Liquid-filled Steel Gauge
Dwyer’s new Series 63000M liquid-filled steel gauges have dual English and metric scales with 3-2-3% ASME Grade B accuracy. The 63000M gauges offer superior performance for applications where vibration, pulsation, mechanical shock and pressure spikes are common due to its glycerin-filled housing. The gauges are designed with 304 SS housings and brass-wetted parts. Units can withstand ambient temperatures up to 140 degrees F (60 C) and process temperatures up to 149 degrees F (65 C). Ranges from full vacuum to 300 psi are available from stock. — Dwyer Instruments Inc., P.O., Box 373, Michigan City, Ind., 46361, phone: (219) 879-8000, fax: (219) 872-9057, e-mail: lit@dwyer-inst.com, Web site: www.dwyer-inst.com
Antimicrobial Technology
Fogg has introduced Micro-bloc™ antimicrobial technology as a new feature available in all its elastomers and lubricants. Utilizing patented inorganic ion-exchange resins, Micro-bloc is a proactive antimicrobial rubber that provides residual protection against contamination. Because the antimicrobial agent is an integral ingredient, Micro-bloc qualities will not diminish over time or usage. Its inorganic silver base provides continual effectiveness, even in high wear or abrasive applications, against a wide spectrum of microorganisms and potentially reduces the need for costly, time-consuming cleaning and decontamination procedures associate with conventional elastomers. In addition to inhibiting bacterial growth, the antimicrobial agents are safe for human contact and FDA approved. — Fogg Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, Mich., 49424, phone: (616) 786-3644, fax: (616) 786-0350, e-mail: sales@foggfiller.com, Web site: www.foggfiller.com
Tangential/Cross Flow Filtration System
Purosep™ is NCSRT’s complete line of high performance filtration systems. All Purosep systems are designed to be integrated with any of the following filter arrays: OPTISEP Modules, CONSEP Modules, Hollow Fiber, Ceramic, Plate and Frame, Flat Sheet and Spiral Wound. Whether a tabletop unit, pilot skid or production unit is required, NCSRT applications-based design approach will provide a system that meets or exceeds specific process needs. Purosep is a universal design concept proven to integrate with all standard TFF/CFF module formats. The advanced engineering and 3-D modeling utilized in all Purosep models allows for rapid and cost effective customization when required. Systems can be operated independently or integrated with upstream and/or downstream processing equipment as a single unit operation. NCSRT support services provide industry-leading validation assistance, preventative maintenance contracts and responsive technical service. — NCSRT Inc., 1000 Goodworth Drive, Apex, N.C., 27539, phone: (919) 387-8460, fax: (919) 387-8540, e-mail: info@ncsrt.com, Web site: www.ncsrt.com
Ribbon Blending Tanks
Available in single-wall, double-wall insulated and triple-wall heated and insulated versions, ribbon blending tanks from Hinds-Bock feature variable-frequency-drive-controlled helical agitation, interlocked safety grates, personnel steps and hopper covers. The high-quality tanks are offered in sizes ranging from 50 gallons to 800 gallons. — Hinds-Bock Corp., 14690 N.E. 95th St., Redmond, Wash., 98052, phone: (877) 292-5715, fax: (425) 885-1492, Web site: www.hinds-bock.com
Rugged Conveyor
Fully rated for product washdown, the FKI Logistex Stainless Steel Conveyor is designed to meet the needs of food, beverage and other manufacturers. The sturdy conveyor features a corrosion-resistant construction that reduces wear and tear and extends component life. The conveyor expands on the Accumat® rollerless conveying system, offering styles for zero-pressure accumulation, transportation, incline, decline and metering. The conveyor’s modular plastic-belt conveying surface eliminates the need for rollers and provides a continuous surface for product conveying. It operates at speeds as great as 300 feet per minute and has a live load weight capacity of 70 pounds per foot. — FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville, Ky., 40422, phone: (877) 935-4564, Web site: www.fkilogistex.com
Ammonia Detection
The Charge Carrier Injection (CI 21) sensor from GFG Instrumentation continuously detects ammonia levels for the protection of life and property. Unaffected by temperature and humidity fluctuations, the CI 21 sensor delivers accurate detection readings even in the most demanding environmental conditions. With a low cross sensitivity, the unit eliminates costly false alarms associated with many other sensors. It is available in ranges up to 30,000 ppm and carries a two-year sensor warranty. — GFG Instrumentation, 1194 Oak Valley Drive, Suite 20, Ann Arbor, Mich., phone: (800) 959-0329, Fax: (734) 769-1888, e-mail: info@gfg-inc.com, Web site: www.gfg-inc.com
Pressure-Resistant Heat Exchanger
Alfa Laval’s new AlfaNova 14 fusion-bonded, all-stainless heat exchanger withstands pressures as great as 290 psi. It is constructed of 100 percent stainless steel using AlfaFusion, a unique bonding technology that provides a high mechanical strength, temperature resistance up to 1,020 degrees F, exceptional hygiene levels and excellent corrosion resistance. It is well suited to refrigeration and other applications requiring a high level of cleanliness, using ammonia, or necessitating the absence of copper or nickel contamination. — Alfa Laval Inc., 5400 International Trade Drive, Richmond, Va., 23231, phone: (804) 236-1298, Web site: www.alfalaval.us
Stainless-Steel Hardware
The availability of stainless-steel cam lock hardware, which offers superior strength and a longer usable life than chrome or powder coated hardware, has been announced by Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies. Stainless hardware is an option for new truck bodies or can be used to replace rusted hardware on older truck bodies. Chrome-plated zinc diecast, the old standard hardware for refrigerated truck bodies, has been a constant source of corrosion, pitting and rust. With refrigerated truck bodies lasting longer than ever before, corroded hinges are no longer acceptable. Long-lasting stainless hardware is rust free and its polished satin finish remains attractive and dependable in constant use. The hardware has a lower silhouette due to the fact that it does not protrude beyond the walls as far as other hardware. In addition, the cam lock hardware has stainless-steel set screws and take-up adjustment, which increase or decrease the door gasket pressure. The use of nylon bushings at wear points increases hardware longevity. The new hardware is available in two, three and four-point cam locks with or without internal release. They are designed for coolers and freezers, industrial utility buildings, environmental enclosures, truck bodies and trailers and the commercial fishing industry. — Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, 215 E. Allen St., Rice Lake, Wis., 54868, phone: (715) 234-7071, fax: (715) 234-4628, Web site: www.johnsontruckbodies.com
Taped Bag Loader
In designing a printer to retrofit to taped bag loaders (CodeAire, introduced mid-2004), Greydon completely rebuilt the taped bag loader in order to achieve reliable printing. The company then decided to make available a new washdown taped bag loader, BagAire, based on that rebuilt machine. BagAire uses taped, shingled bags from a box or on a roll and was created to meet the new stricter standards for washdown machinery in the meat and dairy industries. It is capable of achieving higher speeds with more accurate stopping control than other taped bag loaders on the market. When equipped with a CodeAire printer, date codes can be printed with perfect readability and accuracy. BagAire is available with or without a CodeAir printer, which can always be retrofit to the bagger. Approval for use in dairy applications is pending. — Greydon Inc., 391 Greendale Road, York, Pa., 17403, phone: (717) 848-3875, fax: (717) 843-6435, e-mail: info@greydon.com, Web site: www.greydon.com
Vacuum Conveyors
Piab Vacuum Conveyors has introduced the C-Series, a complete line of vacuum conveyors for food manufacturing applications. The conveyors are ideal for handling ingredients such as cocoa, sugar, vitamins and coffee beans. Powered by the company’s pneumatically-driven vacuum pumps, these systems safely and quietly transport up to 10 to 15 tons per hour of powders and granules in virtually any manufacturing or processing environment. — Piab USA Inc., 65 Sharp St., Hingham, Mass., 02043, phone: (800) 321-7422 or (781)337-7309, fax: (781) 337-6864, Web site: www.piab.com
Improved Web Site
Label-Aire’s newly-designed Web site features an advanced new look and improved navigation to make searching for labeling equipment even easier. Available during normal business hours, the Web site’s “Live Help” feature gives visitors instant access to a live person, ready to answer common questions pertaining to labeling equipment. Visitors have access to Label-Aire’s entire line of pressure-labeling equipment including pressure-sensitive primary applicators, printer applicators, labeling systems, custom systems and accessories. Label-Aire.com also educates visitors on the various pressure-sensitive labeling technologies such as Air-Blow, Wipe-on and Tamp-Blow by utilizing Flash technology. A literature request form provides additional data on products, allowing users to receive sales and data sheets, technical information and product video CDs. — Label-Aire Inc., 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif., 92833, phone: (714) 441-0700, fax: (714) 526-0300, Web site: www.label-aire.com
Ergonomics Testing
Advanced Ergonomics’ Physical Ability Testing Service can manage a company’s physical ability testing program to ensure applicants can meet the job requirements. Companies typically experience a 20 percent to 40 percent reduction in injuries related to new personnel through use of the service. More than 400 test sites offer ergonomic job analysis across the United States. — Advanced Ergonomics Inc., 5550 LBJ Freeway, Suite 350, Dallas, Texas, 75240, phone: (972) 239-3746, fax: (972) 239-3757, Web site: www.advancedergonomics.com
Ink-Jet Printing System
Squid Ink’s PZ Pilot hi-resolution ink-jet printing system is an affordable new solution for printing high-quality marks on non-porous products such as PVC. The innovative PZ Pilot offers an alternative for small character product marking applications. PZ Pilot users can print up to four lines of text on all types of PVC. Using industry-proven shared-wall piezo technology, the Pilot offers better print quality than competitive dot-matrix CIJ (continuous ink jet) or hi-resolution printing systems. With 128 addressable jets per printhead, the PZ Pilot boasts 180 dpi print resolution. The result is a system that produces razor-sharp text, scannable bar codes and the cleanest logos and graphics of any industrial ink-jet printing system on the market. — Squid Ink Manufacturing, 1173 Osborne Road., Spring Lake Park, Minn., 55432, phone: (763) 795-8856, fax: (763) 795-8867, e-mail: info@squidink.com, Web site: www.squidink.com
Industrial AC Drive
The Reliance Electric™ GV6000 Drive from Rockwell Automation offers a easy-to-use and versatile solution for drive applications. The Reliance Electric GV6000 multi-purpose industrial AC drive is the newest and most innovative member of the Reliance Electric AC drive family. From simple to complex, the drive meets virtually all application needs in a platform that is expandable and easiest to use in its class. The GV6000 package provides simplicity and flexibility with superior performance in an ultra compact zero-stacking design. The drive is ideal for stand-alone, retrofit or new equipment where high power density is required. Each Reliance Electric GV6000 comes standard with an easy-to-use Operator Interface Module (OIM) to provide metering, programming and operator control. The drive’s OIM is removable and contains CopyCat functionality for transferring parameter sets between drives. — Rockwell Automation, 6040 Ponders Court, Greenville, S.C., 29615, phone: (864) 281-2171, fax: (864) 281-2433, Web site: www.reliance.com
Screw Cap
The Elo-Cap™ US screw cap from Elopak has an inside pull ring that makes gable-top cartons more tamper evident. Recently introduced by three Canadian dairies (Aurora, Nielson and Farmers), the caps use resin efficiently, thus making them cost effective when resin prices are high. The new caps are available in a variety of colors to complement carton graphics, and dairies do not have to adjust existing cartons to use the Elo-Cap US. — Elopak Inc., 30000 South Hill Road, New Hudson, Mich., 48165, phone: (248) 486-4600, fax: (248) 486-4601, Web site: www.elopak.com
Versatile Case Sealer
A-B-C has introduced a top-sealing case sealer that offers both tape and hot-melt adhesive sealing for packagers who have varying case- sealing requirements. Designed for contract packagers and manufacturers who supply product to end users with differing packaging requirements, this sealer offers complete flexibility in a single machine. Built with two independent sealing modules for tape and hot-melt adhesive application, the sealer changes from one sealing method to another in minutes. Cases can feed spaced or back-to-back, and the metering belt infeed automatically spaces each case for synchronized inner-flap folding. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla., 34689, phone: (727) 937-5144, fax: (727) 938-1239, Web site: www.abcpackaging.com
Close-Coupled Industrial Pump
Seepex range N progressive cavity pumps are available in a wide selection of models and materials with various options and accessories to increase their utility to industrial users. Capacities to 2200 USGPM and pressures to 700 psi are offered. Pumps are generally close coupled to gear drives in the block style, saving both cost and floor space. The pumps can handle abrasive and corrosive materials with ease and are available in a wide range of materials, including bodies of cast iron, cast stainless steel and Halar® coating. Wetted metal parts include three grades of stainless steel, tool steel, Hastelloy® and titanium. — 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
Buyers Guide
The 2005 Nelson-Jameson Buyers Guide features more than 10,000 products for virtually every area of a food processing facility. Specific product lines include Safety & Personnel, Sanitation & Maintenance, Processing & Flow Control, Laboratory & QA/QC, and Bulk Packaging & Ingredients. New for this year is an easier-to-read format, expanded product lines in every product section, a color-coded products supplement and an updated layout inspired by customer input. Food processors may request a free copy of the buyers guide through the company’s Web site or by phone. — 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
Pallet Labeler
Kolinahr Systems’ SA2200-RF Dual Panel RFID Pallet Labeler is designed to read, write, print and apply RFID-enabled labels to the front and/or side of a pallet load. The SA2200-RF Labeling System utilizes a Zebra™ RFID-enabled printer to read, write and verify EPC-compliant RFID tags embedded in the labels. The SA2200-RF is controlled by a PLC which can communicate with the conveyor, stretch wrapper and palletizer to ensure proper product handling during the labeling sequence. The rugged PHD® rotary actuator, along with the heavy-duty stand, the NEMA 12 controls enclosure and other high-quality commercial parts, help ensure the SA2200-RF will handle the rigors of 24/7 pallet-load labeling. — Kolinahr Systems Inc., 6840 Ashfield Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242, phone: (513) 745-9401, fax: (513) 794-3240, e-mail: sales@kolinahr.cc, Web site: www.kolinahr.cc
Custom Starter Kits
The Kennedy Group’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) group has introduced 10 new RFID Starter Kits to assist first-time users in complying with RFID mandates according to their specific needs, budget and timetable. The kits include bundled hardware, software and Smart Therm™ labels. They combine the reliability of such names as Alien Technology Corp., Symbol Technologies, Sato America Inc., Printronix Inc. and Zebra Technologies Corp., with the vast experience and expertise of The Kennedy Group for Smart Therm labels, customer service and support. — The Kennedy Group Inc., 38601 Kennedy Parkway, Willoughby, Ohio, 44094, phone: (440) 951-7660, Fax: (440) 951-3253, e-mail: kennedygroup1@kennedygrp.co, Web site: www.kennedygrp.com
Carton Tunnel
Realcold Milmech USA’s Multiple Retention Time (MRT) Carton Tunnel addresses the specialty conditioning needs of carton or bundled products in industry sectors such as poultry and ice cream. The tunnel joins the company’s lineup of automatic carton conditioning technology choices, which also include Single Retention Time (SRT) Carton (chill or freeze) Tunnels and Plate Freezers for meat, poultry, dairy and value-added foods. — Realcold Milmech USA Ltd., 9511 N. Crescent Court, Kansas City, Mo., 64157, phone: (816) 407-9750, fax: (816) 407-9751, Web site: www.realcold.com
Ultra-Performance Freezers
The two most popular models of cryogenic freezers from Praxair, the award-winning straight tunnel and the space-saving spiral, now deliver more cold per square foot through the combination of cryogen liquid and vapor. ColdFront‘ ultra-performance freezers offer greater productivity and enhanced yield retention to frozen food processors. Distribution control of the liquid cryogen directly contacting the product is improved through the cold vapor circulation that provides additional cooling potential. New vapor-lock systems at both the conveyor entrance and exit control cryogenic vapor and minimize air and moisture infiltration into the system. — Praxair Inc., 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, Conn., 06810, phone: (800) PRAXAIR, Web site: www.praxair.com/food
Upgraded Portal
Companies seeking solutions associated with rotating-equipment technology and roller bearings can now turn to an upgraded PTplace.com portal. The growing e-commerce site features product offerings from four premium brand manufacturers, including SKF USA Inc. With a host of improvements that facilitate faster, easier order entry and simplified customer interface, PTplace.com is administered by CoLinx LLC, a joint venture founded by SKF, INA Holding Schaeffler KG, Rockwell Automation and The Timken Co. The portal features electronic storefronts representing each of the four founding companies. At the SKF storefront, visitors can access the SKF engineering catalog and submit orders for a vast range of rotating-equipment products including ball and roller bearings, seals and shields, lubricants, bearing maintenance tools, shaft alignment equipment and fault-detection devices. — SKF Industrial Division, 1510 Gehman Road, P.O. Box 332, Kulpsville, Pa., 19443-0332, phone: (215) 513-4400, fax: (215) 513-4401, Web site: www.skfusa.com