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February 16, 2010

82416.tifMiniature Turbine Vibrator
Although compact in size with a 2¼-in. base, the CVT-P-22 mini turbine vibrator delivers twice the force outputs of other miniature models above 50 psi. Constructed with an acetal plastic and stainless-steel exterior parts with laser etching, the CVT-P-22 is ideal for cleanroom environments and is FDA and USDA complaint for food applications. The unit features permanently lubricated bearings, and operates from 10 to 100 psi. At 80 psi, the product generates 18,000 vibrations per minute with a force output of 55.2 pounds of force and air consumption at 2 cu ft/min. The product has a two-bolt body style and is easily controlled with a simple hand valve or two-way solenoid valve and a regulator. Cleveland Vibrator Co.,  Cleveland, OH 800-221-3298  www.clevelandvibrator.com

82422.tifHigh-Energy Air Classifier
The Acucut ultrafine air classifier is a forced vortex classifier designed to disperse and then classify powders into coarse and fine fractions at very fine cut points. In response to customer demand for finer cut points and improved operation, several new features have been incorporated into the unit. The Acucut Model NGA-12 now includes the following: classifier speeds have been increased to as high as 8000 rpm, a 33% increase, to produce finer cut points; a high-efficiency cyclone collector for improved collection efficiency; and a dust collector with pleated filter elements for collecting ultrafine particles that by-pass the cyclone. The dust collector is available with removable collection canister or manual valve and collection canister. Other features include: updated PLC-based controls with Operator Interface Terminal and static graphical display and new ergonomic design for easier accessibility and clean-ability. Micron Powder Systems, Summit, NJ 908-273-6360 www.hmicronpowder.com

82424.tifMultifunctional Classifier
The DC Classifier is a multifunctional unit designed to dry, cool, and classify all in one machine. Developed specifically for the plastics industry, it is ideal for any dry application requiring one, two, or all three of its intended functions: drying, cooling, and classifying. The unit utilizes either positive or negative air flow to draw moisture and heat away from the particulates to dry or cool the material. The material continues through the machine to the classification stages where oversize and fine particles can be removed. It was designed with modular decks for easy removal for cleaning in-between process changes when more than one material type or color is processed in the same machine. Sweco, Florence, KY 859-371-4360 www.sweco.com

82420.tifContinuous Blender
The HST continuous blender is ideal for mixing slurries or powders. The high-intensity, low-retention time provides excellent results when mixing small amounts of liquids with a dry powder or in a de-agglomeration application. ASME jackets, grinding bars, and food-grade finishes are a few of the options that make the unit a versatile machine. Scott Equipment Co., New Prague, MN 952-758-0440 www.scottequipment.com

82555.tifRotary Screw Compressors
Available in flows from 424-1024 cfm and pressures to 217 psig, DSD direct-drive series rotary screw compressors are designed for efficiency, reliability, and minimal maintenance. These state-of-the-art units feature the optimized Sigma profile airend, patent-pending Sigma control system, and the latest one-to-one direct-drive technology. DSD units are true direct-drive compressors with an oversized airend connected directly to the motor via a maintenance-free coupling for maximum efficiency. Remote grease fittings for the drive and fan motor also increase bearing life, adding to longevity and durability. Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873 www.kaeser.com/sigma

82425.tifCompact Sifter
The high-capacity, compact FlexSift S10 is easily vertically integrated into processes and overcomes many of the typical problematic product flow bottlenecks associated with traditional sifting technologies. The S10 security screens, de-lumps, and discharges all without the need for feeder equipment, allowing for higher capacities and better product flow than large conventional sifters. It is safe and simple to disassemble, and has a minimal number of parts, enabling easier cleanup, quicker screen maintenance, and minimal down-time. The S10’s compact, light, and vibration-free design enables it to be readily coupled with most bulk bag unloaders and mixer dischargers, making space and support frame requirements minor in comparison to conventional sifters. The vibration-free design equates to low noise, less power, minimal maintenance, and virtually eliminates the unwanted size reduction and agglomeration that is typical with traditional sifters. Quadro Engineering Corp., Waterloo, ON Canada 519-884-9660 www.quadro.com

82418.tifBox-Container Dumper
The Tip-Tite box-container dumper forms a dust-tight seal between the container and the equipment, tips the container, and discharges bulk material through a chute at controlled rates. It accommodates Gaylords and other boxes, including truncated corner boxes, from 36 to 48 in. on a side and 39 to 44 in. overall height. The container platform is raised by a single hydraulic cylinder, creating a dust-tight seal between the top edge of a box (or rim of a drum) and the underside of the containment hood. Twin hydraulic cylinders then pivot the platform-hood assembly, with container intact, to 45, 60, or 90 ° beyond horizontal, including a motion-dampening feature at the termination of container rotation. Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA  888-353-9426 www.flexicon.com

82417.tifCompact Open-Mouth Gross Weigh Gravity Filler
The 4300 compact open-mouth gross weigh gravity filler provides fast, accurate filling of open-mouth bags with free-flowing granular products such as seeds, grains, dry sand, rock salt, and plastic pellets. Design features include: pneumatic flow control gate; pneumatic bag clamps; electronic load cell weighing; bulk and dribble feed; display in lb and kg; auto tare, bag hold switch, auto hold for underweight bags; calibration routine; bag-in-place switch; bag clamp auto start switch; and dust pickup port. Filling rates of 10–14 bags per minute with accuracies of ± 2/10 of a pound can be achieved depending upon product characteristics with bag weight ranges of 20–110 lb. Chantland-MHS, Humboldt, IA  515-332-4045  www.chantland.com

82423.tifDrawer Magnets
HF drawer magnets have been designed to handle a wide range of separation tasks in gravity conveying systems. To fit them for specific installations, they can be supplied with top and bottom spouting adapters for square, rectangular, or round spouting. They can be configured with two or more trays arranged so that the magnetic cartridges are staggered to increase contact with the product flow. Material moves in a zigzag pattern from one cartridge tray to the next for thorough cleaning. They are also available in utility, powder, food, and sanitary construction grades with three types of magnetic cartridges, three cleaning options, and stainless-steel construction. Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS 800-835-2526 www.buntingmagnetics.com

82419.tifHigh-Volume Crusher
The Delumper 1075 LP crusher reduces hard or soft, heat-sensitive, sticky, or wet agglomerates and lumps at high volume without degrading the material or causing rise in temperature. The unit’s low-friction cutting action is excellent for large quantities of sludge cake, agglomerated chemicals, plastics, fats, waxes, or solid waste. The unit employs extended cutting teeth that rotate completely through a heavy bar cage, self-clearing the slots with each rotation. Each tooth is built for precise balance, interchange ability, and smooth operation. Output sizes are adjustable by changing the speed or the comb. The size of the material handled could be as large as the throat opening. Franklin Miller Inc., Livingston, NJ 800-932-0599 www.franklinmiller.com

 

82554.tifElevating Fall Protection Platforms
G-Raff elevating platforms give operators safe access and fall protection while working on the tops of tank or bulk trucks, tank cars, sea containers, and hopper cars. Also offered are portable platforms, access equipment, stationary platforms, and horizontal lifeline systems. Green Access & Fall Protection, Sheffield Village, OH 440-934-2180 www.green-mfg.com

 

82421.tifFIBC Filling Unit with Weighing System
This high-output filling system offers patented technology including a horizontal pivoting and rotating bag fill carriage for rapid and ergonomic operator connection of bulk bags. After bag connection, the bulk bag is automatically inflated, filled by weight to a programmed set point, and densified. Once the fill cycle is complete, the bag inlet spout and straps release, the fill head raises, and the filled bag is automatically indexed out of the filling station. Allen-Bradley PLC controls with a color PanelView operator interface provide easy access to system status, recipes, and operational parameters. Systems are custom designed for application requirements. Material Transfer & Storage Inc.,  Allegan, MI 800-836-7068 www.materialtransfer.com