New Labeling System
Label-Aire has introduced its new Model Inline Series 6000 Zero Downtime Labeling System. This innovative labeling system easily applies labels to round containers at speeds up to 200 containers per minute. Utilizing a top-trap mechanism to secure the product during application, label placement accuracy of +/- 1/32 inch (0.8 millimeters) is maintained. The system’s zero-downtime configuration allows uninterrupted labeling — when one applicator runs out of labels, the system automatically switches to the other and labeling continues. In the event of a jam further up the bottling line, this Inline 6000 variant also has the ability to divert bottles off the line while stopping the infeed side from feeding more bottles into the system until the line is cleared. Another feature is an auto eject system to reject unlabeled bottles. — Label-Aire Inc., 550 Burning Tree Road, Fullerton, Calif., 92833, phone: (714) 441-0700, fax: (714) 526-0300, Web site:
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) Equipment
Quality assurance and product uniformity is achieved and maintained via automated and integrated gas analyzing, gas mixing, gas flow control and in-line leak detection equipment available from PBI-Dansensor, enabling packagers and marketers of processed, pre-sliced deli products to achieve their objectives for extending shelf-life freshness, eliminating product handling and reducing their customers’ space requirements and point-of-serve costs. The total quality process utilizes PBI-Dansensor’s in-line gas analyzing, gas mixing and gas flow control systems for 100 percent management of the MAP process. In addition, both in-line LeakMatic™ and stand-alone LeakPointer™ non-destructive package leak detectors provide fast-reacting leak tests of the packaged product. The LeakMatic offers 100 percent in-line package testing, while the LeakPointer offers a compact, moveable, cost-effective system well suited for use in the laboratory or for production sampling. — PBI-Dansensor America Inc., 139 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452, phone: (201) 251-6490, Web site:
Pneumatics Fittings
With the QR1 series, Rexroth provides a comprehensive inch and metric (ISO-G) program for its pneumatic components. In addition to the Mini and Standard programs, the complete fitting program also includes various function fittings. The perfect complement to high-quality machine elements is a range of first-class connection pieces. The QR1 (Quick Release) series includes connections for all types of applications. Push-in fittings are equipped with a plastic release ring that enables fast connection and release of compressed air tubing. The Rexroth QR1 series features a user-friendly oval release ring, making them easier to use than standard push-in fittings. The Mini design has been created for plastic tubing ODs of 1/8 to 1/4 inch and 3 to 6 millimeters. This variety of fittings is completely new at Rexroth and rounds out the product spectrum specifically for the small handling sector. The Standard fittings can be used for tubing ODs of 5/32 to 1/2 inch and 4 to 16 millimeters. Straight, with an elbow or Y-coupling, as a threaded or push-in version, QR1 has the right solution for a variety of applications. Products such as check, ball and flow control valves are also included in the range of function fittings. — Bosch Rexroth Corp., 1953 Mercer Road, Lexington, Ky., 40511-1021, phone: (859) 254-8031, fax: (859) 281-3491, Web site:
All-Stainless Deunitizer
American Conveyor’s all-stainless deunitizer eliminates the need for employees to “drag” stacks of empty crates onto floor conveyors on the way to the washer or stacks of full crates of product on the way to load-out onto an in-floor conveyor after being dropped nearby by a clamp truck. Employing a deunitizer allows the clamp truck to simply drop blocks of stacks that need to be put into a single column on one end of the deunitizer and single stacks of crates exit on the conveyor at the opposite end. The deunitizer has a demonstrated history of paying for itself in less than six months, not including the cost of reduced worker’s comp claims or the shortening of product handling times by a factor five. — American Conveyor Corp., 1819 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, N.Y., 11385, phone: (718) 386-0480, fax: (718) 456-1233, e-mail:, Web site:
Rotor Detection System
Rotary valves used in pneumatic conveying applications do wear, which can result in the valve’s rotor vanes coming into contact with the valve body. If metal-to-metal contact occurs, metal fragments can break off and contaminate the product, causing costly shutdowns and product rejections. Nu-Con’s Rotor Detection System (RDS) immediately alerts plant operators that metal-to-metal contact has occurred. Nu-Con’s RDS monitors the electrical isolation between the rotor and the valve housing. If a rotor vane touches the valve body, even if only for a split second, a warning is sent to personnel via the plant SCADA system and/or the valve is immediately shut down. RDS is available on new Nu-Con valves and can be retrofit to existing Nu-Con valves. — Nu-Con Equipment, 1600 Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, Minn., 55317, phone: (952) 279-5210, fax: (952) 279-5206, Web site:
Innovative Mass Flowmeter
Krohne’s innovative NTEP-approved, single-straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter, Optimass Series 7000, is uniquely constructed and offers no-hassle installation and superior performance in density and mass flow. With its single-straight tube design and broad range of end connections, the meter meets the most stringent hygienic requirements for food and pharmaceutical applications. It also complies with industry standards, including ASME Bioprocessing equipment, EHEDG, 3-A and FDA. The meters are approved for use in hazardous environments. The corrosion-resistant Optimass Series 7000 is the first of its kind to provide wetted parts in titanium, stainless steel or Hastelloy, allowing it to withstand the harshest conditions. The single straight-tube design is resistant to blocking or fouling, allowing the meter to handle high viscosity fluids with ease, as well as maintaining a high level of accuracy for mass and volumetric flow and density measurement. — Krohne Inc., 7 Dearborn Road, Peabody, Mass., 01960, phone: (800) 356-9464, fax: (978) 535-1720, email:, Web site:
New Web Site
Global Closure Systems (GCS) has launched a new Web site featuring the company’s product catalogue of plastic and metal closing and dispensing systems. Composed of several long recognized brands including Astra Plastique, Bender, Massmould, Obrist, UCP and Zeller, GCS is one of the largest closure system suppliers to the global marketplace for the food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, household, and industrial markets. — Global Closure Systems, Web site:
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. — NatureWorks LLC, P.O. Box 5830, Minneapolis, Minn., 55440-5830, phone: (952) 742-0400, Web site:
Cast and 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:
Knee Boot
The Servus® Neoprene III Advance™ knee boot adds safety enhancing features to the widely recognized Servus Neoprene III™ knee boot. The goal in design and development of the product was to increase slip resistance as well as to enhance comfort and fit in order to reduce worker fatigue, a contributor to worker accidents and fatigue. The sharp leading edges of the innovative V-Wave™ sole on the Advance boot squeegees water away from under foot, and then disperses fluids through the open channel outsole frame for improved surface contact, thus providing increased slip resistance. The design also increases the amount of actual surface contact. In combination with the special rubber compound formulation, the design produces one of the most slip resistant outsoles in the market today. — Norcross Safety Products LLC, 1136 Second Street, Rock Island, Ill., 61201, phone: (309) 786-7741, fax: (309) 786-6923
Continuous-Motion Case Packer
Standard-Knapp has introduced its PakMore™ continuous motion case packer for faster and smoother packaging of bottles in a variety of industries, including soft drink, beer, wine, food, and household products. The unique positive, continuous operation of the PakMore is a high-speed, low-maintenance process that yields greater efficiency than traditional case packers.  The PakMore uses Standard-Knapp’s innovative pressureless Zero-Gap Infeed for smooth bottle lining, ensuring balanced lines and jam-resistant operation. Capable of packing up to 75 cases per minute, Standard-Knapp’s PakMore case packer greatly reduces operational costs. Designed to maximize placement accuracy and minimize bottle damage, the PakMore’s technologically advanced, dual-axis servo grouper and gripper heads pick up bottles and safely lower them into the case. The ergonomic design of PakMore’s automated head changeover feature and smart automatic fault recovery system ensure the packer is as reliable as it is efficient.  Additional features of the PakMore allow for the flexibility of an inline or peninsula layout as well as an optional tablock slitter. — Standard Knapp Inc., 63 Pickering St., Portland, Conn., 06480, phone: (860) 342-1100, fax: (860) 342-1557, e-mail:, Web site:
Automated CIP System
Fogg Filler has introduced its semi-automatic Clean In Place (CIP) System. The CIP System has been created to make cleaning fillers faster, easier and more cost effective. There is a constant demand for uptime and cost savings to stay competitive in today’s market. The Fogg CIP System can help manufactures do just that. By simply touching a button, the user can actually clean the machine in place without adding or removing any hardware. This enables the user to increase the amount of bottles filled, and decrease the amount of cleaning time, labor costs and operator contact with filling valves, increasing sanitation. The Fogg CIP System also quickly reclaims product in a sanitary manor that enables the reuse of product instead of letting it go to waste. The Fogg CIP System is a huge asset to hot fill manufactures who are concerned with temperature management. The system will help manage product temperature and filling valve temperatures when line stops occur. — Fogg Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, Mich., 49424, phone: (616) 786-3644, fax: (616) 786-0350,  Web site:
Spiral Modules
Koch’s Abcor® HFK ultrafiltration spiral module series provides exceptionally high yields for whey and milk processing as well as for other food and bio/pharmaceutical applications. The Abcor HFK elements use the proprietary KMS semi-permeable polyethersulfone (PES) membrane to achieve 99.8 percent instantaneous protein rejection, a yield that is recognized as the highest within the industry. The Abcor HFK can increase revenues by thousands of dollars per year at a medium-sized processing plant. Backed by more than 35 years of membrane industry experience, KMS has engineered the Abcor HFK membranes to last longer and provide consistent protein recovery. The Abcor HFK elements are available at rated protein separations of 5,000 and 10,000 Daltons, in sizes ranging from 3.8 to 8.3-inches in diameter and 33 to 38 inches in length. They have been specifically designed to conform to 3A, USDA, and FDA guidelines. — Koch Membrane Systems Inc., 850 Main St., Wilmington, Mass., 01887, phone: (978) 657-4250, fax: (978) 657-5208, Web site:
Aseptic Fill/Dispense System
The Scholle Sentry SafeLock™ System eliminates challenges previously associated with low-acid aseptic packaging. The Sentry Safelock System is an easy-to-use flip-top filling/dispensing technique designed to offer convenience, enhanced safety and cost savings for aseptic processors and end users. The system includes the Sentry and a range of dispensing options designed for specific applications. For processors, the Sentry SafeLock System aseptic fill/dispense unit eliminates the need for a two-fitment bag, decreasing the overall package cost and providing a superior value to the customer. — Scholle Corp., 200 W. North Ave., Northlake, Ill., 60164, phone: (708) 562-7290, fax: (708) 409-9346, Web site:
Packaging Robotics
Norse says it created the new 1091 Rapid Pack System based on input received from some of the industry’s leading novelty producers. The 1091 Rapid Pack System marks the first use of robotics as an integral part of the ice cream production process. The use of robotics means faster operating speeds for greater productivity and a smaller, more cost-effective, operating team. The 1091 Rapid Pack System integrated robotics safely and efficiently handle the repetitive task of lading wafers quickly and consistently. The use of robotics also speeds up the packaging of finished ice cream sandwiches. — Norse Dairy Systems, P.O. Box 1869, Columbus, Ohio, 43216, phone: (614) 294-4931, fax: (614) 294-0750, Web site:  
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