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Poured-in-Place Gaskets
An updated line of Absolute HEPA and ULPA filters now includes a “poured-in-place” gasket that ensures leak-free performance. Available on all of the company’s gasket-seal Absolute filters, the gasket’s sealing method is uniform in depth and encompasses the entire filter sealing surface, eliminating gasket junctures, blemishes, and other corner leaks that occur with conventional high-efficiency filters. A leak path smaller than a pinhead can allow thousands of contaminated particles per minute to bypass the filter, compromising critical environments such as operating suites, clean manufacturing processes, and clean spaces. The poured-in-place gasket technology eliminates these leak paths, ensuring that efficiency is maintained at 99.97% on 0.3-µm particles (HEPA filters) or at 99.99997% on .012-µm particles (ULPA filters). The gasketing is made of polyurethane and is compatible with virtually all types of systems.
Camfil Farr, Riverdale, NJ 866-422-6345 www.camfilfarr.com

Dewatering and Drying
Bulk solids have traditionally been dewatered and dried with two separate machines. The J-Vap system combines a filter press and drying technology in one unit. A combination of hot water and vacuum is applied in the filter press after the dewatering portion of the cycle is complete. The product is subjected to a gentle low-temperature drying process that does not alter crystalline structures and produces more than 95% dry solids. The results typically improve product quality and increase productivity. Laboratory and on-site testing is available.
Siemens Water Technologies, Holland, MI 800-245-3006 www.siemens.com/water

Gain-in-Weight Filling Station
This gain-in-weight filling station can be used for various containers and different powders, pellets, or granules with accuracies within ½% over setpoint. The system is based on the AF-14 resonant vibratory drive and a V-shaped tray. The scale, feeder, and hopper are mounted on a robust, electropolished frame with heavy-duty casters. The controls include a Hardy Instruments 3010 placed in front of the filler for easy setting. Filling is actuated by a foot pedal and automatically terminated once the desired weight is dispensed. The hopper can be removed via quick-connect clamps, and the entire unit can be moved throughout the plant, reducing waste and increasing productivity. Applications include foods, packaging, and pharmaceutical.
Arbo Engineering, Toronto, ON, Canada 800-689-2726 www.arbo-feeders.com

Orifice Gate
The patent-pending Vortex Quantum Series orifice gate is ideal for dust collection applications. It can be applied to shut off the flow of fine- to coarse-grained dust particles up to 15 psig (1 bar), depending on size and modifications. Common applications include dust from metal, flour, plastic, or wood shavings and sawdust on a bag house or storage hopper discharge. The gate utilizes precision laser cutting and steel bending technology and features an all-stainless-steel weather-resistant design with excellent sealing performance, high durability, easy in-line maintenance, and few parts.
Salina Vortex Corp., Salina, KS 888-829-7821 www.vortexvalves.com

Flexible Wear-Resistant Pipe System
Simple and quick to install, the Kalflex flexible and wear-resistant pipe system can be easily integrated into existing pipe systems using normal flanging and coupling connections. It works well in pneumatic conveying equipment and can also be used as a simple replacement stock item for a number of different angle pieces. These piping components are particularly useful in retrofitting systems with odd or indeterminate angles or dimensions, especially in hard-to-reach places. Only approximate measurements are needed.
Abresist Corp., Urbana, IN 800-348-0717 www.abresist.com

Venturi Vacuum Pumps
Air-Miser MSP-AM series multistage air-driven vacuum pumps need only 45-psi air pressure but provide the same holding capacity as conventional pumps requiring 80 to 100 psi. They are offered in five sizes from 0.06 to 0.64 SCFM at 24 in.Hg and operate at 45 psi (3.1 bar) air pressure, about half that of conventional Venturi-style pumps. Well-suited for a variety of automation applications, these compact, lightweight pumps are made of anodized aluminum, have brass nozzles, and can be supplied with a wide range of options to meet specific application requirements. Safer and quieter than conventional Venturi-style pumps, they provide a 100% duty cycle and equal the performance of much larger pumps.
Anver Corp., Hudson, MA 800-654-3500 www.anver.com

Flexible Screw Weigh Batching System
This weigh batching system for mezzanines and other low-headroom areas uses low-profile flexible screw conveyors configured with motor drives at the inlet end of the conveyor, reducing height and width
requirements at the discharge end. The automated system has eight low-profile conveyors fed by roof-mounted storage vessels, with each group of four conveyors feeding either of two gain-in-weight hoppers that gravity discharge through the mezzanine floor to a ribbon blender on the plant floor. A system controller starts and stops each conveyor to weigh ingredients in sequence, then opens the slide gate valve to discharge the batch.
Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA 888-353-9426 www.flexicon.com

Test Sieve Shaker
The Ro-Tap E test sieve shaker produces accurate, consistent results and features precise digital controls, quick-release hold-downs, and a see-through cover. Options include automatic controlled amplitude and fine and coarse analysis settings. The unit is virtually maintenance-free, offers quiet operation, and can be operated directly on a laboratory countertop.
W.S. Tyler, Mentor, OH 800-321-6188 www.wstyler.com

Air Filter
Available in three ASHRAE efficiencies (MERV 11, 13, and 14), the Riga-V air filter offers greater dust holding capacity and lower pressure drop than comparable filters. High-lofted synthetic media in a proprietary V-pleat configuration optimize performance. Benefits include superior dust loading and airflow characteristics for longer service life and lower average energy costs. The frame components create a rigid media support system to ensure filtration performance under varying airflow conditions. The filter’s compact, efficient design also weighs up to 30% less than similar products for ease of handling and disposal. It comes in a variety of sizes in either box style or peripheral header configurations.
Camfil Farr, Riverdale, NJ 866-422-6345 www.camfilfarr.com

Agitator Hopper/Screw Conveyor
The agitator hopper’s design draws material away from the sides of the surge hopper and directs it through its center discharge, which eliminates material bridging or ratholing and results in a consistent material supply to a screw conveyor. The conveyor is designed to handle non-free-flowing materials and has controls that receive loss-in-weight information from the bulk bag discharger’s load cells. A variable-speed drive is used to change the screw conveyor’s feed rate from bulk to dribble to improve the batch accuracy prior to stopping the screw conveyor once the target batch weight has been discharged.
NBE Inc., Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-discharge.com

Weigh Belt Feeders
This complete line of high-capacity, heavy-duty weigh belt feeders features a design that results in high accuracy and stable calibration. These feeders are designed to survive harsh industrial environments and are capable of accurately measuring and controlling feed rates up to 3000 t/hr. Weighing is done through a patented low-deflection, non-wearing force-measurement suspension system weight-sensing scale. The weight transducer is located outside the feeder enclosure. This design makes the scale less susceptible to damage, is out of the way for cleaning, and is not prone to tar buildup because material cannot fall onto the scale. High accuracy is accomplished by using 100% of the scale’s capacity to weigh material. Dead weight of the weigh idler and belt is mass-counterbalanced, which provides
excellent resolution and a high signal-to-noise ratio.
Thayer Scale-Hyer Industries Inc., Pembroke, MA 781-826-8101 www.thayerscale.com

Handheld Mobile Terminal
The MARS-1030 series of compact handheld mobile terminals features a secure built-in wireless module that improves logistics operations. Operators can easily access real-time data from warehouse management systems, enabling them to immediately locate and identify stocks. Support for 1D/2D bar code protocols and RFID enables users to capture massive volumes of data, making improved efficiency and productivity in warehouse management a reality.
Advantech Corp., Irvine, CA 949-789-7178 www.advantech.com

Bulk Bag Unloader
This bulk bag unloader provides a clean and efficient way to discharge the entire contents of a bulk bag and is specifically designed for semi- to non-free-flowing powders. It offers aggressive massage paddles that massage the bag on four sides to ensure complete material discharge. Once discharged from the bag, the powders flow by gravity to a small floor-standing live bin hopper, which keeps the material moving into the convey line. The Unloader can also be completely cleaned out once the bulk bag is empty.
Vac-U-Max, Belleville, NJ 973-759-4600 www.vac-u-max.com

Chemical Dry Pumps
CPH compact chemical dry pumps are ideal for use in chemical and pharmaceutical applications. Fully ATEX compliant, they can be used to pump a wide range of flammable vapors. There are two new pumps in the range: the CPH250 chemical dry pump, which has a 250-m3/hr throughput, and the CPH400 chemical dry pump, which has a 400-m3/hr capacity. Both offer high pumping speeds from atmospheric pressure down to an ultimate pressure of less than 0.5 mbar. They are also available as preengineered pump and booster combinations with the EH range of mechanical boosters, providing a compact package with pumping speeds up to 2700 m3/hr and a low ultimate pressure that is well suited to applications such as solvent drying.
BOC Edwards, Wilmington, MA 800-848-9800 www.bocedwards.com

RC cyclones separate out hot, cold, moist, and large particles before they can plug or damage filter receivers. They are designed to serve as primary receivers in dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems in which conventional filter receivers would be plugged or overburdened by large airborne solids conveyed at extreme temperatures or with high a moisture content. The cyclones operate without any filter media to clean or replace and can handle moist material from ovens or coolers in high volumes. Involute inlets run 180° around the cyclone circumference to maximize cyclonic separation.
Airlanco, Falls City, NE 800-500-9777 www.airlanco.com

X-Ray Inspection System
The CaseChek is a powerful x-ray inspection system that detects multiple contaminants in large conveyorized cartons, cases, and loose products. Its user-friendly interface provides ease of operator training. Through the use of a 15-in. full-color touch-screen display, it provides real automatic setup software without the need for a keyboard. The system offers on-board diagnostics and a modular design for easy repair and is supported by a complete spare-parts inventory. It uses a low-energy technology that provides optimal sensitivity for detecting and automatically rejecting a variety of contaminants.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus

Dilute-Phase Vacuum Systems
Dilute-phase vacuum conveying systems continuously move small particles such as powders, granules, and pellets through the convey line using vacuum generated by a positive-flow pump. The versatile system conveys material at low-to-moderate capacities and over medium distances for maximum flexibility. Product enters the convey line directly or via a Cyclonaire rotary airlock feeder if metering is required. A positive-displacement vacuum pump conveys material through the pipeline to the destination. There, a Cyclonaire filter receiver filters the product, and automatic timers clean the filter media with pulse-jet reverse-flow air, dropping retained material back into the process. By using diverter valves, material from different feed points can be conveyed. The conveyed product is discharged from the receiving vessel either on a continuous basis or intermittently, depending on the application. Dilute-phase vacuum systems are suitable for batching ingredients and feeding to blenders, mixers, or other process equipment. The system can also provide a cost-effective solution for ensuring environmental quality and operator safety. Custom engineering is available.
Cyclonaire Corp., York, NE 888-593-6241, 402-362-2000 www.cyclonaire.com

Air-Demand Analysis Program
Air-demand analysis monitors and charts airflow, power consumption, and system pressures during normal operating hours over a period of 10 days. Available for systems large and small, this tool creates a complete picture of air requirements, including the relationship between peak and base load compressors and each compressor’s duty cycle. Armed with this data, trained specialists can easily identify areas for improvement and if necessary recommend equipment upgrades. Most equipment can be quickly and easily installed without interrupting daily plant operations, while the results can provide lasting advantages for long-term planning, energy savings, and increased productivity.
Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873 www.kaeser.com

Control Unit for Particulate Monitoring Systems
The Series DPM particulate monitor combines with the PMS particulate sensor to provide a basic baghouse and cartridge filter leak detector that is designed for general maintenance planning and process protection. Leakage is gauged in real-time on the spot, without prior baseline data and without signal tuning. An alarm point is set by simply moving an indicator up and down the gauge with a convenient lockable keypad. The digital readout in absolute units ensures correct interpretation of the readings and provides accurate historical comparisons. The DPM control unit is housed in a rugged cast-aluminum enclosure, while an LCD displays particulate levels in bar graph and digital forms.
Dwyer Instruments Inc., Michigan City, IN 800-872-9141 www.dwyer-inst.com

Gravity-Flow Metal Detector
Designed for high-volume dry processing applications, the GravityFlow metal detector is easy to operate and compact, with a high-speed reject system that minimizes product loss. Providing high sensitivity, the unit detects ferrous, nonferrous, and stainless-steel contaminants in powdered products. Constructed of stainless steel with a user-friendly, washdown-rated control panel, the detector enables simplified operation and maintains a stringent inspection standard. It also offers simple in-line testing and performance validation. Access and retrieval ports are supplied on the inlet and outlet pipes. Line personnel simply drop a standard test sample embedded with a metallic test ball into the product flow. Removable stainless-steel grids that are mounted on accept and reject ports allow the sample to be easily recovered. The detector automatically calls for performance checks when required and issues a test-overdue warning if the test is not promptly completed. Once the test is completed successfully, the detector reverts to normal operation.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus

Air-Vey magnets remove ferrous contaminants from products in dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems that operate at 15 psi or less. These units are used to ensure product purity and protect process equipment. The flow-through area of the housing is engineered to maintain the same product velocity with no appreciable drop in pressure. The magnets install easily in horizontal, vertical, or angled positions with compression-type couplings or weld in place.
Puritan Magnetics Inc., Oxford, MI 800-787-3624 www.puritanmagnetics.com

Metal Detector Trade-in Program
A metal detector trade-in program encourages users to upgrade their metal detectors to the company’s latest technology. Safeline accepts a user’s old metal detector in return for a credit toward the purchase of a new unit. If the old metal detector has an integral conveyor system, it may also be traded in for a credit toward a Safeline integral conveyor.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus

Bulk Bag Batching System
A bulk bag batching system offers simple operation by utilizing a dust-eliminating flexi-tube connector. A pinch valve located just above the connector allows the use of partial FIBCs midstream. A Helix flexible screw conveyor elevates the product up to 20 ft for discharge into the process and is controlled through a batch weigh system with load cells located at the base of the unit. In addition, difficult-to-move materials can be handled by using heavy-duty pneumatically actuated agitation paddles. A batch control system provides accuracy.
Hapman, Kalamazoo, MI 800-427-6260 www.ideasthatmove.com

Off-Line Bag Printing System
This system features the ZBM bag-feeding system from Bomers Technology B.V. with a large-format thermal transfer coding system. The integrated system produces a large print area while achieving high print quality. It is ideal for a wide range of applications such as foods packed in bulk bags as well as fertilizers, feed and grain, textiles, and chemicals in bulk bags. On-demand printing eliminates the need to purchase and inventory preprinted bags and eliminates the need to apply labels. The family of integrated bag-printing systems handles plastic, paper, and aluminum bags. It prints bar codes, logos, date and time, and batch information directly on the bags.
Norwood Marking Systems, Downers Grove, IL 800-626-3464 www.itw-norwood.com

Bulk Bag Conditioner and Unloader System
A new bulk bag conditioner and unloader system loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, allowing the material to discharge through a bag spout. The integral configuration of the conditioner eliminates the time, labor, and equipment needed for separate loading of bulk bags into a stand-alone conditioner. The design also consumes less floor space than two separate pieces of equipment and requires less material and labor to construct, reducing the initial cost. Two hydraulic rams with contoured end plates press opposing sides of bulk bags, which can be raised and lowered for conditioning at varying heights using an electric hoist. The hoist assembly includes a motorized trolley to allow loading and unloading of bulk bags without the need for a forklift.
Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA 888-353-9426 www.flexicon.com

Automated Bulk Bag Filling System
This automated bulk bag filling system increases productivity while maximizing the output of dense, stable filled bags. It is capable of filling 15 to 20 bags per hour with only one operator and a fork-truck driver. A weigh system and advanced PLC controls provide consistent bag-to-bag filled-weight accuracy that saves money by reducing overages.
NBE Inc., Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-fill.com

Batch Blender
The 18-kg Guardian batch blender is available with up to 12 individual ingredient hoppers with throughput rates of more than 5000 lb/hr. The blender can be configured with a 4-, 6-, 8-, or 12-component multihopper design. Each of the individual material hoppers can run from 0 to 100% of the recipe. The customer does not have to dedicate low-rate or high-rate ingredients to certain hoppers. The blender can also be supplied with a regrind feeder for feeding difficult-to-flow flake- or regrind-type materials or with a powder feeder for nonflowable powder-type materials. Each blender design is equipped with an integral loading platform for mounting and supporting the vacuum loaders needed to feed the blending system.
Process Control Corp., Atlanta, GA 770-449-8810 www.process-control.com

Flexible Screw Conveyors
FlexFlite flexible screw conveyors use steel augers and flexible tubes up to 100 ft long to move materials at rates as high as 3600 lb/hr. The readily portable conveyors are suitable for conveying product from bags, bins, hoppers, or weigh stations. Rated capacities for the three FlexFlite models are 100, 300, and 400 cu ft/hr. These conveyors can move materials as diverse as cement, sand, fuller’s earth, talc, caustic flakes, herbicides, fiberglass, PVC pellets, yeast granules, grain, nuts, and products requiring sanitary handling. The spiral auger is the only moving part that contacts the conveyed material. It is coreless to minimize clogging and has an oval cross-section to ensure positive movement of material through the delivery tube and metering accuracy. Close pitching of the spiral allows increased flexibility, a tighter bending radius, and operation at lower speeds.
Cyclonaire Corp., York, NE 888-593-6241 www.cyclonaire.com

Turret Truck with Standard RFID
An energy-efficient and versatile version of the EKX 513-515 electric man-up turret truck is available. Designed for narrow aisle work in dense storage warehouses and distribution centers, this three-wheel high-rack stacker also offers radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology as a standard feature. The 80-V electric machine features improved reclaiming energy from load and cabin lowering and is 30% more efficient in terms of energy recovery than it was previously. Another feature is that the conversion of the battery’s dc power to ac is more efficient, giving the truck even more hours of work output per battery charge. Users will get up to 13 hours of run time versus 10 hours on the previous model.
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., Richmond, VA 804-737-7400 www.jungheinrich-us.com

Flexible Screw Conveyor for Dairy Applications
The Helix flexible screw conveyor offers USDA certification for dairy grading branch facilities. All contact areas on the unit are polished and have no exposed threads. Tri-clamp connectors and a modular design allow the conveyor to be completely disassembled and reassembled without the need for special tools.
Hapman, Kalamazoo, MI 800-427-6260 www.ideasthatmove.com

In-Line Weighing System
The Libra weigh system is an in-line weighing system that allows processors to accurately and easily meter, weigh, and blend products within a processing line. The unit features a sanitary design and offers more-consistent performance because it eliminates the use of belts and pulleys. The smaller elevation drops throughout the system translate into a smaller footprint than other competing systems. The system consists of a premetering device, two vibratory conveyors, and state-of-the-art Libra technology, which is ideal for delivering accurate, controllable, dynamic flow of bulk material on a mass basis. The flexible design meets a variety of customer applications, including metering of powders and granulates and blending of fruits and vegetables. In addition to its primary function of providing a desired mass flow, the system may be used for active and passive process control.
FMC FoodTech, Chicago, IL 312-861-6000 www.fmcfoodtech.com

Batching System
A manufacturer required a clean, accurate method of batching out specific amounts of various carbon black materials in a process that required frequent changes of the materials. Engineers designed a gain-in-weight bulk-bag unloading station with an interchangeable-frame system complete with unloader assembly. After closing a butterfly valve, the original frame is lifted out of the stationary feeding station and replaced by a second frame with different material. Its butterfly valve is opened and the material change is complete. For gain-in-weight batching, carbon black is metered out of the unloading station into a plastic bin, which is indexed onto a scale. When initiated, the system automatically dispenses the proper amount of material, accurate to ± 0.1 lb on a 75-lb batch. The complete process is accomplished in a dust-free environment. The system is readily adaptable to other applications.
Metso BEST Inc., Brunswick, OH 800-827-9237 www.bestvibes.com

Online Safety Training
Flexible Steel Lacing Co. (Flexco) has introduced a comprehensive, interactive training program devoted exclusively to worker safety. Called the Flexco Safe Online Training Center, the program is designed to provide individuals and companies detailed information on a broad variety of topics to establish and enhance safety procedures. Through www.flexcosafe.com, users can access presentations, videos, quizzes, and installation instructions to improve workplace safety and maximize performance. The information can also potentially save companies time loss and costs stemming from work-related accidents and injuries. It features 19 training modules that focus on topics of belt preparation, belt cleaning, belt maintenance, and fastener installation. Each module provides PowerPoint presentations, installation procedures, videos, and other relevant information for individual or group training either online or offline.
Flexco, Downers Grove, IL 630-971-0150 www.flexco.com

Industrial Vacuum
The CFM 125 is a durable, lightweight, polypropylene (plastic) industrial vacuum that can meet the challenges of the concrete industry. It helps maintain a dust-free environment and protects work quality. Powered by two 800-W motors, the plastic-constructed vacuum is ideal for use with surface-preparation tools and equipment. Other features and benefits include an oversized main filter that ensures minimal maintenance, reducing downtime; an external filter shaker that maintains the vacuum’s maximum suction power and filtration performance; a paper bag filter for fine-dust collection; and an optional upstream HEPA filter for safe containment of collected debris. A HEPA filter exceeds 99.97% efficiency down to and including 0.3 µm, and an ergonomic container release promotes easy emptying. Large fixed rear wheels and locking swivel casters improve maneuverability.
Nilfisk-Advance America, Malvern, PA 610-232-5469 www.pa.nilfisk-advance.com

Portable Thermocouple Temperature Controller
The CN-TOT is a portable plug-and-play thermocouple temperature controller that is designed for indoor general-purpose use in controlling the temperature of small tanks, drums, pipes, IBCs, and other applications requiring automatic control. The unit provides easy access to the control dial, on/off controlling, a 2°F differential, an 8-ft input power cord with a standard plug and output repeatability, thermocouple sensor accuracy of ±2.7°F, and 120- or 240-V ac and 15-A capacity. The Type J thermocouple mini and standard connector input features maximum exposure temperature of –40° to 160°F.
Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, CT 203-359-1660 www.omega.com

Quick-Access Screener
The Air-Lift quick-access system for circular vibratory screeners allows rapid interior cleaning, inspection, and screen changes while reducing manual effort. The device consists of two vertically mounted air cylinders that are located on opposing sides of any circular screener and affixed to mounting brackets on the lower and upper screening frames. To operate, a quick-acting band clamp connecting the frames is removed and a remote air valve is actuated, raising the upper frames. The procedure is reversed to reconnect the frames. One entire raise/lower cycle, including disconnection and reconnection of the frames, can be accomplished in five minutes, reducing downtime during inspection, cleaning, and screen changes. In addition, one operator can now perform what was previously a two-person task, depending on screen diameter. Safety features include a safety lockout that secures the frames in the open or closed position when the upper screener housing is raised or lowered, safety bars that prevent the housing from accidentally descending while in a fully raised position during screen changes or washdown, and optional enclosures that cover the pneumatic cylinders (shown).
Kason Corp., Millburn, NJ 973-467-8140 www.kason.com

Drop-Forged Conveyor Chain
The new Bolt ‘N’ Go is a flexible system of high-strength hollow pins, heavy-duty washers, and Nylock nuts that enable bolts to pass through to connect the links together and attach flights. The chain does not require circlips, which can loosen, and does not require intricate assembly. The flights do not need to be welded, and a chain does not have to be removed from the conveyor for installation. The chain does not have strength issues. Users simply bolt the links and the flights together.
4B Components, East Peoria, IL 309-698-5611 www.go4b.com

Fine Chemicals
This document provides an in-depth view of the fine-chemicals industry—the products, markets, technology, and key players. It offers an insider’s perspective on the industry, from both a technological and commercial viewpoint. Author Dr. Peter Pollak, one of the foremost authorities in the field, examines not only where the industry is now, but also where it is heading. “Part One: The Industry” introduces the technologies underlying the fine chemicals industry and the range of products and services it offers. “Part Two: The Business” explores the key markets for fine chemicals, such as the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and animal health industries, and the relevant marketing strategies. “Part Three: Outlook” examines trends, including globalization and outsourcing, and forecasts future growth and development by industry segment. The author concludes with a discussion of the prerequisites for success in this field.
Wiley, Hoboken, NJ 201-748-6000 www.wiley.com

Multiple Metal Detector Monitoring
Explorer is a software program that is designed to network metal detectors from multiple locations to a central computer. The program provides secure, real-time operating status for every metal detector on the network from anywhere in the world. The software has a user-friendly, intuitive graphic interface and operates on a standard TCP/IP network. Its communication is bidirectional, allowing managers to change parameters on individual detectors on the network and receive critical, real-time information such as reject counts, detector on-line status, power failures, and network instability.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus

Quiet Turbine Vibrators
Iron-bodied turbine vibrators have the same single-bolt body style as ball vibrators. Some models have greater than four times more force output than competitive units while using less air. These vibrators are made of either rugged ductile iron or acetal plastic, neither of which requires lubrication. Features include improved technology, state-of-the-art CNC machining, quiet operation that is below OSHA standards, and longer life than ball vibrators. They do not require lubrication. Acetal bodies are appropriate for food and chemical use, feature an etched label so there is no chance for contamination, are ideal for cleanrooms, and feature Type 304 stainless steel on all exposed parts.
The Cleveland Vibrator Co., Cleveland, OH 800-221-3298 www.clevelandvibrator.com

Vacuum Pouch Sealer
The 8000-series vacuum pouch sealer features a patent-pending, modular quick-release vacuum and seal bar system that is designed to be easily removed, without the use of tools, to reduce downtime when sterilizing the vacuum nozzle, tubing, and seal bar is required. This efficient, time-saving removal method of the upper and lower vacuum and seal bar carrier plate allows for complete cleaning. Multiple carrier plates can be interchanged on a machine so one set of plates can be maintained or sterilized while another set of carrier plates remain in operation on the machine, eliminating valuable downtime. The modular carrier plates are designed for autoclave sterilization. The laser-cut and laser-welded stainless-steel case provides a cleanroom-friendly, seamless enclosure for cleaning that is not corrosive to biocides or sterilization fluids.
Accu-Seal Corp., San Marcos, CA 800-452-6040 www.accu-seal.com

Dust and Fume Collectors
One- to four-station dust and fume collection and prefiltration systems are available for laboratories, manufacturers, and general industry. These small, quiet, and powerful dust collectors can be used to collect all types of fine powders and debris generated by mixing, packaging, and production operations. The Accumulator cyclone prefilter captures approximately 95% of fine dust before it gets to the internal filter bag of the dust collector. It can also function as an effective prefilter for central dust collecting systems, where sensitive up-line components must be protected.
Vaniman Manufacturing Co., Fallbrook, CA 760-723-1498 www.vaniman.com

Thermal Transfer Overprinter
The DataFlex Plus thermal transfer overprinter is now capable of higher print speeds and up to 25% greater throughput, translating into increased production for customers marking flexible packaging. The enhancements, standard on all new units and available as an upgradable option on existing units, allow the DataFlex Plus to print at speeds up to 40 in./sec and code more than 425 packages per minute, depending on ribbon width and application. These speed and throughput improvements extend the reach of the unit in labeling and horizontal packaging applications. The unit is also fully capable of displaying and printing Arabic language characters, which is crucially important for customers that manufacture in or sell products to Middle Eastern markets.
Videojet Technologies Inc., Wood Dale, IL 630-860-7394 www.ideojet.com

Rotary Airlocks
These airlocks are designed for rugged applications, offering the tightest seal of any flex-tip airlock. Features include variable speed selection, wiper material, and inlet/outlet size. An entire inventory of replacement parts is stocked at all times.
Imperial Systems Inc., Jackson Center, PA 800-918-3013 www.isystemsweb.com

Pressure-Relief Products CD
A company has issued the third edition of its CD catalog with expanded language capabilities and content. The disc contains detailed information in six languages about custom-engineered rupture disks, rupture panels, and other pressure-relief products, as well as educational articles, software downloads, and streaming video. The CD catalog navigates much like a standard Web site and is compatible with most browsers. A table of contents links to PDF files of in-depth product data, illustrated throughout with product photos, diagrams, and specification charts. In addition to the English language catalog, select product information is also available in Chinese, German, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Copies of the CD catalog are available free of charge.
Oseco, Broken Arrow, OK 800-395-3475 www.oseco.com

Benchtop Powder Filler
The Model 4400/TX benchtop powder filler accurately meters small doses of dry powdered or granular products within any limited-production or laboratory environment. It is suited for metering out individual doses of approximately 100 mg to 40 grams at rates of up to 10,000 fills/day. It is designed for use in a wide range of industrial settings, including the food and pharmaceutical industries. The vacuum/volumetric powder filler delivers good corresponding weight-to-volume repeatability in small doses. To initiate a fill cycle, the operator places an empty container on the adjustable container platform. The resulting signal from the integral Container Present switch starts the following sequences of events. First, a predetermined volume of powder is dispensed from the shuttle disk chamber into the waiting container. After a short, programmed time delay to clear the chamber of powder, the cycle continues automatically. The shuttle disk rotates up to pick up another volume of material from the agitator box and dwells there momentarily before returning to its home position to await the next “start” signal from the Container Present switch.
Kinematics & Controls Corp., Brooksville, FL 352-796-0300 www.kcontrols.com

Bag Dumper and Screener System
The quality containment system of the bag dumper and screener system reduces the amount of dust particles escaping into the work environment, while channeling materials from bags into a separator. The dust-containment system is integrated with a high-performance low-profile Flow-Thru separator, allowing for high-capacity dry scalping in a compact, low-headroom design. The bag dumper eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming labor hours necessary to clean up spilled material by capturing airborne dust particles before they can even enter the environment. The bag dumper system can be supplemented with an optional integral dust-collection system to eliminate virtually all harmful dust from entering the work environment. Potential injuries can be avoided because this system is designed to be ergonomically correct at the standard height of the worker. The bag dumper is particularly beneficial in applications where material is fed into the process directly from purchased bags and must be screened to eliminate lumps, pieces of bag, paper, string, or any other foreign material.
Sweco, Florence, KY 800-807-9326 www.sweco.com

Eco-Drain Service Modules
The Eco-Drain 30- and 31-capacitance sensor-actuated drain traps discharge contaminated condensate but not valuable compressed air. The user can simply snap the new module into place and discard the old components. This quick and easy feature eliminates routine drain rebuilds and reduces overall downtime. The aluminum housing and patented pilot air-controlled valve technology ensure service even when subjected to harsh condensate. Other features include dry contacts for central alarm signaling, LEDs, and a test button.
Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, VA 800-777-7873 www.kaeser.com

Vacuum Paddle Blender
This horizontal paddle blender was designed with a 100-cu-ft working capacity and a 110-cu-ft full holding capacity. Designed for operation under vacuum to 29.5 in.Hg, the blender is used to mix and deaerate a viscous paste. All wetted parts of the blender are of Type 304 stainless steel and are polished to a 120-grit finish to assist in the ease of cleaning between mixes and color changes. A pneumatically operated flush-type plug valve was also supplied to eliminate dead spaces within the mix zone. Paddle blenders are typically used for the mixing and blending of dry powders and low-viscosity pastes. These units are available in many sizes from ½ to over 500 cu ft. A wide range of optional features are available such as jackets for heating or cooling, and sanitary designs.
Charles Ross and Son Co., Hauppauge, NY 800-243-7677 www.mixers.com

Level Transmitter
Flexar guided-wave radar is an alternative to ultrasonic measurement, which often is limited by dust and small, narrow silos and bins. It is a top-mounted level transmitter using time domain reflectometry technology, which provides safe and reliable measurements that are not influenced by fluctuations in density, temperature, or dust buildup. This level measurement transmitter was designed for use with a wide range of powders, granular materials, and other bulk solids, as well as with liquids and slurries. The sensor is used in process control or inventory and storage applications.
Monitor Technologies LLC, Elburn, IL 800-766-6486 www.monitortech.com

Abrasion- and Corrosion-Resistant Linings
Abresist fused cast basalt and Alresist alumina ceramic linings provide extended life for dust-collecting equipment, especially cyclones, by providing an abrasion- and corrosion-resistant lining. Custom-engineered linings, available with a variety of installation methods and adhesives, are designed to maintain the internal configuration critical to successful operation of the equipment. The nonporous tile linings are made in thicknesses from 1/8 to 3 in., depending on the severity of the abrasion and the diameter of the cyclone. Linings are also used to protect the pipe and ducts handling the abrasive product before and after the collector. The Abresist and Alresist linings have a Mohs’ scale hardness of 8 and 9, respectively.
Abresist Corp., Urbana, IN 800-348-0717 www.abresist.com

Heavy-Duty Spherical Valves
These heavy-duty spherical valves do not gum up, jam, or leak, even in the toughest applications. Their design eliminates hang-up points and the wiping action of the dome prevents material buildup. They are manufactured in sizes from 3 to 24 in. The patented Roto-Clean is a sanitary version that can be quickly disassembled and reassembled without tools and is ideal for sanitary environments. The inflatable seal Roto-Flate has a bubble-tight sealing system for high-pressure or full-vacuum applications. The valves can be used for ball, slidegate/knifegate, and butterfly valve replacement. Applications include sticky, gummy, or abrasive substances, powders, pellets, granules, and slurries.
Roto-Disc Co., Cincinnati, OH 513-871-2600 www.rotodisc.com

Ultrasonic Screening Equipment
This new line of ultrasonic screening equipment utilizes dual vibrator drives. This dual-motor separator provides for three control variables: vibrator force, frequency, and drive angle. The design concept results in a three-dimensional motion, allowing for greater throughput of difficult-to-screen products. Coupled with an ultrasonic deblinding system, this vibratory action provides a screener that can handle many difficult screening applications. The transducer is attached to the aluminum rim with the wire cloth attached on the bottom (like a sieve). Unlike competitive equipment, the ultrasonic vibration transfers from the rim to the wire cloth to facilitate the throughput of fines by introducing high-frequency movement to the individual wires. Models are available in 24- and 36-in. diam sizes, with screen sizes down to 635 mesh. All screens are rescreenable.
The Cleveland Vibrator Co., Cleveland, OH 800-221-3298 www.clevelandvibrator.com

Floor and Wall Coating
UR-22 EnviroUltra WBU is a versatile, water-based urethane topcoat designed for use over epoxy (floor) or wall base coats in environments subjected to chemical exposure and abrasive wear. A formulation with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and little odor, it meets current VOC requirements for all 50 U.S. states. The product, with 60% solids, produces excellent build per coat and is suitable for areas in which conventional solvent-based systems cannot be used. Superior UV stability and graffiti resistance make it suitable for a wide range of commercial and institutional facilities. The coating is offered as a clear coating or in a variety of colors when used in conjunction with the company’s UR-4 urethane color additive, producing a glossy, attractive stippled finish.
Valspar Flooring, Wheeling, IL 800-637-7793 www.valsparflooring.com

Adjustable Speed Switches
The Maxigard AM1000/AM2000 series adjustable speed switches are used to indicate loss of rotation for conveyors, screw feeders, rotary airlocks, mixers, and other mechanical material-handling or -processing equipment. The switches provide 5-amp SPDT relay outputs that can be used in motor control circuits or to interface with PLCs and other types of control systems. Both switches will monitor speeds from 10 to 6000 rpm, and their compact design takes up little space in a control panel. The sensors are designed for industrial applications, have up to a 1-in. gap tolerance, and are unaffected by material buildup, moisture, or misalignment.
Process Control Systems Inc., Minneapolis, MN 952-361-3026 www.maxigard.com

Air-Powered Conveyor
The heavy-duty Line Vac is a powerful in-line conveyor that transports high volumes of material through ordinary hose or tube. Commonly used to transfer complex shapes, bulk solids, and waste, the unit features large throat diameters that make it possible to convey more material over long vertical and horizontal lengths. The conveying rate is typically twice that of ordinary air-powered conveyors. The unit ejects a small amount of compressed air through directed nozzles into the throat to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous. The material-conveying rate is easily controlled with a pressure regulator. An optional bracket permits easy mounting. With no moving parts or electricity, the unit provides maintenance-free operation. Designed for rugged industrial applications, the conveyor has a hardened alloy construction that helps prevent premature wear. Five sizes up to 2 in. fit popular hose and tube diameters. Applications include part transfers, hopper loading, material conveying, waste and trim removal, fiber tensioning, chip removal, and filling operations.
Exair Corp., Cincinnati, OH 800-903-9247 www.exair.com

Hazard-Monitoring Solution
The Electro-Guard hazard-monitoring system combines shaft speed, belt alignment, and bearing temperature measurement into a single solution. With simple, straightforward installation and no end-user calibration necessary, components are ready to use right out of the box. The unit utilizes standard 4-20 mA signals, as opposed to proprietary software or “black boxes” that can be limiting or challenging to support. It is available as a complete system or as individual components. With the TT420F or TT420S for belt-alignment temperature measurement, the TT420Z for bearing temperature measurement, and the FB420 to offer shaft-speed feedback, Electro-Guard is an easy-to-use way to safeguard conveyed material operations.
Electro-Sensors Inc., Minnetonka, MN 800-328-6170 www.electro-sensors.com

Circulation Attritor Grinding Mills
These twin Q-50 attritors were built with a special extended frame that did not require the usual platform that the frame typically rests upon. The special design also allows for more-convenient horizontal reducer removal rather than vertical lifting. Each mill is powered by a 50-hp, single-speed, T.E.F.C. high-efficiency motor with a 450% high starting torque. Each has a gross tank volume of 56 gal and a media volume of approximately 50 gal. They work well with difficult-to-grind-and-disperse materials where a narrow particle-size distribution and good temperature control is required. Large quantities of material can be ground using a relatively small amount of grinding media. Efficient temperature control is possible since the slurry spends most of its time in the holding tank and only 20–30 seconds per pass in the grinding chamber.
Union Process, Akron, OH 330-929-3333 www.unionprocess.com

Spheri Valve
The Spheri Valve is an integral element of all of the company’s pneumatic conveying and injection systems. It has the ability to cut through static or moving columns of material through the use of its inflatable seal mechanism. This ensures that a consistent, pressure-tight seal is created when the valve is in the closed position, but in the open position, it provides an unrestricted, full-bore opening for the best product-flow characteristics possible.
Clyde Materials Handling Inc., Milford, OH 513-576-9200 www.clydematerials.com

On-Line Water-Activity Control System
Company has developed an on-line water-activity control system to prevent the growth of mold and other harmful organisms in products being dried. This system is an extension of the Delta T moisture control technology that uses a patented inside-the-dryer moisture sensor to achieve improved moisture control of products exiting most dryers, ovens, etc. It senses moisture by means of a mathematical model and two temperature sensors. Location of the sensors inside the harsh environment of the dryer guarantees a 30 to 45% reduction in the moisture content variation of the product exiting the dryer. Manufacturers can control water activity precisely and consistently to a target value that produces a safe product while eliminating the present costly practice of overdrying.
Drying Technology Inc., Silsbee, TX 409-385-6422 www.moisturecontrols.com

Computerized Particle Analyzer
The Haver CPA 3-2 RT meets the analysis demands for quick, repeatable, and accurate results. The analyzer features a software package that correlates its measurements to traditional sieving results. Designed for production and process control, the unit allows the user to measure particles from 0.1 to 12.5 mm or 0.2 to 36 mm. Each range can be individually calibrated using the supplied calibration frames. As an in-line unit, the analyzer can be interfaced with the plant control system to provide real-time equipment parameter changes based on the size of the product being monitored.
W.S. Tyler, Mentor, OH 800-321-6188 www.wstyler.com

Loss-in-Weight Screw Feeder
The sanitary PF-LC-S is a large-capacity loss-in-weight screw feeder designed for accurate and uniform feeding of a wide range of materials, from free-flowing to very fine cohesive powders. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the unit is corrosion resistant and appropriate for the processing of food products, such as pet food, cereals, chips, and snacks. It was developed for applications that require fast, easy, and thorough cleaning out of materials, to prevent spoiling and cross-contamination. The feeder can be completely dis­assembled, without the use of tools, in less than one minute. The rugged stainless-steel construction reportedly ensures years of trouble-free operation. The patented “U-trough” feed chamber with an independently driven agitator provides precise delivery of material to the feed screw, eliminates material buildup, controls material aeration, and delivers a steady constant flow of material.
Thayer Scale-Hyer Industries Inc., Pembroke, MA 781-826-8101 www.thayerscale.com

Aeration Control Module for Powder Tester
A new version of the aeration control module for the FT4 universal powder tester extends the operating range down to a low air velocity of 0.02 mm/sec. Since aeration is an important parameter influencing the flow properties of a powder, accurate determination of its effects at all flow rates is critical. The high degree of control at the low flow rates delivered by this module is essential for characterizing powders that are sensitive to the addition of a small quantity of air, such as toners and some powder coatings. The unit allows fine control of airflow through a powder under test, enabling fully automated measurement of flow properties as a function of increasing levels of aeration. The FT4 can be used to determine the flow-property specifications needed to optimize production and achieve the required product quality.
Freeman Technology, Worcestershire, UK +44 1684 310860 www.freemantech.co.uk

Vertical-Auger Filling Systems
Similar to the 1000 series, the AP2600 fully automatic system and the AP2200 semiautomatic system are vertical-auger filling units that make use of bottom-up fill technology. Bottom-up fill technology allows for the bag to be filled within a couple of inches from the bottom of the bag, limiting dusting and increasing product compaction in the bag. Both systems are built on the same compact frame design that can be located in a floor space of approximately 10 × 10 ft and can be mated with a wide variety of heat sealer or sewing machine closing devices within a space of approximately 10 × 14 ft. The AP2600 places the bag; fills, weighs, and tops off the bag; and presents the bag to the sealer for closing. The AP2200 places, fills, weighs, and tops off the bag to final weight before presenting the bag to an operator for feeding into the closing device.
AccelPak Inc., Ottawa, KS 785-242-4994 www.accelpak.com

Heat Exchanger
The Bulkflow heat exchanger heats or cools powders and bulk solids and combines the two sciences of indirect heat transfer and mass flow of bulk solids. The powders/solids move slowly by gravity between vertical heat transfer surfaces formed by welding plates containing the heat-transfer fluid, typically water in the case of a cooler. A mass-flow discharge device controls the product flow rate. Equipment is contained in a totally sealed unit to eliminate any concern for dirt or contamination. The combination of technologies makes the equipment environmentally friendly, and, unlike other types of bulk solid coolers, the system does not require large volumes of air to operate but lets gravity do the work to reduce power consumption.
Bulkflow Technologies Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada 403-254-3500 www.bulkflow.com

Air Classifier
The CFS HD-S line of high-dispersion, ultrafine classifiers separates particles of any hardness in the range of 1 to 50 µm. The line’s constant radial velocity classifier wheel, high-dispersion air-guide vane ring, and spiral coarse outlet path combine for a sharp cut-point. Material is dispersed close to the classifier wheel and cannot reagglomerate. The coarse fraction is guided to its own outlet by the spiral design housing and is classified without remixing with new feed material or existing fines in the airstream. Fines are carried with the classifying air through the patented classifier wheel to a separation cyclone or baghouse. The result is a high level of classification that produces high yields at
high efficiency.
Netzsch Fine Particle Technology LLC, Exton, PA 484-879-2020 www.netzsch.com

Weigh Feeder Refilling System
The Series³ 2400 vacuum conveying system is ideal for refilling weigh feeders in continuous or batch weighing applications. Vacuum receivers, located above each feeder, deliver material to the feeders at conveying rates up to 6000 lb/hr. One central controller provides control for up to 24 receiver-feeder stations. The system features specially designed blowers, in-line filters, and system controllers. Materials of construction available are stainless steel, epoxy-coated carbon steel, or aluminum.
Premier Pneumatics Inc., Salina, KS 785-825-1611 www.premierpneumatics.com

Particulate and Chemical Filter
The Purafilter OA (outside air) is a combination particulate and chemical filter designed for use in environments in which the outdoor air quality is questionable and optimal indoor air quality is a requirement. It can also be used in facilities for general odor control from indoor or outdoor contaminant sources. The unit contains Triple-Blend Makeup Air Media to remove gases such as nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and VOCs, the main contaminants found in outside air. The filter meets the stringent requirements of ASHRAEs 62.1 IAQ Procedure to allow for energy savings.
Purafil Inc., Doraville, GA 800-222-6367 www.purafil.com

Roll Adjuster
This new tool facilitates the alignment of rollers, shafts, and web-handling systems; is compact; and is easy to use in all industrial environments. Typical applications include paper mills, converting lines, printing presses, plastic bag lines, coating lines, and other roller- and web-related applications. The unit is also an accessory available with the company’s Laser Microgage alignment system. Easy to set up, it is simply placed on top of a master roller, drive shaft, or idler, and held in place by a pair of V-legs or adaptable mounts. A fine adjustment screw is turned until the precision bubble level is centered in its glass vial. The digital micrometer is then zeroed by pressing a small button on the front to capture the digital position of this first roll or shaft. The roll adjuster is then placed on top of the next available roller and the fine-adjustment screw turned until the bubble level is centered. The vertical alignment of this second roller is shown digitally, either in inches or millimeters, allowing for better adjustment or selection of new shims. The adjuster is then moved to successive rolls for additional measurements and adjustments.
Pinpoint Laser Systems Inc., Newburyport, MA 800-757-5383 www.pinlaser.com

Fly-Ash Conditioning System
This continuous mixing system de-dusts fly ash with the addition of only 10% moisture. Dry kiln dust is metered into the mixer. A series of baffles and weir plates prevent transient dust from migrating through the mixer. A paddle-style agitator thoroughly incorporates liquid into the ash, producing a free-flowing, value-added product. The cylindrical trough allows the agitator to wipe 360º of internal surfaces. A flexible, wear-resistant liner, equipped with external actuators, deflects buildup away from the trough without scraping. Access doors located across the length of the mixer enable safe, efficient cleaning and repairs. Hydraulic rams clamp the doors shut to form dust-tight seals. Other dust-free mixer designs are available for blending cement, lime, gypsum, silica, and other carcinogenic powders.
Marion Mixers, Marion, IA 800-397-6371 www.marionmixers.com

Laboratory Labeling System
The upgraded v2.0 Labexpert laboratory labeling system offers new features for creating fast, legible, durable labels designed for use in the lab environment. The printer can be used to produce lab-sample labels, small custom safety labels, and other general laboratory ID labels on the spot, using Brady labels that withstand the most severe lab conditions, including exposure to solvents and moisture, and extremely low temperatures. Using the printer, label information is readable by everyone every time, and it is eight times faster than handwriting, reducing time spent labeling. It can be used for all lab applications including vials, vial tops, slides, well plates, and other laboratory vessels. The system features built-in lab applications including vial size templates, a one-touch time and date stamp, auto serialization for fast aliquots, bar coding capabilities, a PC connection for downloading print jobs from a user database, a 300-dpi printhead for sharp resolution and reliable bar code reads, and 140 Greek and laboratory symbols.
Brady Corp., Milwaukee, WI 888-311-0775 www.bradyid.com

Metal Detector
The PowerPhasePro is available in two- and three-frequency models and detects ferrous, nonferrous, and stainless-steel contaminants up to 40% smaller than those detected by other units. Its product-clustering feature allows a range of products to be run through the machine without the need to change settings while maintaining high-performance detection standards. When a new product is initiated down the line, it is automatically recognized. The machine continues normal operation, preventing false rejects. It is user-friendly, providing one-pass automatic product setup within five seconds. The full-color operator-intuitive LCD touch screen enables condition monitoring from more than 12 ft away. Ethernet connectivity allows for remote monitoring and operation as well as access to machine-generated detailed statistical records and analysis.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc., Tampa, FL 800-447-4439 www.mt.com/safelineus

Label Maker
The GlobalMark2 industrial label maker is a durable, easy-to-use printer that quickly produces professional signs, labels, pipe markers, warning signs, and emergency-exit markings. It helps companies meet their safety and communication needs cost-effectively by offering custom signs on the spot, at a lower cost than a custom sign shop. Signs and labels will hold up to tough industrial environments and meet OSHA or ANSI standards. The printer offers easy-to-use built-in templates, graphics, and applications for pipe markers; arc flash labels; LO/TO instructions; electrical circuit ID; OSHA and ANSI warnings; machine guard labels; warehouse and inventory labels; glow-in-the-dark emergency-exit path markings; and general facility identification.
Brady Corp., Milwaukee, WI 888-272-3946 www.bradyid.com

Wraparound Labeling System
This custom labeling system is designed for hazardous environments and is constructed completely of corrosion-resistant Type 316 stainless steel, including the conveyor, labeling head, head support, wrap station, and rails. This system applies wraparound labels to a wide variety of glass and plastic cylindrical containers ranging in size from 1 to 4 liters. It can be modified to apply front and back labels.
Quadrel Labeling Systems, Mentor, OH 800-321-8509 www.quadrel.com

Spray Drying Nozzles
Twist & Dry nozzles for spray drying of cheese, whey, and milk feature an innovative thick swirl unit. The robust design lasts longer, reducing dryer operating costs. The patented locking mechanism allows for quick and easy change-out and maintenance. The new TD-K model is capable of operating at up to 10,000 psi. The high-pressure TD nozzle provides customers the opportunity to increase productivity while maintaining the convenient locking mechanism and performance of the Twist & Dry nozzles.
BETE Fog Nozzle Inc., Greenfield, MA 413-772-0846 www.bete.com

Clamp-Type Couplings
Rigid shaft couplings are used for mating dissimilar shafts and drive components, including inch and metric sizes and smooth or keyed designs. They are offered in several configurations for mating virtually all types of dissimilar shafts including different inch and metric and large and small sizes, with or without keyways. Featuring one- and two-piece designs and three-piece styles for applications where it is necessary to hold onto one shaft, the couplings will not mar expensive shafts. Suitable for mating shafts from ¼- to 2-in. bore, the couplings are available in steel and stainless steel.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp., North Reading, MA 800-695-5551 www.staffordmfg.com

Inventory Tracking Sensor
The SmartBob-TS1 sensor is designed to track inventory in smaller tanks and silos. The small, rugged tracking sensor can be employed in vessels up to 30 ft. The unit can handle a range of applications, from ground feed in a silo on a farm to fine granular solids in a plastic processor’s material storage silo. When the sensor is prompted to perform a measurement, a sensor probe is quickly dropped to the material surface. The probe touches the material surface and is immediately retracted back to the top of the vessel. This feature ensures that there will be minimal contact with the material and that the sensor will remain unaffected by airborne dust, filling noise, steam, temperature, or the characteristics of the material.
BinMaster, Lincoln, NE 402-434-9100 www.binmaster.com

Airswept Sieve
The Airswept sieve check-screens powders and vacuum-conveys materials in one totally enclosed, dust-free operation. It can be used between a variety of process stages, including mixing and drying. Vacuum is applied through the vibrating mesh, which draws a continuous fluidized stream of powder onto or through the mesh. After check-screening, the unit pneumatically conveys clean powder to the next process stage. Oversize contamination remains on top of the mesh and can either be removed continuously via an oversize outlet or manually at the end of a batch. Suction for the system is provided by a positive-displacement pump. Material can be automatically loaded onto the sieve via a suction wand from a hopper, bag, or bulk storage location.
Russell Finex Inc., Pineville, NC 800-849-9808 www.russellfinex.com

Shrink Tunnels
PDC shrink tunnels process heat-shrinkable sleeve labels, tamper evident bands, multipacks, and pre-forms. The systems are engineered for continuous service—even during power outages—and provide precision at speeds up to 600 cpm. They deliver a high shrink-to-energy ratio, resulting in high film consistency, optimizing the product’s visual appeal, and keeping energy consumption low. Hot air within the tunnel circulates in a unique surround pattern, producing uniform shrinkage, and is redirected into the blowers for optimal efficiency. Adjustability allows PDC shrink tunnels to be usable for a wide range of applications. The systems can accommodate filled or empty containers of all shapes and materials. The operating temperature range is ambient to 600°F, and temperature fluctuation from the set point is minimal.
PDC International Corp., Norwalk, CT 203-853-1516 www.pdc-corp.com

Aero-Mechanical Conveyor
Most commonly known as a rope and disk conveyor, the Aero-Mechanical Conveyor (AMC) is a high-capacity, totally enclosed mechanical conveyor that can convey material vertically up to 60 ft. The high-speed conveyor uses a disk mechanism that fluidizes all flowable solids in a recirculating airstream that provides low-shear conveying of powders or particulates up to 5/8 in. The unit has been used to handle difficult-to-convey materials such as abrasives, moist and sticky materials, or products that pack, cake, smear, or plug, such as titanium dioxide.
Spiroflow Systems Inc.,
Monroe, NC 704-291-9595 www.spiroflowsystems.com