2006 Pack/Process Expo Equipment Roundup

The following are some of the new products introduced at the Pack Expo Intl./Process Expo show Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Chicago.

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Laser adds to sorter

The Optyx 6000 Series sorter with Raptor laser technology detects the smallest defects and foreign material to optimize product quality and maximize food safety. With a double-wide platform, it also doubles the throughput.  It can sort fresh, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables, including frozen potato products, tree nuts, raisins and other food products at production rates of up to 40,000 lbs. (approximately 18 metric tons) per hour.

Key Technology; Walla Walla, Wash.

Calculate your lubricant

The former Keystone Lubricants wore its new corporate name, Total Lubricants USA, and handed out a slide chart that enables users to match the correct Nevastane H1 food grade lubricant to the specific application. On the reverse is another slide chart that shows viscosity specification comparisons, including ISO grade, Kinematic viscosity, Saybolt viscosity at various temperatures and SAE grade, along with AGMA lubricant numbers for EP lubricants, synthetic oils and gear lubricant specs.

Total Lubricants USA; Linden, N.J.

Novel metal belt design

The design of Duralite belts makes them suitable for all spiral cage applications. The heavy-duty, wear-resistant stainless steel belts have the highest strength-to-belt ratio on the market, the vendor claims. Benefits include greater load carrying capacity, smoother and enhanced operating performance and dramatically fewer breaks or mishaps. This reduces plant downtime and service costs, and the strong yet light construction saves on energy costs.

Cambridge Intl.; Cambridge, Md.

Wrapper uses eco-friendly film

The new Stratus horizontal wrapper with SK-100 shrink tunnel uses bio-degradable Earth First PLA film. It ensures high flexibility in the handling of a wide variety of food products on the packaging line. The machine also provides consistent film feeding during high speed applications without sacrificing performance or quality. Sensitive, eco-friendly film is handled without the need for any modifications while still utilizing a high torque motor.

Bosch Doboy Inc.; New Richmond, Wis.

New food-grade lubricant

Kluberfood NH1 K 32 Spray, a food-grade, anti-corrosion lubricant, is now available in the U.S. and Canada. This NSF H1-registered lubricant is highly penetrative, repels moisture and forms a transparent protective film when applied. It is designed for the lubrication of areas where contact with food products may occur. Neutral towards most plastic materials, it is moisture repellant when applied on metal components due to its homogonous penetrative film.

Kluber Lubrication; Londonderry, N.H.

Wash your scale parts

The HD-12-SPW scale parts washer quickly and efficiently washes, rinses and sanitizes detachable scale parts from multi-head weighers while eliminating or minimizing the need for mezzanine modifications. Parts are loaded on sliding racks at the weigh station and carried to the washer via a transport dolly.

Douglas Machines; Clearwater, Fla.

Affordable vacuum pouch sealing

The B400 belted chamber system is for meat and cheese processors and others requiring automated vacuum pouch sealing -- at an affordable price. The unit features hygienic design with vacuum ports built into the lid and retractable side skirts for easy cleaning. The height-adjustable seal bars are water cooled and bi-active, making the system ideal for shrink bag applications.

Multivac Inc.; Kansas City, Mo.

Drive for packaging

The Sinamics S120 AC Drive is for high-performance, single-axis applications and features a modular concept that separates power and intelligence. Freely selectable combinations of power sections and controllers increase flexibility and scalability of the drive system.  Multiple choices allow users to select the right controller for current needs but protect their drive investments if the application ever changes. This flexibility opens up new possibilities for innovative modular machine designs.

Siemens Energy & Automation; Alpharetta, Ga.
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Next generation of PET

ParaStar polyethylene terephthalate resins offer enhanced bottle clarity, product purity and production and supply chain efficiencies to beverage brand owners and converters, as well as significant environmental benefits. The resin results from a patent-protected manufacturing process. Because the solid-stating step has been eliminated, the process uses less energy. Resulting bottles have greater clarity, improved bottle-to-bottle consistency and acetaldehyde levels lowered by 25 percent or more. Less acetaldehyde in the resin makes this new resin particularly attractive for bottled water use. ParaStar is a drop-in replacement for standard PET on bottle manufacturing equipment. It is 100 percent recyclable with traditional PET resins.

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