Focus on Mixing and Blending

March 22, 2003
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High-shear mixer

The Ultra-Hygienic In-Line Mixer was designed and built to comply with FDA, 3A and GMP standards. It incorporates a precision-engineered rotor/stator workhead with the capability to mix, emulsify, homogenize, suspend, disperse and disintegrate solids. Other features include a self-draining bottom outlet, hygienic shaft seal, electropolished finish and no metal-to-metal contact parts.

Silverson Machines Inc., 355 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 589, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Tel. (413) 525-4825; www.silverson.com_ Product 305

Sanitary in-line high-shear mixer

The DynaShear represents the latest technology for sanitary in-line continuous processing. The DynaShear will blend, dissolve, disperse and emulsify both miscible and immiscible fluids. It is the first in0line mixer featuring a dual-stage, tandem-head design combining the benefits of both axial and radial rotor/stator technology, creating excellent shear and slow capability. A single pass through the DynaShear provides product quality typical of multiple passes within conventional mixers.

Admix Inc., 234 Abby Rd., Manchester, NH 03103. Tel. (800) 466-2369; fax (603) _627-2019; www.admix.com _ Product 309

Blender literature

Ross offers new Centrum Blender literature illustrating and describing a new line of vertical blenders. The new Centrum blender incorporates a unique conical-shaped agitator design combining helical ribbon and screw designs. The agitator is mounted vertically and rotates at close clearance to the conical vessel walls. Materials being mixed are moved in axial and radial directions by the agitator. The outer helix moves materials from the walls up and the screw moves materials from the bottom to the top of the vessel. The cone design helps to insure a complete discharge of all materials.

Charles Ross and Son Co., P.O. Box 12308 Hauppauge, NY 11788. Tel. (800) 243-ROSS; fax (631) 234-0691; www.mixers.com_ Product 312

DT top-entering mixers

Chemineer Inc., a unit of Robbins & Myers, Inc., is currently offering its new DT top-entering mixers. To ensure optimum mixing performance, Chemineer is able to pinpoint the right DT mixer for any given application using its CEDS computerized mixer software. DT mixers are fitted with industry standard, off-the-shelf, NEMA motors, gearmotors and commercially available seals on closed tank units. Additional product features include: direct or fear-reduced drives; optional right-angle drives; open and sealed tank _models and a wide range of impeller selections.

Chemineer Inc., P.O. Box 1123, Dayton, OH 45401. Tel. (937) 454-3200; fax (937) 454-3379; www.chemineer.com _ Product 302

Fully-split shaft seals for mixers and blenders

MECO's original EAS externally-adjustable seals offer complete containment of dry powders, pastes, slurries, corrosives, fluids, solvents, vapors and gases, where traditional packings fail to seal. Available in FDA materials, the fully-split EAS is custom-designed and manufactured to each application, and can retrofit most process equipment, including mixers, blenders and agitators without the removal of bearings or drives. Sanitary designs are available.

Woodex Bearing Co. Inc., 216 Bay Point Rd., Georgetown, ME 04548. Tel. (800) 526-8800; fax (207) 371-2169; www.woodex-meco.com Product 303

Modular continuous mixer.

The Phlauer Model 202-6D, 400 cu.-ft. per hour capacity premium modular continuous mixer is affordable and offers high performance and high throughput. The modular concept allows Phlauer to put two patented rotors end to end to give the user space to feed with adequate mixing space. Average dwell time is one minute to achieve a standard deviation of 1 percent or less.

A&J Mixing International Inc., 8-2345 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6L 6L4. Tel. (905) 827-7288; fax (905) 827-5045; www.ajmixing.com Product 304

Precise product mixing

The complete Veg-Mix System includes product dumping, feeding, metering, mixing and conveying. Key's patented Iso-Flo vibratory collection conveyers integrated into the system eliminate the need for conveyor system floor supports. The system's streamlined design, which minimizes floor contact points, assures both ease of installation and ease of cleaning. Central to the Veg-Mix system's operation is Key's cluster breaker system, used to gently break apart clumps of frozen product prior to metering. Four models of cluster breakers are available for use with different types of product, and the position of the cluster breaker within the Veg-Mix system can be customized to the food processor's mixing needs.

Key Technology Inc., 150 Avery St., Walla Walla, WA 99362. (Tel. (800) 767-6950; fax (509) 527-1331; www.keyww.com

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In-Line Tru-Balance sifters

A new full-color 6 page brochure covering the Pneumatic In-line Tru-Balance sifters is available from Great Western Manufacturing Co. The sifter's new design guards personnel from any moving surfaces when the equipment is in operation. In-Line Tru-Balance sifters are engineering to work under pressure rather than a pressure vessel adapted to act like a sifter. This brochure provides detailed information, features and specifications on Models 611 and 631.

Great Western Manufacturing Co. Inc., 2017 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Tel. (800) 682-3121; fax (913) 236-5907; www.gwmfg.com Product 307

Multi-shaft mixer brochure

The 12-page, four-color brochure describing the company's line of multi-shaft mixers includes detailed information on dual and triple shaft mixers available in capacities from 1 through 4000 gallon capacity. Change can and fixed tank models are shown and described. The brochure also includes listings of typical applications and optional features available with these units. Sanitary and standard industrial designs are show as well as a flow-pattern illustration of how the units work. Ross multi-shaft mixers are available with up to three agitators including an anchor agitator, a high-speed disperser and a high-shear rotor-stator mixer. Standard features such as vacuum, jackets for heating and cooling, discharge valves, caster wheels, cover openings, etc. are available for all models.

Charles Ross and Son Co., P.O. Box 12308 Hauppauge, NY 11788. Tel. (800) 243-ROSS; fax (631) 234-0691; www.mixers.com

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Mixer/Discharge system

Ross announced the availability of the double planetary mixer and discharge systems as a complete pre-engineered package. The mixer and discharge systems are available in many sizes from 1 through 500 gallons capacity. The system is typically used with the Ross double planetary to push out viscous materials that are incapable of flowing because of their high viscosity. Special control consoles can be provided to permit direct filling into cartridges, or into small cans or glass jars. The precise dispensing of viscous materials helps to save on waste and is also environmentally safe as all materials are essentially enclosed during discharge and filling operations.

Charles Ross and Son Co., P.O. Box 12308 Hauppauge, NY 11788. Tel. (800) 243-ROSS; fax (631) 234-0691; www.mixers.com

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Mixer technology

Quadro's YTRON Jet Mixer shortens process times, improves finished quality, eliminates stratification in tanks and assures homogeneity in the shortest period of time without over shearing products. Jet Mixer uses a specially designed rotor/stator to deliver a pure high axial flow, preventing vortices, unwanted air and generating the efficient mixing that revolutionizes mixing. The Jet Mixers are available with an optional bypass system for the immediate sub-surface dispersion of powders into liquid and are engineered to the specific process requirements for the application. The sanitary (CIP) designed mixers have no bushings, bearings or seals that come in contact with the product, decreasing repair frequencies and eliminating product contamination concerns.

Quadro Inc., 55 Bleeker St., Millburn, NJ 07041. Tel. (973) 376-1266; fax (937) 376-3363; www.quadro.com Product 310

Powder-liquid mixing system

The IKA MHD 2000 is a system for continuous, accurate feeding and dispersing of solids into liquids. Its unique, patent-pending design minimizes aeration while creating a consistent and uniform product. The closed system allows dust-free feeding of powders and dispersing all in one-step, which make it environmentally friendly and eliminates waste thus reducing clean-up cost. The MHD 2000 has interchangeable mixing tools that offer solutions to a wide range of applications. The MHD 2000 rapidly and consistently wet out powders at feed rates up to 7000 lbs. per minute, while meeting 3A standards.

IKA Works Inc., 2635 Northchase Pkwy, SE, Wilmington, NC 28405. Tel. (800) 733-3037; fax (910) 452-7693; www.ika.net

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Mix-proof valve

S¿dmo offers the most widely used PMO mix proof valve in the food and dairy industries. Some of the many applications that utilize PMO mix proof valves include milk receiving, HTST discharge manifolds, filler supply manifolds, cheese vat filling and emptying, and CIP units. PMO mix proof valve technology ensures complete product separation, prevents CIP chemicals from contaminating product areas, reduces labor costs, and improves plant flexibility.

S¿dmo N.A., 6918 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford, IL 61111. Tel. (815) 639-0322; fax (815) 639-1135; www.sudmona.com Product 313

Fluidized mixing action

The HM Series mixer has a hydraulically operated clam shell lid which exposes the entire interior for easy cleaning. The HM features cross-flow mixing tools and optional high-speed choppers for total dispersion and homogeneity. The HM Mixer features a fluidized mixing action for product uniformity at all depths in the batch, plus versatility for a number of mixing, drying and cooling applications. The entire cylindrical portion of the mixer (including the lid) can be jacketed for heating or cooling, depending on the application.

Merlin Process Equipment, P.O. Box 800607, Houston, TX 77280. Tel. (713) 690-3333; fax (713) 690-3353; www.merlinmixers.com

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Track downtime and efficiency

Wonderware Corp. has expanded its FactorySuite 2000 industrial automation software system with the introduction of a new downtime tracking and production efficiency monitoring toolset. The new DT Analyst module enables plant managers to easily determine if production equipment is functioning at optimum levels and to take corrective action where needed. DT Analyst consists of a series of modules that acquire and decode information from plant systems and equipment to determine whether or not a particular subsystem or piece of machinery is in a down condition. It can also assist with evaluation of long-term productivity of the equipment to correct production weaknesses. Explained Kevin Tock,"a manufacturer can identify production weaknesses, optimize production processes and tap into a plant's 'hidden capacity' simply by reducing overall downtimes, changeover time, maintenance problems and product flow or bottleneck problems. Since adding new equipment or additional shifts is expensive, and often unnecessary, DT Analyst provides the plant manager with more detailed and graphical information that enables identification, quantification and cost-justification for an equipment upgrade or replacement that can improve total productivity." DT Analyst supports multiple database types, although it is intended for use with FactorySuite's Industrial SQL Server or Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

Wonderware Corp., 100 Technology Dr., Irvine, CA 92618. Tel. (949) 727-3200; fax (949) 727-3270; www.wonderware.com

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SPC software

Zontec Inc. has released Version 3 of its Synergy 2000T SPC (Statistical Process Control) software with Web-enabled process reporting among its latest capabilities. Synergy 2000 is designed for mission-critical plant computing environments that want an enterprise-wide approach to quality management. The software includes complete facilities for real-time data collection, charting, monitoring, analysis, messaging and reporting across geographically distributed facilities. Now Synergy 2000 reports and spreadsheets can be easily transmitted in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) format for anyone to view using popular Web browsers or e-mail programs. HTML is the standard text file format for the World Wide Web. Additional features in the new release include: Gage R&R (Repeatability & Reproducibility) with schedule reminder; Math Tables for performing automatic calculations on incoming data; Five new report options for Manager Level users; Enhanced "command central" monitoring options; Three new chart options including a Six Sigma capability chart; Customizable ID labeling; Message and change logs for traceability and audit trails; and Trim and merge functions for improved file management.

Zontec Inc., 1389 Kemper Meadow Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240. Tel. (800) 955-0088; fax (513) 648-9007; www.zontec-spc.com

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Business-wide reporting

Ci Technologies Inc. announced that it will introduce Plant2Business Solutions - a powerful new suite of software products providing business-wide reporting, analysis and management of plant floor data - to industry representatives at the upcoming ISA 2001 tradeshow in Houston, Texas, September 10-13. Plant2Business is an industrial strength information management system that allows users to manage and transfer plant or industrial process data throughout their entire business organizations using open-technologies and pre-integrated solutions, says Frank Volckmar, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Plant2Business provides visualization of plant floor data throughput the entire business organization, over the Internet, as well as highly reliable and powerful data mapping between different business applications and process control monitoring systems, without requiring custom code. It is also the first commercial off-the-shelf software product to combine all of these capabilities in a single package.

Ci Technologies Inc., Ste. 140, 4828 Parkway Plaza Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217-1958. Tel. (704) 329-3838; fax: (704) 329-3839; www.citect.com Product 326

Plant-floor quality test station

For manufacturers who need off-the-shelf, easily integrated workstation software for the plant floor, NWA Quality Monitor 2.1 is designed for plant-floor data collection and SPC charting. The software provides superb operator user interface and data collection capabilities, yet is easy to install, configure and use. "This is the first off-the-shelf plant-floor test station software that delivers the total set of capabilities needed for a high-end test station," says Jeffrey L. Cawley, vice president of Northwest Analytical, Inc. "Not only can you collect quality data with key entry, bar code and any serial measurement device, you can also provide the operator with complete workflow support, including on-line SOPs and error checking. Anywhere there is a clipboard now, NEW Quality Monitor can do the job better."

Northwest Analytical Inc., 519 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205-3207. Tel. (503) 224-7727; fax 503-224-5236; www.nwasoft.com.

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Specification management

Today's manufacturing and distribution organizations are striving to optimize efficiencies and integrate processes within their supply chain systems. IMAS has developed solutions that offer specification management, information management, and execution capabilities in one package. Specifications define the quality standards that transform ingredients, packaging materials, formulas, and processes into finished products. It's important that people within your organization, regulatory agents, vendors, and your customers know that these quality standards are defined by your specifications and are confident that the information is current, reliable, and accessible. Xspec addresses the needs of many companies that wish to achieve uniform, high quality standards both enterprise wide as well as in their transactions with customers and suppliers. Xspec is an Windows 9.x and Windows NT 4.0 enterprise wide solution that manages all facets of your supply chain. It takes full advantage of the speed, stability, and multi-tasking capabilities of the 32 bit architecture.

IMAS Corporation, 675 Tollgate Rd., Ste. P, Elgin, IL 60123. Tel. (800) 977-3248; fax (847) 608-7848; www.imasltd.com

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Lubrication needs

The Dow Corning Fluid Consolidation Program consists of a comprehensive line of products and related services that meet virtually every plant lubrication need. The program is said to reduce overall maintenance costs and extend equipment life better than what is possible using a mix and match of competitive products, as well as simplify the purchasing process. Many of the Dow Corning and Molykote brands of high-performance industrial lubricants conform to USDAQ listing requirements and/or are kosher approved.

Dow Corning Corp., Midland, MI. Tel. (517) 496-4000; www.dowcorning.com

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Drum usage demonstrations

Drum Runner is offering an interactive CD featuring complete details on its full line of drum handling equipment. It includes demonstrations on proper usage of Drum Runner drum handlers along with summaries on key features and benefits. All Drum Runner drum handlers reduce the risk of worker injury by providing a safe, convenient means of lifting, weighing, transporting, rotating, pouring and palletizing steel, plastic and fiber drums. Manually operated models offer the convenience of one-person operation. Other available units include forklift attachments and hoist adapters.

Drum Runner Material Handling Co., 2010 Zettler Rd., Columbus, OH 43232. Tel. (800) 378-6786; www.drumrunner.com

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Pick and place case packer

Manufacturers concerned with maintaining maximum package quality are assured gentle handling and precise operation with the Model 101 no-drop case packer or uncaser. This packing innovation has become an accepted alternative to drop packing for any manufacturer concerned with preserving optimum product integrity. A new streamlined design and machine drive make the Model 101 packer/uncaser superior for packing or uncasing glass or plastic containers, aluminum cans or cartons, ensuring precise product placement and eliminating container damage or label scuffing. Snap Off gripper heads make changeover easy.

ABC Packaging Machine Corp., 811 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. Tel. (800) 237-5975; fax (727) 938-1239; www.abcpackaging.com Product 235

Hose adapter

Strahman Valves introduces the Swivel-Pro, an innovative full-range swivel adapter, that reduces stress on an operator's wrist and forearm and ensures easier control of water flow during industrial wash down operations. The Swivel-Pro, features a unique spherical design that provides greater range of motion and flexibility than standard fixed swivel adapters. Swivel-Pro provides minimal movement on the user's part in turn reduces wrist and arm fatigue and stress. When paired with Strahman's sturdy lightweight Hydro-Pro 150 nozzle, the Swivel-Pro adapter ensures the highest level of comfort and safety during wash down procedures.

Strahman Valves Inc., 3 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, N.J. 07932. Tel: (973) 377-4900; fax: (973) 377-8288; www.strahmanvalves.com Product 238

Orbital weld head

Arc Machines, Inc. is introducing the Model 8-2000 orbital weld head for fusion welding of fittings, tubing and thin wall pipe. The narrow width of this head makes it ideal for limited clearance applications, such as welding fitting to fitting or fitting to valve body assemblies. Welds materials such as stainless steel, titanium, Hastelloy and other autogenous weldable alloys. The Model 8-2000 is ideal for food, dairy, beverage industries and fabrication shops.

Arc Machines Inc., 10500 Orbital Way, Pacoima, CA 91331. Tel. (818) 896-9556; fax (818) 890-3724; www.arcmachines.com

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Food-grade PVC tubing

Available in more than 50 standard sizes, RAUALIM food-grade PVC is a flexible yet robust product that is specially formulated for food applications. It is produced from compounds sanctioned for food contact according to FDA Title 21. The standard RAUALIM product is glass-clear to allow for quick, easy flow inspection.

REHAU Incorporated, P.O. Box 1706, Leesburg, VA 20177. Tel. (800) 247-9445; fax (800) 627-3428; www.rehau-na.com

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Rotary pocket unscrambler

The Model ERP handles a wide array of container shapes and sizes at speeds from 20 to 250 cpm. The system's patented rotary pockets provide reliable and gentle container handling. This efficient, dependable and precise unscrambler also features Flow-Trac elevator with floor level hopper, clear full panel electrically interlocked guards, fully automatic operation and fully wired 120 volt, 60 cycle, 1 phase (NEMA 12). The ERP can be easily integrated into existing production lines. Optional features include: toolless changeover, integral ionized air rinser with vacuum exhaust, PLC logic control, discharge conveyor, stainless steel frame construction and low level hopper detection.

Omega Design Corp., 211 Philips Rd., Exton, PA 19341-1336. Tel. (610) 363-6555; fax (610) 524-7398; www.omegadesign.com

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