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April 24, 2008

Net-Weight Scale
Booth 4027 – Built specifically for industrial applications, the Model 600NW net-weight scale combines robust design with increased accuracy and high-speed operation. The unit comes in Simplex or Duplex configurations and can support automatic bagging when combined with a form-fill-seal machine, or manual bagging on bag-hanging chutes. Speeds in excess of 20 bpm are attainable on the Simplex model and in excess of 40 bpm on the Duplex model. Gravity, belt, vibratory, gravity/vibratory, and other feeder types are available.
Hamer Inc., Plymouth, MN 800-927-4674 www.hamerinc.com

Sifters and Screeners
Booth 2649 – For pressure or vacuum pneumatic conveying systems, The QA24 in-line provides an HACCP solution for food, pharmaceutical, and chemical operations with moderate production volumes. For gravity-flow applications, the stainless-steel Tru-Balance sifter provides versatility and sanitation in high-capacity sifting or screening operations. Both units feature ease of access for inspection and maintenance, a pneumatic sieve compression system, and a Tru-Balance drive that provides a gentle gyratory sifting motion.
Great Western Manufacturing, Leavenworth, KS 913-682-2291 www.gwmfg.com

Stretch-Hood Pallet-Covering System
Booth 5023 – The Cover-Pal 6000 stretch-hood pallet-covering system provides versatility in storing palletized products while minimizing risk of environmental damage and pilferage. This end-of-line packaging system provides five-sided pallet coverage without the need for a top sheet, making it ideal for products destined for indoor and outdoor storage in cost clubs, home centers, construction sites, and freight centers.
Arpac, Schiller Park, IL 847-678-9034 www.arpac.com

Minerals Separator
Booth 1937 – The minerals separator performs when sharp separations and high efficiencies are required. Specifically designed to meet the demanding screening requirements of minerals applications, the machine provides higher capacity per square foot of screen, continuous operations up to 400°F, and maximum screening efficiency. The surface area is maximized, thereby increasing the amount of minerals separated in a small area. The stacked, multiple-deck, tray-access design allows individual screen access without the need to remove all decks. Single-deck screen changes can be made in 10 minutes and all 12 decks in two hours. An external drive cartridge allows continuous operation at a high material temperature.
Rotex Global LLC, Cincinnati, OH 800-453-2321 www.rotex.com

Air Knocker
Booth 1605 – The Air Knocker is used for hopper discharge to prevent bridging, ratholing, arching, and adherence to walls. It is a bridge breaker and flow aid device that works well for very fine or sticky powders, such as toner, ceramics, minerals, food, and chemicals. It is applicable to any hopper, cyclone, or bag house. Compressed air does not touch the powder. Multiple installations are easy to accomplish.
Exen Corp., Moritani America Inc., Itasca, IL 30-250-4046 www.aaamachine.com/partner/exen

Dust-Suppression Hoppers
Booth 1261 – Dust-suppression hoppers are used for bulk-loading dry, granular products. They allow continuous discharging of materials through free air as a solid column while containing the dust and providing impact control. Benefits include dust minimization; risk reduction; creation of safer, cleaner, healthier environments; reduced product shrinkage and nutrient loss; speedier, cleaner loading; and reduced maintenance and cleaning costs. Systems are produced in a range of materials, sizes, and configurations to meet requirements.
DSH Systems Ltd, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand +64 6 8446894 www.dshsystems.com

Drum-Top Vacuum
Booth 3719 – The GWD 255 Drum Vac is a drum-top vacuum that fits both 30- and 55-gal drums, allowing users to recycle drums that are found in most production plants. Powered by two independent bypass motors, the vacuum is available with many options, including a float chamber and washable cartridge filter for pick-up of both wet and dry materials. In addition, the machine can be fitted with an upstream HEPA filter for pick-up of hazardous materials, ensuring 99.97% of particles are retained, down to and including those that are 0.3 µm in size. Additional features include a 50-ft yellow cord for assured safety and a washable main filter sack.
Nilfisk CFM, Malvern, PA 610-647-6420 www.nilfiskcfm.com

Zone Blender
Booth 1328 – The ProBlend zone blender is used to blend or homogenize free-flowing bulk material within a hopper or silo. With its special geometric shape, the compact and simple blender provides multiple flow zones through which the material can pass at different velocities and residence times. As a result, the discharged material contains a uniformed blend of material from the hopper or silo. The blender uses a combination of mass flow (first in–first out) with funnel flow (last in–last out) to help homogenize the blend and reduce the effect of segregation in recirculating, batch, or continuous systems, or any application requiring the blending of materials.
Premier Pneumatics Inc., Salina, KS 785-825-1611 www.premierpneumatics.com

Bin Activators
A rugged line of bin activators is designed and engineered to deliver high performance, high product quality, and long-term reliability, and to require low maintenance. Available in a range of sizes with diameters of 2 to 16 ft, each bin activator incorporates a dual baffle design that delivers continuous flow of dry materials without plugging, jamming, or bridging. Other features include an endless beaded flexible sleeve measuring 7/16 in. thick with three-ply reinforcement that will not puncture, slip, or leak; solid steel suspension arms bolted at 90° that can each support up to 500,000 lb to ensure that the bin activator remains attached to the bin and cannot move off center; and a unitized vibrator and motor in a single, sealed enclosure with no belts to slip or break, unconditionally guaranteed for 30 months. Each unit also comes with a performance guarantee that specifies that every bin activator is guaranteed to perform in accordance with specifications, or the purchase price will be refunded.
Metalfab Inc., Vernon, NJ 800-874-2999 www.metalfabinc.com

Dust Collectors and Accessories
Booth 4047 – These dust collectors are engineered to meet a range of dust-collection applications, from simple nuisance dust projects to the most demanding technical challenges associated with corrosive environments, sanitary conditions, combustible dusts and gases, hygroscopic materials, low-bulk-density materials, and materials that are under high temperature, high pressure, or high vacuum. Dust collector types include bin vent filters, welded modules, high-pressure and high-vacuum units, cartridge and pleated filters, and cyclones ranging in size from 30 to 100,000 cfm. Remote monitoring, alarming, and control systems are also available.
Flex-Kleen Div., Met-Pro Corp., Glendale Heights, IL 630-775-0707 www.flex-kleen.com

High-Filtration and Containment System
Booth 2624 – Equipped with a self-cleaning HEPA filter, the Absolut Cephir high-filtration and containment system removes and contains high volumes of even extremely fine dust particulates from the exhaust air of production machines in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, industrial, chemical, and food. The unit features a modular design for easy upgrades, as well as parallel swing doors and a pull-out control cabinet for easy access. It also features a bag-in bag-out filter exchange and a size (40 × 30 × 90 in.) that can fit almost anywhere. It can also be customized to offer a variety of dust-handling solutions including a continuous bag-in bag-out system, RTP, a split valve, an isolator, and wash-in-place.
Fette America, Rockaway, NJ 973-586-8722 www.fetteamerica.com

Multifrequency Screener
Booth 1039 – The Kroosh SXE screener places the screen surface in multifrequency peak resonance mode to perform screen separations from 20 µm to 1 in. This updated model features easier disassembly for quick cleaning. It also utilizes no-tension working screens, so rescreening is performed on site at a fraction of the cost. The high amplitude of the screen surface offers performance advantages over traditional screening technology.
Elcan Industries, Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-7500 www.minox-elcan.com

Pharmaceutical Feeder
Booth 1328 – The KT20 pharmaceutical feeder features an expanded hopper design. Because of the higher open area directly at the base of the hopper, this design is well suited for cohesive materials where buildup may occur with standard hopper designs. In addition, the higher open area in the material entrainment section of the feeder allows for better screw fill, which can result in better feeder accuracy. The design is available for both the T20 and T35 pharmaceutical feeder sizes.
K-Tron Process Group, Pitman, NJ 856-589-0500 www.ktron.com

Cross-Belt Analyzer 
Booth 2123 – The CB Omni analyzer is a cross-belt analyzer for the minerals processing industry that can be incorporated into a new or existing plant to supply minute-by-minute composition analysis of bulk materials. Designed to rapidly analyze and monitor the composition of feed, intermediate, and final bulk materials online, the unit can measure most base metals and impurities. Its software components allow users to sort materials and track the composition of stockpiles, improving efficiency and increasing product quality control. Its improved modular design eliminates the need for heavy lifting equipment, reducing the cost of installation.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vancouver, BC 604-669-6395 www.thermo.com/minerals

Rare-Earth Magnets
Booth 5316 – The new handle on the PowerLift rare-earth lift magnet features a positive lock-on and lock-off mechanism that requires the operator to manually switch between the two states. This prevents the handle from being turned only partially on and the operator from gaining a false sense of security that the magnet is holding safely. It also prevents the device from being accidentally bumped to the off position, dropping the load prematurely. The handle’s locking mechanism is engaged by first pulling out on the handle to release the lock pin, then rotating the handle to the on position. Turning the magnet off requires the same steps in the reverse direction. The magnets are compact, lightweight, and permanent, with on/off functionality, but they require no electricity, thereby reducing operating costs and eliminating the fear of dropping the load during a power failure. They can be used on flat or round nonflexing surfaces and contain an internal release device that does not contact or damage the surface of the part being lifted.
Industrial Magnetics Inc., Boyne City, MI 231-582-3100 www.magnetics.com

Heat Exchanger
Booth 2511 – The Bulkflow heat exchanger consists of a series of several closely spaced, hollow, fully welded heat exchanger plates. Product moves slowly by gravity between the plates in mass flow. Cooling or heating media circulate internally between the plates’ dimples and against the product flow for higher thermal efficiency. A mass-flow discharger controls the product flow for higher thermal efficiency. Unlike other types of bulk solid coolers, the system does not require large volumes of air to operate and instead lets gravity do the work to reduce power consumption. Each system is individualized to match the exact manufacturing requirements of the customer so that it easily integrates with existing equipment.
Bulkflow Technologies, Calgary, AL, Canada 403-254-3500 www.bulkflow.com

Bulk Bag Discharging System
Booth 3917 – The modular Material Master bulk bag discharging system offers patented technology and features that maximize production efficiency. A Sure-Seal pneumatic-discharge spout-clamping system and pulse-jet dust-collection system ensure dust-tight operation, while a Flo-Master bag massaging system and high-deflection vibratory feeder with variable speed controls provide metering of low-bulk-density powders. The pulse-jet dust-collection system returns collected material back into the product stream, eliminating waste. The system is designed for Division 2 service. Product contact surfaces are 304 stainless steel. Systems are custom designed for specific application requirements.
Material Transfer & Storage Inc., Allegan, MI 800-836-7068 www.materialtransfer.com

Pneumatic Conveying Filter Units
Booth 3617 – These filter units for pneumatic conveying applications can be used with various products and solid load rates. Product recovery for super absorber, pigment, or toner is also possible. Various construction materials are available, including carbon steel, stainless steel, or a combination of both. The treatment of rubber coating for product contact, davit for housing header, antistatic elements, hoppers, and support legs are all to customer specification. The units have absolute gas-tight design even under extremely high loads. The jet-pulse system can be operated with compressed air or inert gas.
Herding Filtration LLC, Waterford, MI 248-673-4514 www.herding.com/usa

Solid- and Liquid-Delivery System
Booth 3533 – SolidQuid is a solid- and liquid-delivery system that uses existing liquid-delivery equipment to convey measured bulk powders to a mix tank. It can be used when an application requires automatic and precise delivery of dry bulk ingredients to a slurry or mix tank and when a liquid-delivery system is already in place. There is no need to add a mechanical conveyor to the system because SolidQuid prevents clumping and reduces mixing time, dusting, and energy consumption, which saves time and money.
Hapman, Kalamazoo, MI 800-427-6260 www.ideasthatmove.com

Self-Validating Level Monitor
Booth 2035 – The SafePoint self-validating point-level sensor incorporates the patented use of Hall-effect technology, dual outputs to indicate both material presence and unit health, and microcontroller technology, along with the features of a standard rotary paddle point-level monitor, to continuously protect powder and granular storage and processing from the effects of unknown sensor failure by providing immediate notification of sensor failure and confirmation of proper operation. The unit is a true fail-safe, self-validating level sensor and can save maintenance and plant personnel time. It helps avoid the costs of untimely spills and overfill conditions.
Monitor Technologies LLC, Elburn, IL 800-601-6302 www.monitortech.com

Silicone Ducting Hose
Booth 2818 – SIL-Duct is a two-ply, smooth, silicone-coated polyester fabric ducting hose with helical-spring steel wire. It is well suited for high- and low-temperature applications up to 600°F and provides high airflow and minimum friction loss. It is available in 1- to 8-in. ID sizes and is shipped in 12-ft lengths in cartons.
Kuriyama of America Inc., Schaumburg, IL 847-755-0360 www.kuriyama.com

Powder-Processing Equipment
Booth 3519 – This company offers a complete line of powder-processing equipment, including the Kek cone mill, Kek universal mill, Kek centrifugal sifter, and the Mucon line of flow-control valves.
Kemutec Powder Technologies, Bristol, PA 215-788-8013 www.kemutec.com

Gyratory Bag Dump Sieve
Booth 5105 – The Model RVM-15E/D center- or side-discharge gyratory bag dump sieve is a high-speed unit that utilizes a 3600- or 1800-rpm Div. 1 or Div. 2 vibratory electric motor. The model includes standard 316 stainless-steel contact parts, a prescreen, and a dump frame with a dust-collector fitting along with a sieve boot and inlet cover. This 15- or 22-in.-screen-diam unit is used for security screening of many dry products. Available options include continuous oversize discharge, a rare-earth magnet drawer, ultrasonic mesh deblinding systems, and all-stainless-steel polished noncontact parts.
Vorti-Siv, Salem, OH 800-227-7487 www.vorti-siv.com

Bag Fillers
Booth 2132 – These bag fillers accommodate any type of dry powder product being filled into 20- to 100-lb bags. The line of four bag fillers can operate 24 hours a day, has a minimal number of moving parts for low maintenance, has easily adjustable controls, and accommodates full management data. Included in the line are the Turbo Packer, the Impeller Packer, the Force Flow Packer, and the Screw Packer. The dust-free Turbo Packer is designed for 25- to 50-kg bags and offers high-speed handling of a variety of material. The Force Flow Packer is designed to package a wide range of difficult powders and granular materials including coarse granular or heat-sensitive products. The design of the Impeller Packer facilitates packing of a wide range of ground rock and powdered mineral products into the valve bags. For low-volume users, the Screw Packer can handle poor-flowing materials that require the positive action of a powdered screw to perform the packing
Spiroflow Systems, Charlotte, NC 704-291-9595 www.spiroflowsystems.com

Screw Conveyor
Booth 2627 – The patent-pending Stinger screw conveyor solves the problem of metering and conveying TIO2, pigments, and other cohesive powders. Past methods used mechanical screw feeders and conveyors that required substantial amounts of torque. Buildup on the auger and interior surfaces was problematic, making a uniform flow rate difficult to achieve. This conveyor’s auger is driven by a variable-speed direct-drive motor. This smaller compact motor and direct drive, along with the low headroom design, make it easy to install in existing processes. Units are available in 1½- to 12-in. diam with conveying capacities from 20 to 40,000 lb/hr or more.
The Young Industries Inc., Muncy, PA 570-546-3165 www.younginds.com

Automatic Magnetic Drains
Booth 2507 – Automatic magnetic drains (AMDs) remove condensate and other contaminants in an air system, protecting valuable equipment. The AMD 1550, the newest model in
the company’s drain trap series, has working pressures up to 230 psig and a discharge capacity of 53 gal/hr. Designed for use with coolers, refrigerated dryers, separators, filters, and liquid separators, the unit maintains a liquid seal that prevents the loss of compressed air, which saves energy.
Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873 www.kaeser.com

Fluidizing Paddle Blender
Booth 3541 – The OptimaBlend fluidizing paddle blender offers increased capacity in the same space. Difficult and diverse ingredients can now be mixed quickly with high efficiency. The unit mixes five times faster than a ribbon blender and achieves high mix efficiencies with low coefficient of variation. Homogenous mixes are independent of a large range of particle size, shape, or density. Other features include high throughput rates with low horsepower, quick and efficient fluidization of powders, less degradation than ribbon blenders, easy cleanout, and low friction-based heat generation. These units are available in carbon steel, stainless steel, and sanitary construction for a wide variety of solid-to-solid and solid-to-liquid blending applications.
American Process Systems, Eirich Group, Gurnee, IL 847-336-2444 www.eirich.com

Manual Clean Drawer Magnet
Booth 2704 – Engineered to remove medium and fine ferrous contaminants from dry, free-flowing products under gravity flow, these drawer magnets protect processing machinery and improve product purity. Multiple staggered rows provide maximum contact area for product flow. As product flows through the stainless-steel housing, it cascades over the staggered rows of magnetic tubes. Ferrous contaminants are pulled to the surface of the magnets where they move to the underside of the tube to prevent washoff.
Puritan Magnetics, Oxford, MI 800-787-3624 www.puritanmagnetics.com

Powder Receivers
Booth 2706 – The CSR/AV-5 Series filtered vacuum receivers come standard with flange-mount configuration and brushed stainless-steel construction. They are used to convey free-flowing powdered, regrind, or granular materials in a centralized conveying system. With a low-maintenance design, they offer easy cleanout and reduced downtime with a quick-access latched-cover design. No tools are required for filter bag cleaning or changes. The receivers offer efficient conveying while filters provide good release of dusty powders and regrind. An efficient system area allows for low-pressure drop and consistent material/air separation.
Colortronic North America Inc., Flint, MI 810-720-7300 www.colortronicna.com

Tanks and Silos
Booth 3629 – This company offers shop-welded and bolted tanks and silos from design, fabrication, factory coating, and thermal curing to field erection and service. These tanks are used for the storage of fly ash, cement, lime, food, chemicals, and minerals. Trico Bond EP epoxy coating is applied and thermally cured in-house under strict environmentally controlled conditions to ensure a high-quality, long-lasting coating. This coating provides resistance to corrosion and abrasion, and it extends the life of the tanks. The tanks are specially designed for simple, quick, and safe installation.
Columbian TecTank, Kansas City, KS 620-421-0200 www.columbiantectank.com

Rotary Airlock Valves
Booth 541 – Designed for biomass processing plants, these large rotary airlock valves have a large throughput rate and produce a minimal amount of gas leakage. The valves come complete with a patented end-seal design that provides up to a 50% reduction in gas leakage. Features of the HC-ES valve include a shrouded-end, scalloped-bottom, stainless-steel rotor with adjustable and replaceable Type 304L stainless-steel tips, a tungsten carbide–coated housing bore, a pocket purge that is located in the end plate, a motion sensor, an exterior valve housing and end plates complete with a 60-psig dimpled steam jacket, and a 30 × 60-in. inlet with a baffle.
The Young Industries Inc., Muncy, PA 800-546-3165 www.younginds.com

Spark-Detection System
Booth 5205 – The CC5000 is for small to mid-sized facilities with one, two, four, or more protecton zones. It reduces dust fires and explosions in pneumatic conveying systems by detecting and extinguishing sparks and embers. A sensor detects sparks’ infrared radiation and signals the control console to trigger an atomized water spray.
GreCon Inc., Tigard, OR 503-641-7731 www.grecon-us.com

Air Manager
Booth 2507 – The Sigma Air Manager monitors, sequences, and analyzes low-pressure air or vacuum-system performance. It allows auto-dual control, balances service hours, prevents simultaneous motor starts, and maintains tight pressure-band control. It can be adapted to almost any system and can manage up to 16 blowers—including differing brands. The controller incorporates an industrial PC with Internet technology, alerts operators to service requirements, and provides trending data for plant operational analysis. The standard basic software displays real-time operational status through an Internet browser on a PC, including system trends as well as service and alarm messages.
Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873 www.kaeser.com

Vibratory Screener Connector Options
Booth 4609 – Four new connector options are now available for the company’s line of self-contained production screening machines. The connectors provide longer life under normal and extreme conditions while reducing downtime and maintenance costs. Poly-Clear sleeves, Ultra-PTFE woven and laminate sleeves, Nutating inlet/outlets, and sliding inlet connectors are available as options. Poly-Clear connectors outlast rubber and nylon sleeves five to one. They are abrasion and tear resistant, are static dissipative, and are available in various sizes. Ultra-PTFE woven fabric connectors offer the benefits of PTFE laminate in a breathable, 30-cfm fabric that outlasts traditional nylon fabrics. The Nutating inlet and outlet connectors reduce maintenance downtime and improve housekeeping.
Rotex Global LLC, Cincinnati, OH 800-453-2321 www.rotex.com

Laser Particle-Size Analyzers
Booth 2655 – High-resolution laser particle-size analyzers were designed with multiple lasers for accuracy and precision. A fully automated dispersion unit ensures reproducible results for even the most challenging samples. A high-resolution imaging system allows for the analysis of particle shape down to 1 µm. The patented dispersion technology integrates wet and dry dispersion modes, eliminating the need for hardware changes. Units are fully ISO 13320 and USP 429 compliant.
Cilas Particle Size, Madison, WI 608-274-7719 www.particle-size.com

Intelligent Powder Processing
Booth 2745 – The FT4 powder rheometer helps users harness their powder-processing experience, enabling them to correlate processing behavior with a range of measured powder characteristics. Too often, powders display complex behavior in uncontrolled ways, potentially compromising both process operation and final product quality. Those working with powders have always gained experience through successful problem solving, but until recently more-fundamental knowledge was scarce. The FT4, now regarded as a universal powder tester, allows reliable and reproducible characterization of powder behavior. This makes it easy to marry experience and information. Such correlations—developed using shear, dynamic, and bulk property measurements to rationalize experience—extend basic understanding, improving powder formulation and process design.
Freeman Technology, Welland, UK, +44 1684 310860 www.freemantech.co.uk

Platform System
The Insta-Rack is ideal for safe access to the tops of railroad tank cars, hopper cars, and tank trucks. The unit features a single-pedestal platform with access stairway and access equipment, quick delivery, and easy installation. The system can be easily customized, such as by adding another gangway for access to another railcar, or by adding a slide track with a carriage or pivot mount when poor spotting of railcars is an issue.
G-Raff Systems, Cleveland, OH 440-238-4360 www.g-raffsystems.com

Full-Circle Hammer Mills
Booth 2519 – Available in both slow- and high-speed configurations, Circ-U-Flow full-circle hammer mills incorporate a state-of-the-art circular hammer-mill screen design to achieve the highest production. Features include reversible rotation for maximum efficiency, a wide range of hammer and screen sizes, and easy access to the mill’s interior for maintenance or inspection. Rugged welded-steel construction and simple design enable continuous operation in grinding a wide variety of free-flowing materials.
Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill, Buffalo, NY 800-447-4634 www.hammermills.com

Booth 2627 – The patented Stinger conveyor transfers difficult-to-handle products to a dispersion mixer or batching tank. The conveyor works best on products that are cohesive, such as pigments, carbon black, clays, and other similar materials. TransFlow technology is used to precisely control the conveying air and condition the product. Using the conveyor with a bulk bag–unloading frame has made unloading and transferring products fast and reliable.
The Young Industries Inc., Muncy, PA 800-546-3165 www.younginds.com

Positive-Displacement Vacuum Pump Packages
Booth 2115 – Positive-displacement vacuum pump packages range in size from 3 to 100 hp. They can be used with an existing vacuum conveying system or central vacuum cleaning system. Using a large-area cartridge filter to protect the pump, the pump packages run smoother and quieter. All come with a large-area cartridge filter, OSHA-approved belt guard, glycerin-filled vacuum gauge, silencer, and high-vacuum relief valve. Options include differential pressure switch and sound enclosures.
Vac-U-Max, Belleville, NJ 973-759-4600 www.vac-u-max.com

Dough Weigher
The CK dough weigher provides 100% weight inspection of dough pieces after the rounder. Auto-zero technology ensures that dough build does not affect weight accuracy. The unit also provides valuable weight data and has high-powered, long-life ac motors to ensure maximum reliability. The design features a hygienic open-frame architecture, compact design for the most confined line layouts, and full stainless-steel construction to IP65 standards. The dust-tight display is easy to operate, so the unit can check 100% of dough weights in minutes.
Lock Inspection Systems, Fitchburg, MA 800-227-5539 www.lockinspection.com

Portable Gas Detector
The G460 gas detector is a rugged, compact instrument for simultaneous detection of up to six gases. Installed sensor options include infrared (NDIR) for CO2 and PID for VOC measurements. The unit offers completely automatic calibration, one-button operation, top-mounted display, and interchangeable battery packs. A concussion-proof boot, along with dust- and water-resistant housing, protects the instrument in the harshest environments. Data logging and event logging are standard.
GfG Instrumentation Inc., Ann Arbor, MI 800-959-0329 www.gfg-inc.com

Force Measurement Suspension System
The Force Measurement suspension system measures weight using conveyor belt scales, weigh belt feeders, and loss-in-weight feeders. Available in a number of capacity ranges and configurations to suit the particular needs of continuous weighing and feeding equipment, the system is effective in high-speed, high-volume-to-low-density, low-rate applications where control quality and productivity are critical. By providing mass counterbalance of tare weight, it creates a high signal-to-noise ratio in weight sensing that allows for precise real-time measurements that are not possible with standard scales. The system is the arrangement of active mechanical elements interposed between the load receptor, such as a platform, hopper or belt, and the load cell. In this way, it functions as a force vector filter that permits the sum of the chosen unidirectional force components (material weight) to pass through the system to the load cell while blocking out all other nuisance, erroneous, or destructive force vectors.
Thayer Scale-Hyer Industries Inc., Pembroke, MA 781-826-8101 www.ThayerScale.com

Aeration Devices and Discharge Aids
Booth 2625 – This company designs and supplies aeration devices and discharge aids for storage silos, weigh hoppers, filters, and bulk tank trailers. The silo fluidizer helps to discharge dry products like cement, flour, feed, and lime. Instead of only aerating the product like fabric aerator pads do, the fluidizer uses air movement and vibration to facilitate the flow of dry bulk materials. The air movement from the fluidizer sweeps the product off the silo wall and allows for even flow to the discharge outlet.
Solimar Pneumatics, Minneapolis, MN 800-233-7109 www.solimarpneumatics.com

Static Eliminator
The 48-in. super-ion air knife neutralizes static electricity while blowing away dust and particulates from printed surfaces, paper, plastics, and three-dimensional shapes. The 48-in.-wide laminar airstream full of static-eliminating ions is effective at high speeds and provides cleaning up to 20 ft away. Poor print quality, dust attraction, tearing, jamming, and related equipment downtime can be eliminated. The knife uses only 8.7 scfm of compressed air at 5 psig to entrain high volumes of surrounding room air.
Exair Corp., Cincinnati, OH 800-903-9247 www.exair.com

Temperature/Humidity Monitoring Tools
Chemical companies tracking temperature or humidity conditions affecting inventory quality can have the convenience of real-time data and the ability to download data for further analysis with the redesigned Graph-at-a-Glance flat-panel temperature and humidity data loggers. The loggers are paperless chart recorders that provide a digital graph enabling chemical processors to immediately visualize environmental trends that have potentially affected product quality.
Dickson Co., Addison, IL 800–757–3747 www.dicksondata.com

Air Knife
This 48-in. Super Air Knife provides wide surface coverage, offering an efficient way to clean, dry, or cool parts, webs, or conveyors. At 80 psig the sound level is extremely quiet at 69 dBA, a noise level 11 times quieter than ordinary blow-offs. The knife directs the compressed airflow to a precise, slotted orifice. It creates a uniform sheet of air across the entire length that immediately pulls in surrounding room air. Air amplification ratios (entrained air to compressed air) of 40:1 are produced. The air savings is 63% when compared to typical blow-offs. Compressed air inlets are provided on each end and the bottom of the knife for easy mounting. Multiple units can be mounted end to end without dead spots.
Exair Corp., Cincinnati, OH 800-903-9247 www.exair.com

Label Printer/Applicator
The new PA2000t label printer/applicator is an accessory for the H-400/H-600 series of thermal transfer bar code label printers. The PA2000t is easy to use, with minimal adjustments necessary and quick setup and changeover for applying labels to the top or sides of products with varying heights or widths. It features a smaller footprint—15 in. wide × 32 in. tall × 30 in. long—than other printer/applicators, with a remote front panel for easy access, regardless of the orientation of the applicator. It has an all-metal cabinet and is made to last with time-tested components. The heavy-duty cylinder withstands high stress in side labeling, with minimal deflection, when using a conveyor.
Tharo Systems Inc., Brunswick, OH 800-878-6833 www.tharo.com

Sanitary Rotary Continuous Mixer
This sanitary rotary continuous mixer blends bulk ingredients in ratios as extreme as one part per million with 100% uniformity regardless of disparities in the bulk densities, particle sizes, or flow characteristics of ingredients. Capacity ranges from 85 cu ft/hr at 1-minute residence time to 42 cu ft/hr at 2-minute residence time. Mixing flights in a slowly rotating cylinder distributes ingredients thoroughly and gently while eliminating internal restrictions where material could plug or accumulate. An optional internal spray line allows uniform introduction of a liquid additive for spray coating, dedusting, perfuming, agglomerating, and conditioning of materials.
Munson Machinery Company, Inc., Utica, NY 800-944-6644 www.munsonmachinery.com

Continuous Weigh Feeders
Better-Weigh continuous feeders are available for gravimetric feeding of dry bulk materials where it is necessary to determine actual feed rates on a loss-of-weight basis. Available in seven models with feed rates from 1 to 550 cu ft/hr (larger sizes are available), the feeders are designed to provide feeding in either batch or continuous mode, depending on the arrangement of the feeder’s control electronics. In batch mode, the batch controller is used to control the fast (bulk) and slow (dribble) speeds of the feeder. Accuracies of ±0.5% can be easily achieved in 2-lb or less batches and ±0.25% with 3-lb or greater batches with time spans of 30 to 90 seconds. In continuous mode, the feeder’s electronic controller is used to constantly monitor material weight loss per time in order to maintain a continuous loss of weight with an accuracy of ±0.25% to 0.50%. Standard features include a platform or lever balance scale, sealed tactile keyboard, seven-digit numerical keyboard, automatic manual batching, and 2- or 5-cu-ft hopper. Sanitary construction is also available.
Metalfab Inc., Vernon, NJ 800-764-2999 www.metalfabinc.com

Brushless Ac Motor
This brushless ac motor has a built-in controller that is ideal for OEMs seeking a compact, integrated system for high-duty cycle applications. The HypAC is a compact, brushless, permanent-magnet ac motor (PMAC) that features an integrated controller, accepts 24 to 80 V dc inputs, and provides output from 1 to 5 kW. Designed for products requiring an alternative to dc systems, this integrated PMAC is IP54 sealed, provides soft-starting, and is smaller than equivalent dc motors. Designed to operate at fixed speeds to ensure consistent performance across varying operating voltages or at speeds relative to the applied load using a compensation-mode speed regulator, the unit accepts standard ANSI pump shaft interfaces. Applications include material-handling equipment, floor-care sweepers and scrubbers, AGVs, and running compressors.
Sevcon Inc., Southborough, MA 508-281-5500 www.sevcon.com

Rotary Batch Dryer-Dehumidifier-Cooler
This rotary-batch dryer-dehumidifier-cooler is used for direct or indirect drying, dehumidifying, or cooling of bulk solid materials. Configurations for direct drying, dehumidifying, or cooling are equipped with a material intake chute configured with ports for the purpose of introducing heated or cooled air directly into the batch. The chute slides out from the machine, allowing unrestricted access to the interior of the vessel for rapid, thorough washdown. Configurations for indirect drying, dehumidifying, or cooling are equipped with a jacketed vessel that heats or cools the batch indirectly, minimizing exposure of the batch to plant air. Nitrogen-purged systems are offered for eliminating exposure to the atmosphere.
Munson Machinery Company, Inc., Utica, NY 800-944-6644 www.munsonmachinery.com

Network Communication for Optical Sorters and Defect Removal Systems
OPC-compliant network communication software for all G6 optical sorters and automatic defect removal systems allows the G6 systems to easily interface with plant networks, extending machine monitoring and communication control capabilities beyond the plant floor to the control room. Seamlessly interfacing this equipment with the plant network increases automation, which optimizes the process by reducing operator error. The communication capability also speeds response times if product quality or operational issues arise, which improves final product quality and maximizes product yields.
Key Technology Inc., Walla Walla, WA 509-529-2161 www.key.net

Print-and-Apply Labeling System
This print-and-apply labeling system is designed especially for labeling 5-gal pails and assorted corrugated cartons. Special features include a leading-panel corner-wrap assembly with a pneumatic roller impresser for labeling of corrugated cartons, a custom-guarded wrap station with rails for labeling pails, and a stainless-steel conveyor.
Quadrel Labeling Systems, Mentor, OH 800-321-8509 www.quadrel.com

Washdown Scales
The PS2, FS2, Intell-Check, and Intell-Weigh series of bench scales perform in critical dry processing and bulk handling washdown applications. Capacities range from 6 to 660 lb. The large displays offer ease of use for minimized operator error. The Intell-Check indicator includes full keyboard tare, graphic HI-OK-LO, and bidirectional RS-232 connectivity for easy downloading of GMP data such as lot number, time, and date. The scales are manufactured from corrosion-proof stainless steel for performance in harsh environments. A 4-in. S.S. wheel kit is optional for the FS2, Intell-Check, and Intell-Weigh series.
Intelligent Weighing Technology Inc., Ventura, CA 805-642-3034 www.intelligentwt.com

Motor-Bearing Protection Ring
The split-ring version of the AEGIS SGR bearing protection ring comes in halves for easy field installation with little or no disassembly of equipment. For VFD-controlled ac and dc motors, the SGR split ring protects bearings from electrical damage caused by circulating or shaft currents, extending motor life as well as preventing bearing noise, downtime, and costly motor repairs/replacements. The SGR split ring simplifies predictive/preventive maintenance programs for motor repair shops, maintenance contractors, HVAC service contractors, and in-house plant maintenance departments.
Electro Static Technology, Mechanic Falls, ME 866-738-1857 www.est-aegis.com

Photometric Converter
The Control 4000 is a powerful, microprocessor-based photometric converter. Its advanced modular design enables precision process monitoring and control. The unit is designed for Optek ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared absorption-based, and scattered-light-based sensors. Features include a real-time photometric converter; factory zero point for scattered light sensors; simultaneous operation of up to four inline sensors; readings in CU, ppm, EBC, FTU, g/L, and more; integrated data logger for quality control; simple menu-based software; advanced software tools; and remote-process-control functions.
Optek, Germantown, WI 800-371-4288 www.optek.com

Laboratory Coater
The BFC 5 laboratory coater for contained coating applications features a versatile design that allows for simple integration of isolator technology (glove box), thereby ensuring operator safety during the handling of toxic/potent substances. For applications in which the product is not hazardous, the unit can be used without an isolator. The 5 coater includes two different-sized coating pans (for either 5- or 10-kg batches) that are easily interchanged. With the optional divider plate installed, batches as small as 500 g are possible. The BFC 5 provides secure scale-up results to all larger machines such as the film coater BFC or the tablet coater BTC.
L. B. Bohle LLC, Warminster PA 215-957-1240 www.lbbohle.com

High-Speed Palletizer
This high-speed palletizer with low-level construction provides packagers the convenience and economy of floor-level operation with the performance most often associated with high-level machines. The unit features an automatic grouping module that allows layer transfer during product accumulation, effectively staging and stacking layers every 15 seconds, or 4 layers/min. Products are repositioned to any required orientation during high-speed operation with the servo-operated overhead orienter. The palletizer runs cases, trays, totes, bags, or bundles and offers complete flexibility, with changeover to preprogrammed pallet configurations completed at the intelligent control station. The control station features an industrial-grade, 8-in. color touch screen display.
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., Tarpon Springs, FL 800-237-5975 www.abcpackaging.com

Air-Powered Vacuum Pumps
This redesigned line of compressed air–powered adjustable flow tubes is suited for applications such as cooling and drying; fume, chip, and dust removal; paper feeding; part ejection; and tank purging. The FT series features a straight-through bore to let material pass without clogging, for maintenance-free operation. It uses a minimal amount of compressed air to produce a high-vacuum and -exhaust flow. Providing a fully adjustable vacuum and flow rate, the tubes come in four sizes and can be precisely matched to process requirements.
Anver Corp., Hudson, MA 800-654-3500 www.anver.com

Direct-Drive System
This design eliminates taper pins both inside and outside the valve and connects the dome and the actuator directly through the shaft. Actuator couplings and several other parts are eliminated, and removal and reinsertion of the shafts are greatly simplified. This robust design allows additional torque to be applied to power the valve through hard or sticky material without concern for taper-pin shearing. The direct-drive feature, offered on the Roto-Clean sanitary valve since 2005, is now available on the Roto-Disc, Roto-Flate, and Roto-Vert valves as well. This means all valves share the quick-shaft removal and reinsertion feature of the Roto-Clean. The design works well with most actuator types because most actuators have female drive shafts. Roto-Disc will continue to support the existing design for its current installed base. Conversion packages are available as well.
Roto-Disc Co., Milford, OH 513-871-2600 www.rotodisc.com

Powder Induction and Dispersion System
Processors can now add dry ingredients to mix vessels in a more ergonomic fashion, reducing operator injuries. This company offers a range of products and solutions for consistent powder delivery even as viscosity and solids levels increase, ensuring that the system will never plug or foul. Users can deliver powder in-line at controlled feed rates from 3 to 200 lb/min and provide the proper shear required. Viscosities up to 2500 cps and solids up to 78% can be successfully handled with the Fastfeed system.
Admix Inc., Manchester, NH 800-466-2369 www.admix.com

Clothes-Cleaning System
The clothes-cleaning system is a quick and effective way to remove the dust from a worker’s clothes and maintain OSHA compliance. Specifically designed for removal of respirable dust in mining operations, the system has hundreds of applications, including decontamination and removal of toxic dust, increasing productivity and worker morale. The worker enters the booth, activates the system, and rotates himself in front of a bank of low-pressure air nozzles. In 18 seconds, the worker’s clothes have more than 90% of the dust removed without contaminating others or the work area. The booth, blower, air reservoir tank, and all controls are included. Pictured is a skid-mounted unit.
S K Bowling Inc., Wilson, NC 252-243-2383 www.clothescleaningbooth.com

Scalable Software
Measurement Intelligence (MI) Payload is a comprehensive set of software applications designed to provide weight-derived data for distribution, transportation, and supply-chain management processes. It utilizes Microsoft’s SQL 2005 database, as well as networking and programming tools, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems. It can be scaled for installation on a single PC and linked to a single truck scale for small business use, or it can be interfaced with multiple scales and integrated within complex IT network systems. MI Payload uses key data inputs to identify, weigh, bill, and receive data from weighbridge transactions. For each step of the process, the software can be configured to require minimal user input, allowing simple system monitoring and control without the need of a scale attendant.
Avery Weigh-Tronix LLC, Fairmont, MN 507-238-4461 www.wtxweb.com

Retractable Tank Washer
This retractable tank washer (RTW) eliminates time-consuming, dangerous manual cleaning; reduces consumption of costly chemicals and water; and cleans tanks thoroughly and consistently. The unit also eliminates the need for workers to manually insert and remove the tank washer from the tank/reactor. A pneumatic mechanism lowers and raises the tank washer at the beginning and end of cleaning cycles. The RTW is controlled by an easy-to-use control panel that allows users to set multiple stopping points between full insertion and retraction. This allows the nozzles to be positioned in locations where more cleaning is required or enables the system to clean around internal tank obstructions. The control box can be located away from the tank for safety and convenience.
Spraying Systems Co., Wheaton, IL 630-665-5000 www.spray.com

Conical Screw Blender
The Saturn conical screw blender is used for mixing and blending powders and can be supplied in carbon steel, varying grades of stainless steel, and other exotic alloys. Sizes are available from 2 to 2650 cu ft. The blender has a tapered screw as standard construction that is more efficient than a straight screw. This design reduces the total overall height, decreases the blending time, and improves mixer efficiency.
Jaygo Inc., Union, NJ 908-688-3600 www.jaygoinc.com

Simultaneous Batching System
This system simultaneously processes up to 20 batches per hour, each with up to 24 components. It is engineered for recipe sizes of 10 to 200 lb each and maintains ingredient accuracy of +0.02 lb per ingredient with the use of screw (spiral-type) feeders. Systems engineered to handle high ingredient volumes or very large batches can be specified for automatic valve release. The transfer conveyor can be scaled for gain in weight, (which provides slightly higher accuracy) or loss in weight (which is faster). The batching systems are customized to the application and can be engineered to incorporate existing powder-handling devices.
Ingredient Masters, Cincinnati, OH 513-231-7432 www.ingredientmasters.com

Chemical-Analysis Software Program Upgrades
MediaPIK Version 2.1 is a chemical analysis software program created to assist customers in identifying the appropriate type and quantity of media needed for an application. The improved version replaces the recently expired 2.0 version. The updated version offers step-by-step methods and provides comprehensive information about gases present in various applications, estimates media consumption for applications, converts airflows and concentrations, and prints a report of the user’s session.
Purafil Inc., Doraville, GA 800-222-6367 770-263-6922 www.purafil.com

Rotary Encoder Collars
These rotary encoder collars can be mounted on virtually any shaft to provide speed-sensing capability from their OD or face. They mount directly onto any shaft and feature corner-mounted steel targets that allow speed sensing from the OD or face using a variable reluctance sensor. Made of anodized aluminum, these fully split two-piece designs come in 11 standard sizes from ½ in. ID × 2 in. OD up to 3 in. ID × 4½ in. OD, and 12, 20, or 24 steel targets. Unaffected by oils and coolants, the collars are suited for a wide range of new and retrofit applications.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp., North Reading, MA 800-695-5551 www.staffordmfg.com

Automatic Tablet Inspection Systems
The Proditec Visitab 2 automatic vision inspection/sorting system provides fast and accurate checking for visual defects on all types and shapes of tablets. It can inspect tablets for irregularities on all faces using a six-camera system to provide a 360° view of each tablet. It accurately inspects and sorts tablets at more than 200,000 per hour. The Inspectab 100 provides the same level of accuracy as the Visitab 2 in a smaller, more cost-effective model. Ideal for small to medium-sized batches, it can process up to 100,000 tablets/hr. Both units feature a versatile feeding and line-up system that adapts to all shapes and sizes of tablets without special tooling. A balcony design allows for easy cleaning and maintenance.
L. B. Bohle LLC, Warminster, PA 215-957-1240 www.lbbohle.com

Direct-Injection Humidifiers
HygroMatik direct-injection humidifiers solve humidification problems by injecting dry saturated steam into an air-duct system with no condensate carryover. As condensation flows downward through the separating chamber, dry steam flows upward through the separator and is precisely regulated by the control valve. Upon leaving the control valve, dry steam is then dispersed through the orifices of the steam jacketed manifold (or manifolds) within the duct. Constructed with a stainless-steel manifold and separator, the humidifiers are lightweight and compact for easy installation. The manifolds are available between 6 in. and 13 ft in length. Installers have a choice of either a modulating pneumatic or electric actuator to meet their design specification needs.  
Spirax Sarco Inc., Blythewood, SC 803-714-2072 www.spirax.com

Powered Stacker
The versatile, fully powered PowerStak counterbalance stacker works with any style pallet or skid and is ideal for servicing racks, loading/unloading trucks, feeding machinery, and other applications in which straddle legs can get in the way. With a load capacity of 1100 lb, a load center of 15 in., and a lift height of 62 in., the unit has a short yet stable wheelbase to maximize maneuverability in tight quarters on uneven floors and ramps. The tilt of the mast is adjustable. Overall height is 82 in., and overall width is 32 in. The forks are 3 in. wide and 30 in. long.
Presto Lifts Inc., Attleboro, MA 800-343-9322 www.prestolifts.com

Load Cells
This complete family of industrial load cells features 20 models covering ranges from 5 to 1 million lb. These units are ideal for a variety of applications and are available in all standard industry configurations including pancake, rod-end, miniature, through-hole, load pin, beam, and canister designs. Featuring fully welded stainless-steel or high-strength alloy construction, all units employ strain-gauge technology and are shock and vibration resistant. Output options include mV/V, amplified, analog, or digital, with CANbus functionality also available.
Stellar Technology Inc., Amherst, NY 716-250-1900 www.stellartech.com

Drum-Filling Station
This single drum-filling station can be custom built to meet specific customer requirements with respect to contents, packaging, and communications, and fills up to 60 55-gal drums per hour. It features a leakproof, hydrostatically balanced filling valve, an intrinsically safe pneumatic linear drive, and quick-disconnect lance assembly, with the operator prompted through each step in the filling process. Providing legal-for-trade weighing, the station is equipped with a programmable indicator/controller with up to 10 different screens that can be programmed to change with each fill process. Each station integrates easily into existing networks, and the controller communicates with printers, PCs, scanners, and other peripherals.
Alliance Scale Inc., Canton, MA 800-343-6802 www.alliancescale.com

Powders and Bulk Solids Behavior, Characterization, Storage, and Flow
The book concentrates on powder flow properties, their measurement, and applications. These topics are explained starting from the interactions between individual particles up to the design of silos. A wide range of problems are discussed, such as flow obstructions, segregation, and vibrations. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the powder flow and to show practical solutions. In the first part, the fundamentals of bulk solids flow are outlined: particle-particle interactions, stress, friction, strength, density, flow properties, and methods of measurement; shear testers and other test procedures; and specific properties of powders and how they are influenced by moisture, temperature, and flow agents. The second part deals with the application of the flow properties in the design of properly working bulk solid containers such as bins, silos, and hoppers. Other topics include the technical design of silo walls, feeders, discharge aids, inserts, the assessment of stresses in silos, segregation and how to avoid it, and vibrations or shocks occurring in silos. This book was written for professionals handling or producing powders in the following industries: chemical or pharmaceutical, building materials, automotive, power plants, agriculture, waste management, and recycling. It is also written for scientists in these fields.
Springer, New York City, NY www.springer.com

Circular Chart Recorder
The microprocessor-based CT6100-series circular chart recorders combine the simplicity and clarity of pen drawing with the versatility of microprocessor control, while providing a high level of accuracy and stability. The recorder is user configurable via a handy front-panel keypad and has a menu-driven interface for rapid configuration and calibration. The backlit LCD is large-character and alphanumeric, and has simultaneous digital display of process variable for each channel. Each channel is compatible with all industry-standard sensors and signals. The gasket-lockable door protects internal components from harsh industrial environments and offers protection-rated NEMA 12 (IP55). These compliant recorders are backed with a one-year warranty and come complete with one package of chart paper, a pen, and a complete operator’s manual.
Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, CT 203-359-1660 www.omega.com

Kirk-Othmer Food and Feed Technology
This two-volume set includes more than 60 articles on technologies of production and processing of human foods and beverages, including bakery products, meats, dairy products, wheat and other cereal grains, coffee, tea, wine, and beer, as well as animal feed. The articles discuss principles, processes, equipment, and related subjects such as food packaging and regulatory issues. Based on the company’s renowned Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, this compact reference book features the same breadth, quality of coverage, and clarity of presentation found in the original. It is hardcover, 1760 pages.
Wiley, Hoboken, NJ 201-748-6000 www.wiley.com

Impeller Packers
Technipes Tecno 350 impeller packers are designed for filling valve bags with mortars, grouts, cement, gypsum, and similar products. Standard features include a sophisticated load cell–based weighing system for accurate bag weights and a Hardox steel impeller housing liner allowing for use with even abrasive products. Full automation with an extremely compact footprint is achieved when optioned with a transfer automated bag placer. Suited for bags ranging from 20 to 110 lb, single- to four-spout configurations are available for capacities ranging up to 1600 bags/hr.
Cordano Packaging Engineers LLC, Cumming, GA 678-947-0314 www.cordanopackaging.com

Flexible Insulated Hose
Flex-Vest flexible insulated hose operates over a wide temperature range to keep extreme temperatures inside, whether hot or cold, for a variety of applications. It features 1-in. fiberglass insulation with an R-value of 4, which is sandwiched between a double-ply, silicone-coated, fiberglass fabric inside layer, reinforced with a spring-steel wire helix, and an outer layer of single-ply neoprene-coated polyester fabric hose, also reinforced with a spring-steel wire helix. Keeping extreme temperatures inside with minimal loss, this flexible hose operates from –65° to 550°F. It is suited for air-handling applications at low positive or negative pressures and conforms to UL-94. It is offered in 1- to 6-in. ID standard sizes and 12-ft lengths with custom to 8-in. ID and 25 ft long.
Flexaust, Warsaw, IN 800-343-0428 www.flexaust.com

Ribbon Blenders
B-Blenders are now available at lower prices as a result of additional manufacturing plants, higher volume production, and a design change. Previously, standard blenders were designed to mix materials up to 64 lb/cu ft. The new B designs blend materials up to 32 lb/cu ft. Blenders are kept in stock for immediate shipment in the following sizes: 10-, 18-, and 36-cu-ft working capacity. The blenders are constructed in stainless steel and polished to a smooth 80-grit finish on the exterior and interior surfaces. Standard manually operated knife-gate valves located in the bottom center of the trough are included.
Charles Ross and Son Co., Hauppauge, NY 800-243-7677 www.mixers.com

Static-Control Equipment
Booth 2645 – This company offers static-control equipment for hazardous environments. Static electricity is a dangerous problem in any production or processing facility where there may be flammable vapor, gas, or combustible airborne powder or dust present. Special precautions are required to prevent static accumulation and discharge on plant equipment, materials, and personnel.
Newson Gale Inc., Lakewood, NJ 732-987-7715 www.newson-gale.com

Sintered Mesh Laminate
This new filtration media offers up to 50% increased permeability versus traditional mesh laminates. As a result, pressure differentials are reduced. Hyperflo Porostar is durable and rigid and can be custom fabricated for applications requiring micron ratings of 40 and larger. The stainless-steel construction provides extended filtration media life, with simple cleanup.
W.S. Tyler, Mentor, OH 800-321-6188 www.wstyler.com

Particle Analyzers
Booth 2415 – This company offers Insitec and Parsum particle characterization systems for real-time process measurement, as well as the Mastersizer 2000 laser-diffraction particle-size analyzer and the Morphologi G3 automated particle characterization system, which provides statistically significant particle size and shape information.
Malvern Instruments Inc., Westborough, MA 508-768-6400 www.malvern.com