Hygiene Technology
Charm Sciences and Ecolab have launched novaLUM™, a palm-sized luminometer packed with powerful HACCP-friendly tests to aid in ATP-based hygiene monitoring programs in the dairy, food and beverage processing industries. The novaLUM’s revolutionary lightweight, ergonomic design offers versatility with several ATP-based test applications, including validation of sanitation effectiveness and assessment of allergen control programs. It features a complete numeric keyboard with a rocker toggle switch, as well as direct swab chamber entry design, ensuring fast pre-operational results. — Ecolab Inc., 370 Wabasha St. North, St. Paul, Minn., 55102, phone: (651) 293-2549, Web site: www.ecolab.com
The Aluminum Advantage
Air-cooling evaporators used in ammonia systems have traditionally been made using galvanized (zinc-coated) carbon steel. There are other metals which are compatible with ammonia including stainless steel and aluminum. Designers and installers of industrial ammonia evaporators for low-temperature applications must be concerned with the weight, performance and reliability of the equipment being specified. Additionally, there may be requirements for corrosion resistance, cleanability and defrosting characteristics which need to be considered. Ammonia and aluminum are very compatible and have been used in ammonia heat exchangers for several decades. The properties of aluminum make it an ideal metal to use in ammonia refrigeration applications. The density of the metal directly affects the weight of the heat exchanger, and when multiplied by the specific heat capacity, the product indicates the amount of energy required to heat up and cool down the heat exchanger during a defrost cycle. The thermal conductivity of the metal affects the thermal performance of the heat exchanger and the speed and effectiveness of defrost. Since 1984, Colmac has successfully manufactured all-aluminum evaporators for ammonia refrigeration systems. Only the best quality, heavy-wall, seamless drawn, 3003 alloy aluminum tubing is used — 100 percent of this tubing is eddy current tested at the Colmac factory prior to assembly into evaporators, insuring zero-defects. All tube joints are carefully joined by a special TIG welding process, then pressure tested at 500 psig to insure absolutely no leaks. The result of this rigorous quality manufacturing program is zero leaks in any tube or welded joint on start-up on any Colmac all-aluminum ammonia evaporator. — Colmac Coil Manufacturing Inc., P.O. Box 571, Colville, Wash., 99114-0571, phone: (800) 845-6778 or (509) 684-2595, fax: (509) 684-8331, e-mail: mail@colmaccoil.com, Web site: www.colmaccoil.com
Metal Detectable Tools
Remco Products has introduced its new line of metal detectable shovels, scoops, scrapers and mixing paddles. Produced with a specialized FDA-approved polypropylene resin that is easily detected, this new line provides the next step in assuring product quality and safety. —  Remco Products, 4735 W. 106th St., Zionsville, Ind., 46077, phone: (317) 876-9856, fax: (800) 585-8619, Web site: www.remcoproducts.com
Business Intelligence Tools
CSB-System International has developed a fully integrated suite of business intelligence (BI) tools to complement the already powerful CSB-System (product suite). The new functionality, Powertools, allows users to gain a better understanding of their business drivers, enabling more effective management of operations. Powertools unlocks the date from all applications, both business and operational, delivering it to the end user in a variety of formulas, including reports, dashboards and external documents such as Excel or OpenOffice. The aim of Powertools is to provide a unified and comprehensive decision-making support structure for management. — CSB-System International Inc., 2535 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 350, San Diego, Calif., 92108, phone: (619) 640-0436, fax: (619) 640-0476, Web site: www.csb-system.com
Automatic Sleeve Labeler
SleeveCo has released its newest machine, the Automatic Sleeve Labeler Model 3900. Rated to run approximately 75 bottles per minute, the machine has a servo motor that gives exact positional feedback. The servo machine’s ratio is infinitely adjustable which allows for motions to be closer together making it both faster and smoother. The servo motor directly drives each axis eliminating most of the wear parts that previously had to be inspected each shift and either adjusted or replaced. — SleeveCo Inc., 103 Lumpkin Campground Road North, Dawsonville, Ga., 30534, phone: (706) 216-3110, fax: (706) 216-3116, e-mail: info@sleeveco.com, Web site: www.sleeveco.com
Hand Lever Ball Valve
Dwyer has introduced its new Series BV3HL Sanitary Hand Lever Ball Valve perfect for food and beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The Series BV3HL Ball Valve incorporates PTFE cavity filler to reduce the threat of product entrapment in the valve, and the unit features 240 grit internal polish and polished clamp end connections. Units are constructed of 316 stainless steal and Teflon®, making it perfect for corrosive and high purity applications. The Integral ISO 5211 mounting pad makes field automation with electric or pneumatic actuators easy; a three-piece design allows the central portion to swing out for maintenance while leaving the ends clamped to the line. — 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
Roll-Fed Labelers
B&H Labeling Systems has introduced its new Marathon® U Series of roll-fed labelers, which includes the new Marathon XLU, the fastest labeler in the Marathon family. Featuring a 180-degree U-shaped conveyor and servo-driven infeed feedscrew, the Marathon U Series labelers maximize container stability and production speeds while offering processors another line configuration option with right side infeed and right side discharge. The new Marathon XLU is the fastest labeler in the B&H family, handling containers from 8 ounces to 3 liters at speeds up to 700 containers per minute. For lines requiring less throughput, the U configuration is also available on B&H’s entry-level Marathon SLU and mid-speed Marathon SEU labelers. — B&H Labeling Systems, P.O. Box 247, 3461 Roeding Road, Ceres, Calif., 95307, phone: (209) 537-5785, fax: (209) 537-6854, e-mail: marketing@bhlabeling.com, Web site: www.bhlabeling.com
Vacuum Unit
Fill the void between the larger industrial vacuum systems and the smaller shop vacuum units with the Eliminator series made by Nilfisk Advance America. Introduced by Nelson-Jameson, these vacuums possess the same Nilfisk quality and HEPA filtration customers come to expect, but for a fraction of the cost. Both the Eliminator I and Eliminator II are safe and effective in the cleanup of dust and debris. The Eliminator I is ideal for dry cleaning, while the Eliminator II can be used for either wet or dry cleaning. — 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
Shrink Bundler
The Arpac Group’s versatile Arpac 108F stainless-steel shrink bundler is built to dairy standards. The compact, single-frame bundler has a right-angle infeed for the simple collation of a variety of product sizes and configurations. The Arpac 108F features an on-demand-powered film feed systems, product hold-down and Nema 4X electrical panels/controls. Double-driven film cradles or spindle film rack ensure quick film-roll changeovers. — Arpac Group, 9511 W. River St., Schiller Park, Ill., 60176, phone: (847) 678-9034, fax: (847) 671-7006, Web site: www.arpacgroup.com
Decaser Bottle Feed
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.’s Model 156 decaser/single filer is equipped with an intelligent control package that automatically monitors container flow and adjusts the decasing speed to ensure a continuous fill rate. This feature is designed to optimize line productivity by ensuring harmonious operation regardless of line speed variations. The Model 156 takes the place of three machines as it functions as a flap opener/positioner, uncaser and container single filer. Operating at speeds up to 50 cases per minute, it opens the case flaps, uncases and single files the containers and uprights the emptied cases for conveying to case packing. Flexibility is built in, as this machine runs a variety of bottle- or container-styles, including glass and plastic, and offers quick changeover requiring no change parts. To maintain container integrity, the Model 156 uncases containers with no drop, and single files with minimum bottle-to-bottle contact. — A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689, phone: (800) 273-5975, Web site: www.abcpackaging.com
Shrink Wrapper
Designed to accommodate customers’ requirements of flexibility combined with low cost, Dorell’s automatic SW30 shrink bundler provides limitless collation and changeover capabilities. Featuring a “no tool” changeover, this flexible system can handle non-supported and supported products, collating them in numerous configurations at up to 25 bundles per minute. The system is applicable for various product sizes, up to 14 inches high and 12 inches wide. A small-radius nosebar provides smooth transfer between the wrapper and the tunnel. Adjustable louvers improve airflow in the tunnel, minimizing film distortion and providing package attractiveness. A fully welded frame and heavy-duty construction ensure enhanced durability. An Allen-Bradley PLC and operator interface enable easy adjustments and operational messages. Safety features include Lexan doors with safety interlocks and safety guards. Air motor for emergency evacuation of temperature-sensitive products and CO2 flush for flammable products are optional. — Dorell Equipment Inc., 14 Kennedy Blvd., East Brunswick, N.J., 08816, phone: (732) 247-5400, Web site: www.dorell.com
Electric Series Forklift
The Komatsu Forklift ASX-BSX high performance series of electric models offers lifting capacities from 3,000 to 6,000 pounds and also includes a 2,500-pound turret truck. These ergonomically advanced lift trucks are built with the operator in mind and the power to move. The forklift series, with fully electronic power steering and dual-steer tires, provides easy navigation and maneuverability in narrow-aisles. The operator can simultaneously control travel direction, travel speed, lift, lower, tilt, side-shift and other hydraulic functions with one hand. The other hand controls the virtually effortless electronic tiller steering with Mosfet Drive Controller providing greater driving performance and maneuverability. The instrument panel has an easy-to-read digital display for immediate awareness of the forklift’s operational status. These units can also be programmed and password protected to be application specific while allowing service techs easy access to the diagnostic functions with time stamp service codes for rapid and pinpoint analysis. —  Komatsu Forklift USA Inc., 14481 Lochridge Blvd., Covington, Ga., 30014, phone: (770) 787-5100, Web site: www.komatsuforkliftusa.com
Laboratory Homogenizer
The Niro Soavi NS2002H Twin Panda homogenizer is a tabletop model designed for the laboratory/pilot plant needs of companies processing food and dairy products. It is a unique unit with the ability to process small volumes of liquids and pumpable fluids. The Twin Panda is designed to homogenize samples at pressures up to 8,700 psi. The internal design has special features permitting the homogenizer to handle feeds at high viscosity up to 20,000 cP and temperatures up to 90 degrees C (194 degrees F) without a feeding pump. — Niro Soavi, division of Niro Inc., 1600 O’Keefe Road, Hudson, Wis., 54016, phone: (715) 386-9371, fax: (715) 396-9376, e-mail: info@niroinc.com, Web site: www.niroinc.com
Packaging Machinery Education
Package-line engineers and maintenance and production personnel can realize a greater return on packaging equipment investments by enrolling in Multivac University. The school of packaging machinery education offers intensive “Multi-Skills” training courses that provide strategies for enhancing equipment functionality, streamlining production, increasing package aesthetics and troubleshooting. Developed by Multivac as an extension of after-sale support, these hands-on programs increase attendees’ proficiency in machine safety, operation and maintenance. For 2005, Multivac has added MR Labeler courses in addition to offering its Multi-Skills technical and advanced courses. For a full schedule, visit the company’s Web site. For more information regarding course schedules, availability and registration, contact Brian Key at (800) 800-8552 or bkey@multivac.com. — Multivac Inc., 11021 N.W. Pomona Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64153, phone: (816) 891-0555, fax: (816) 891-0622, Web site: ww.multivac.com
Disposable Gloves
Supply Corp.’s C-Kure® blue vinyl gloves are a low-cost alternative for the latex-sensitive user. C-Kure gloves provide a snug fit and are lightly powdered, making them easier to slide on and off. The gloves offer increased visibility as the blue color is easier to spot if the gloves happen to get mixed into a food product. C-Kure blue vinyl gloves are USDA-accepted for food use and will not cause allergic reactions common with latex gloves. Available in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes, these gloves are packed 100 gloves per dispenser, 10 dispensers per case. A separate wall-mounted dispenser is also available. The disposable gloves have a variety of applications in food processing, food service and other manufacturing applications. — The Supply Corp., P.O. Box 100, Lake Geneva, Wis., 53147, phone: (800) 558-2455, fax: (800) 325-9404, Web site: www.supplycorp.com
New Machines
Greydon has introduced two new machines: Label Jet, an affordable programmable, high-resolution coder for pressure-sensitive label applicators; and the GTBD, a taped bag printer/dispenser to speed up the hand-bagging of odd-shaped meat, cheese and other products. The company’s printers/coders are deigned to retrofit on form/fill/seal machines for food, pharmaceutical and medical device applications, and use a variety of printing technologies. — 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
Certified Vacuum Conveyors
PIAB’s C-21 and C-33 vacuum conveyors are USDA-accepted and 3-A certified, making them the ideal choice for complying with health and safety requirements mandated in the processing of dairy, food and other farm products. Powered by the company’s highly regarded pneumatically driven vacuum pumps, PIAB’s vacuum conveyors safely and quietly transport up to 10 to 15 tons per hour of material, such as milk products and other perishable foods. These conveyors are made of stainless steel AISI 316L and can cope with the most demanding of circumstances. The filter is designed to trap particles down to 0.3 microns and can also be equipped with a high-efficiency particle arrestment (HEPA) filter. The design of the new conveyors improves the vacuum-assisted flow by 25 percent without affecting energy consumption. — PIAB USA Inc., 65 Sharp St., Hingham, Mass., 02043, phone: (800) 321-7422, Web site: www.piab.com
Dairy Separators
Westfalia’s newly developed series of HyVOL separators and clarifiers offer a unique sealing technology that is 100 percent wear-free and requires no water for operation. The exclusive Westfalia hydrohermetic seal uses the milk itself as a seal, providing new levels of economy, efficiency and long-life operation. In addition to the exclusive hydrohermetic seal, the company’s separators/clarifiers offer other money saving benefits such as high-capacity designs, excellent separation efficiency, USDA-accepted solids discharge and low energy requirements. — Westfalia Separator Inc., 100 Fairway Court, Northvale, N.J., 07647, phone: (201) 767-3900, fax: (201) 784-4331, Web site: www.wsus.com
High-Capacity Aseptic Bags
CDF’s High-Capacity Aseptic Barrier Bags provide outstanding performance in critical food applications such as high- and low-acid products, tomato juice and any other food product requiring aseptic packaging. The high-capacity aseptic bags can accommodate 1-, 2- and 3-inch fillers with capacities up to 330-gallon intermediate bulk size. Using specialized barrier films, high-capacity aseptic bags lock out light and oxygen to greatly extend shelf life. The bags accommodate high-speed fills and their unique design minimizes handling. A variety of films can be used, including CDF’s high-performance Barria™, a three-layer lamination, metallized polyester. Barria has an excellent oxygen and moisture barrier, long shelf life, great durability and high bond strength. Customer designs are available. — CDF Corp., 77 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth, Mass., 02360, phone: (800) 443-1920, Web site: www.cdf1.com
Key Modules
Fortress Interlocks has introduced access key and safety key modules for the company’s AmGard range of modular safety gate switches. The safety key module enables an operative to retain the machine activation key on their person while entering a potentially hazardous area. The access key module ensures that only authorized personnel can access a guarded area. AmGard combines both trapped key and gate switch technology to control access to equipment protected by safety guarding, with either sliding or hinged doors. More than one safety or access key may be fitted to a single guarding system in a vertical stack. A padlock adaptor is also available which prevents the insertion of a key, or the tongue into the head, providing a link with other lockout-tagout safety procedures. Modular units provide maximum flexibility and customized interlock systems can be created to individual specifications using standard products. The modular functionality means AmGard can easily be configured to accommodate the latest safety standards and be updated in the future. AmGard includes solenoid-controlled locks specifically for machines with run-down cycles.  — 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
Weight Transmitter
Using industry-standard connectivity, Mettler Toledo’s new IND130 weight transmitter converts analog strain-gauge load cell signals into a digital signal suitable for PC and PLC applications. Featuring CalFREE, an advanced test-weight-free calibration algorithm, the IND130 provides a streamline approach to integrating weighing into process control applications. — Mettler-Toledo Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio, 43240, phone: (614) 438-4936, fax: (614) 985-8171, Web site: www.mt.com/us
Printing System
Squid Ink Manufacturing’s PZ Pilot Plus hi-resolution ink jet printing system is an affordable new solution for printing high-quality marks on a variety of products. The PZ Pilot Plus is an ideal introductory machine for companies looking for an affordable print system for printing bar codes, logos and other high-quality alphanumerics on corrugated cases. It is also available as a non-porous system, capable of printing on substrates ranging from plastic to glass to metal. — Squid Ink Manufacturing Inc., 1173 Osborne Road, Spring Lake Park, Minn., 55432, phone: (763) 795-8856, fax: (763) 795-8867, Web site: www.squidink.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
Packaging Machine Technology
Bosch Rexroth GenNext™ technology makes packaging machinery more reliable, more productive, easier to use, easier to connect and more cost-effective to operate. More than just a collection of products, GenNext is a comprehensive approach to providing maximum productivity and flexibility even in the most difficult applications. With GenNext, open networks provide choices in best-of-class components that are interoperable across manufacturers. While Gen 3 previously allowed faster changeovers, reduced waste and higher machine speeds, GenNext adds unparalleled intelligence, connectivity and safety. GenNext uses integrated network technology that allows information to flow from a pneumatic valve to the office network with advanced diagnostics at the device, drive and controller level. GenNext intelligent devices evaluate themselves as well as the mechanics to which they are connected and determine if component failure is imminent. GenNext includes durable, hygienically designed and corrosion-resistant stainless-steel products and IP69K-rated pneumatic valves to eliminate production stops from equipment failure. — Bosch Rexroth Corp., 5150 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 60192, phone: (847) 645-3774, fax: (847) 645-6201, Web site: www.boschrexroth-us.com
Level Transmitter
Walchem’s WLSX level transmitter allows continuous non-contact ultrasonic level measurement in liquid storage tanks up to 35 feet, and is ideally suited for challenging corrosive, coating, or waste liquids. The compact, corrosion proof package is completely sealed and stands only 3 inches above the top of the tank. The sensors are two wire transmitters that are UL, CSA and CE approved. The WLSX can be installed and calibrated in minutes utilizing the calibration wire and a flashing LED that provides calibration feedback. — Walchem Corp., 5 Boynton Road, Holliston, Mass., 01746, phone: (508) 429-1110, e-mail: info@walchem.com, Web site: www.walchem.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
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
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
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
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