Line Expansion
Fristam has introduced to its latest line expansion — the new FKL 15 and FKL 20 model positive displacement pumps for food and pharmaceutical applications. The FKL 15 offers a displacement of 0.016 gal/rev, while the FKL 20 offers 0.032 gal/rev. These models feature a split-style gearbox for easier maintenance, and both are CIP-able with no performance loss. The FKL 15 and FKL 20 are manufactured of 316L stainless steel, with the exception of the pumps’ non-galling stainless-steel rotors. With these additions, Fristam now offers nine high-performance FKL models. — Fristam Pumps USA, 2410 Parview Road, Middleton, Wis., 53562, phone: (608) 831-5001, fax: (608) 831-8467, e-mail: fristam@fristampumps.com, Web site: www.fristam.com
Stainless-Steel Gauges
Dwyer’s series SGS stainless-steel gauges are practical and affordable. The Series SGS Pressure Gauges have dual English/metric scales with 1.6 percent full-scale accuracy. Units may easily be liquid-filled in the field without the need for a separate kit. The Series SGS is designed with 304 stainless-steel housings and brass wetted parts. Units can withstand ambient temperatures up to 149 degrees F (65 C) and process temperatures up to 257 F (125 C). A wide selection of ranges are available from full vacuum, compound to 15,000 psi, and units are competitively priced. — 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
Pharmaceutical Vessels
Lee Industries custom-designs kettles, tanks and mixers to meet specific pharmaceutical applications. From atmospheric single-shell ratings to full vacuum-pressure rated units with jackets, Lee can design and fabricate to ASME Code or EU requirements. Single-motion, double-motion, high-shear or propeller mixers can also be added to complete specific applications. All pharmaceutical tanks can be furnished with a customized prevalidation documentation package (which can include sprayball coverage testing) to meet in-house documentation and qualification requirements. — Process Systems & Equipment, division of Lee Industries Inc., P.O. Box 687, Philipsburg, Pa., 16866, phone: (814) 342-0470, fax: (814) 342-5660, e-mail: sales@leeind.com, Web site: www.leeind.com
Color Coding
Remco Products has announced the expansion of its Metal Detectable line of tools to include three new colors to add to the original dark blue color introduced in July 2005. Remco now offers metal detectable shovels, scoops, scrapers and mixing paddles in deep green, brick red and smoke white. Produced with a specialized FDA-approved polypropylene resin that is easily detected by standard metal detection equipment, this complete line assures your customers the quality and safety of their products in controlled work environments. — Remco Products, 4735 W. 106th St., P.O. Box 698, Zionsville, Ind., 46077, phone: (317) 876-9856, fax: (317) 876-9858
Information Kit
Mettler-Toledo Safeline has introduced its new Metal Detection & X-ray Inspection Information Kit. The kit includes a white paper, “Contaminant Detection: Making the Right Choice,” which reviews product inspection technology and the major differences between metal detectors and X-ray equipment. Designed as a mini file box, the kit also includes specific information on the company’s equipment, performance testing samples, services and a free product test offer. The free product test offer enables prospective users to visit with, or send their products to, the company’s fully-equipped product testing laboratory in Tampa for comparative testing with both inspection technologies. — Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., 6005 Benjamin Road, Tampa, Fla., 33634-5145, phone: (813) 889-9500, fax: (813) 881-0840, e-mail: safeline.marketing@mt.com, Web site: www.safelineus.com
Automatic Product Inverter
Polypack has a new option for its line of shrink packaging equipment. The inverter can be integrated with Polypack’s versatile multi-packing equipment. This system is capable of receiving automatic delivery of various size and shape product, inverting every other product, and collating them into diverse size packaging configurations. Key features include automatic product inverter, horizontal rotary inverter, continuous or intermittent operation, and production speeds up to 300 products. — Polypack Inc., 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.,  Pinellas Park, Fla., 33782, phone:  (727) 578-5000, fax: (727) 578-1300, e-mail: info@polypack.com, Web site: www.polypack.com
Manual Stackers
Regal™ Manual Stackers from Presto Lifts are ideal for low-volume-stacking and load-transporting applications. These rugged, yet practical units are available in two models. The “Fork Over” design works with any type of open-bottom pallet or skid, and the “Straddle” style accommodates any pallet or skid, even those with “closed” bottoms. Units are highly maneuverable and feature a pallet-truck-style handle for easy steering. Capacity is 1,000 pounds with lifting heights to 66 inches. Phenolic casters roll easily on smooth or uneven surfaces, and a caster lock provides safety for unattended loads.  Fork carriages feature a load backrest, and the high-visibility mast is shrouded with a view-thru mesh safety screen. — Presto Lifts Inc., 21 Park St., Attleboro, Mass., 02703, phone: (508) 222-0177, fax: (508) 222-2996, Web site: www.prestolifts.com
New Buyers Guide
The 2006 edition of the popular Nelson-Jameson Buyers Guide is now available. Created based the needs of food processing plants, this catalog draws on nearly 59 years of experience. Over 10,000 equipment and supply products are included in the catalog, along with detailed write-ups, expert tips and clear definitions — all designed to help make sourcing supplies easier.  Enhancements made in this edition include many new products, more thorough indexing, user-friendly “How to Order” boxes, related items boxes, and an updated 20-page color-coded products insert. Specific product lines represented in the catalog include Safety & Personnel, Sanitation & Maintenance, Processing & Flow Control, Laboratory & QA/QC, Bulk Packaging and Ingredients. — 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
Dairy Expertise
SIPA offers a wide and diversified range of one-step and two-step systems designed to meet the special needs of the dairy market, where constantly innovative and sophisticated solutions for product shelf life, product hygiene and packaging safety, as well as aesthetic quality of containers, are required. Several SIPA systems have been sold to milk and yogurt makers in Italy and abroad. These are generally the two-step systems — the linear and rotary blow molders. A large number of sizes, shapes and colors are available. — SIPA Plastic Packaging Systems, Via Caduti del Lavoro, 3-31029 Vittorio Veneto, Italy, phone: (39) 0438-911511, fax: (39) 0438-912273, e-mail: sipa@zoppas-industries.it
Shrink Labels
Ameri-Seal recently printed five different PVC sleeves for El Mexicano’s Smoothie Licuado de Yogurt. Four of the sleeves were printed in eight colors on rotogravure presses while the fifth was printed in nine colors. The sleeves cover a single-serve PETG bottle and Ameri-Seal shrinks the sleeves directly onto the bottles at its Contract Sleeving Division in Chatsworth, Calif. PVC heat shrinkable films offer 360-degree graphics for enhancing packaging shelf appeal and can be printed up to nine colors using rotogravure printing presses’ metal-etched cylinder systems for high-quality printing. — Ameri-Seal Inc., 9631 Topanga Canyon Place, Chatsworth, Calif., 91311, phone: (800) 220-7981, fax: (818) 700-9036, e-mail: mail@ameri-seal.com, Web site: www.ameri-seal.com
Premium Cartons
When LaLa Dairies introduced Natural’ es, Mexico’s first fresh chilled orange juice, they needed to show shoppers it was fresh — not made from concentrate. So the company chose the Pure-Pak® carton from Elopak. The 1-liter gabletop carton has a premium image in Mexico.  Advertising featuring the cartons (billboards, buses, television and newspapers) has led to monthly sales of 1.6 million liters per month. Elopak Inc. is the North American business unit of the Elopak Group. Best known for its Pure-Pak gabletop cartons and fillers, Elopak also supplies caps, portion pack fillers, and materials handling equipment. — Elopak Inc., 30000 S. Hill Road, New Hudson, Mich., 48165, phone: (248) 446-5307, fax: (248) 486-4850, Web site: www.elopak.com
Communications Tools and Materials
To assist customers, brand owners and retailers to handle the company’s nature-based plastics, NatureWorks LLC has introduced Smart Care communications tools and materials to educate and inform the supply chain on the care and handling of packaging and other materials made from NatureWorks PLA. The “Relax and Take Care of NatureWorks PLA” information kit, part of the overall Smart Care Program, was created for the responsible day-to-day handling of NatureWorks PLA based goods. This kit, being mailed to key members of the NatureWorks supply chain, includes a copy of the NatureWorks PLA Smart Care and Handling checklist, poster illustrating shipping and handling icons that can be used in warehouses and manufacturing plants, and iconic box graphics, for printing on corrugated shipping boxes to note NatureWorks PLA-based product in the supply chain. The checklist and icons are also available on the NatureWorks Web site www.natureworkspla.com/care. — NatureWorks LLC, P.O. Box 5830, Minneapolis, Minn., 55440-5830, phone: (952) 742-0400.
Cast & Tentered Shrink Film
Plastic Suppliers has introduced its new cast-and-tentered EarthFirst® TDO shrink film. This new addition to the EarthFirst family of sustainable films provides the converter and brand owner an environmentally friendly alternative to currently available petroleum-based shrink films. EarthFirst TDO shrink film utilizes NatureWorks® PLA resin from NatureWorks LLC. The shrink film is specifically designed for today’s uniquely shaped containers that require high shrink percentages. This new film has been issued a patent-pending status by the United States patent office. —Plastic Suppliers Inc., 2887 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43219, phone: (614) 471-9100, fax: (614) 418-3890, Web site: www.earthfirstpla.com
Versatile Packaging Solutions
Schneider specializes in end-of-line solutions for case packing and palletizing needs, and offers several automated solutions for packaging gabletop cartons. Initially designed for the dairy and juice industries, the company’s state-of-the-art case packers for gabletop cartons are ideal for any application where gabletop cartons are packaged into corrugated cases. These case packers can be designed as a horizontal or top or bottom-load vertical case packer, and will pack 1/2-gallon gabletop cartons into corrugated containers at speeds up to 33 cases per minute (cpm), depending on pack pattern. —Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., P.O. Box 890, 5370 Guy Young Road, Brewerton, N.Y., 13029, phone: (315) 676-3035, e-mail: sales@schneiderequip.com, Web site: www.schneiderequip.com