Fiberglass Handles

Nelson-Jameson’s exclusive solid fiberglass handles are more than six times stronger than standard fiberglass handles. Virtually indestructible, the new handles will pay for themselves by saving the cost associated with replacing weaker broken handles. Weighing slightly more than regular fiberglass handles and about half as much as a stainless-steel handle, they can be used with a multitude of brush heads. The black “hang up” cap allows for easy identification of the solid handle, and they are available in yellow, red, blue, white, green and brown to fit in with existing color-coded sanitation programs.
Nelson-Jameson Inc., 2400 E. Fifth St., P.O. Box 647, Marshfield, Wis., 54449, phone: (715) 387-1151, fax: (715) 387-8746, Web site: www.nelsonjameson.com
Key Exchange Unit
Fortress Interlocks has launched XM (exchange model), a robust, modular mechanical key exchange unit used to exchange one or more keys for an number of other keys. Part of the company’s new mGard range of modular interlocks protecting employees working with dangerous machinery, the unit forms the link between isolation devices and access locks. XM allows a number of secondary functions following an initial action such as the simultaneous opening of several guard doors around a machine enclosure once the power supply to the machine has been isolated.
Any combination of isolation keys and access keys is possible — Fortress Interlocks, 21 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Ky., 41018, phone: (859) 578-2390, fax: (859) 341-2302, Web site: www.fortressinterlocks.com
Snap-On Closure
The tamper-evident base on IPEC’s 38-millimeter snap-on closure provides a visual security indicator when the product is shipped and at the point of purchase. A valve design is used as the sealing factor against the inner diameter of the container. This design also puts an end to additional costs because there’s no need for liners. The press-on sealing feature enables production lines to perform at high speeds and minimizes maintenance allowing for increased production and more efficiency. To alleviate unnecessary and costly customized neck finishes, the closure is compatible with an existing snap-neck finish. The closures are available in a variety of FDA-approved colors.
International Plastics & Equipment Corp. (IPEC), 185 Northgate Circle, P.O. Box 5311, New Castle, Pa., 16105, phone: (800) 377-4732
Stator-Retensioning Device
The Seepex stator-retensioning device is specially designed to dramatically increase stator longevity in abrasive applications. The device consists of an adjustable stainless-steel sleeve with an internal rubber lining and a series of adjusting bolts. Depending on stator size, adjustable bolts can be on one or both sides of the longitudinally slotted stator to allow for adjustment of the stator tube's circumference.
Seepex Inc., 511 Speedway Drive, Enon, Ohio, 45323, phone: (937) 864-7150, fax: (937) 864-7157, e-mail: sales@seepex.net, Web site: www.seepex.com
Package Leak Detectors
LeakMatic™ in-line and LeakPointer™ stand-alone non-destructive package leak detectors from PBI-Dansensor quickly and accurately monitor packages to provide a reliable water-free leak test of shipping cases or individual boxes containing cheese and other foods and products packaged in paperboard, film, foil or cans. The non-destructive sensor uses trace CO2 gas to detect leaks. The leak-detection sensor activates an alarm to indicate discovery of a leak. Defective cartons are pushed from conveyor as they are discharged from the test chamber. User-friendly graphic icons control up to 16 test programs from a touch screen that provides variable selections including leak and vacuum level, product name and production line address. Test data can be printed or transferred to a PC for verification and archiving. Both systems are designed to accommodate complete shipping cartons or an individual package with multiple components.
PBI-Dansensor America Inc., 139 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452, phone: (201) 251-6490, e-mail: sales.usa@pbi-dansensor.com, Web site: www.pbi-dansensor.com
Rental Heaters
Nutemp has introduced a line of temporary heaters, including a 150 kW electric heater designed for rugged duty. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the heater comes with a remote thermostat on 25-foot lead, detachable casters, 20-inch diameter flexible duct discharge, unit-mounted disconnect and camlock connections. Airflow range is from 3,000 to 7,000 cfm, and the maximum temperature rise is 158 degrees F. Nutemp also has introduced a line of rental chillers ranging in size from 10 to 1,500 tons, and it offers pre-owned chillers and cooling towers for sale.
Nutemp, 3348 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Ill., 60623, phone: (800) 323-3977, Web site: www. nutemp.com
Adaptable Tray Blanks
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. has designed a traymaker to accommodate out-of-spec tray blanks, while forming square trays. The Model 65 features an adjustable forming mandrel, which allows packagers to adjust the mandrel for slightly out of spec tray blanks. Additionally, the Model 65’s mandrel is easily adapted to various sized shipments of corrugated.
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla., 34689, phone: (800) 237-5975, Web site: www.abcpackaging.com
Beverage Software
Propak Software offers business solutions to the beverage and citrus industry. With an experienced team of professionals, Propak provides business solutions for beverage blenders, bottlers and co-packers. By combining industry talent with leading technology, it delivers bottom-line results for its clients. ProPak solutions help streamline the enterprise, improve quality and customer service, speed product time-to-market and increase supply chain responsiveness.
ProPak Software, 260 Ave. A S.W., Winter Haven, Fla., 33880-2928, phone: (800) 888-0933, Web site: www.beveragepro.com
Refrigerated Foodservice Truck Bodies
Johnson Truck Bodies has announced the availability of specially designed, multi-temperature, refrigerated foodservice truck bodies that provide logistical distribution efficiency for packaged fresh, frozen and dry product from the same vehicle. Center Partition System bodies can be designed to handle up to three different temperature zones, each with positive temperature panels that divide the truck body longitudinally. Half-width horizontal insulated bulkheads are used to partition off the lanes created by the panels. Lanes are wide enough to accommodate pallet loading and unloading of product. Horizontal bulkhead systems can be permanent or portable, both styles available with access doors. Portable models are available in a wide variety of models including solid, hinged, two-piece and track-mounted versions.
Johnson Truck Bodies, a Carlisle Company, 215 E. Allen St., Rice Lake, Wis., 54868, phone: (715) 234-7071 or (800) 922-8360, fax: (715) 234-4628, Web site: www.johnsontruckbodies.com
Customizable Temperature Controller
Eurotherm has introduced the K1N customizable temperature controller for OEM applications. The fixed-setpoint temperature controller has been designed to be embedded in OEM equipment that does not require a visual display or operator interference. The controller is ideal for OEM equipment manufacturers looking for ergonomically sound design, custom functionality and seamless integration.
Eurotherm Inc., a unit of Invensys plc, 741-F Miller Drive, Leesburg, Va., 20175, phone: (703) 443-0000, fax: (703) 669-1300, Web site: www.eurotherm.com
Ice Bath Replacement
Torrey Pines Scientific has introduced a compact, inexpensive, mess- and maintenance-free replacement for ice baths and chillers. The IC10 Ice Cube takes little bench space and uses aluminum samples blocks that can accommodate nearly all routine-sample containers. Included are centrifuge tubes as well as PCR tubes and plates, 96- and 84-well assay plates, test tubes and more. The Model IC10 comes complete with chiller module, universal power supply, AC line cord for the country of use and instructions.
Torrey Pines Scientific Inc., La Costa Meadows Drive #105/106, San Marcos, Calif., 92069, phone: (760) 471-9100, fax: (760) 471-9310, e-mail: info@torreypinesscientific.com, Web site: www.torreypinesscientific.com
Linear Belt Sorter
FKI Logistex recently launched the UniSort Linear Belt Sorter (LBS), a new patent-pending configuration of the company’s UniSort sorting platform. The LBS uses narrow-gap, linear-belt technology to provide gentle item handling and high-accuracy diversion in an overall high-throughput design. The LBS employs individual slats equipped with diverting belts to deliver high-accuracy sorting of items ranging from small consumer goods to oversize baggage. The LBS uses the technology of the UniSort XV, including its frame, chain-drive, chain-carrying surface and electric switch technology. Available in multiple belt widths and a variety of layout configurations, the LBS can be equipped with single- or dual-sided divert points.
FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville, Ky., 40422, phone: (877) 935-4564, Web site: www.fkilogistex.com
Portable Air Heater
The portable air heater from Nu-Con Equipment allows customers to direct high volumes of filtered and heated air directly to the equipment or conveying lines that need drying. Using heated air speeds the drying process and helps eliminate the risk of contamination associated with manual drying. The design features an integral control panel with time and temperature controls, cycle-complete alarm, high-temperature cutout switch, safety interlocks, status indicator lights and more. The unit connects directly to 230/480 VAC. Food grade, USDA-dairy and industrial models are available in stainless steel or aluminum. An electric heater with finned, tubular coils is used to heat the air, which is then pushed through the system with a regenerative blower. HEPA air filters are standard and large, caster-style wheels make it easy and safe for one person to move.
Nu-Con Equipment, 1600 Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, Minn., 55317, phone: (877) 939-0510, fax: (952) 279-5206, Web site: www.nucon.com
Protective Enclosures
Newly redesigned to meet the high protection rating of IP69K, Rittal’s popular AE Series enclosures are made with aluminum zinc as a base material followed by polyester powder-coat painting. This combination of materials provides a high level of corrosion protection and a lower weight when compared to stainless steel. With its vibration-resistant locks, hinges and mounting-plate hardware, the AE IP69K is ideal for use as vehicle control boxes.
Rittal Corp., 1 Rittal Place, Springfield, Ohio, 45504, phone: (937) 399-0500, fax: (937) 390-5599, e-mail: rittal@rittal-corp.com, Web site: www.rittal-corp.com
Wastewater Decanter
Alfa Laval has launched the Aldec 10 decanter centrifuge, a small-capacity, high-performance wastewater decanter. It is suitable for handling throughputs of all types of sludge including those with very low (<1% DS) and very high solids content. The Aldec 10 is designed to handle sludge types with a wide range of dewatering and thickening requirements such as those commonly found in the dairy and food industries, and other industrial processes.
Alfa Laval Inc., 5400 International Trade Drive, Richmond, Va., 23231, phone: (804) 545-8120, fax: (804) 545-0194, Web site: www.alfalaval.us
Semi-Automatic Horizontal Loader
Combi Packaging Systems introduced its HL-350SA semi-automatic horizontal loader during Pack Expo 2004 in Chicago. The new equipment allows companies to automate the horizontal loading of product into manually erected cases. This cost-effective solution is for companies that require a high-end loader but have limited space. The Combi HL-350SA adapts to upstacking, downstacking or progressive collation and occupies a footprint of less than 50 square feet. Empty cases are erected and placed in the machine manually. The system automatically collects the product, creates a pack pattern and loads the products into the erected case. A custom-engineered cradle holds the case in place for loading then automatically turns the filled case 90 degrees and releases it onto a product takeaway conveyor. The telescoping feature on the Combi HL-350SA allows the equipment to automatically handle horizontal loads with considerably less floor space.
Combi Packaging Systems LLC, 5365 E. Center Drive N.E., Canton, Ohio, 44721, phone: (800) 521-9072, fax: (330) 456-4644, Web site: www.combi.com
Food Grade Lubricants
The Anderol® 6000 Food Grade Lubricant Series provides food processors with high-performance PAO-based products that ensure brand quality through enhanced equipment performance. Engineered by Anderol Inc., the 6000 series meets the food safety standards for H-1 “incidental contact” and FDA CFR 178.3570. These lubricants also meet the requirements for NSF, AQIS, Halal and Kosher certifications and can be used for an array of rotating equipment applications.
Anderol Inc., 215 Merry Lane, P.O. Box 518, East Hanover, N.J., 07936, phone: (973) 887-7410, (973) 887-6930, e-mail: info@anderol.com, Web site: www.anderol.com
Free Customized Trials
IRM Corp. is offering free customized trials of its flagship product Sales Discovery System. Sales Discovery is a powerful reporting and analytics tool deployed to more than 2,000 users at food and beverage manufacturers, brokerages and distributors across North America. The system allows companies to stay competitive by giving field-sales users easy and portable access to data for fast, comprehensive and completely paperless sales analysis and reporting.
IRM Corp., 14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 200, Dallas, Texas, 75254
Rapid Test
BioControl Systems’ new rapid test is a cost-effective and precise method for measuring sanitizer and cleanser solution concentrations. An industry first, the Lightning MVP Conductivity Probe is a reusable probe that allows food processors to measure sanitizer concentration and conductivity with the same instrument they use to measure ATP, pH and temperature. This addition to the Lightning MVP system will allow food manufacturing plants to reduce sanitizer and cleanser cost by up to 20 percent through increased accuracy versus current test methods.
BioControl Systems Inc., 12822 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue, Wash., 98005, phone: (425) 603-1123, fax: (425)-603-0070