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October 19, 2010

105733.tifAutomatic Load Transfer Station
Columbia Machine has further developed the Load Transfer Station (LTS) product line to include fully automatic LTS systems that can transfer up to two full loads per minute. Using an LTS configuration that combines a pallet stacker, pallet dispenser, input conveyor, and an output conveyor, the unit receives loads from a conveyor, transfers the load from one load base to another, stacks the “go from” pallet, and automatically discharges the transferred load onto a conveyor. Transferred loads can then be automatically stored in a high-rise ASRS system or picked up downstream by a lift truck or go to another operation. The unit helps to eliminate injuries to warehouse workers and associated insurance claims, streamline plant and warehouse operations, improve plant and process cleanliness (as part of GMP compliance) and reduce costs. Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, WA  360-694-1501 www.loadtransfer.net

105734.tifBatch Weigh  Vacuum Convey System
This batch weigh vacuum convey system for the food, pharmaceutical, or chemical industries, is designed to deliver powders and granules to process vessels with a high accuracy -- with ½% of the batch size. This system allows for greater control of product quality and inventory control of materials, which can be conveyed from drums, bags, or super sacks. Equipment is custom designed to the specific needs of the application. Vac-U-Max, Belleville, NJ 800-822-8629 www.vac-u-max.com

105735.tifMechanical Air Separators
Raymond mechanical air separators produce materials with high uniform fineness, operate in open or closed circuit, are excellent for de-dusting, can provide drying and cooling, and feature the patented single- or double-whizzer design for the efficient separation of fines and coarse material. Typical applications include cement, limestone, flour mixes, hydrated lime, food products, chemicals, talc and clays, metal, and metallurgical powders. Available in 11 models ranging in size from lab to high-volume production units, they can also provide accurate finished materials to 325 mesh. Alstom Power Inc. Raymond Operations, Warrenville, IL 630-393-1000 www.raymondpulverizers.com

105737.tifRound/Rectangular Screeners
The ScreenX line and MFVexcite adapters provide high-amplitude/high-energy to the un-tensioned screen surface. These machines can be used in wet or dry separations and are available in round and rectangular configurations. This modern technology provides greater screen separation performance than other screening systems, with separations as fine as 10 micron now possible. A complete laboratory and toll processing facility is available where customers receive a free test to qualify their products. Cost-effective processing of low-volume or difficult-to-produce products is also available. These machines can separate complex materials such as very fine powders, sticky products, and delicate agglomerates. Virto/Elcan Industries, Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-7500  www.virto-elcan.com

105738.tifFine Grinder
This new model fine grinder processes materials in explosive environments such as sugar grinding from 4X to 12X with a single pass mill. This new mill is designed for explosion pressure shock resistance up to 10 bar (145 psi). Ideally, this mill is best suited for heat-sensitive products that require a tight distribution of particle sizes. Other options with these mills include complete bearing monitoring systems that not only measure bearing temperatures and vibration but also high frequencies that allow for early warning and rapid response of premature bearing failure. Both bearings on these mills are conveniently located outside of the grinding zone, which allows for a more sanitary design and the ability to monitor both bearings. Prater-Sterling, Bolingbrook, IL 877-203-3540  www.prater-sterling.com