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February 2, 2009

Rate Controller
The HI 4060 is a compact, single-feeder, closed-loop rate controller for use in a variety of applications, including auger, belt, and vibratory-based feeders. The rate controller provides an analog output to control the feeder speed and adjusts this signal based on the required rate at which the feeder is losing weight. This rate controller features an embedded web server, true five-point automatic rate calibration, automatic feeder refill, various alarms including rate tolerance and disturbance, standard serial and optional DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, Remote I/O, Profibus, Modbus TCP/IP, and analog communications.
Hardy Instruments, San Diego, CA 800-821-5831 www.hardyinstruments.com

Side-Load Container Discharging and Feeding System
This system discharges containers of dry bulk material into a surge hopper and meters the product into 50-lb boxes or 20-lb bags. It features a continuously welded tubular carbon-steel frame with USDA-approved Steel-It finish. The unit includes the exclusive two-speed hydraulic circuit and the patented Control-Link rotation system for smooth, controlled carriage rotation. The system includes a variable-speed feeder, scale, and weigh indicator for filling containers to a precise weight.
Material Transfer & Storage, Allegan, MI 800-836-7068 www.materialtransfer.com

Case Packer with Autochangeover
The Model 206 case packer now offers motorized changeover as a standard feature that ensures repeatable accuracy in packer product changes. This virtually eliminates operator bias, error, and tweaking, and can reduce downtime for changeover to less than 10 minutes. High-efficiency motors carry out the dimensional changes required for the changeover. After clearing and stopping the machine, the operator opens the guard doors and removes five or six change parts that are secured with locking handles. No tools are required. Then the operator returns to the control panel and, using the color touch screen, acknowledges that each illustrated change part has been removed. If the operator is unsure of the part, a second menu can be selected and an illustration is displayed that graphically identifies the part. Then the operator selects “confirm” and the machine automatically adjusts to the new product size selected. The operator installs the new change parts and the machine is ready to return to operation.  
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., Tarpon Springs, FL 800-237-5975 www.abcpackaging.com

Multilaminate Perforated Plate
The Quiet Clean multilaminate perforated plate is used in conjunction with sliders or balls to dislodge near-size particles or fibers and improve screening efficiency. It reduces noise by up to 14% compared with standard metal perforated plate designs. It is FDA approved for food and pharmaceutical products and is available in sizes up through 48 in.
Sweco, Florence, KY 859-727-5105 www.sweco.com

Vibrating Fluid Bed Dryer/Cooler
This vibrating fluid bed processor features low-energy requirements for drying and cooling aggregate material. It features a heat-recovery system to reduce overall energy consumption and an integral cooling zone that reduces product temperature for safer handling and reduced condensation. Capable of handling a broad range of particle sizes, the system uses controlled vibrations to eliminate deck pluggage and convey large, nonfluidized ‘rocks’ through the dryer. By passing controlled process air up through the material bed of the unit, the material is percolated like a gently boiling fluid. The solid particles undergo intensive intermixing, as process air surrounds each particle and permits direct heat and moisture transfer between the air and the particles.
Carman Industries Inc., Jeffersonville, IN 800-456-7560 www.carmanindustries.com

Above-Ground Bulk Intake System
The IntraBulk is a high-speed, above-ground, bulk intake system that is designed to receive materials from trucks and feed the materials into process systems at rates up to 500 tn/hr. As an intake device, the unit operates as a wide-belt apron feeder. Typically a belt width of 9 ft is used to unload materials from road-tipping trucks or front-end loaders in lump sizes up to 6 in. and bulk densities of 156 lb/cu ft or less. This makes the system ideal for handling a broad range of materials including coal, limestone, gypsum, clinker, iron ore, sewage sludge, grain, and clay. With no risk of material bridging, the IntraBulk can be used as a buffer store as well as providing regular feed. Installing the unit above ground provides worker safety, lower cost, and a simpler means of reducing dust and odors.
Schenck Process, Whitewater, WI 973-882-4650 www.schenckamericas.com

Automated Sieve Certification System
Test sieves can now be certified in-house, in minutes, with the Automated Sieve Certification System (ASCS). Test sieves wear over time based on usage and materials being sieved. The ASCS Optical Sieve Calibrator automates the process using machine vision measurement and statistical analysis, thereby providing time and cost savings, along with confidence in data accuracy. The system provides fast and accurate calibration of wire mesh sieves with full compliance to the ASTM E11 and ISO 3310 standards. Results are output to an Excel spreadsheet, with full statistical analysis including descriptive statistics, pass-fail information, compliance with standards, and raw measurement data.
Vision Machines Inc., Bedford, MA 781-275-2020 www.vision-machines.com

Laser Loader System
The patent-pending Laser Loader System allows for automatic, 24-hour-a-day loading of feed trucks with limited human assistance required. The system is designed for operators of high-volume feed mills who need to increase speed, improve safety and accuracy, and reduce errors and expenses from the process of loading feed trucks. When the loading of the truck is complete, the system will print delivery tickets, sample tickets, and send all weights for the entire load to the feed mill’s information and accounting system for invoicing. The system can be easily installed on most existing lorry or shuttle conveyor load-out systems.
Easy Automation Inc., Welcome, MN 800-397-9736 www.easy-automation.com