, plus or minus 5 volts DC, zero to 10 volts DC or 4 to 20 milliamps, the company says. Housed in a stainless steel enclosure, the IN-UVI can be used with any sanitary 3A-approved product and supplies a highly regulated bridge excitation voltage for the transducer or load cell, it adds. Other features include improved signal-to-noise ratio, two selectable excitation voltages, wide zero-adjustment range and an isolated shunt-calibration relay for quick field setup. With an IP-65 rating, the IN-UVI also can be used in the wash-down process.
OMEGA Engineering Inc., One Omega Drive, Stamford, Conn. 06907; 203/359-1660; omega.com.
Ensuring beverage compliance
Regal Power Transmission Solutions, a part of Regal-Beloit Corp., introduced a single-piece stand-off for flanged-mounted bearings that integrates the bolt-spacer ferrule and stand-off in one assembly for simpler installation and sanitation compliance in beverage operations, the company says. Engineered for use with System Plast flanged-mounted bearings and Sealmaster composite-flanged PN Gold bearings, the patent-pending one-piece design eliminates loose parts during installation, improves bearing installation alignment and creates a 5/8-inch gap behind the bearing flange for easier cleaning/inspection, it adds. Available for original equipment manufacturer or retrofit applications, the stand-offs, made of 300 Series passivated stainless steel, can be factory installed in new bearings or easily retrofitted with common tools, it adds.
Regal-Beloit Corp., 200 State St., Beloit, Wis. 53511; 608/364-8800; regalbeloit.com.
Revving it up
Kenworth Truck Co. offers its PACCAR MX-11 engine for Class 8 trucks. The six-cylinder, 24-valve engine design features double-overhead camshafts and a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, the company says. The engine block is built from compact graphite iron with vertical ribs to maximize strength while reducing noise levels. Available for Kenworth T880, T680, T800 with FEPTO, and W900S models, the PACCAR MX-11 produces as much as 430 horsepower and 1,550 pound-feet of torque, it adds. The 10.8-liter engine also is 400 pounds lighter than 13-liter engines and provides enhanced payload capacity and fuel economy, according to the company.
Kenworth Truck Co., 10630 NE 38th Place, Kirkland, Wash. 98033; 425/828-5000; kenworth.com.