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December 29, 2008

Moisture Gauge
The CM710e range of Ethernet-enabled on-line gauges is available for moisture measurement in industrial manufacturing processes. Critical control of moisture content can be used to control product quality, improve productivity, save fossil fuel consumption, and optimize drying processes. The fourth-generation CM710e combines the proven light engine from the CM710 with new, high-speed digital processing technology, Ethernet, and other digital communication protocol connectivity. This combination produces the high-accuracy, robust real-time measurements essential for use in closed-loop control, while offering flexibility and simplicity of installation and operation.
NDC Infrared Engineering, Irwindale, CA 626-939-3856 www.ndc.com

Metal Detector
The Quicktron 05 RH is designed to detect and reject metal contaminants from free-falling bulk materials without interrupting production. It is ideal for powder applications requiring food-grade contact surfaces. It features open framework construction with a round reject mechanism without edges to avoid dust and dirt settlement. The Quick Out system with a removable flap allows production workers to remove the complete separating mechanism for fast cleaning to reduce downtime. The detector is ideal for food manufacturers. All product-contacting parts are made from food-grade materials such as stainless steel, polypropylene, silicone, and Teflon.
Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS 800-835-2526 www.buntingmagnetics.com

Manually Operated Console
The SBC-1000 SmartBob2 console allows the user to remotely initiate and view measurements from up to 128 SmartBob2 remotes. It provides basic, local control and monitoring of all vessels connected to the network from a single console. This reduces the amount of equipment needed to monitor a large number of vessels and thereby reduces costs. The compact, manually operated console, which provides users access to measurements including distance to product, height of product, percent full, and weight, can be used independently or integrated into a network using eBob software. Enclosed in a NEMA 4X splashproof and dustproof enclosure, the unit features a user-friendly LED display with backlit graphics for easy readability and a six-button, membrane-style external keypad for user control and operation.
BinMaster, Lincoln, NE 800-278-4241 www.binmaster.com

Moisture and Solids Analyzer
The Computrac MAX 4000 builds on the successes of its predecessor, the Computrac MAX 2000, with a more user-friendly interface and additional features designed to offer the end-user faster throughput, greater control of testing conditions, and more comprehensive test data. The new unit features a full-color screen that displays separate graphs for rate of moisture evolution and total moisture evolution. It also features a full 10-digit alphanumeric keypad for entering sample information. It facilitates faster throughput via a forced-air cooling system that allows the instrument to cool from test temperature to idle temperature 25% faster than previous models. The unit also features a temperature ramp-rate control option that allows the user to control the rate at which the instrument heats from idle to test temperature.
Arizona Instrument, Chandler, AZ 800-290-1414 www.azic.com

Check-Weigh Conveyor
This National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP)-certified check-weigh conveyor is engineered for reliable, accurate, and repeatable weight verification of bulk bags and containers up to 4500 lb. The conveyor has formed adjustable support legs to allow for leveling and system integration. Furthermore, the check-weigh conveyor meets the NTEP precision requirement of 0.1% or better accuracy rate in scale capacity. It also incorporates an adjustable-load cell mount that can be easily trimmed for the best overall scale performance.
NBE Inc., Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-inc.com

Bag Dump and Product Conditioning System
The Delumper Bagstation is a preengineered bag dump system designed for unloading, de-agglomerating, and freshening of lumpy bagged solids while efficiently introducing them into a production process. The unit is designed to facilitate convenient manual opening of small- to medium-sized bags without creating a dusty environment. The system incorporates a built-in delumper processor to reduce agglomerates and lumps and facilitate uniform product flow while the bags are being emptied. The bag station has a built-in dust filter system that draws the air through the unit grate and into the enclosed filter chamber. Filter media are periodically self-cleaned by a programmed air burst cycle. The unit features durable stainless-steel construction, a grating platform for bags, a discharge hopper, a delumper processor, and a control system. Options include bag-slitting knives, special alloys and finishes, and explosionproof components.
Franklin Miller Inc., Livingston, NJ 973-535-9200 www.franklinmiller.com

X-Ray Inspection System
SmartChek is a solution for cost-effective x-ray inspection of small packaged products that delivers high-detection sensitivities without the complexities typically associated with x-ray inspection. Using low-energy x-ray technology, the system detects and rejects many potentially brand-damaging contaminants such as metal, stone, glass, and bone. With a sophisticated, user-intuitive, 5-in., full-color, touch screen interface, the system makes operation simple. The system requires no x-ray knowledge, improves start-up time, and reduces maintenance, training, and operator costs. Auto-setup automatically sets x-ray energy and all inspection parameters.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus