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August 18, 2010

99095.tifPortable Fume and Dust Collectors
The MikroFlex line of portable collectors for fume and dust capture are ideal for: source capturing contaminants such as weld fumes and smoke, gas vapors, aerosols, oil fumes, and dust; keeping welding areas clean; and preventing fumes from entering the work environment. The line features the patented MikroFlex Arm that outperforms similar arm extraction devices, is easier to move in both horizontal and vertical directions, and is fluid in rotation. Available in wall- or bench-mounting models, the arm’s external support mechanism reduces the overall drag or static loss of airflow in the arm, providing more constant airflow. Two “plug and go” units are also available (in 120V models) that feature the Arm — the MikroFlex WFM Series and the MikroFlex WFP Series. The line provides highly efficient filtration (99.9%) in compact units. MikroPul, Charlotte, NC 704-998-2600 www.mikropul.com

99096.tifContainer Tracking
CAPS-TRAC 3.0 is a container tracking solution that provides a comprehensive, user-friendly container tracking and container management solution, with increased functionality. It provides an answer to increasing customer requests for an application to integrate seamlessly with their existing B2B systems, providing innovative container tracking capabilities and extensive reporting with an intuitive user interface. It features new and improved filtering capabilities and easier navigation, with the option for customers to track containers and additional assets using either CAPS-iTRAC (individual tracking model) or CAPS-aTRAC (aggregate tracking model). As with previous versions, customers use bi-lingual scanners to transmit data immediately to CAPS. The online solution is accessible from any internet-connected computer, with data backed up in a secure offsite location to ensure stability. Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS), Livonia, MI 888-873-2277  www.usecaps.com

99097.tifSmall-Batch, Quick-Clean Sifter
The Ultra Sanitary Mini Centri-Sifter centrifugal sifter for screening small batches of pharmaceutical powders and other contamination-sensitive products, can be disassembled rapidly and sanitized manually or in an autoclave. In less than three minutes, the unit’s cylindrical screen/spout assembly and feed screw/paddle assembly can be removed with three hand knobs, and the screening chamber with one bolt, providing access to sanitize all material contact surfaces. As material is gravity-fed into the unit, rotating helical paddles accelerate particles, continuously propelling them against the cylindrical screen and through screen apertures. On-size material discharges through the first of two outlets, into a storage vessel or processing equipment. The paddle assembly, which does not contact the screen, also serves to break-up agglomerated materials. Oversized particles unable to pass through the apertures, exit through the end of the screen cylinder and fall through a second outlet for discarding or re-processing. Cylindrical screens are offered in woven nylon, monofilament, wire mesh stainless steel, perforated plate, and stainless steel wedge wire, to accommodate a wide range of pharmaceutical products. Kason Corp., Millburn, NJ 973-467-8140 www.kason.com

99098.tifRotary Valve/Rotary Airlock
This USDA Dairy Grading Branch Approved and Certified rotary valve/rotary airlock can be used for the production of food, pet food, and dairy and pharmaceutical grade powders. The valve is designed to meet the most stringent hygienic/sanitation requirements for cleaning and inspection, provide complete access to the valve rotor and housing internals, and have easy detachable sealing cassettes for quick and thorough cleaning. The valve is designed for a 1.5-bar operating pressure, has a 10-bar pressure surge rating, and is available with flame-proofing design (ATEX). Coperion Corp., Ramsey, NJ  201-327-6300  www.coperion.com

99099.tifFluidizer Disk
The Model MFD Micro Fluidizer Disk combines aeration and vibration to solve the most difficult bulk solid flow applications. The micro disk is half the size of a standard disk, capable of fitting into tight locations. The special design creates a vibration as the air flows between the pads boot and bin wall. This provides an effective flow aid for all types of dry products. Furthermore, the MFD does not require a specific air pressure for operation. Pneumatic system pressure can range from 29 to 87 psi. Dwyer Instruments Inc., Michigan City, IN  800-872-9141  www.dwyer-inst.com