Three-Lane Filling Machine
ATS Engineering has developed the SP1X2-3, a three-lane filling machine. On two lanes, the machine can run 8 ounces to 32 ounces of product, and on a single lane on the same machine, can run 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-pound containers. This one machine replaces two filling machines, and with a flick of a switch, the SP1X2-3 can change over from one size to the next. It is all pre-set, so there is no adjustment necessary. Cleanability and easy changeover are additional highlights of the SP1X2-3 design. ATS recently exhibited at PACex International in Toronto. — ATS Engineering Inc., 104 Hedgedale Road, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, L6T 5L2, phone: (905) 457-2871, fax: (905) 457-6131, Web site: www.atseng.ca
Bright Integral Display
Dwyer Instruments has released its new LED display for its Series 626 Single Pressure and Series 629 Differential Pressure Transmitters. This new package provides a compact transmitter with integral display that reduces installation costs by alleviating the need to purchase, wire and mount a separate display to read a transmitter’s output. The 4.5-digit, 1/2-inch red LED display is easily visible in various lighting or dark locations and allows for the operator to obtain a quick local readout of the process. — 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
Stainless-Steel Hardware
Johnson Refrigerated Truck bodies now offers stainless-steel cam lock hardware with superior strength and a longer usable life than chrome or powder coated hardware. Stainless hardware is an option for new truck bodies or can be used to replace rusted hardware on older truck bodies. The cam lock hardware has stainless-steel set screws and take-up adjustment, which increase or decrease door gasket pressure. The use of nylon bushings at wear points increases hardware longevity. — 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
Intelligent Cleaning Technology
Remco continues to expand its popular Total Color brush line. With block and bristle made from the same color, these color-coded products provide maximum traceability for today’s stringent HACCP environments. Delivering high-quality, these brooms and brushes feature several designs and bristle types to provide maximum efficiency and durability. Produced with solid polypropylene block and polyester bristles, the Total Color brush line is also chemical resistant and autoclavable. — Remco Products, 4735 W. 106th St., Zionsville, Ind., 46077, phone: (317) 876-9856, fax: (800) 585-8619, Web site: www.remcoproducts.com
Spray-Cooling Tower
Palsgaard has increased the production capacity of its integrated blends. The new production lines entail state-of-the-art spray-cooling facilities. The design of the company’s spray-cooling tower ensures an improved physical stability of the final emulsifier powders. Due to the fact that both the particle size and shape are especially uniform, the dairy and ice cream industries will experience an easy-to-handle, free-flowing, integrated product. Palsgaard’s new spray-cooling facilities enable the company to product integrated blends with the highest level of unsaturated monoglycerides. The new integrated blends fulfill requirements to enhance creaminess and melting resistance in the final ice cream product. — Palsgaard, 4579 Laclede Ave. No. 264, St. Louis, Mo., 63108, phone: (877) 268-4010, e-mail: palsgaard@sbcglobal.net, Web site: www.palsgaard.com
Flexible Machine Control
eGard, developed by Fortress Interlocks, is a new, fully modular approach to controlling access to hazardous machinery and equipment. In addition to providing all the features that are required in a gate switch, eGard also includes electrical operator controls as standard modules. It can even be used solely as a flexible, easily installed, control unit. eGard is designed to fit onto standard extruded aluminum machine guarding without the need for additional brackets. The internal network is self configuring for easy installation and reconfiguring, and features quick disconnects that allow for easy electrical installation and disconnection. — Fortress Interlocks, 21 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Ky., 41018, phone: (859) 578-2390, fax: (859) 341-2302, e-mail: sales@fortressinterlocks.com, Web site: www.fortressinterlocks.com
Dock Levelers
Smooth-transition RHH hydraulic, RHA air-powered and RHM mechanical loading dock levelers from Rite-Hite address the risk of back injuries by reducing jolts to lift truck drivers crossing the leveler platform and warehouse floor. In addition, the levelers are engineered to deliver improved productivity and lower lifetime ownership costs. A specially designed rear hinge on the levelers creates a smooth transition between the leveler and the warehouse floor, while a two-point crown control provides a seamless crossing from the leveler to the truck bed. All models feature the Safe-T-Strut maintenance support strut for safe pit access during maintenance, as well as a structurally strong platform with eight beams, four rear uprights and a front header. — Rite-Hite Corp., 8900 N. Arbon Drive, Milwaukee, Wis., 53223, phone: (414) 355-2600, fax: (414) 355-9248, e-mail: info@ritehite.com, Web site: www.ritehite.com
Superformer Case Erector
The newly designed OK Superformer meets tough U.S. flexibility requirements with a simple and easy-to-use case erector. Erecting up to 16 cases per minute, the OK Superformer is a complete machine as standard. Some standard specifications include automatic box squaring, low taper or box alarm, one turn of a handle to change four adjustments points and stainless-steel construction. All case erectors are equipped with Allen Bradley controls. — O/K International Corp., 73 Bartlett St., Marlborough, Mass., 01752, phone: (508) 303-8286, fax: (508) 303-8207, Web site: www.okcorp.com
Color Label Printer
Primera’s new color label printer, the LX800, is a high-performance inkjet-based label and tag printer. Targeted applications include primary product labels, box-end labels with photos or graphics, and a wide variety of other retail, office or industrial labels that can benefit from the use of on-demand, high-quality color printing. Substrates can include matte-finish labels as well as semi-gloss and high-gloss materials. The LX800 is easy to set-up and operate. It comes equipped with printer drivers for Windows® 2000/XP along with label design software called NiceLabel™ ME, Primera Edition. Virtually any other Windows-based label design software may also be used with the printer. Interface to the PC is by a high-speed USB 2.0 connection. — Primera Technology Inc., 2 Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, Minn., 55447, phone (763) 475-6676, Web site: www.primera.com
Shrink-Sleeve Technology
In response to the increased use of contour packaging, MPI now offers shrink-sleeve technology. The technology shrinks labels to containers for optimal label area and contour. It can be applied to containers of virtually any size or shape. A perfect labeling option for tamper-evident packages or multi-pack presentations, these sleeves are available in PVC, PET or OPS film and work with all types of containers. All sleeves are scuff resistant by reverse printing. The labels feature 360 degree top to bottom decoration to meet a wide range of design needs. MPI also offers a full-service graphics department that can turn a customer’s idea into a professionally designed, finished label. Labels are printed using the flexographic printing process with capabilities up to 10 colors. — MPI Label Systems, 450 Courtney Road, P.O. Box 70, Sebring, Ohio, 44672, phone: (330) 564-0300, Web site: www. mpilabels.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
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
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
Dairy Lab Analyzer
Advanced Instruments has introduced its new CombiScope Analyzer, a highly reliable system that performs both milk composition analysis and somatic cell counting for rapid milk testing in dairy labs. The CombiScope solution combines a spectrophotometer using establish infrared technology for elemental analysis, plus FDA-approved, fluorescence flow cytometry for fast and accurate counting of somatic cells. The dual-purpose analyzer quantifies the amount of fat, protein, lactose and solids content accurately and automatically in milk and milk products, as well as precisely measuring the total number of somatic cells in raw milk. The modular system incorporates confirmed technologies that deliver the highest uptime and maximum asset utilization. — Advanced Instruments Inc., 2 Technology Way, Norwood, Mass., 02062, phone: (781) 320-9000, fax: (781) 320-8181, e-mail: info@aicompanies.com, Web site: www.aicompanies.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
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