Technology Review 1307

May 7, 2010

12 Min Read
Technology Review

90266.tifSieve Tower Analyzer
Booth 1356 - The laboratory/pilot sieve tower tests both wet and dry material. It is fully adjustable to a variety of sieve frames to support a wide range of product samples for  ceramic, food, pharmaceutical, powder metal, powder paint, ceramic powder, solder powder, and other applications. Heavy-duty dual-drive controls ensure effective throughout for up to eight full-frame sieves or 16 half-frame sieves with mesh sizes as small as 20 µm (635 mesh). The unit’s rugged dual-drive design allows for quick sieve analysis of materials. Adjustable, concentric dual outboard rotary electric drives, coupled with variable speed control, allows for complete control settings. Sieve frames of 8, 12, or 17 in. are available. Cleveland Vibrator Co.,  Cleveland, OH  216-241-7157


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Fabric Filters for  Downdraft Tables
The singed-surface 16-oz scrim-supported felt used in the production of these filters captures even the finest dust, down to 1 µm, prevents blinding, and promotes self-cleaning. No shaker or paddle is necessary to clean the filter and keep it performing at peak level. Standard- and custom-sized filters are available for OEM downdraft tables and systems converted from cartridges. Popular OEM sizes are in stock and available for same day shipment.  American Fabric Filter Co.,  Wesley Chapel, FL  800-367-3591

89964.tifElectrically Heated Oven
No. 945 is an electrically heated 500°F universal oven that is currently used for various curing tasks at a customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions are 54 in. wide × 36 in. and deep × 36 in. high. To heat the load, 6.6 KW are installed in Nichrome wire heating elements, while a 600-cfm, ½-hp recirculating blower  provides horizontal front to rear airflow. The unit has 4-in. insulated walls, an aluminized steel exterior, and Type 430 stainless-steel interior. It is also equipped with an integral leg stand with casters and leveling pads.  The Grieve Corp., Round Lake, IL 847-546-8225


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irectional Pigs for  Pipeline Cleaning
Several new sizes of bi-directional pigs have been added for the cleaning of sanitary tube process pipelines. Constructed of FDA-approved, medical grade silicone, these durable pigs can be used with pipelines of 1-, 1½-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-in. schedule 10 pipe. They achieve product recovery rates of +99% and, being flexible, can negotiate 90°, 1½-in.-diam elbows. They can be steam cleaned to over 120º C between batches without degradation. PPS pigs are ideal for a diverse range of industries including the manufacturing of health and beauty aids, food manufacturing, beverage processing, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and more.   Process Pigging Systems LLC, Cincinnati, OH 513-731-6005

Fuu32b3_89955.jpgll-View Bottle Inspection System
This new 360° full view bottle inspection system utilizes four cameras to produce a seamless complete image of the bottle being inspected. The new system can inspect full or empty bottles of plastic or glass, in various colors and sizes up to 1.5 L at line speeds of up to 400 bottles/min. The system has an aluminum enclosure around a conveyor and features a user-friendly touchscreen operator interface mounted onto a side panel. As a bottle passes through the enclosure at any orientation, it triggers four cameras to capture images of the bottle simultaneously. The analysis software performs the routines that calculate the bottle’s coordinates and determine whether the correct label has been placed in the proper position on the bottle. If for any reason a bottle fails inspection, it is tracked and diverted through a soft reject mechanism. Mettler Toledo, Aurora, IL  800-447-4439


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harmaceutical Metal Detector
The Insight PH is offered with  advanced plug and play architecture featuring an array of new communications options—USB, SCADA, Wireless, and Standard Ethernet—designed to meet the requirements of both systems integrator and end user. The system occupies the smallest machine footprint in its class, now featuring a newly designed, compact integrated digital head with advanced Optix detector management software. A higher level of sensitivity to all types of metal comes as standard along with improved stability to vibration and complex product signals. Each machine will be delivered with an all new, user-friendly HMI. Insight’s keypad as standard incorporates DDS (Direct Digital Signal) viewer, a performance enhancement software that is only available with Lock detectors. Lock Inspection Systems Ltd, Oldham, Lancashire, UK +44 (0) 161 624 0333

Pu32c5_89956.jpgneumatic Scissor Lift Table
This scissor lift table tilts and rotates, which improves the ergonomic conditions for workers. The tilt is limited to an angle of 10°, maximizing control during the process. The manual rotate turns 360° and the air brake allows it to be securely locked in any position for ease of processing and operator safety. Manually rotating the 42 × 64 in. platform is effortless due to the high-grade bearing used within the lift system. Push and pull forces are as low as 5 lb. Rotation can be performed in both directions, providing maximum flexibility. The lift system has a 4000-lb capacity, with a full raised height of 32 in. All controls are located on one remote pedestal.  Herkules Equipment Corp.,  Walled Lake, MI 800-444-4351


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Heavy-Duty Vacuum Cleaner
The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is a rugged, industrial-duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry materials in less time than ordinary vacs. The wear-resistant design is suitable for the cleanup of abrasive materials like steel shot, garnet, metal chips, and sand, yet can be used for general purpose applications. The unit is compressed air-powered and attaches to the user-supplied 55-gal open-top drum. It is extremely quiet at 77 dBa (half the noise of electric vacs), making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. Surrounding air is kept clean by the 0.1-µm  filter bag that traps particles when vacuuming dusty materials. There are no motors and impellers to clog or wear out. It is covered by a five-year warranty. Exair Corp., Cincinnati, OH 800-903-9247

u3613_89962.jpgData Logger
The HygroLog HL-NT data logger with HygroClip2 sensors and the AirChip3000 is a powerful system when there are many different physical parameters to record. The logger also meets all requirements for FDA, CFR Part 11, and GAMP compliance. It can be used for applications where long-term recording of humidity and temperature values is critical. The data logger is ideal for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Although it deals with complex measurements, it provides simple operation, accuracy, and guaranteed long-term stability. Rotronic Instrument Corp., Hauppauge, NY  631- 546-9227


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oor-Level Palletizer
The FL2000 floor-level palletizer includes on-machine I/O electrical components, providing a clean design and faster installation. Strategically placed interlocked doors with Lexan (or optional mesh) panels allow for easy viewing and access to all interior components, making maintenance work quick and effortless. Proven pattern forming technology is created with the inclusion of a VFD controlled electric row pusher drive and centering side retainers with smart squeeze. Smoother and faster cycle rates are achieved with the addition of VFDs on the stripper plate and layer hoist. Category 3-rated electrical components are now standard on all palletizers, including A-B SensaGuard dual-circuit safety interlocks and Sick type 4 light curtains. A moveable infeed “tunnel” provides additional operator protection and still allows for easy access to the infeed side of the FL 2000. Columbia Machine Inc.,  Vancouver, WA 800-628-4065

IBu32d7_89958.jpgC Discharge Assembly
Designed for collapsible, plastic IBCs, this 3-in. discharge assembly consists of a 3-in. gland with membrane, a plug, a membrane cutter, and a fitment adaptor. The membrane cutter is stored inside the fitment for easy access. The 3-in. fitment can be sealed onto any CDF form-fit liner. The fitment adaptor is attached to the 3-in. fitment and clipped into the dispense opening. Once the membrane is cut, the product is ready for dispense. The clips on the discharge assembly allow the fitment to be attached directly onto the bin, resulting in a secure and sturdy dispense. Standard 3-in. fitments have no way of attaching onto a bin, resulting in poor dispense fitment location, which causes difficulty during product dispense. CDF Corp., Plymouth, MA  800-443-1920


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Particulate Monitors for Dryers
This particulate monitor is designed for chemical spray dryers and pharmaceutical powder fluid bed dryers. Moisture present in a drying process will not affect operation, nor will the buildup of wet powders. The company’s proprietary combination of induction technology and a protected-probe also provides low-level measurement capabilities (0.01 mg/cu m), which is important in the pharmaceutical industry to prevent the loss of valuable powders from filtration systems. Outputs include 4–20mA, Modbus, and Ethernet.  FilterSense, Beverly, MA 978-927-4304

u3630_89960.jpgMagnetic Screens
Sifter Parts & Service supplies both magnetic stainless-steel screens and nylon mesh screens and has increased its inventory of the most popular sizes of replacement screens. Screens are manufactured in a wide range of mesh sizes using Type 430 stainless steel, which is magnetic as well as metal detectable. Sifter Parts & Service Inc.,  Wesley Chapel, FL 800-367-3591


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ow-Level Palletizer with Extended Accumulation Table
The Model 72AE palletizer combines the economy and accessibility of a floor-level palletizer with the speeds typically associated with high-level machines. This design incorporates an extended accumulation table that allows continuous layer forming during completed layer transfer and stacking, thereby achieving increased volume of up to 35 units/min. Energy-efficient electric motors provide smooth, whisper-quiet operation, and all layer patterns and pallet configurations are programmed for easy startup and control. The unit can palletize cases, trays, bags, or totes. Changeover is automatic: simply choose the next product configuration at the operator touchscreen panel.  A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., Tarpon Springs, FL 800-237-5975

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Booth 2207 – The screw technology of the ZS screw blower is 30% more energy-efficient than lobe technology. Industries and applications such as wastewater treatment, pneumatic conveying, power generation, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pulp and paper, textiles, cement, and general manufacturing, will benefit from energy savings through replacing the conventional lobe with the leading screw technology. The ZS screw blower will replace the company’s entire range of rotary lobe blowers. Atlas Copco, Rock Hill, SC 866-546-3588


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entrifugal Sifter
Booth 2312 - The Kek centrifugal sifter provides high-speed and efficient processing of powders, granules, and slurries. Featuring a fully cantilevered shaft, the unit benefits from easy access and rapid screen changes, in most cases under 30 seconds. This design facilitates easy cleaning and provides excellent hygiene. It also features virtually tool-free maintenance, resulting in maximum output and uptime. It is available for gravity and full in-line pneumatic conveying applications with output ranges from a few lb/hr to more than 100,000 lb/hr. The sifter provides size classification for a variety of applications including: de-agglomeration, bulk conditioning, classification, scalping, in-line sifting, policing raw material, de-dusting, de-watering, and reclaiming damaged product. It is compact, dust tight, vibration free, and virtually silent. Kemutec, Bristol, PA 215-788-8013

Tu294f_89931.jpgwo Compressors in One Cabinet
Booth 2219 - The HSD compressor features two independently operating compressors in a single enclosure. These new packages are available from 500–650 hp, and deliver flows from 1632–3002 cfm and pressures from 100–217 psig. Each HSD incorporates two individual compressor units including a motor, Sigma Profile airend, separator aftercooler, draintrap, and filtration. Because each module is a complete compressor – not just two airends stacked together – the HSD provides maximum part-load efficiency, built-in redundancy, and reduced installation costs. The compressor units are started one after another to reduce inrush current and protect against network overload. Both compressor units have dedicated Sigma Controls connected via Profibus for energy efficient sequencing and fully automatic monitoring of critical operating and maintenance indicators. Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873


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Bulk Bag Material Conditioner
Booth 3917 – This new patent-pending system utilizes hydraulically actuated pivoting conditioning arms and a rotary lift table to safely and efficiently return solidified materials to a free-flowing state. The system’s pivoting conditioning frames penetrate deeply into the material for more effective results than other designs, while the lift table rotates and positions the bulk bag for complete material conditioning. The unit features a compact footprint and machine guarding for operator safety.  Material Transfer & Storage, Allegan, MI 800-836-7068

u2e1c_89932.jpgConical Vacuum Dryer-Mixer
Booth 2339 - The BS-miniDRY is a kilo-lab-sized conical vacuum dryer-mixer for the smallest product amounts (150 to 1500 ml). During research and development, when only a few grams of a new substance are available, the equipment that was available to R&D centers was too big for these very small product amounts and reliable attempts or simulations of drying and mixing could not be properly carried out. This machine matches the special requirements in the lab with regard to the software program data recording, measurement points, outfit, and use, and offers modular design, maximum flexibility, and mobility. Applications can be carried out on drying processes under vacuum and other procedures such as mixing and  homogenizing, degassing, moistening, and so forth.  Heinkel USA, Swedesboro, NJ  856-467-3399

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